March 11, 2020, 10:19 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford double-doubled with 20 points (8-of-11 from the field), 10 rebounds, six assists, four 3-pointers and two blocks in 29 minutes on Wednesday.
Joel Embiid (sprained left shoulder) returned tonight but Horford was still able to do his thing. He put together another well-rounded stat line and is a multi-category dynamo when he is at his best.
March 11, 2020, 5:24 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid will return to action on Wednesday vs. the Pistons after missing the last five games with a sprained left shoulder.
Embiid was able to go through a full practice on Tuesday and feels good enough to return to action on Wednesday. Embiid's return impacts the entire roster as the team will run the offense through their All-Star. Al Horford will likely suffer the biggest impact to his fantasy value but can still be rostered in standard leagues. Although Embiid might struggle in his first game back, he can be started across all formats as he has proven to be second-round value this year.
Source: Tom Moore on Twitter
March 10, 2020, 2:04 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) returned to practice on Tuesday and may return to game action for Wednesday’s game against the Pistons.
Embiid has missed nearly two weeks since injuring his shoulder, but he’s getting close to a return. Keep an eye on his status as tip-off nears closers and be aware that Embiid’s return will have ripple effects throughout the rotation. Al Horford is likely to take the biggest hit when Embiid is back.
Source: Kyle Neubeck on Twitter
March 7, 2020, 11:18 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford double-doubled with 22 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, one block and two triples in 36 minutes on Saturday.
Horford is thriving without Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in the lineup. He's a top-50 player over the past two weeks and should produce top-75 value until Embiid and Simmons return.
March 6, 2020, 12:18 amAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford scored 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go with eight rebounds, six assists and two triples in Thursday's win.
Horford's production is back to where it was earlier in the year, but it's mostly because the Sixers are relying on him much more now with three starters missing. He's a hold and a must-own for now.
March 1, 2020, 8:02 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford did everything for the Sixers vs. the Clippers on Sunday, accounting for 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.
That's a lot of production in 29 minutes of floortime. Horford is going to be much better while Joel Embiid is out for the next week at a minimum. He is a lock for mid-round value under these circumstances and could be even better than that. Mike Scott was also strong off the bench with 11 points, six boards, three assists, three 3-pointers, two steals and one block. Scott won't be this amazing most nights, but he is going to be a useful 3-point specialist while he receives minutes in the mid-20s off the bench.
February 27, 2020, 9:36 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford had a nice game against the Knicks on Thursday, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and four triples in 34 minutes.
Horford's fantasy outlook has really gotten a shot in the shoulder due to Joel Embiid's unfortunate shoulder injury. Horford is going to have to be reliable and aggressive offensively to give the Sixers even a sliver of what Embiid did for this team as a scorer. That in itself should pull Horford back towards top-50 value.
February 27, 2020, 9:26 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) didn't show significant structural damage in his shoulder and will be re-evaluated in one week.
This means Embiid will miss at least the next week of action and the probable best-case scenario is that he returns next Saturday against the Warriors. We're getting right up to the fantasy playoffs and for those in head-to-head leagues, it might be a close call. Until then, Al Horford should continue to start.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 10:28 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) said that he will have an MRI on Thursday.
Embiid left Wednesday's game in the first half after injuring his shoulder and did not return. Embiid owners will need to hold on and hope for good news after tomorrow's MRI with the fantasy playoffs looming in most leagues. Al Horford's fantasy value was tanking before this news, but Embiid's absence will allow Horford to post top-75 value.
Source: John Clark on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 8:20 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) will not return on Wednesday vs. the Cavs.
Embiid collided with Ante Zizic early in the first half and left for the locker room. He returned to the bench briefly in the second quarter but returned back to the locker room. Al Horford will benefit the most and should post top-75 value with Embiid out. Josh Richardson and Tobias Harris will also see a boost with Ben Simmons (back) out at least two weeks. Matisse Thybulle and Shake Milton could also have streaming value with Embiid and Simmons out but are probably better for 14-team leagues rather than standard leagues.
Source: Kyle Neubeck on Twitter
February 24, 2020, 9:50 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford returned to the starting lineup on Monday but didn't have much to show for it, mustering a quiet seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds, five dimes, one 3-pointer and one block in 31 minutes.
It's already been established that Horford is not a good fit when sharing the paint with Joel Embiid, who went berserk tonight. Still, Horford's diverse stat line should keep him in the standard-league conversation, especially with Ben Simmons (back) still out.
February 24, 2020, 6:53 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford will start for the Sixers on Monday.
Ben Simmons is sidelined and Horford will stay in the lineup for now. Even if he's the team's Sixth Man in the long term, Horford provides value in a number of categories. Shake Milton will also start against the Hawks.
Source: Serena Winters on Twitter
February 20, 2020, 11:50 pmJosh RichardsonSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Josh Richardson struggled in 39 minutes of action on Thursday, finishing with just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting, but he did add seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and a blocked shot.
Richardson didn't come out of the break strong and we'll see if this is just a blip in the radar as the Sixers try to make a lot of pieces fit together. Al Horford came off the bench again as expected but only played 19 minutes despite the free basketball, scoring six points to go with three rebounds and three defensive counters. Richardson and Horford have both had disappointing numbers as the Sixers shuffle these pieces around and may not bounce back to their expected value down the stretch.
February 19, 2020, 2:25 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford told the media that he expects to continue coming off the bench going forward.
Even off the bench, Horford has been playing close to 30 minutes per night of late. Nevertheless, it's an indication that Josh Richardson should maintain his place in the starting lineup for the Sixers. Horford can contribute in a variety of categories, but he has scored only 9.3 points per game over his last ten appearances.
Source: Tom Moore on Twitter
February 11, 2020, 9:53 pmAl HorfordPF, Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford shifted to a bench role on Tuesday and was able to see 28 minutes of action, tallying nine points, six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and two blocks with no turnovers.
Whether the move to the bench was to give Big Al and his sore Achilles a rest, or it was to spread the floor more for this particular matchup against the Clippers, Horford managed to still come through with a standard-league value line. He's been generally down this season, but thanks to his ability to contribute across multiple categories, has managed to hang around the top-50 to 65 value range.