Player News - 76ers

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Nerlens Noel (right knee) will not participate in the Rising Stars Challenge during the 2016 All-Star break.

Noel sat out Philly's final game before the break after experiencing some tendinitis in his right knee, and it doesn't make much sense for him to fight through the pain for a meaningless game. The Sixers are calling Noel's absence precautionary and they don't play again until February 19, giving him plenty of time to rest his right knee. He should be fine.
Feb 11 - 4:29 PM

Jahlil Okafor came up huge vs. the Kings on Wednesday, scoring 26 points on 11-of-18 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 39 minutes.

Okafor had some rookie moments defensively, and he earned Brett Brown's ire by failing to box out for a few rebounds, but the good easily outweighed the bad tonight. It must be noted that Nerlens Noel (knee) wasn't available tonight, gifting Okafor more minutes and touches in the paint -- the 39 minutes tied a season high set back on Nov. 14.
Feb 10 - 11:54 PM

Richaun Holmes (ankle) posted eight points, two rebounds, one steal and four blocks in 15 minutes vs. the Kings on Wednesday.

Holmes was cleared to play on Monday but never stepped on the court -- he was the first big man off the bench tonight because Nerlens Noel (knee) was unavailable. He was impressive in limited minutes, giving the short-handed Sixers another physical presence in the paint, but he's not worth fantasy owners' attention with Noel day-to-day.
Feb 10 - 11:53 PM

Nik Stauskas (neck) started vs. his former team on Wednesday, pitching in 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with four 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and one steal vs. the visiting Kings.

Poor shooting is the norm for Stauskas, who came in shooting 36.9 percent from the field, but he may have had some extra adrenaline vs. Sacramento tonight. He logged 31 minutes tonight, which is encouraging, but he's been far too erratic to recommend outside of the deepest leagues.
Feb 10 - 11:53 PM

Robert Covington lit up the Kings on Wednesday for a career-high 29 points with seven 3-pointers, while adding five rebounds and six steals in 32 minutes of action.

Covington did turn the ball over seven times but his owners can overlook that, and these are the games that make holding him worthwhile. RoCo's shot hasn't been falling lately but he's jacking up 6.2 triples over his past five games, and should maintain a steady 25-30 minute role the rest of the way. The good news for Philly's lottery odds is that that his efforts were squandered tonight, as the Sixers blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.
Feb 10 - 11:52 PM

Jerami Grant looked to suffer a tweak to his leg after a fall in the fourth quarter.

He went for a block and his body landed in an unnatural position. Grant is likely done of the night, finishing with seven points, six rebounds, six assists, four blocks and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes during his start for Nerlens Noel (knee). Hopefully, Grant will be ready after the break.
Feb 10 - 9:18 PM

Jerami Grant will start in place of Nerlens Noel (knee) on Wednesday against the Kings.

This is a late scratch and Grant will get a chance to carry his momentum into the break. Grant has turned in some nice offensive games and is going to be a very popular target in DFS tonight. He's also a nice streaming option if your format allows it.
Feb 10 - 6:50 PM

Nerlens Noel (right knee) will miss Wednesday's game vs. the Kings and Jerami Grant will start in his place.

With Noel on the sidelines Wednesday night, Jahlil Okafor and Ish Smith will see some increased opportunity on offense, and Jerami Grant will look to build off his 17-point, 11-rebound outing from Monday. Grant is going to draw a favorable matchup tonight, so he's someone to consider in DFS. This is the same knee that has given Noel problems throughout the season, although tonight's absence seems more precautionary than anything else, as this is Philly's last game before the break.

Nik Stauskas (neck) will start against the Kings on Wednesday night.

He'll join Ish Smith, Robert Covington, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. The Kings dumped Sauce Castillo last offseason to basically cut their losses, so he has a little added motivation. Although, he had a bad game against them in December. Start him at your own risk tonight and he's not worth owning in most leagues.
Feb 10 - 5:34 PM

Jerami Grant scored a team-high 17 points during a 98-92 overtime loss to the Clippers on Monday, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one turnover in 33 minutes.

He is starting to play with a little more consistency on the offensive end. Grant has been pretty solid in his last five, averaging 9.0 points, 5.6 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.8 blocks, 0.6 steals and 0.4 treys. He's only worth a look in 16-team leagues right now.
Feb 8 - 11:16 PM

Nerlens Noel played 34 minutes with eight points, nine rebounds, four assists, four steals and one block against the Clippers on Monday.

The scoring wasn't there, but everything else was for Noel. He's been awesome since Ish Smith arrived on the scene and is putting up first-round value in those 21 games.
Feb 8 - 11:10 PM

Ish Smith (ankle) retuned from a one-game absence and scored 16 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer on 7-of-24 from the field in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

So much for the 24-minute restriction. Smith does have some shooting issues right now, making just 35.5 percent from the field in his last seven. On the bright side, he does have averages of 14.4 points, 4.4 boards, 6.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.3 treys. He is what he is.
Feb 8 - 11:07 PM

Nik Stauskas suffered a neck injury in the fourth quarter on Monday against the Clippers.

He was sitting on the court for about 10 seconds before he walked back to the locker room under his own power. Stauskas is likely done for the night, checking out with five points, one rebound and one 3-pointer. He was replaced by Robert Covington.
Feb 8 - 9:00 PM

Nerlens Noel (ankle) is in the starting lineup for Monday's game vs. the Clippers.

He left Saturday's game vs. the Nets for a few moments to get his ankle re-taped, but he was able to carry on and the issue didn't seem to hold him back. We will let you know how he holds up after tonight's game, but he belongs in all lineups. He scored 18 points with four rebounds, two assists, four steals and three blocks in his last outing.
Feb 8 - 6:40 PM

Richuan Holmes (ankle) will play against the Clippers on Monday.

His return may mean there could be fewer lineup combos of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. Holmes is likely only going to get minutes in the teens, so he's not a fantasy option.
Feb 8 - 5:28 PM


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