Player News - 76ers

Date: Team: Pos:

Dario Saric said fatigue was a factor in Wednesday's loss to the Hawks.

"I was tired, really," Saric said. "So many games. Like everybody knows, the Olympic games, national team, my professional team, [Andalou Efes Istanbul], how many games in a season. Now I feel like really, really, really bad. I was so excited in my head, in my heart, to shoot every ball but sometimes your body does things a little bit different." Saric is having to log heavy minutes because the 76ers are only dressing 8-9 players lately, but his owners probably don't have to worry about any DNPs with the 76ers so banged up. Despite shooting just 5-of-18 on Wednesday, Saric has been a beast for his fantasy owners.
Source: CSN Philly
Mar 30 - 11:17 AM

Tiago Splitter picked up a DNP-CD vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.

Splitter admitted that he was "a little bit [nervous]" in his return on Tuesday, but the bigger issue is rust -- he sat for over a year, and the Sixers are going to take it very slow. Tonight's DNP-CD wasn't surprising, coming in the second half of back-to-back set, and Splitter won't be helping fantasy owners this year.
Source: Philly.com
Mar 29 - 10:19 PM

Gerald Henderson (sore hip) played 22 minutes during Wednesday's home loss, scoring five points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and three turnovers.

Henderson's shot wasn't falling tonight, as he went just 2-of-10 from the field with one 3-pointer, and he also turned the ball over three times. The Sixers had nine players on their active roster tonight and Henderson is the rare veteran to stick in the rotation on a young, rebuilding team, but he's still not a fantasy asset.
Mar 29 - 10:18 PM

Justin Anderson started Wednesday's game in place of Robert Covington (knee), finishing with 10 points, three assists, two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

Covington's return date is unclear, which could thrust Anderson in the fantasy picture, but it's hard to trust him in standard leagues. In addition to uncertain playing time, he's shooting a combined 12-of-41 in his past six games (29.3 percent). This was at least a step in the right direction.
Mar 29 - 10:17 PM

Richaun Holmes led the Sixers on Wednesday with 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting, adding eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

Holmes even went 2-of-2 from the line with just one turnover in 32 minutes, rounding out a very strong line vs. Dwight Howard and the Hawks. He made all of his attempts from within 10 feet tonight, and is a terrific fantasy option with Jahlil Okafor (knee) is sidelined.
Mar 29 - 10:16 PM

Shawn Long had a hollow 10-point game on Wednesday, adding one rebound, one assist and zero defensive stats in 16 minutes.

Long made 4-of-5 field goals with two 3-pointers, but the peripheral stats and minutes just weren't there tonight. Richaun Holmes erupted for 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting, which didn't help, but Long has now posted two straight duds after a hot stretch from Mar. 22-26. He's too mercurial to trust in most leagues.
Mar 29 - 10:15 PM

Gerald Henderson (hip) is probable to play against the Hawks on Wednesday.

He'll be coming off the bench and the 76ers should take a long look at Justin Anderson in the starting lineup. Henderson isn't worth owning as the 76ers may look at their young guys more than they have before this point.
Mar 29 - 5:33 PM

Justin Anderson will make his first start as a 76er against the Hawks on Wednesday for Robert Covington (knee).

He finally gets his chance to start and he should be looking at huge minutes. The 76ers will have to play Nik Stauskas at the one to open up some wing minutes and coach Brett Brown may even need Anderson to play minutes at the four. Anderson is coming off a 4-of-14 from the field outing against the Nets on Tuesday, so there should be a lot of usage with minutes around 30. If you're in a competitive league, it makes sense to add JA speculatively until Covington is back.
Mar 29 - 5:30 PM

Tiago Splitter (calf) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

Splitter logged seven minutes in his 76ers' debut on Tuesday, so he'll likely be in that range again tonight as he splits backup center duties with Shawn Long. Splitter is not a viable target anywhere.
Mar 29 - 5:24 PM

Robert Covington (right knee soreness) will not play on Wednesday against the Hawks.

He had an MRI on his right knee and the results have not been revealed yet. This could be related to the right knee injury from Mar. 10, which caused him to miss one game. With the 76ers looking for lottery balls, it's possible they are very careful with RoCo. Justin Anderson gets a massive boost here and is worth a pickup for owners looking to add some up-and-coming wings. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot should also benefit and Shawn Long also should step up because the 76ers can't use Dario Saric as a five man as often.
Mar 29 - 5:22 PM

Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

This will be his fourth consecutive game watching from the sidelines, and it's starting to look like Okafor could start trending in shutdown territory, particularly with how well Richaun Holmes has played in his absence. Okafor's upside isn't great, so if you're in a standard league without an IR-spot, there's not much incentive to hang onto him.
Mar 29 - 5:22 PM

T.J. McConnell dished out 10 assists in Tuesday's win over the Nets with eight points, two rebounds, three steals, one block and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

This was his 14th career game with 10+ assists. Sergio Rodriguez (left hamstring strain) will miss at least a week of action, so McConnell's minutes are all but locked into the 30s. He won't carry your fantasy team, but should be a nice source of assists and steals the rest of the way.
Mar 28 - 10:33 PM

Timothe Luwawu scored 17 points with a career-high four 3-pointers on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

TLC got a nice bump because Gerald Henderson (hip) didn't play tonight, but he's expected back on Wednesday vs. the Hawks. The rookie finished 5-of-12 from the field and hoisted up 10 3-point attempts, adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. This was his first good line in over a week, so we'll need to see him do it again.
Mar 28 - 10:29 PM

Dario Saric scored 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting vs. the Nets on Tuesday.

This was his 14th game with 20+ points which ranks second in the NBA for rookies -- Joel "The Process" Embiid still ranks 1st with 19 such games. Saric grabbed seven rebounds with one assist, one block and one triple, and he also had to play a bit of center tonight with the 76ers only having nine available players. The 76ers play three more times this week and Saric should eat the rest of the way.
Mar 28 - 10:24 PM

Robert Covington went off for 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 106-101 win over the Nets on Tuesdays.

The 76ers only dressed nine players, so RoCo logged 38 minutes and posted a gem of a line with one assist, two steals, two blocks and one triple. The biggest knock on him is that he doesn't shoot it efficiently from the field, but he hit 9-of-15 shots in addition to a pair of free throws. He's been a top-12 player in standard fantasy leagues for two months and is a monster in real life too -- he's ranked inside the top five in the entire league in Defensive Real Plus-Minus.
Mar 28 - 10:08 PM


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