When fantasy basketball drafts were tipping off this summer, the frontcourt players for the Detroit Pistons were very high picks. Forward Josh Smith was a top-25 pick, while C Andre Drummond was also a popular pick in the middle of drafts.
The big man that was somewhat overlooked in fantasy drafts, though, was Greg Monroe.
The center was coming off a season in which averaged 16 points and 9.7 rebounds, but many were unsure about where he would exactly fit into Detroit’s plan in 2014. He ended up being drafted well behind both Smith and Drummond as a result of the uncertainty surrounding his playing time.
However, Detroit is currently using a starting lineup that includes all three big men and Monroe has been flourishing as a result. Monroe has averaged a healthy 14.8 points and 10.8 rebounds over the last five games and has become a reliable fantasy option again. The center is surprisingly also shooting 51.3% from the field this season and his 67.7% career free-throw percentage won’t hurt fantasy owners too much in the long run either. His numbers aren’t as high as last season, but Monroe is still producing like a low-end flex starter despite the number reliable rebounders around him.
Monroe is currently being mentioned in countless trade rumors, but the veteran has kept his head down and done his job night after night. Monroe will continue to be a 10-10 option in Detroit, but if he manages to get traded somewhere else, he could see a big uptick in fantasy value.