Player News - 76ers

Date: Team: Pos:

Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Nuggets as well as Tuesday's game in Memphis.

Dec 5 - 5:18 PM

Nerlens Noel (knee) is not traveling with the 76ers to Memphis or New Orleans.

He doesn't have a target date to return, but this at least rules him out until Dec. 11 against the Pistons. If you're stashing Noel, you basically have to hope he's traded out of Philly because the frontcourt is simply too crowded right now.
Dec 5 - 12:27 PM

Robert Covington (knee, illness) will miss the next three games for the 76ers.

This means he will miss Monday's game vs. Denver and the two-game road trip against the Grizzlies and Pelicans. Based on this timetable, the earliest we would see Covington is on Dec. 11 against the Pistons, but that's not a lock either. Gerald Henderson and Nik Stauskas have been playing heavy minutes, while Hollis Thompson should be more involved as well.
Dec 5 - 11:49 AM

Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play on Monday vs. the Wizards.

Bayless hopes to avoid season-ending surgery, as he wants to see how his wrist responds to his recent platelet-rich plasma injection. With Bayless out, Sergio Rodriguez will draw another start and will be a nice source of assists, while T.J. McConnell will handle the backup duties. For now, Bayless is day-to-day and is only a hold in very deep leagues.
Dec 5 - 11:41 AM

Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) is questionable for Monday's game vs. Denver.

Okafor has been playing well of late. He has scored in double-figures in five straight games and over the Sixers last four contests, Okafor is averaging 15.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.0 block. Joel Embiid is going to play on Monday night, but will sit out (rest) on Tuesday. Thus, if Okafor is not close to 100%, the Sixers may choose to hold him out on Monday in hopes he recovers in time for Tuesday's contest, when they will be sans Embiid.
Dec 5 - 11:38 AM

Joel Embiid will play vs. the Nuggets on Monday and will sit out against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Embiid's minute restriction has been bumped up to 28 minutes, and the Sixers will likely need all 28 on Monday, as Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) is questionable and Robert Covington (left knee, flu symptoms) is out. Embiid has been incredibly productive despite limited minutes all season and will be heavily owned in all DFS formats on Monday.
Dec 5 - 11:36 AM

Jerryd Bayless (wrist soreness) said that he wants to avoid season-ending surgery and that he will try to keep playing.

"I'm going to try to play," Bayless said. "I want to play. I want to get to the point where I can play and not worry about it." He recently received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his wrist, so it will be interesting to see how his wrist responds in the coming weeks. He's currently listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Nuggets, but he's just a deep-league hold until he proves he can play through the issue.
Dec 5 - 9:44 AM

Sergio Rodriguez had it going on the offensive end against the Celtics during a 107-106 loss on Saturday, scoring 15 points with five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

Since he was benched, Rodriguez has been solid in those four with averages of 11.5 points, 3.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.3 treys. On the other hand, the defense is a major problem and coach Brett Brown mentioned Isaiah Thomas going off against him. "That's what you see with all-star point guards," Brown said. Additionally, Rodriguez has a woeful 114.6 D-rating in his minutes without Joel Embiid this year. Rodriguez was benched for Jerryd Bayless (wrist) before, but feel free to ride him while he's going strong and until Bayless comes back.
Dec 3 - 11:31 PM

Gerald Henderson scored 13 points with three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Celtics on Saturday.

He picked up a nice amount of minutes from his 24.5 per game on the year, and just 19.5 in his previous two. Henderson is not really an offensive option and doesn't add stats in other areas, so he's not a great pickup.
Dec 3 - 11:20 PM

Nik Stauskas got the start for Robert Covington (knee) on Saturday, scoring 10 points with two rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

He matched up against Avery Bradley tonight and held his own for the most part. Coach Brett Brown likes Stauskas more than last year because he's doing more than just shooting, so he may have a chance at 30 minutes while RoCo is out -- there is no word on the severity of Covington just yet. Sauce Castillo's ceiling isn't the best, so he's more of a player to add for owners with something to cut. That may change if Covington is out for an extended period of time.
Dec 3 - 11:18 PM

Hollis Thompson scored five points with one rebound and one 3-pointer in just 17 minutes on Saturday.

This was a bit of a surprise to see no increase in playing time with Robert Covington (knee) out. Dario Saric was hot, Nik Stauskas gave the 76ers another ball-handler, and Gerald Henderson was playing good defense, so Thompson wasn't let loose. He should be better, but Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot getting minutes is a bad sign.
Dec 3 - 11:13 PM

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot played 10 minutes with two points and two rebounds against the Celtics on Saturday.

He found himself in the rotation to help offset the loss of Robert Covington (knee) tonight. Obviously Luwawu is nowhere near worthy of ownership in almost any league.
Dec 3 - 11:08 PM

Ersan Ilyasova scored 18 points with six rebounds, two assist and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Celtics on Saturday.

It certainly helped Ilyasova a ton with Joel Embiid (rest) not playing tonight. We still don't have a clear picture with how the power forward minutes will shake out, especially with Embiid's restriction getting softer and coach Brett Brown using double-big lineups now. Ilyasova may not be worth owning in shallower leagues, but he's done enough to be a hold in standard leagues. The 76ers have a back-to-back coming up on Monday.
Dec 3 - 11:05 PM

Jahlil Okafor scored 15 points in a start for Joel Embiid (rest) on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

He is playing well on the offensive side and took care of business on that end. However, it's not a secret that NBA teams love to go after Okafor on defense and Isaiah Thomas even threw some shade. "We wanted to get Okafor in as many pick-and-rolls as possible," Thomas said. Even with the bad defense, Okafor is worth owning in standard leagues with coach Brett Brown OK with playing him next to Embiid.
Dec 3 - 11:02 PM

Dario Saric matched his career highs with 21 points and 12 boards against the Celtics on Saturday, adding two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

He did get plenty of minutes at small forward tonight despite coach Brett Brown saying it wasn't the best matchup to do so against the Celtics. Saric was as cold as ever coming into this game, but maybe the new role is just what he needs -- there is still no prognosis on Robert Covington (knee). We'd obviously like to see him do it again after a two-week slump, but he's worth a look if your league is quick with the pickups and you have something to cut.
Dec 3 - 10:58 PM


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