December 13, 2019, 10:09 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid scored 24 points on 6-of-16 shooting with 11 rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and one block in 31 minutes on Friday.
The biggest takeaway from tonight is that it's the second half of a back-to-back spread and Embiid got a heavy run vs. the Celtics in the last game. This goes a long way towards improving his appeal in H2H formats, given his lesser need for load management.
December 13, 2019, 10:05 pmJosh RichardsonSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Josh Richardson shot 4-of-10 from the field and 0-for-2 from the line to end Fridays 116-109 win over the Pelicans with eight points and five boards.
Richardson is still getting his legs back and has nice buy-low window attached to him right now. This performance is a floor-level play, so expect better things to come.
December 13, 2019, 10:03 pmMike ScottPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Mike Scott started again for the Sixers for an injured Al Horford (left knee soreness/left hamstring tightness) and produced five points, nine rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal.
Scott continues to be the primary beneficiary of Horford's absence and is worth a short-term hold in 18-team leagues or deeper.
December 13, 2019, 1:21 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford (left knee soreness/left hamstring tightness) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Friday.
Horford will miss his second straight game and this is what owners should've expected when they drafted him. He's going to take some days off and get banged up but this doesn't seem like too bad of an injury. Expect Mike Scott to benefit the most from Horford's absence.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 1:19 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid (rest) will play on Friday vs. the Pelicans.
It's the second leg of a back-to-back so Embiid's status was up in the air. Thankfully, it looks as though he'll be all systems go vs. the Pelicans and can be fired up in all lineups.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
December 12, 2019, 10:57 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid led the Sixers to a 115-109 win over the Celtics on the back of a dominating 38-point night while adding 13 rebounds, six assists, one block and two 3-pointers on Thursday.
He went 12-for-21 from the field and looked unstoppable out there. With Al Horford sitting, Embiid took matters into his own hands and showed up what he's capable of on a nightly basis. His high-volume and high-efficiency free throw shooting (12-for-14 FTs) is what separates him from most bigs and the Celtics had no answer for him tonight. He had a team-high plus-21 on the road against one of the best teams in the East. Now we'd like to see him do this more consistently with Al Horford in the lineup.
December 12, 2019, 10:55 pmJosh RichardsonSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Josh Richardson had a nice game on Thursday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.
That's a lot of twos. The 2-2-2 peripheral line bring us back to the Miami Heat Josh Richardson days. He won't put up numbers like he used to, but tonight showed that he's getting healthier.
December 12, 2019, 10:53 pmBen SimmonsPG, Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons was quiet on offense again, scoring seven points on 2-of-6 shooting while adding eight boards, six assists and a block on Thursday.
A game like this isn't ideal and while Simmons hasn't had a spectacular season in terms of popcorn numbers, he's still posting nearly top-40 value on the year thanks to his improved defense. He's leading the league with 2.3 steals per-game which has helped offset the lower points and rebounds totals from last season.
December 12, 2019, 10:53 pmTobias HarrisSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Tobias Harris had a full line on Thursday, scoring 23 points while adding eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer.
The month of Decemberhas been kind to Harris, as he's putting up averages of 24.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 3s on .460 shooting. He's reliable to suit up in most games and is cruising along with nearly top-50 value.
December 12, 2019, 10:47 pmMike ScottPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Mike Scott scored 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting while adding four rebounds and hitting five 3-pointers on Thursday.
Scott got the starting gig on Thursday due to Al Horford sitting due to a left knee and hamstring strain. It's unlikely that this injury lingers much longer, but Scott is a 3-point streamer if Horford sits again.
December 12, 2019, 7:40 pmMike ScottPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Mike Scott will draw the start on Thursday in place of the resting Al Horford.
Given the light slate, Scott will be an interesting DFS bargain. He's not attractive in season-long formats at the moment.
Source: Boston.com on Twitter
December 12, 2019, 7:13 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford (left knee/left hamstring) will not play in Thursday's game vs. the Celtics.
Horford will have to watch the Sixers play his former team from the bench on Thursday. Mike Scott is the likely candidate to see an increased role with Horford out and makes for an intriguing low-cost DFS play.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter
December 12, 2019, 6:55 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford (left knee/left hamstring) is a true game-time decision heading into Thursday's matchup vs. the Celtics.
A decision regarding Horford's availability will come after he goes through warmups. The good news is that this will be the first game of the night, allowing those who play DFS an opportunity to pivot if Horford is ultimately ruled out. If Al doesn't play against his former team, expect Mike Scott to see more minutes.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
December 12, 2019, 12:32 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford received treatment for left knee soreness and left hamstring tightness, leaving his status for Thursday's game up in the air.
Despite a huge change in going to Philly, Horford is still cruising along with top-40 value thanks to splendid all-around numbers. If he's forced to miss time it should lead to more minutes for Mike Scott, James Ennis and Kyle O'Quinn.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
December 11, 2019, 12:39 amJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid scored a team-high 22 points (8-of-18 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs) and added 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in 31 minutes in a win over the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Embiid's value continues to hover in the late second-round, which is slightly concerning. This may be the new reality now that Al Horford has joined the starting lineup. If you're in a head-to-head league and already concerned about Embiid missing fantasy playoff games, this may be a good time to shop him, as many may not realize Embiid has had a small drop in minutes and just about everything else this season.