Player News - 76ers

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Ben Simmons scored 18 points during a 128-94 loss to the Raptors on Saturday, adding 10 rebounds, eight assists and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

After playing 37 minutes on Friday, Simmons was likely headed to minutes in the upper 30s if not for garbage time -- he checked out for the final time at 4:52. As for the bad loss, his team missed Joel Embiid, and somewhat surprisingly Simmons had a higher usage rate before tonight when he's next to Embiid for his 47 minutes compared to the 25 without him. Getting this many minutes this early is a great sign for Simmons' fantasy value going forward.
Oct 21 - 10:27 PM

Markelle Fultz scored six points with one rebound, two assists and one turnover in 24 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

He just hasn't looked comfortable at all. Whether it's the shoulder issue or just an adjustment to the NBA game, Fultz is way behind compared to his other high pick draftees. Worse yet, his free throw stroke looks like he hasn't shot a basketball in years, so he really needs to figure that out (video in link below). It could be a while before Fultz has reliable fantasy value.
Oct 21 - 10:25 PM

Robert Covington scored five points with three rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

It was also one of his worst defensive games in quite some time with DeMar DeRozan keeping Covington on his heels. This was a garbage time special, so there's no need to worry here. Start RoCo in all leagues.
Oct 21 - 10:23 PM

Jerryd Bayless scored 16 points with three rebounds and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

He was arguably the best Philly guard today and he continues to play several roles. Before this loss, Bayless only played 1.8 total minutes next to Markelle Fultz, but he saw a lot more than that today. Plus, Fultz's progress isn't there yet, so Bayless could have some value for a few more weeks.
Oct 21 - 10:14 PM

Amir Johnson scored six points in the starting lineup against the Raptors on Saturday, adding two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 14 minutes.

He didn't get a fair chance in this game with his old team blowing out the 76ers. Johnson got the start for Joel Embiid tonight because of a back-to-back set, but the 76ers won't have another one until Nov. 29. That means this could be his last start for a while, assuming The Process stays healthy.
Oct 21 - 10:12 PM

Jahlil Okafor scored 10 points with six rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

He didn't help his trade value today. Okafor picked up his third foul in two minutes today and he continues to struggle on defense. The 76ers won't have another back-to-back set for over a month, so Okafor will probably be out of the rotation most nights.
Oct 21 - 10:12 PM

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored one point with two rebounds in 11 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

He's been J.J. Redick's backup so far this season and shares the backup wing minutes with Justin Anderson. Plus, the 76ers use two-PG lineups on occasion, so there isn't much opportunity for Luwawu-Cabarrot.
Oct 21 - 10:07 PM

T.J. McConnell scored two points with one rebound, two assists and two turnovers in 16 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

He's still been able to get in the rotation, but McConnell's 2016-17 will probably go down as his best season of his career. Still, he gets a lot of credit and could re-emerge if Jerryd Bayless or Markelle Fultz miss time.
Oct 21 - 10:03 PM

Justin Anderson scored 12 points with one rebound, one block and two 3-pointers in 15 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

After getting just three minutes in the first two games combined, garbage time helped Anderson get out here tonight. Despite being the key piece in the Nerlens Noel trade, Anderson isn't a good bet for minutes most nights.
Oct 21 - 10:02 PM

Coach Brett Brown said Jahlil Okafor is expected to play on Saturday against the Raptors.

He did not play in either of the first two games, but Okafor will likely get minutes without Joel Embiid (rest) tonight. There's always risk in using a player in DFS after he was a DNP-CD, but there could be opportunity here.
Oct 21 - 6:24 PM

Amir Johnson will start at center against the Raptors on Saturday with Joel Embiid (rest) not playing.

Revenge game? Johnson has played just 13.5 minutes per game and he only played 20.5 minutes per game in his 77 starts for Boston last year, so 20-24 minutes seems like a fair expectation tonight. It's tough to count on Jahlil Okafor here, but coach Brett Brown said he plans on using him. Dario Saric has also played four minutes at center, so he figures to be part of the recipe without The Process.
Oct 21 - 6:08 PM

Joel Embiid expressed frustration in having to sit out back-to-back games.

The Sixers are sitting Embiid on Saturday after he logged 28 minutes vs. Boston on Friday night. Embiid says he understands why the team's medical staff and coaches want to limit his minutes, but it still bothers him. "I just want to feel like an NBA player," Embiid said. "I feel like I’m not an NBA player because I can’t play back-to-back." Embiid also voiced frustration over how he is being utilized, saying he "didn’t get the ball enough in the post." Embiid will look to unleash his anger Monday vs. the Pistons.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 21 - 12:18 PM

Ben Simmons (4-of-11 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs) posted his second straight double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and one steal in Friday's 102-98 loss to Boston.

He's off to an amazing start, but it's going to be interesting to see if the 76ers allow him to play on Saturday on the second night of a back-to-back against Toronto. He did say in the preseason that he doesn't have restrictions, but it's not up to him. Joel Embiid is going to rest, so if Simmons does play his ceiling will be much higher.
Oct 21 - 1:45 AM

Robert Covington scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting against the Celtics in 27 minutes.

He went off for 29 points in the season opener with six 3-pointers, but tonight's line was probably closer to what we can expect moving forward (with some steals). He grabbed two rebounds with two assists, one block and two 3-pointers, and should be a fun player to own all season for his money stats. He'll get a nice bump on Saturday with Joel Embiid (rest) out.
Oct 21 - 1:36 AM

Jahlil Okafor picked up another DNP-CD on Friday vs. Boston.

He's either struggling with an illness or completely out of the rotation, but the 76ers aren't the most transparent team. Okafor is a trade candidate and his path to minutes will only get harder when Richaun Holmes returns from his wrist injury. He should get a look on Saturday vs. Toronto with Joel Embiid resting.
Oct 21 - 1:29 AM


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