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The case for Kyle Singler

Scott Pianowski
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Durham, Spain, and finally, Detroit (USP)

You need to know all the markets in any fantasy league, even the non-contending clubs. With that in mind, let's stop off in Detroit. Rookie swingman Kyle Singler is trying to get our attention.

A few pundits wrote the Pistons off after their 0-8 start, a mess that was fueled by a six-game road trip in early November. Detroit's played better basketball over its last seven games (four wins), with Singler a key part of that surge.

Singler took over a starting job in the middle of November and he's been productive in five of those seven games. His best effort of the year came in Monday's win over Portland: 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals. He's shown an outstanding stroke from behind the arc (16-of-34, 47.1 percent) and he's not forcing bad shots (he's at 52.9 percent from the field). And the five dimes from Monday show an increasing comfort when it comes to handling the ball and setting up a play.

There's no guarantee Singler will keep his starting gig, of course; eventually Rodney Stuckey might find his shot and force his way back onto the floor. But after seeing Singler log almost 36 minutes on Monday, and better than 28 minutes in each of his last four games, there's no reason to leave him sitting on waiver wires. Let's kick some tires and see where the story takes us.

Although Singler has been liberally added in Yahoo! leagues over the last 24 hours, he's still available in 88 percent of Y! groups. You can use him at the shooting guard or small forward spot, and you can dial him up three more times this week (Phoenix, at Memphis, at Dallas). The Pistons will be plenty busy in December as well, playing 12 games between Dec. 3 and Dec. 22 (that's three four-game weeks in a row). It's a good time to get invested.

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