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Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose are listed as out for Tuesday’s game vs. the Heat

Forward will rest after making season debut on Monday while point guard also takes a seat. We break down the impact it will have on the Pistons’ lineup.

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin reacts during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Little Caesars Arena.  Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s Note: Bruce Brown (knee) will start tonight vs. the Heat.

With Detroit on the second night of a back-to-back, the Pistons will be cautious with their two veteran stars heading into tonight’s matchup in Miami.

Griffin, who had missed the first 10 games of the season due to knee and hamstring injuries, will rest after making his season debut last night. He was very efficient in the loss to the T-Wolves, scoring 19 points with seven boards and six dimes in just under 24 minutes for 35.25 DraftKings fantasy points.

Rose has been dealing with a hamstring injury, but this looks like another case of load management to me. Rose has been starting for the Pistons, but struggled in a revenge spot vs. Minnesota last night, scoring six points on 3-of-13 shooting with five assists in 20 minutes. His limited workload could be a product of the blowout loss or injury.

Let’s break down how both their absences impacts Detroit’s lineup tonight.

Fantasy Basketball Analysis, Detroit Pistons PF Blake Griffin and PG Derrick Rose

So without Griffin, we can expect the Pistons’ rotation to go back to how it was prior to his return. Markieff Morris ($4,100 on DraftKings) should be reinserted into the starting lineup in place of Griffin, making him a strong value play given the type of minutes and production he posts with Griffin out. Andre Drummond ($8,900) becomes another enticing DFS play, particularly in tournaments. His price is down compared to what it was without Griffin, down close to $1.5-2K, which is significant. Actually, Drummond is a pretty good cash play, though there are a lot of strong center options on the eight-game slate.

Not only is Rose listed as out but SG Bruce Brown (knee) is listed as questionable. If Brown is also out, the Pistons will be very thin in the backcourt. This would likely lead to Langston Galloway ($4,000) starting at PG and seeing huge minutes. He would make for a great overall play. Luke Kennard ($6,000) is pricey but he’s been Detroit’s best pure scorer and would now be in line for even more minutes and usage.

The Pistons are in a bad spot on the road on the second of a B2B, but Miami is also banged up. So if Detroit can keep things close, Drummond, Galloway and Kennard are all excellent DFS plays and viable in season-long.

Editor’s Note: Bruce Brown (knee) will start tonight vs. the Heat.