UPDATE: Jan. 22, 5:41 p.m. — Dedmon will start in place of Bagley alongside Bjelica vs. the Pistons. Considering Dedmon has asked for a trade, I’d guess the Kings give him a decent amount of run in the starting lineup tonight. At $3,100 on DraftKings, I’d have some shares of Dedmon in GPPs as a value play.
Kings coach Luke Walton says he will start Bjelica and Dedmon with Bagley out tonight.— Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) January 22, 2020
Marvin Bagley III (left foot soreness) and Richaun Holmes (right shoulder soreness) are OUT tonight in Detroit.— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 22, 2020
Bagley is dealing with foot soreness and had recently returned from an injury absence. He had been averaging 15.5 points and 8.8 rebounds over the past four games. Holmes has missed the past six games due to shoulder soreness.
Fantasy basketball analysis: Sacramento Kings PF Nemanja Bjelica
With both Bagley and Holmes sidelined, Bjelica is in a great spot in both season-long and DFS fantasy basketball. He was already set to be a strong play at $6,700 on tonight’s DraftKings slate, but now things are looking even better. The Pistons are thin in the front court and don’t have much experience with Blake Griffin and Markieff Morris injured, as well as potentially Andre Drummond. Dewayne Dedmon ($3,100) is going to have to play minutes along with Anthony Tolliver ($3,000), so both are OK values. Harrison Barnes ($5,400) would be the GPP pivot off of Bjelica.