Marjanovic isn't dealing with any sort of injury and will instead be deemed a healthy inactive for the second time over the last three games. Even when active, Marjanovic played just four minutes on Saturday, so it appears safe to avoid him for fantasy purposes moving forward.
Marjanovic will be active for Saturday's game against the Knicks, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
After being designated a healthy inactive Friday, Marjanovic will be an option for coach Stan Van Gundy off the bench Saturday. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll see the court, however, as Marjanovic already has one DNP-CD under his belt.
Marjanovic is not dealing with an injury, but the Pistons will designate him as one of their healthy inactives Friday. The decision doesn't come as all that much of a surprise after coach Stan Van Gundy said Monday that Marjanovic will not be guaranteed a regular spot in the rotation. Marjanovic was active for Wednesday's opener against Charlotte but did not see the floor.
Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said Monday that the team would take a committee approach to the backup center position, meaning Marjanovic won't necessarily be in store for a regular spot in the rotation, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
After enduring a disappointing 2016-17 campaign, starting center Andre Drummond bounced back with a strong preseason and looks poised to open the upcoming season with a 30-plus-minute role in hand. When Drummond rests or is sitting due to foul trouble or his career-long free-throw shooting woes, Van Gundy indicated he would determine Drummond's replacement based on matchups. it appears safe to assume that Marjanovic won't be in store for much run against up-tempo teams that deploy centers that can stretch the floor, as the more mobile Jon Leuer could be the top alternative in those scenarios. That could result in some inconsistent playing time for the 7-foot-3 Serbian, which may make it difficult for fantasy owners to take advantage of Marjanovic's typically stellar per-minute production.
The Pistons are set to be without Andre Drummond (pink eye) on Monday, so Marjanovic will get the call to move up to the top unit. Following the departure of Aron Baynes this offseason, Marjanovic is expected to operate as Drummond's top backup during the upcoming campaign, though Monday's promotion should give him a temporary uptick in minutes.
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