Player News - 76ers

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The 76ers have announced that the x-rays that were taken on Nerlens Noel's ankle following Saturday's game have come back negative.

Noel was able to return after briefly leaving Saturday's game when he came down awkwardly on his ankle, so it doesn't look like this is going to be an issue moving forward. However, the 76ers are known to be extremely cautious with their "star players," so we'll be considering Noel questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors. If he sits, look for Henry Sims, Robert Covington, and Furkan Aldemir to help fill the void.

Luc Mbah a Moute is dealing with a strained left calf and has no timetable for a return.

He was forced to miss Saturday's game, and knowing how cautious the 76ers are it appears that he will likely see additional time on the sidelines. Mbah a Moute actually had some decent value in deeper leagues, but that run is likely over and owners can plan on looking elsewhere. Henry Sims started on Saturday, but is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
Dec 28 - 9:47 AM

Joel Embiid is no longer traveling with the 76ers on their current road trip in order to speed up his recovery process.

"Joel has all the resources that he needs back in Philadelphia," coach Brett Brown said. "It's more of a structured, stable environment where he has the machines that he can lift on, the people that he can see, team-doctor-wise. He's at an interesting stage of his recovery." Embiid is making excellent progress in his recovery, and the 76ers are doing everything they can to improve his health. However, he is still not expected to return this season and won't be worth owning outside of dynasty leagues. We will continue to track his progress very closely and pass along updates as needed.
Dec 28 - 9:41 AM

Tony Wroten scored 20 points on Saturday to go with six boards and two steals in 32 minutes.

He has had some tough luck with injuries this season, but when he has been healthy he has looked really strong on the court. While you can probably do better in standard leagues for now, if Michael Carter-Williams ever suffers an injury Wroten will become a must-start option in all points-based formats.
Dec 28 - 12:28 AM

Henry Sims entered the starting lineup on Saturday in place of Luc Mbah a Moute (calf), and responded with 10 points, eight boards, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes.

He will never blow you away, but Sims will have decent value in deeper leagues if he continues to see more than 30 minutes. Mbah a Moute may miss some more action, and Nerlens Noel is having his ankle X-rayed, so Sims could be in line for more minutes. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach here.
Dec 28 - 12:23 AM

Robert Covington scored 17 points in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding nine boards, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

He has been a beast since coming to Philadelphia, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Coach Brett Brown loves Covington's ability to stretch the floor, and he will likely see big minutes the rest of the way for the 76ers. Covington is by all means a must-own player in standard leagues.
Dec 28 - 12:19 AM

Michael Carter-Williams shot just 2-of-20 from the field in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday, finishing with eight points, four boards, six assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

He was terrible Saturday, and to add to his misery he even turned the ball over six times. MCW is one of the most inefficient players in the league, and his shooting percentages and turnovers make him really tough to own in standard leagues. That being said, his numbers will continue to be inflated as long as he continues to see big minutes for the 76ers, and he will continue to be a triple-double threat every time he takes the floor. Owners must take the good with the bad.
Dec 28 - 12:13 AM

Nerlens Noel (ankle) is going to get X-rays after Saturday's game against the Jazz.

He briefly left the game after landing awkwardly on his ankle, but he returned moments later and finished with five points, 10 boards, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes. The 76ers are known to be extremely cautious with injuries so it is possible that Noel could see some time on the sidelines. We will pass along updates as soon as we know more, and we would expect Henry Sims, Robert Covington, and Furkan Aldemir to fill the void should Noel miss any time. Stay tuned.

Nerlens Noel (ankle) had to leave the game in the third quarter of Saturday's game but has since returned.

This is great news considering how cautious the 76ers are, and it appears that Noel has dodged a bullet here. We will pass along any further updates as soon as we know more. Stay tuned.
Dec 27 - 10:49 PM

Henry Sims will draw the start on Saturday against the Jazz in place of Luc Mbah a Moute (calf).

While Sims will draw the start, the 76ers will likely use a committee-approach to soak up the minutes at power forward, so we don't recommend adding Sims outside of really deep leagues given how ineffective he has been so far this season.
Dec 27 - 7:58 PM

Hollis Thompson (illness) will not play on Saturday vs. the Jazz, and was sent home to Philadelphia for precautionary reasons.

He has missed the past four games and it looks like he could see more time on the sidelines, especially considering the 76ers next home game isn't until Jan.5. We will update his status as needed, but in the meantime K.J. McDaniels and Tony Wroten will be the biggest beneficiaries, and are worth a look in all leagues.
Dec 27 - 7:49 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute (calf) will not play on Saturday against the Jazz.

This is a new injury for Mbah a Moute. The 76ers tend to keep their players out longer than most teams and he has missed a lot of time due to injury in his career, so he's likely out for a handful of games. While he's out, it'll be a collective effort from K.J. McDaniels, JaKarr Sampson, Robert Covington and Henry Sims picking up extra run.
Dec 27 - 7:49 PM

Andrei Kirilenko (personal) is still away from the 76ers, and will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

He is reportedly tending to a family issue, but we won't speculate as to what is really going on. He clearly does not want to play for the lowly 76ers, and it is highly unlikely that he remains with the team past the trade deadline. We will pass along any further updates as needed, but Kirilenko can be ignored in almost all leagues.
Dec 27 - 12:13 PM

Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 points on 8-of-20 shooting with six rebounds, five assists and two steals in Friday's loss to the Blazers.

MCW is unusable in 9-cat leagues unless you're punting nearly half your categories and who does that. In 8-cat leagues you're looking at a top-75 player in the 21 games he has been on the floor this year, boosted by averages of 16.0 points, 6.8 boards and 7.5 assists for the popcorn stat player.
Dec 27 - 4:45 AM

Tony Wroten scored 22 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 7-of-13 shots (1-of-4 3PTs, 7-of-9 FTs) with four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

Wroten won't shoot it this well on most nights and he has had a hard time staying on the court. He could be worth a look in 8-cat leagues but the emergence of K.J. McDaniels and Robert Covington complicates what was once an open season for Wroten hucking up shots. Hollis Thompson was also out tonight, giving some minutes to the rest of the rotation.
Dec 27 - 4:39 AM


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