Detroit Pistons guard Kyle Singler has had a fairly ordinary first two NBA seasons, but he started his 10th straight game Monday night against the Golden State Warriors and after scoring 18 points (2-for-4 on three-pointers) with three rebounds and two assists he is averaging 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 assists per game over his last 13 games.
Singler’s role started to expand before coach Maurice Cheeks’ firing on Feb. 9, so can fantasy basketball owners find some sustainable value over the rest of the season?
Narrowing in on the last 10 games he has started, Singler is averaging 12.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists per game, while making over 45 percent of his field goal attempts and half of his three-pointers (21-for-42). It remains to be seen if he’ll continue to play 37 minutes per game, as he has over the last 10 games, but Singler should stay in the starting lineup until further notice and that raises his playing time floor.
Rodney Stuckey and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope remain in the mix at shooting guard for the Pistons, but Caldwell-Pope’s role has basically disappeared over the last two weeks and Stuckey has struggled with consistency this month as he’s dealt with dizzy spells.
Fantasy owners have been slow to fully buy-in to Singler’s recent run, if his ownership rate in Yahoo! leagues (15 percent) is any indication. His value will continue to depend on his perimeter shooting and scoring, since he offers little in other categories, and there’s a chance he becomes unworthy of a roster spot in most fantasy leagues if a shooting slump comes and brings less playing time with it. There is not a ton of overall upside here, but owners in deep leagues that need to add a three-point shooter can consider adding Singler while he is on a bit of a hot streak.