Player News - 76ers

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Coach Brett Brown said Dario Saric would get consideration for Rookie of the Year if Joel Embiid wasn't in the league.

The Homie Dario was awesome in the fourth quarter to help the 76ers earn a win against the Raptors on Wednesday. Saric hasn't really played many minutes at the three, which has taken away from Ersan Ilyasova slightly. He's playing much better and coach Brown talking him up suggests he should be around 24 minutes most nights. He's worth a look for owners with something to cut.
Jan 19 - 3:58 PM

Coach Brett Brown said he thinks the 76ers will have Ben Simmons (foot) at some point this year.

In case you missed it yesterday, ESPN reported he could debut shortly after the All-Star Game. This is really the most positive sign from Brown about a potential target date. This could be due to the 76ers arguably playing the best basketball in 2017 and now they actually have a chance to make the playoffs. We'd still rather stash Khris Middleton (hamstring), but feel free to stash Simmons if you have a big lead or an open I.R. spot.
Jan 19 - 2:27 PM

Chasson Randle is expected to get a second 10-day contract from the 76ers.

Randle has only made two appearances so far, but he has impressed with 13 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals and three triples in a combined 22 minutes. He's currently third on the depth chart behind T.J. McConnell and Sergio Rodriguez, but he could get an extended look this week so the 76ers can make a decision on his long-term future with the franchise.
Jan 19 - 12:36 PM

Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle) returned on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, three turnovers and zero assists, steals or blocks in 21 minutes.

Noel missed Monday's game but his return confirms that it was a minor sprain, as the Sixers typically err on the side of caution with injuries. He's usually far more productive on a per-minute basis, so his owners should forgive him tonight's dud. Expect better vs. the Blazers on Friday.
Jan 18 - 10:38 PM

Jahlil Okafor (ankle) was a healthy DNP-CD on Wednesday.

Okafor was available to play despite his minor ankle ailment, but coach Brett Brown went back to a Joel Embiid/Nerlens Noel rotation at center. Barring a trade, Okafor belongs on the waiver wire.
Jan 18 - 10:38 PM

Joel Embiid (illness) racked up 26 points (6-of-13 FGs, 12-of-14 FTs) with two 3-pointers, nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 27 minutes on Wednesday.

The Sixers said recently that Embiid's 28-minute limit will not be increased this season, but that's obviously not a deal-breaker for fantasy owners. Even with the limit in place he's been an early round value in January, averaging a stellar 22.5 points, 0.7 threes, 9.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.5 blocks. He's the first Sixers rookie since Allen Iverson to score 20+ points in 10 straight games, and he even earned "M-V-P" chants from the home crowd tonight. Give him another season or two, and that might not be far-fetched.
Jan 18 - 10:37 PM

T.J. McConnell (sprained right wrist) returned to action on Wednesday with 10 points, eight assists, five rebounds, one steal and just one turnover in 29 minutes.

McConnell's wrist injury didn't impact his shot tonight, as he went 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line. He wound up missing just one game with the injury, and anyone who picked up Sergio Rodriguez (19 minutes) can feel free to cut him again.
Jan 18 - 10:35 PM

Dario Saric had a big fourth quarter during Wednesday's home win vs. Toronto , finishing with a team-high nine rebounds to go along with eight points, one 3-pointer, one assist and two blocks.

Saric has shown improvement lately, scoring 17 points on Monday while hitting eight 3-pointers in his previous three games. He's shooting 38.8 percent from the field, and his rest-of-season outlook is complicated by Ben Simmons' eventual return, but he's still an intriguing guy to own in most formats.
Jan 18 - 10:35 PM

Sergio Rodriguez went back to the bench on Wednesday, posting four points, seven rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 19 minutes.

Rodriguez started Monday's game in place of T.J. McConnell (wrist), but the well ran dry with McConnell back in action tonight. His numbers as a reserve are sufficient to explain his lack of fantasy appeal -- 4.0 points on 26.7 percent shooting, 1.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 0.6 steals.
Jan 18 - 10:34 PM

Ersan Ilyasova drained three 3-pointers and 7-of-14 shots overall on Wednesday, finishing with 18 points, five boards, two assists and zero turnovers in 24 minutes.

Ilyasova has been putting in extra work on his shot after practices lately, and it paid off tonight. He's been an unlikely success story since joining the Sixers this season, establishing top-100 value with averages of 14.2 points, 2.1 triples, 6.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.3 blocks. The bad news is that Ben Simmons' return looms over him, and Dario Saric is playing well lately, so his rest-of-season outlook isn't the best.
Jan 18 - 10:33 PM

Ben Simmons (foot) "could make his much-anticipated NBA debut shortly after the All-Star break," according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

The report adds the No. 1 pick has a chance to make his NBA debut "near March," assuming he doesn't have a setback. He went through 5-on-5 for the first time last week and continues to do some work pre-game, including on the road. He'll likely have a minutes limit upon his return, so it may be a while before he's contributing reliable production. Simmons is a questionable stash in standard leagues, especially if you need to make up ground in the standings.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 18 - 7:36 PM

Coach Brett Brown said there is "no chance" Ben Simmons will play on Jan. 27 against the Rockets.

That game was switched to national TV, which has caused some speculation about Simmons making his debut. He is doing some on-court work and the 76ers actually in the mix to make the postseason has given the team a reason to play him. Perhaps he can make his debut next month, but he's still only a questionable stash without a target date.
Jan 18 - 5:32 PM

Sergio Rodriguez will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

T.J. McConnell (wrist) is back in action tonight, and he'll immediately be re-inserted into the starting five, which could result in Rodriguez' minutes plunging to the teens, rendering him a non-option in most formats. Nik Stauskas, Robert Covington, Ersan Ilyasova and Joel Embiid will join McConnell in the starting five for tonight's game.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With McConnell back in action, Rodriguez isn't a DFS option, but the two should continue to cut into each other's production to an extent. McConnell is a good bet for 30-32 minutes of run, but with almost the entire roster active, Joel Embiid looks like the only strong DFS target on a nine-game slate. Embiid is 4th in the NBA in usage rate and faces a Toronto defense that ranks 18th in rebounding rate and sits about league average in defensive efficiency.

Joel Embiid (illness) will start Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

Embiid could be limited tonight due to the illness, but he remains a must-start guy any time he takes the court. With him active, Nerlens Noel (ankle) and Jahlil Okafor (ankle) will split the reserve minutes, with Noel offering a bit more appeal due to his defensive upside.
Jan 18 - 5:21 PM

Nerlens Noel (ankle) will play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

Joel Embiid (illness) is still questionable to play. Noel should be looking at minutes in the low 20s regardless of Embiid's status. Jahlil Okafor could be getting minutes in the upper 20s or he could be a DNP-CD. Noel is worth owning in standard leagues right now.
Jan 18 - 5:18 PM


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