Player News - 76ers

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76ers head coach Brett Brown said he is leaning towards starting JaKarr Sampson.

The 76ers are desperately trying to find someone to fill in for Tony Wroten now that he's likely to miss the rest of the season and Sampson looks like the next man up. While the 21-year-old has potential, he's only averaging 5.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 0.4 assists over his last give games, so he can safely be left on waiver wires outside of the deepest fantasy leagues.
Jan 29 - 1:58 PM

Jerami Grant came off the bench and played 21 minutes, finishing with four points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and two more blocks on 2-of-6 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Pistons.

Grant had scored in double figures in two straight games, but his real potential value comes in his shot blocking. He had four blocks on Monday, two tonight, and eight back on Jan. 21. However, coming off the bench for the Sixers means plenty of inconsistency is on the way for Grant.
Jan 28 - 11:25 PM

JaKarr Sampson came off the bench for 13 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes on Wednesday.

He hit 5-of-6 shots, which is a bit flukey, and if he's not starting for the Sixers, he shouldn't be starting for your fantasy team.
Jan 28 - 11:21 PM

Michael Carter-Williams returned from an illness on Wednesday and just missed a triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 5-of-10 shooting.

Looky there, MCW shoots it 10 times and has an efficient night and the Sixers win. Funny how that works. On a serious note, he's been a fantasy beast on most nights he's played this season, and it was good to see him back in action.
Jan 28 - 11:18 PM

Robert Covington came through with a team-high 19 points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal and four 3-pointers on 7-of-11 shooting in Wednesday's surprising win over the Pistons.

He played just 24 minutes, which is a concern, but he did start the game, which is good. Covington was just 2-of-11 for six points in a start on Monday, so this was a nice reminder that he still has plenty of fantasy gas left in the tank. He's been starting at SG for Philly lately.
Jan 28 - 11:09 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute started and had 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals on 6-of-14 shooting in 31 minutes on Wednesday.

Why the Sixers continue to mess with LMM when so many young guys need minutes is beyond us. Mbah a Moute is averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds over his last five, but if you're thinking about owning him, we'd rather spend the pickup on a high upside guy like K.J. McDaniels (10 points, four rebounds, one steal, one block).
Jan 28 - 11:04 PM

Tony Wroten (knee) will have surgery on his ACL.

It seemed like a no-brainer even though his ACL is only partially torn. Wroten is going to miss the rest of the season and he'll be questionable to start next season. Considering how he relies on his quickness, he might not be 100 percent until 2016. While he's out, Michael Carter-Williams will continue to miss his extra shots while K.J. McDaniels, Robert Covington and Jerami Grant also get more run on the wings.
Jan 28 - 5:56 PM

JaKarr Sampson will start at shooting guard against the Pistons on Wednesday.

It will be his sixth start at guard this season. In his previous five, Sampson averaged 6.2 points, 1.6 boards, 0.1 steals, 0.1 blocks and 0.4 triples. If those stats are desirable to you, give him a look.
Jan 28 - 5:26 PM

Michael Carter-Williams (illness) will start Wednesday's game vs. the Pistons

He does feel better [but] he's not 100 percent," said coach Brett Brown. MCW's return sends Larry Drew II back to the bench and he's safe to activate in all lineups even though he's still under the weather, as he's taken on a massive workload with Tony Wroten out of the picture.
Jan 28 - 5:20 PM

Tony Wroten (knee) is weighing his options on what to do about his partial ACL tear.

Surgery was originally thought to be the only option, but Wroten still wants to explore other alternatives. "A partial tear is so different than a torn ACL," Wroten said. "It is not a guarantee, 100 percent, that I have to have surgery. It is a tough decision, an important decision that I want to make." Whether he opts for surgery or not, Wroten is likely to miss the rest of the regular season while Larry Drew II, K.J. McDaniels, Robert Covington, and Jerami Grant will all get a small boost in fantasy value.

K.J. McDaniels made 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line for 16 points during a 99-74 loss to the Pelicans on Monday, adding four rebounds, one assist, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

He needed an efficient game on offense after some scoring issues before this one. In his previous 10, McDaniels made just 33.0 percent from the field and his jumper has just not been falling. He was better off the dribble tonight and had a couple cheap ones in transition, so it's hard to say he's figured it out. Still, he is worth owning in some standard leagues for his steals, blocks and treys.
Jan 26 - 10:37 PM

Nerlens Noel made 1-of-9 from the field for two points with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes against the Pelicans on Monday.

He'll see Pterodactyls in his sleep because of what Anthony Davis did to him on both ends. Noel's low-post game needs a lot of work and he's going to have a tough time raising his field goal percentage above 45 percent on the season -- he's at 42.9 percent now. He's still worth owning for his blocks and steals, but there isn't a lot of upside.
Jan 26 - 10:35 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute scored 14 points with three rebounds, one assists and no turnovers in 31 minutes against the Pelicans on Monday.

He guarded four positions on defense tonight and moved well without the ball. Mbah a Moute is playing about 30 minutes per game right now and has low-end value in standard leagues, but the propensity of the 76ers to sit him with injuries makes him tough to own.
Jan 26 - 10:34 PM

Robert Covington made 2-of-11 from the field in his second start at shooting guard for six points with six rebounds, five assists and one steal.

He put the ball on the floor a heck of a lot more tonight than usual and his five dimes were a career high. Covington was also flying around on the defense end, which is something he did in his first start at shooting guard earlier in the season. Despite the letdown with his shooting tonight, Covington has been a mid-round guy since he's been given minutes and is a must-start player in fantasy leagues.
Jan 26 - 10:32 PM

Larry Drew II made his first NBA start against the Pelicans on Monday, missing his final seven shots from the field with four points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal.

It wasn't the worst start and his teammates didn't help him because they missed a lot of shots off his passes. Drew signed his second 10-day deal today and the 76ers are going to have to figure out if they want to keep him for the season beyond that deal. Michael Carter-Williams (illness) shouldn't be out much longer, so Drew can be kept on the wire just about everywhere.
Jan 26 - 10:27 PM

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