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Joel Embiid | Center | #21

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 260
College: Kansas
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (3) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Joel Embiid posted a 34-point, 11-rebound double-double during Monday's win over the Raptors, adding one 3-pointer, three assists, one block and seven turnovers in 34 minutes.
Embiid didn’t play very well in his previous meeting against the Raptors, but he got going early in this one, scoring 12 of Philly’s first 18 points and he never really took his foot off the gas pedal with his gaudy 40.2 usage rate. He did appear to tweak his right hand during the third quarter, which is the same hand that has been giving him issues over the past few weeks, but he did play through it and with the 76ers off until Thursday it would be surprising to see him forced to the sidelines. Jan 15 - 4:37 PM

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Richaun Holmes came off the bench to hit 7-of-12 shots for 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block before fouling out of Thursday's loss to the Raptors.

He played very well despite not getting the start, as the Sixers went with Amir Johnson against his former team, as Joel Embiid (back) watched in street clothes for the third straight game. Holmes, and not Johnson, is who you want to roll with any time Embiid is out, whether he's starting or coming off the bench. Holmes is averaging 11 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in his last three games with Embiid sidelined, making him a nice handcuff to the oft injured big man, as well as a DFS option when Embiid is out. Embiid is iffy for Saturday in a rematch with the Raptors, but should be back for Christmas Day's matchup with the Knicks.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 10:10:00 PM

Richaun Holmes had four points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 26 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

The low scoring tonight was disappointing but he still did enough to satisfy owners who streamed him in the absence of Joel Embiid (back tightness, rest). Holmes was coming off a strong game on Monday with 14 points, seven boards, three assists and a steal, and he's worth a long look whenever Embiid is unavailable.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 11:41:00 PM

Amir Johnson earned another start on Tuesday, posting seven points on 3-of-5 shooting with nine rebounds and one block in 18 minutes vs. the Kings.

Johnson hasn't done much with his opportunities as a starter this season, averaging 6.8 points, 3.4 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals in those five games. Trevor Booker (ankle) returned tonight, too, so when Joel Embiid (rest, back) returns it will be harder for Amir to find minutes in Philly's crowded frontcourt.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 11:40:00 PM

Amir Johnson was a surprise starter for Joel Embiid (back) on Sunday, scoring a season-high 16 points on 5-of-7 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws in 24 minutes.

The veteran big man added five rebounds, four assists, one steal and a 3-pointer, but the Sixers fell to the Pelicans in New Orleans, 131-124. We're assuming Embiid is day-to-day, and Philly has rapidly incorporated Trevor Booker into their frontcourt rotation, so there isn't much daylight for Amir going forward.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 11:04:00 PM

Richaun Holmes' took advantage of Joel Embiid's absence on Sunday, notching 12 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench.

Embiid was a late scratch tonight due to back tightness. Amir Johnson got the start at center, but he and Holmes split minutes right down the middle. Embiid is likely just day-to-day, however, which leaves Johnson and Holmes battling each other for backup minutes. It's a situation fantasy owners should avoid.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 10:56:00 PM

Richaun Holmes (illness) will play Monday vs. the Jazz.

Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) remains a game-time call, and if he's not able to give it a go, Holmes would likely be flirting with minutes in the mid-20s, making him a truly inticing DFS play. Jahlil Okafor could also get into the rotation sans Embiid, and Amir Johnson would draw the start, but Holmes is the guy you want to target in fantasy hoops.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 05:27:00 PM

Dario Saric will remain in the starting five for Monday's game against the Rockets, with J.J. Redick (back) unavailable.

Saric played well through 30 minutes as a starter on Saturday, posting 12 points, one board, three dimes, one steal and four triples, so feel free to get him active. Joining Saric in the starting five will be Jerryd Bayless, Ben Simmons, Robert Covington and Joel Embiid.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 06:40:00 PM

Richaun Holmes (left wrist fracture) underwent a scheduled reevaluation has been cleared to participate in practice with limitations.

The is a step in the right direction for Holmes, but the Sixers press release confirms he will miss at least the next three games and will be reevaluated next Thursday. If the Sixers are unable to trade Jahlil Okafor, their frontcourt will be extremely crowded once Holmes is ready to play. When Holmes is active, the Sixers will have four capable centers on their roster, with Holmes, Okafor and Amir Johnson backing up Joel Embiid.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 09:17:00 AM

Jerryd Bayless will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's season opener against Washington.

Joining Bayless in the starting five for tonight's game will be Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick, Robert Covington and Joel Embiid. Bayless will likely remain in the starting lineup until Markelle Fultz (shoulder) is fully up to speed, but it's tough to see him earning enough minutes to make a difference in most leagues.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 11:28:00 AM

Jerryd Bayless will likely be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Wizards.

The 76ers will initially be bringing Markelle Fultz off the bench as he recovers from his shoulder issues, so it looks like Philly will be going with a starting five featuring Ben Simmons, Bayless, J.J. Redick, Robert Covington and Joel Embiid on opening night with Fultz and Dario Saric working with the second unit. Bayless probably won't be receiving many minutes as a starter, though, so he's not a great target in most settings.
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 03:01:00 PM

76ers coach Brett Brown said that Dario Saric could earn minutes at center in the wake of Richaun Holmes' left wrist fracture.

Holmes is out for at least three weeks, at which point he'll be re-evaluated. In his absence, Brown said that "[Jahlil Okafor] might reap some benefits of some open space ... we might even look at some Dario at [center]." Amir Johnson should also be in the mix for center minutes, although Brown noted that the frontcourt rotation hinges on the availability of Joel Embiid (knee).
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 12:55:00 AM

Brett Brown said he sees Robert Covington "starting and ending" games for the 76ers this season.

The 76ers will likely be rolling out a starting five of Markelle Fultz, J.J. Redick, Covington, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid (knee) when the 2017-18 season begins, with Dario Saric being used in a sixth man type role. Covington should be able to score at a more efficient rate this season with the improved offense around him, and it sounds like he'll still be a significant part of the rotation, so he could turn out to be one of the better value picks towards the middle rounds on draft day.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 02:00:00 PM

Richaun Holmes chipped in 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 26 bench minutes during Wednesday's road loss in Miami, adding six rebounds, one steal and one block.

The biggest news for Holmes today was the Sixers' decision to shut down Joel Embiid (knee) for the season. That leaves Holmes with a steady role even if he's backing up Jahlil Okafor at center, and he's a strong pickup for help with boards, FG percentage and defensive stats -- he's blocked 11 shots in his past four games alone.
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 11:39:00 PM

Jahlil Okafor wasn't traded on Thursday and he'll remain in Philly past the deadline.

Well, that's awkward. The Sixers dealt Nerlens Noel to Dallas but couldn't find a suitable offer for Okafor, who was one of the most glaring trade candidates this season -- Philly went so far as to sideline while conducting trade talks in recent weeks. Okafor has some fantasy appeal with Joel Embiid (knee) expected to miss at least four games, but Embiid's eventual return looms over Okafor's rest-of-season outlook.
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 03:32:00 PM

Nerlens Noel had another productive game vs. Boston on Wednesday with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Noel made 7-of-10 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs in 31 minutes and he's been terrific as a starter lately -- his play had helped Philly earn a three-game win streak that was snapped tonight. With Jahlil Okafor on the trade block, Joel Embiid recovering from a "very minor" tear in his meniscus, Noel's post-break outlook is as bright as it's been all season.
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 10:38:00 PM

Nikola Jokic will replace Joel Embiid (knee) in the Skills Challenge at All-Star weekend.

Jokic will also be competing the Rising Stars Challenge, so he'll be busy at All-Star weekend, a trend that will likely continue for a very long time. Jokic has been a top-25 guy on the year, and over the past month, he's established himself as a first-round stud in standard 9-cat leagues. The sluggish start to the season is now a distant memory for The Joker.
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Richaun Holmes (illness) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

Joel Embiid (knee) has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game, so Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel will get all the center minutes tonight if Holmes can't give it a go. Okafor could be earning the majority of the five-man minutes tonight as Philly looks to showcase him for a trade, but with a tough matchup against San Antonio, he makes for a risky DFS target.
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 11:51:00 AM

Nerlens Noel shifted to the bench on Monday and had only five points and five rebounds in 16 minutes during a 113-96 loss in Detroit.

Noel provided his fantasy owners zero assists, steals or blocks. There's reason for optimism, however, since Jahlil Okafor (knee) may only have started tonight to bolster his trade appeal -- he's reportedly on the block, with the Pelicans and other teams in the mix to acquire him. If you've owned Noel for any stretch of time this season, you already know that patience is necessary.
Mon, Feb 6, 2017 11:17:00 PM

Jahlil Okafor (knee) practiced on Sunday.

Okafor sat out Saturday's loss to the Heat with the knee issue, but him getting through Sunday's practice is a good indication regarding his status for Monday's game. Owners can expect to get another update following Monday morning's shootaround, but with Joel Embiid (knee) already being ruled out for Monday, there will be plenty of minutes available for Nerlens Noel and Richaun Homles if Okafor is forced to the sidelines on Monday.
Sun, Feb 5, 2017 03:22:00 PM

Jahlil Okafor will earn another start on Wednesday vs. the Mavericks with Joel Embiid (knee) unavailable.

Okafor will be splitting time at the five-spot with Nerlens Noel, and while he'll be drawing the start, Noel makes for the more attractive fantasy target due to his defensive upside. Okafor isn't much more than a low-end streamer in deep leagues.
Wed, Feb 1, 2017 01:26:00 PM

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