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Joel Embiid | Center/Forward | #21

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 260
College: Kansas
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (3) / PHI
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Joel Embiid (rest, back tightness) will not play on Monday vs. the Bulls.
He played a career-high 49 minutes in Friday's triple overtime rest and joked that he would need a year of rest, but he's expected to play on Tuesday vs. the Kings. With Embiid and Trevor Booker (ankle) out on Monday, Richaun Holmes will be a solid streaming option and we should see more of Dario Saric and Amir Johnson. Dec 17 - 1:28 PM

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Joel Embiid got some serious work in during a 119-117 triple-overtime loss to the Thunder on Friday, playing a career-high 49 minutes with 34 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two blocks and seven turnovers.

It was clear he was hurting in this game as he showed discomfort throughout the game, especially late. You can go ahead and assume Embiid is not going to play on Monday to start a back-to-back set, but he did joke about it after the game. "I might need a year of rest. Nah, I’m fine," he said. In other news, he and Russell Westbrook had some fun as Westbrook waved goodbye to Embiid just as the game went final, which was after The Process waved goodbye to Steven Adams following Adams' sixth foul. All told, it's obvious the 76ers aren't planning to limit Embiid when he has a green light with back-to-back career-high games for minutes. Trust it.
Dec 15 - 11:42 PM

Joel Embiid (back) will play on Friday night against the Thunder.

He gets the green light even before warmups, which is certainly a good sign he's close to 100 percent. Embiid was questionable for Tuesday, but he still played a career-high 39 minutes. He should be ready to roll in a tough matchup against Steven Adams. Tough matchup aside, he's still an option in DFS.
Dec 15 - 5:24 PM

Joel Embiid is listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. OKC.

Embiid was a late scratch back on Sunday, but was able to suit up Tuesday vs. the Wolves and ended up logging a career-high 39 minutes en route to a 28-point, 12-rebound, eight-assist gem. Encouragingly, Embiid was able to participate in shootaround on Friday morning. We should get an update shortly. If Embiid is unable to play, Amir Johnson and Richaun Holmes would divvy up minutes in the middle.
Dec 15 - 11:31 AM

Joel Embiid, who was a game-time call with a sore back, played a career-high 39 minutes and went off for 28 points, 12 rebounds, a career-high eight assists, a block and a 3-pointer on 8-of-16 shooting in Tuesday's 118-112 overtime win against Minnesota and Karl-Anthony Towns.

He also hit 11-of-12 free throws, two of which were clutch and helped send the game to overtime with 14 seconds left in regulation. And his 3-pointer put the Sixers up seven with 1:30 left in overtime. He scored seven in the extra period. There were eight ties and 15 lead changes in the fourth quarter of this game, which turned out to be the game of the night. The high minutes are a bit of a concern after Embiid missed his last two games with a gimpy back and he received constant treatment all night, but looked incredible, as usual. The Sixers are off until Friday and host the Thunder in that one, so hopefully Embiid's back will have time to rebound. How can you not Trust the Process?
Dec 13 - 1:30 AM

Joel Embiid (back) is "available" to play on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

Wolves reporter Jerry Zgoda said Embiid is "available," while Philly reporter Keith Pompey has confirmed that Embiid will play. With about 20 minutes before tip-off, we haven't heard anything about any restrictions. Fire The Process up in all lineups. Amir Johnson will head back to the bench.
Dec 12 - 9:04 PM

Joel Embiid (back tightness) and Robert Covington (lower back contusion) are both game-time decisions for Tuesday's matchup vs. Minnesota.

Embiid has missed each of the Sixers last two games after first experiencing tightness in his back last Thursday in Los Angeles. However, he did tell reporters that he would have suited up for Sunday's game "if it was the Finals." Encouragingly, Embiib was able to participate in "most of shootaround" on Tuesday morning. The Sixers-Wolves game doesn't tip off until 9:30 EST, so we should have a final update on his status around 8:00 pm. Richaun Holmes and Amir Johnson will each likely log 20-plus minutes if Embiid is unable to play.
Dec 12 - 1:16 PM

Joel Embiid (back tightness) is questionable on Tuesday vs. the Wolves.

After missing his second straight game on Sunday, Embiid said that he could've played if it was the NBA Finals. He later said that he expects to play on Tuesday, but only if his back responds well to Monday's workout. We have no word on how Monday's workout went, so we may have to wait until Tuesday's morning shootaround for an update. Embiid's owners should grab Richaun Holmes off the wire as an insurance policy.
Dec 11 - 6:17 PM

Joel Embiid (back tightness) expects to play on Tuesday, but he'll work out on Monday to see how his back responds.

"If it was the Finals I'm sure I could have [played on Sunday]," Embiid said. He first experienced tightness while playing 36 minutes vs. the Lakers on Thursday, but his absence on Saturday was described by the team as simple 'rest'. He was a very late scratch on Sunday, suggesting that he warmed up but didn't feel quite ready, and at least he's optimistic that he won't miss more games. Check back for updates on Monday afternoon.
Dec 10 - 10:39 PM

Joel Embiid (back tightness) was a very late scratch vs.the Pelicans on Sunday.

Amir Johnson got the start instead of Embiid, and this last-minute move burns all of Embiid's owners, especially on the final night of weekly leagues. We'll consider him day-to-day going forward. If he misses more time, expect Johnson and Richaun Holmes to fill the void.
Dec 10 - 7:20 PM

Joel Embiid (rest) will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pelicans, sending Amir Johnson back to the bench.

Robert Covington (back) will miss Sunday's game, so the 76ers will roll out a starting five featuring Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick, Timothe Luwawu, Dario Saric and Embiid. Embiid should be working with a hefty usage and is a solid DFS target with a favorable matchup against the Pelicans, and Saric could earn some extra minutes at the three-spot tonight.

Joel Embiid (rest) will sit out Saturday's game vs. Cleveland.

He will miss the first night of a back-to-back set, but The Process will be back in action on Sunday vs. New Orleans. There has been some talk that Embiid's restrictions on back-to-backs could be lifted soon, but one game of Embiid is better than two games for most players in the NBA. With Embiid out, all the studs in Philly will see a bump in usage, while Richaun Holmes, Amir Johnson and maybe even Trevor Booker will pick up the slack.
Dec 8 - 6:57 PM

Joel Embiid hit 11-of-17 shots, 2-of-3 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 33 points, seven rebounds, six assists, a steal and five blocks in 36 minutes of Thursday's 107-104 loss to the Lakers.

He once again took advantage of a good matchup and posted an incredible fantasy line. He also had five fouls and five turnovers, but who cares? The Sixers have a back-to-back set on Saturday and Sunday, so it will be interesting to see what the Sixers decide to do with him against the Cavs and Pelicans this weekend. Embiid also has a back-to-back on Dec. 18 & 19, but owners should take a moment to soak in the glory of tonight's line before worrying about the weekend.
Dec 7 - 10:45 PM

Joel Embiid took advantage of a nice matchup with the Suns and hit 7-of-18 shots and 8-of-8 free throws for 22 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in 34 minutes of Monday's loss.

That makes seven straight double-doubles for Embiid, who sat out last Thursday night. The Sixers have a back-to-back set on Saturday and Sunday this week, and then another one on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 18 and 19, so owners can expect a DNP or two in the near future for the prized big man.
Dec 4 - 9:29 PM

Joel Embiid scored 25 points during a 108-103 win over the Pistons on Saturday, adding 10 rebounds, one steal, six turnovers and four fouls in 32 minutes.

Besides getting the win, Embiid was probably most proud about fouling Andre Drummond out of the game as he pointed to the bench when Drummond picked up his sixth foul. As per usual, Embiid talked about it after the game. "Before the game I told my teammates [Drummond] was going to foul out," Embiid said. There was a lot of trash talk with Embiid saying Drummond can't shoot and Drummond dissing Embiid for not playing in back-to-back sets, but they hugged after the game and Embiid said it's all for fun in his post-game interview. Embiid has a road-road back-to-back coming up on Saturday and Sunday, so expect him only to play in three games this week.
Dec 2 - 11:17 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ben Simmons
2Markelle Fultz
3T.J. McConnell
4Jerryd Bayless
SG1J.J. Redick
2Timothe Luwawu
SF1Robert Covington
2Justin Anderson
3Furkan Korkmaz
PF1Dario Saric
2Trevor Booker
3James Michael McAdoo
C1Joel Embiid
2Richaun Holmes
3Amir Johnson