Player News - 76ers

Date: Team: Pos:

Nik Stauskas played 38 minutes on Tuesday vs. Memphis, scoring 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting.

He was just 1-of-8 from beyond the arc and added four rebounds, one assist and one block. He also only hit 5-of-10 from the line which was a surprise because he was a career 78.8 percent shooter prior to Tuesday. He's played 33 or more minutes in three straight games, but his upside is pretty low and he's more of a deep-league play.
Dec 6 - 11:12 PM

Dario Saric had another solid game on Tuesday vs. Memphis, scoring 17 points with seven rebounds, one steal and three triples in 24 minutes.

He would've played a bit more, but Ersan Ilyasova was unconscious with 23 points and 17 rebounds. Saric shot 6-of-12 from the field and has now played three good games in a row since his two-point dud against the Magic on Dec. 2. In those three games, he's averaging 18.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 3.0 treys. He looks like a really solid pickup with Robert Covington out with a knee injury, but there will be some bumps in the road for the rookie.
Dec 6 - 11:08 PM

Richaun Holmes started at center on Tuesday vs. Memphis and played well, scoring 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 34 minutes.

So much upside. Unfortunately, Holmes is buried on the bench this season and only picked up a lot of run because Joel Embiid was resting and Jahlil Okafor was out with an illness. Nerlens Noel (knee) is also on the way back, so it's going to be tough for Holmes to emerge unless a trade or two opens up some minutes in Philly.
Dec 6 - 11:01 PM

Sergio Rodriguez scored five points with three rebounds, three assists, one triple and three turnovers in 23 minutes against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

He was coming in hot with five straight game with 7+ assists and two straight games with double-digit points, but he only hit 2-of-7 shots from the field against the Grizzlies and lost minutes to T.J. McConnell. He's a headache to own unless you need the assists.
Dec 6 - 10:57 PM

Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 23 points with 17 rebounds in Tuesday's 96-91 loss to the Grizzlies.

It was easily one of the lines of the night, as Ilyasova shot 7-of-19 from the field with four assists, two blocks, one steal and four triples in 40 minutes of action. Joel Embiid was resting and Jahlil Okafor was out with an illness, so he took advantage of his extra minutes. He's scored 17+ points in three straight games with a combined nine 3-pointers in that span, so there's no way he should be sitting on any waiver wires.
Dec 6 - 10:51 PM

Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) is doubtful to play Thursday vs. the Pelicans.

Okafor has not yet joined the team on their road trip, and it doesn't seem likely that that fact will change on Thursday. Joel Embiid (rest) will be returning from his rest day on Thursday, so Okafor's absence won't mean all that much. Richaun Holmes could see an uptick in minutes, but that's about it.
Dec 6 - 7:10 PM

Jerryd Bayless (wrist) and Jahlil Okafor (stomach bug) are not expected to travel with the team to New Orleans for Thursday's game against the Pelicans.

Both of these guys will spend Tuesday's game on the sidelines, and if Bayless can't give it a go Thursday, that'll be his sixth straight game on the sidelines and Okafor's third. Bayless is in danger of requiring season-ending surgery to correct his wrist injury, and he doesn't offer enough upside to hold onto in most scenarios. Sergio Rodriguez has been playing well as a starter, so he's worth a look as an assists specialist in standard leagues. Joel Embiid (rest) will be back in action on Thursday, so Okafor's absence won't mean much.

Richaun Holmes will draw the start for Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies with both Joel Embiid (rest) and Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) on the sidelines.

It's not the best matchup for Holmes, but if he can just keep himself out of foul trouble he could be a nice DFS play tonight with zero depth behind him. Sergio Rodriguez, Nik Stauskas, Gerald Henderson and Ersan Ilyasova will join Holmes in the starting five for tonight's game.

With both Joel Embiid (rest) and Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) out on Tuesday, Richaun Holmes is expected to start on Tuesday.

The Sixers will also be without starters Robert Covington (knee) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist), and will have only nine healthy bodies. Holmes makes for a strong DFS play on Tuesday, as he'll have an opportunity to play a season-high in minutes as long as he stays out of foul trouble. Holmes' pr-36 minute averages this season are impressive: 16.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.5 steals.
Dec 6 - 1:02 PM

Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Grizzlies.

This will be the fifth straight game Bayless has missed due to the wrist issue. Sergio Rodriguez will once again start for the Sixers, with T.J. McConnel backing him up. Rodriguez has played well as a starter. Over his five games, he is averaging 12.6 points, 7.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 3-pointers and 1.8 assists. With only nine available players Tuesday night, Rodriguez and the rest of the healthy Sixers will see plenty of playing time, making S-Rod an intriguing DFS and streaming option.
Dec 6 - 10:54 AM

Richaun Holmes had 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks on 5-of-8 shooting in just 18 minutes on Monday.

With centers Joel Embiid (rest) and Jahlil Okafor (stomach) both out on Tuesday, Holmes looks like a really sneaky play tomorrow night.
Dec 5 - 10:02 PM

Dario Saric came off the bench and played 25 minutes, hitting 6-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points, eight boards and a steal on Monday.

After going through a slump, Dario is rolling right now, scoring 21 on Saturday and playing very well tonight. He's seeing minutes at small forward and now looks like a great time to pick him up if he was dumped in your league.
Dec 5 - 10:00 PM

Sergio Rodriguez hit 7-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points, four rebounds, seven assists and three steals in Monday's loss to the Nuggets.

Jerryd Baless is still out and nursing a wrist injury, so Rodriguez should continue to get it done as long as that's the case. And even when Bayless is back, given the fact he hasn't been able to overcome the injury thus far, Rodriguez might stay relevant until the new year.
Dec 5 - 9:58 PM

Joel Embiid hit just 5-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, four rebounds and five blocks in 24 minutes on Monday.

The Process wasn't great tonight and actually struggled a bit against Jusuf Nurkic. He was serviceable and saved his line with the blocks, but will sit out on Tuesday against the Grizzlies. Jahlil Okafor (stomach) is also out for that one, meaning Richaun Holmes could be a sneaky play tomorrow night.
Dec 5 - 9:56 PM

Nik Stauskas hit just 1-of-7 shots (a 3-pointer) for four points, three rebounds, five assists, a block and three turnovers in 35 minutes of Monday's start for the Sixers.

Stauskas has hit just 4-of-24 shots over his last three games. The minutes and opportunity are there, but he's in a shooting slump, making him a borderline fantasy play right now. He could get hot at any time though, and is too good a shooter to not break out of his funk sooner than later.
Dec 5 - 9:53 PM


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