DFS Picks for Detroit Pistons vs Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday

Jan 29, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; A general view of tip off during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 29, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; A general view of tip off during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Pistons vs Milwaukee Bucks is up next in Sunday’s edition of PistonPowered’s Daily Fantasy Picks. This is a great slate, so we’re looking for value. These picks are focused on FanDuel Tournaments.

Tonight’s slate includes Russell Westbrook‘s Oklahoma City Thunder at home vs the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns, and Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets, and the Detroit Pistons vs the Milwaukee Bucks.

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To get the expensive stars in those games, we need to spend down here. We’ll get to a few of the cheap options before getting to the expensive players in this game.

Pistons power forward Jon Leuer played 28 minutes on Friday night, up from the 23 he played Wednesday. Through two games, he’s averaging 8 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 0.5 steals and a turnover in 25.5 minutes.

In 67 games with the Phoenix Suns last season, Leuer averaged 8.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.1 turnovers in 18.7 minutes per game. At $4.1K, you can use him right now, but he’s a punt until it’s clear whether his minutes are sustainable, or a product of two lopsided games.

Pistons power forward Tobias Harris provided the team with 17.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.2 turnovers per 36 minutes  in 27 games last year, similar to his career averages.

Harris doesn’t have much of a high ceiling at $6.2K , but his floor makes him a safe play if you’re uncomfortable paying down further at power forward. The Bucks allowed the 10th-most fantasy points per game to power forwards last season according to Rotogrinders. The pace limits his upside, but the positional matchup is fine.

Pistons center Andre Drummond will cost you $7.9K on Sunday. Milwaukee ranked 11th in rebounds per game allowed to centers in 2015-16, and 14th in fantasy points allowed to the position according to RotoGrinders. Despite his career averages of 16 points, 15.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 2 blocks per-36 minutes played,  this is a game where I expect the length and pace of the Bucks to keep Drummond in relative check.

Bucks power forward John Henson checks in at $3.6K, having averaged 7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.9 blocks and 1.1 turnovers in 16.8 minutes played per game in 2015-16. He played 21 minutes on Saturday, putting up strong numbers across the board: 7 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals and 1 turnover in 21 minutes played.

He did play only 10 minutes on Wednesday, so he’s far from a lock to repeat the performance. Keep an eye on player news if you intend to use him. Henson is a only a very-low-floor, high-upside punt without an expanded role.

Bucks point guard Matthew Dellavedova in 2015-16 averaged 11 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks and 2.2 turnovers per 36 minutes for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dellavedova at $4.4K is still priced for the 24.6 minutes he played per game last season. He has played 29 and 36 minutes in his first two games as a Buck, where he is enjoying a larger role. Dellavedova isn’t likely to have many big games, but he’s cheap and he starts.

I don’t like that Bucks shooting guard Giannis Antetokounmpo will have to contend with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the perimeter and Andre Drummond on the interior. I don’t like that Antetokounmpo’s salary is $9.5K against a Pistons defense that was 5th last year in DvP against shooting guards and small forwards, and I don’t like that he’ll be battling Drummond for rebounds. Giannis is going to have a fantastic season, but I expect him to be ordinary tonight.

Next: Tom Gores says Pistons are close to deal to move downtown

* Player statistics courtesy of Basketball-reference.com and Defense vs Positions rankings from RotoGrinders.com.