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Killian Hayes totaled ten points (3-7 FG, 2-5 3PT, 2-2 FT), four assists, and one steal in 31 minutes in the Pistons' 120-107 loss to the Heat on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Hayes had 4.0 assists in the Pacers’ loss to the Heat, ending his streak of games with 5.0 or more assists at fifteen. He has good instincts and facilitation skills and should be able to take a nice step forward in his development after having an opportunity to get healthy and mature his game during a full off-season. This year Hayes played in 26 games and averaged 25.8 minutes, 6.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.4 blocks.

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Saddiq Bey totaled 22 points (7-21 FG, 4-15 3PT, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, four assists, one block, and one steal in 37 minutes in the Pistons' 120-107 loss to the Heat on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Bey finished his rookie campaign strong in the Pacers' loss to the Heat by scoring 22.0 points and contributing to every performance category of the stat-sheet. The rookie showed great promise this year and carved out a significant role for himself in the starting rotation. Bey will look to build on this year, where he played 70 games and averaged 27.3 minutes, 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.2 blocks.

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Hamidou Diallo totaled 18 points (8-18 FG, 0-5 3PT, 2-3 FT), twelve rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal in 35 minutes in the Pistons' 104-91 loss to the Nuggets on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Diallo double-doubled in the Pistons' loss to the Nuggets, putting together a well-rounded game as he contributed to every performance category of the stat-sheet. This season was his best so far in his young career as he averaged 23.4 minutes, 11.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game while averaging 47.6 percent from the floor and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. He will look to end his 2020-2021 campaign strong against the Heat.

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Isaiah Hayes totaled 19 points (7-13 FG, 3-7 3PT), seven rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 32 minutes in the Pistons' 108-96 loss to the Bulls on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Stewart had an impressive game in the Pistons’ loss to the Bulls, as he scored 19.0 points and collected 7.0 rebounds. Even though his price point is a tad rich given the volatile and match-up up dependent nature of his production, Stewart can still be a viable addition to your lineup. He does have the skills needed to create worthwhile value, but it may be wise to consider the upside potential of other spend-friendly plays on the slate before depoying the developing rookie.

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Mason Plumlee totaled 12 points (6-9 FG), six rebounds, five assists, and two blocks, and one steal in 25 minutes in the Pistons' 118-104 loss to the Sixers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Plumlee “stuffed” the stat-sheet in the Pistons’ loss to the Sixers, putting up a respectable performance line in his return. He has great upside and is a consistent producer, and if his availability wasn’t so spotty, he might be worth more consideration than he currently is. Plumlee is a viable value play for your DFS lineups; however, it would be best to monitor his status and planned use carefully before committing him to your roster.

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Jerami Grant totaled 14 points (5-10 FG, 0-4 3PT, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and two blocks in 24 minutes in the Pistons' 118-104 loss to the Sixers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Grant scored 14.0 points in the Pistons’ loss to the Sixers while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from beyond the arc. Although his current play doesn’t match the level of production demonstrated earlier in the year, Grant has been able to remain a worthwhile fantasy asset given his scoring prowess and upside.

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Cory Joseph totaled five points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3PT, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, and three assists in 20 minutes in the Pistons' 118-104 loss to the Sixers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Joseph scored 5.0 points in the Pistons’ loss to the Sixers, ending his streak of double-digit scoring performances at four. He is a good source of production if looking for a last-piece asset to round out your DFS lineup, but do be conscious of the match-up while monitoring any news that can provide insight into how he should be used in the rotation that given night.

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Frank Jackson totaled 11 points (3-6 FG, 1-1 3PT, 4-5 FT), two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 32 minutes in the Pistons' 111-97 win over the Grizzlies on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson had a weak scoring night in the Pistons' win over the Grizzlies, as he put up 11.0 points after averaging 19.2 points per game across his previous five contests. After performing well as an off-the-bench asset, his production in his spot start was underwhelming. In April, he successfully found consistency and a role within the team's rotation, albeit off the bench, and produced at a respectable level. However, with his value being significantly dependent on scoring, nights like these can nullify any potential upside that one may hope to obtain in rostering him for their fantasy lineups. Jackson has done enough to warrant some consideration as a promising flier but shouldn't be forced into play outside of small slates, or stars-and-scrubs team builds.

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Josh Jackson totaled five points (2-10 FG, 0-5 3PT, 1-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists, and one block in 35 minutes in the Pistons' 107-94 loss to the Hornets on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson scored 5.0 points in the Pistons’ loss to the Hornets, officially ending his streak of double-digit scoring efforts at seven. He has been a consistent source of offensive production for the Pistons and should continue to produce even though these kinds of performances are an oh-so-very-real aspect of his game. Jackson can be a “lukewarm” fantasy producer, which can create some risks for your lineup build. However, he is worth considering for your roster as a last-piece asset, given his potential upside and role.

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Wayne Ellington scored 15 points (5-7 FG, 5-7 3PT) with two rebounds, four assists, a block, and a turnover across 25 minutes during Sunday's 131-124 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Fantasy Impact: Ellington drained five triples and dished four assists during Sunday's loss to the Clippers. The veteran shooting guard continues to be featured in the Pistons' starting lineup and remains a solid value add for depth in most leagues if he continues to see over 20 minutes per night. Fantasy managers will have their next opportunity to start Ellington in lineups when Detroit hosts the Clippers for the second game of the series on Wednesday.

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Dennis Smith Jr. has been listed questionable with a knee injury ahead of the Pistons game Sunday against the Clippers. (Source: NBA Injury Report )

Fantasy Impact: Killian Hayes (rest) has already been ruled out so if Smith also sits, Saben Lee would be in line to see more playing time. This will be a situation with Smith to monitor heading into Sunday night.

Category: Injury Updates

Detroit Pistons PF Sekou Doumbouya (migraine) has been ruled out Wednesday against the Blazers. (Source: NBA Website )

Fantasy Impact: The Pistons will be without Doumbouya, Dennis Smith Jr. (back), Wayne Ellington (calf), and Rodney McGruder (elbow) on Wednesday. Doumbouya is sitting for the second straight game with a migraine.

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Saben Lee posted 19 points (7-12 FG, 2-2 3PT, 3-5 FT), three rebounds, five assists, one block, one steal, and three turnovers in 26 minutes during Monday's win over the Raptors.

Fantasy Impact: Lee was moved into the starting lineup with Dennis Smith Jr. and Killian Hayes remaining out and he posted the most points since back on March 3rd. While Monday's performance was impressive, it shouldn't be expected going forward due to the logjam at guard in Detroit. He should, however, hold some streaming value for as long as Smith remains out.

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The Detroit Pistons have traded G Delon Wright to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Cory Joseph and two second-round picks. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wright heads to Sacramento and immediately provides guard depth behind De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton. The Pistons now have a void at the starting point guard position, so it’ll be interesting to see who slots in as the starter. It could be Joseph, but it could also very well be Dennis Smith Jr., whom they traded for a month ago. Wright is still likely to see a solid chunk of minutes, but he loses his fantasy appeal just a bit if the Kings decide to bring him off the bench.

Category: Transactions

Current Pistons forward Blake Griffin is likely to sign with the Brooklyn Nets. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Nets are an NBA title favorite for 2021, and adding Griffin to the franchise will increase their chances of winning more. Griffin is averaging 12.3 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, and 3.9 assists per game.

Rodney McGruder put up 20 points (7-14 FG, 4-6 3PT, 2-3 FT), three rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 26 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Raptors.

Fantasy Impact: McGruder had his best performance of the season but was awarded some extra playing time with the game decided early. Despite the impressive showing, McGruder should be left on waivers as he doesn't play a large enough role to warrant fantasy relevance.

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Svi Mykhailiuk posted 17 points (6-11 FG, 5-9 3PT, 0-1 FT), four rebounds, one assist, two steals, and four turnovers in 37 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Raptors.

Fantasy Impact: Mykhailiuk got the start alongside Wayne Ellington in this one and they both combined to drill 13 threes on the night. With Detroit looking toward the future, he should continue to get plenty of playing time on most nights and should be a solid source of threes, though fantasy managers shouldn't expect this level of play on a nightly basis. He'll look to stay in rhythm for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

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