Player News - 76ers

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After Saturday's game, coach Brett Brown said that he doesn't believe that Ben Simmons' (back tightness) injury is serious.

Simmons left after eight first quarter minutes and did not return. Brown also mentioned that he was told Ben's back was sore before the game, which is concerning. The Sixers have Sunday off before returning to practice on Monday, with their next game coming on Tuesday. Markelle Fultz, J.J. Redick, and T.J. McConnell would benefit if the Sixers were to play it safe and hold Ben out of any games.
Oct 21 - 11:59 AM

Dario Saric chipped in across the board on Saturday, scoring 13 points (4-of-12 FGs) with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block, and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Magic.

Saric has yet to get it going with his shot, but it was nice to see him not in foul trouble, allowing him to play almost 40 minutes. Ben Simmons left in the first quarter, leaving the rest of the starting lineup to pick up the slack in his absence. Saric has always been a playmaker and that showed tonight with his five dimes. His ceiling isn't high because he plays with two studs, but he'll be very steady once he gets his legs under him. Be patient with The Homie.
Oct 20 - 10:39 PM

T.J. McConnell played 25 minutes on Saturday, scoring eight points (4-of-7 FGs) with four rebounds and four assists against the Magic.

McConnell saw an increase in minutes on Saturday because Ben Simmons left the game in the first quarter with back tightness. TJ's motor never runs empty and he was all of the place against the Magic, helping the Sixers come back to win. If Simmons were to miss any time, McConnell will likely benefit the most. He'd make for a nice stream option and DFS play in that situation.
Oct 20 - 10:30 PM

Markelle Fultz made 4-of-11 shots for eight points, adding four rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and one turnover in 23 minutes on Saturday against the Magic.

Fultz looked confident early, even thought the shot wasn't falling. Ben Simmons left the game in the first quarter, leaving Fultz and T.J. McConnell to run the show. Fultz fared well, only turning the ball over once and dishing seven assists. Coach Brett Brown decided to roll with McConnell to close out the game, which is not good for Fultz's value. Until he has the full confidence of his coach, he's unlikely to be a consistent fantasy contributor. However, if Simmons were to miss any games, Fultz would see a nice uptick in value in the short term.
Oct 20 - 10:22 PM

Joel Embiid was dominant on Saturday, scoring 32 points (13-of-26 FGs) with 10 rebounds, three assists, and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Magic.

Embiid was dominant from the start, scoring 21 points in the first half. He had a filthy Euro-step on Nikola Vucevic and then proceeded to Euro-step his way to the bench after the Magic called a timeout (video in link below). Ben Simmons left the game in the first quarter with a back injury and the Sixers needed Embiid to step up, which he did. This is the second time in his career that he has posted back-to-back 30 point outings, the first coming last November. Embiid will be a monster as long as he's healthy.
Oct 20 - 10:15 PM

J.J. Redick was hitting from deep early and often on Saturday, scoring 31 points (10-of-20 FGs, 8-of-13 3PTs, 3-of-3 FTs) with four rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 32 minutes against the Magic.

Redick likes to play against the Magic, as he hit eight 3-pointers in a game against them last season, too. He struggled in the first two games this year, shooting only 3-of-11 from deep. Redick is a very important player for the Sixers, whether he starts or not. His presence changed the game immediately and he hit the game-winning triple late in the fourth quarter. He'll be a steady source of points and threes going forward.
Oct 20 - 10:07 PM

Ben Simmons (back tightness) will not return on Saturday against the Magic.

He was ruled out fairly quickly, so this is discouraging news. Simmons had neck tightness in the preseason, and maybe this is related to that. The 76ers likely will update him after the game and hopefully he can heal up over the weekend. With him out, that will likely increase T.J. McConnell's minutes the most, but Markelle Fultz and J.J. Redick also benefit while Ben is out.
Oct 20 - 8:14 PM

Ben Simmons scored 13 points with 13 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and two blocks in 34 minutes during a 127-108 win over the Bulls on Thursday.

It's nice to play the Bulls and this is his third trip-dub in four tries, but it's obvious Ben is going to create in this offense. He came into tonight leading the league in total touches and he had a whopping 27 potential assists against the Celtics, so he'll be getting double-digit dimes in most of his friendly matchups like this one. He'll get another good matchup against the Magic on Saturday, so his owners can set the bar high for that one.
Oct 18 - 11:06 PM

Joel Embiid could not be stopped in 33 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday, scoring 30 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and two turnovers.

He came out like gangbusters with 12 points in the first five minutes, and Embiid has started his season with back-to-back 20-10 games -- 31 in his career. Coach Brett Brown said in the opener that he wants to get the ball into the post, so clearly Embiid is going to dominate in scoring after his NBA-high usage rate in the preseason. He'll be a monster all year and will likely feast against the Magic on Saturday.
Oct 18 - 11:04 PM

Markelle Fultz started and came off the bench to start the third quarter again, making 5-of-15 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

This was a bit of a garbage time special as Fultz ran the O while Ben Simmons was off the court late. That aside, Wells Fargo Center cheers Fultz when he takes any perimeter shot, and the place exploded when he hit a trey in a game that was a blowout. Fultz still isn't looking comfortable as a scorer and he's not going to handle the ball much when Ben Simmons is out there, so his owners may need to exercise a lot of patience. It might be a while.
Oct 18 - 11:02 PM

Robert Covington scored 20 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

His dud against the Celtics was hardly a surprise after he continues to struggle against them, but he was able to put up a big Lord RoCo-type line in one of the most favorable matchups for wings. He's essentially in an identical role as last year and he may be a step up in the pecking order to space the floor because he's not getting as many minutes next to J.J. Redick. He'll be just fine in standard leagues.
Oct 18 - 11:00 PM

Dario Saric made 4-of-12 from the field for 13 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

Foul trouble caused him to play just 23 minutes against Boston, and coach Brett Brown even mentioned today that Saric's foul trouble threw things out of wack for Philly in the loss. Saric will find his shot eventually, but he'll have his duds because Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will dominate the ball. He'll be more of a top-100 kind of player.
Oct 18 - 10:59 PM

J.J. Redick scored 10 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

He struggled with his shot and only attempted three from deep. Coach Brett Brown said he's not tied to starting Markelle Fultz long term, so maybe Redick could get back in the first unit. That would likely help his value because he would be open a lot more, but Redick is more of a 3-pointers specialist.
Oct 18 - 10:58 PM

Mike Muscala (right ankle) will not play vs. Chicago on Thursday.

Muscala's presence is meaningful for the Sixers' second unit, as he can fill some of the void left by Ersan Ilyasova's departure in free agency. Amir Johnson gains the most in his absence but he's still a non-factor in fantasy while Joel Embiid is healthy.
Oct 18 - 6:35 PM

Wilson Chandler (hamstring) will not play Thursday vs. the Bulls.

Just last Thursday head coach Brett Brown was quoted as saying that Chandler is still "a ways away" from getting back to the court, so until we see him ramping up his activity level at practices, we'll have to consider him out indefinitely. Jerryd Bayless (knee) and Zhaire Smith (foot) will join him on the sidelines for Thursday night's game, as expected.
Oct 17 - 2:30 PM


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