Description: 76ers forward Thaddeus Young shot 14-of-20 from the field and finished with 28 points Wednesday versus the Hawks.
Insight: Young was terrible Tuesday against Brooklyn (1-for-9, three points) so it's nice to see him get back on track. Philadelphia's next opponent is Washington. Young posted 14 points and six rebounds when he faced the Wizards a little over a month ago.
Description: Sixers small forward Dorell Wright won't be in the lineup Friday against the Hawks. He's out with an elbow injury.
Insight: Wright's thin frame prevents him from being a force on the glass, hence his anemic rebounding rate over the last five games (just 2.0 rpg). With that said, he has provided fantasy owners with decent scoring, even if his success rate from the field hasn't been especially high (39.3 percent for the season).
Description: Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday had an off-shooting night Wednesday against Charlotte (2-of-24).
Insight: Calling it an "off-night" might be putting it kindly. Holiday has had rough shooting nights before (6-for-17 Saturday against the Bobcats) but nothing quite like this. Luckily he was able to salvage the night somewhat by producing eight assists and three steals.
Description: Philadelphia guard Damien Wilkins had 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals Wednesday against the Bucks.
Insight: Wilkins earned coach Doug Collins' trust when Nick Young was out with an injury and he has continued to play solid minutes. He's averaging 13.9 ppg over his last 12 games. Meanwhile, Young has been a consistent DNP-CD since returning from the injury.
Description: Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes has been a strong fantasy asset in the month of March. He's averaging 13.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks over 15 games.
Insight: Hawes has really stepped his game up this month but he has been a decent fantasy option since December. He averaged 11.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in December, 11.1/6.7/1.9 in January and 11.4/8.0/1.0 in February.
Description: On a night when the rest of his team played terribly, Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes was a bright spot, producing 16 points, seven boards, seven assists and four blocks in 32 minutes Wednesday against the Clippers.
Insight: Los Angeles won by 29 but that didn't stop Hawes from having another great game. Over his last three appearances, Hawes has collected averages of 17.3 ppg, 12 rpg, 6.3 apg and 4.3 bpg. He's shooting 51.2 percent from the field over that span (21-of-41).
Description: Howard Eskin from Fox 29 in Philadelphia reports that 76ers center Andrew Bynum is headed to New York for season-ending surgery on both of his knees.
Insight: This trade has to go down as one of the worst in league history. Philadelphia traded away Andre Iguodala and Nikola Vucevic for Bynum and now he might never play a single game for them. Jason Richardson came over in that trade as well and he also suffered a season-ending knee injury. At this point it looks like Bynum's career could be in jeopardy. It would be a miracle if he made it back in time for the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
Description: 76ers guard Jrue Holiday impressed fantasy owners with 27 points, six rebounds and 12 assists Saturday against Indiana.
Insight: The Sixers dug their own grave by going 3-8 in February. Not having Andrew Bynum all year probably hasn't helped. But for fantasy owners, the outlook is much brighter. Holiday is one of the feel-good stories in all of basketball this season. Once a no-name, Holiday (18.6 ppg, 8.7 apg, 4.2 rpg) has emerged as one of the best point guards in the Eastern Conference. Fantasy owners who took a chance on Holiday on draft day have been handsomely rewarded. See, there is a happy ending.
Description: Sixers center Spencer Hawes torched the Pacers for 18 points and 16 rebounds Saturday in Philadelphia.
Insight: You never know which Hawes you're going to get do you? Wednesday against the Heat he looked terrible (six points, five rebounds, two turnovers). But the game before that he was brilliant in a win over Brooklyn (24 points, 10 boards). Hawes is not for the feint of heart.
Description: Philadelphia guard Nick Young (sprained ankle) will be available to play Wednesday after missing seven straight games, a Sixers spokesperson told Christopher Vito of the Delaware County Daily Times.
Insight: Young made just 2-of-14 shots in his final three games before the injury but is averaging 13.1 ppg as a starter this season. Dorell Wright is averaging 13.7 ppg in 24 mpg this month and Damien Wilkins is averaging 15.5 ppg over his last four contests. The three will likely split playing time, making all three poor fantasy options.
Description: Philadelphia guard Nick Young won't be on the floor for Monday's game against Brooklyn. He's still recovering from a sprained ankle.
Insight: This marks Young's seventh consecutive absence. The Sixers will need a miracle to get back into the playoff picture so there's no point in rushing Young back if he isn't 100 percent. Damien Wilkins has emerged as a fantasy candidate in Young's absence (16.3 ppg in his last three contests).
Description: Philadelphia forward Thaddeus Young came through with 26 points and 12 rebounds Sunday in a loss to Orlando.
Insight: Young (15.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg) is averaging an impressive 17.6 ppg on 56.2 percent shooting since the start of the month. He's collected 8.2 boards per contest over that span. The injury-depleted Sixers should continue to lean heavily on Young as the season rolls on.
Description: Nick Young won't be in attendance when the Sixers take on the Heat Friday night in Miami. He's staying in Philadelphia to rehab his injured ankle.
Insight: That means Young won't be available for Sunday's contest in Orlando either. Royal Ivey (3.3 ppg) and Damien Wilkins (3.1 ppg) will have to pick up the slack at shooting guard while Young (11.1 ppg) is sidelined.
Description: 76ers forward Damien Wilkins came out of nowhere to score 21 points Wednesday against the Hawks.
Insight: Wilkins' previous season-high in points came last Tuesday when he scored 14 against the Magic. With just three double-digit point games to his credit all season, Wilkins hasn't done enough to warrant a spot on any fantasy rosters.
Description: Philadelphia forward Dorell Wright came through with 20 points off the bench Wednesday night in Atlanta.
Insight: Don't get too excited. Wright only shot 6-of-16 from the field. It's not all bad, though. The fact that Wright played 32 minutes (well above his season average of 21.5 mpg) shows that head coach Doug Collins has confidence in him. Perhaps Wright's heavy Wednesday workload is a sign of things to come.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard guard Nick Young missed Sunday's game with a sprained ankle, his second in a row and is expected to miss Tuesday's contest against Boston.
Insight: Young (11.1 ppg) suffered the injury during Friday's practice. Royal Ivey has seen about 25 minutes of playing time over the past two games, but can't be depended upon to produce on a night-in, night-out basis.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard guard Nick Young missed Sunday's game with a sprained ankle, his second in a row and is doubtful for Tuesday against Boston.
Insight: Young (11.1 ppg) suffered the injury during Friday's practice. Royal Ivey has seen about 25 minutes of playing time over the past two games, but can't be depended upon to produce on a night-in, night-out basis.
Description: Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes' production continues to teeter back-and-forth. He had a 14/11 double-double with three assists and one block Sunday night versus Washington, one day after going 0-for-9 from the field.
Insight: Prior to that 0-for-9, Hawes had 20 points and 15 rebounds Thursday, six points and one rebound Tuesday, 10 points and nine rebounds on Feb. 24 and two points and two rebounds on Feb. 23.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard guard Nick Young will miss Sunday's game with a sprained ankle, according to Tom Moore of Phillyburbs.com.
Insight: Young (11.1 ppg) also missed Saturday's game after suffering the injury during Friday's practice. Royal Ivey had 17 points in a spot start on Saturday and he will probably split minutes with Dorell Wright again.
Description: Andrew Bynum's latest setback -- swelling in his right knee -- has him doubting whether he'll play this season. SOURCE: Tom Moore, Phillyburbs.com
Insight: Bynum said that he isn't going to risk his long-term health by playing this season. He's dealing with issues in both knees, including a possible degenerative condition. Fantasy owners can cut him loose.
Description: Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes bounced back from a tough outing Tuesday by scoring 20 points and pulling down 15 rebounds Thursday in a loss to Chicago.
Insight: Head coach Doug Collins criticized Hawes for his lack of effort in Tuesday's loss to Orlando (six points, one rebound in 21 minutes). Thursday he was much more aggressive and the result was a pretty good fantasy day. Unfortunately for Collins the Sixers didn't fare any better, dropping their sixth game in a row.
Description: ESPN's Skip Bayless said on Wednesday's episode of "First Take" that a source inside the 76ers organization told him that the most recent MRI on Andrew Bynum's knees showed "degeneration," meaning they will never return to full strength.
Insight: Bayless is an analyst and not an NBA insider with connections so take this report with a grain of salt. Bynum's knee problems are well documented but he will likely still receive a large contract as a free agent this summer. All it takes is one team willing to take a chance, and we think there will be several. As for this season, if Bynum does return it will only be for 10-15 games.
Description: Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said that center Andrew Bynum (knees) "looked like a guy who didn't play in nine months" after Bynum practiced Friday with the team. SOURCE: Chris Vito, Delaware County Times
Insight: Bynum has been working out with coaches and team medical personnel exclusively so taking part in a five-on-five scrimmage Friday is a big step forward. However, the Sixers won't practice again this week with six games between today and next Sunday, so we might not see Bynum until the second week of March.
Description: Philadelphia center Andrew Bynum (knees) practiced Friday with the team. SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: Bynum has been working out with coaches and team medical personnel exclusively so this is a potentially big step forward. The Sixers have just 29 games remaining after Saturday's tilt with Miami, so the time is running out for Bynum to make an appearance this season. The important thing will be seeing how Bynum's knee react in the coming days.
Description: Sixers guard Nick Young had 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting (2-3 3PT, 4-4 FT) with five rebounds Wednesday against the Bucks.
Insight: It was a nice follow-up to Young's 29-point effort Monday against the Clippers. Young has been getting more than 34 minutes and averaging close to 16 ppg since joining the starting lineup in place of the injured Jason Richardson. J-Rich is out for the season, so Swaggy P has the starting job all to himself.
Description: Sixers big man Lavoy Allen moved back into the starting lineup after coming off the bench in the last six games and put up 14 points and 22 rebounds Saturday against the Bobcats.
Insight: Allen minutes have increased from 30 to 35 to 41 over the last three games. While he has scored in double figures in each of those games, fantasy owners shouldn't expect a repeat of this rebounding effort. The Bobcats shot 27-of-88 (.307) from the field, so there were plenty of rebounds to be had.
Description: Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson (knee) will have left knee surgery next week. He'll miss the rest of the season. SOURCE: Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports
Insight: Richardson's recovery time following the surgery will be 6-9 months, a doctor in New York said. Nick Young is averaging 16.5 ppg in 35 mpg over eight starts this season and should continue to see heavy minutes.
Description: Philadelphia small forward Thaddeus Young strained his left hamstring Monday against Orlando and is out indefinitely.
Insight: Young is averaging 14.9 ppg and 7.4 rpg and his numbers will be hard to replace. Lavoy Allen (6.3 ppg) and Dorell Wright (7.7 ppg) will share the playing time, but neither holds much fantasy value.
Description: Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes racked up 21 points and 14 rebounds Monday in a win over the Magic.
Insight: Thaddeus Young's injury bought Hawes a little extra playing time and the 24-year-old took full advantage. The 17 shots Hawes attempted were a season-high. So were the 14 rebounds he came down with.
Description: Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson will not play Friday night. SOURCE: Chris Vito, Delaware County Daily Times
Insight: Richardson has been dealing with a knee injury but was hoping to play Friday. Unfortunately, weather prevented him from leaving Colorado, a team spokesperson said. Nick Young has averaged 16.2 ppg and 3.0 rpg over the four-game span that Richardson has been sidelined.
Description: Sixers guard Jason Richardson is still out with a knee injury. Monday's game against Memphis will be his fourth consecutive DNP.
Insight: It sounds like Richardson is hoping to return Friday against Sacramento. His replacement Nick Young (20 ppg over his last two games) is still available in nearly 95 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard Jason Richardson (knee) is doubtful for Monday's game agianst Memphis.
Insight: Richardson is dealing with chronic knee inflammation and didn't practice Sunday. Nick Young sees about 30 minutes when Richardson is out of the lineup and is the best option for fantasy owners.
Description: Philadelphia center Andrew Bynum could return to full practice status by the end of the week, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.
Insight: His target for return remains the All-Star break. Fantasy owners who have stashed him on the bench all season are hoping when he returns he can posted last season's numbers - 18.7 ppg, 11.8 rpg. So are the Sixers, who need an inside game to complement their outside game.
Description: Sixers center Spencer Hawes will start Saturday against the Knicks.
Insight: Hawes has benefited from increased playing time since early December. In his last 22 games, Hawes is averaging 12.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 26 minutes per game. He only played 21 mpg in his first 20 games.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard Jason Richardson (knee) will miss Saturday's game against New York.
Insight: Richardson is dealing with chronic knee inflammation and didn't even make the trip to Milwaukee. Nick Young sees about 30 minutes when Richardson is out of the lineup and is the best option for fantasy owners.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard Jason Richardson (knee) is questionable for Saturday's game against New York.
Insight: Richardson is dealing with chronic knee inflammation and didn't even make the trip to Milwaukee. Nick Young sees about 30 minutes when Richardson is out of the lineup and is the best option for fantasy owners.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard Jason Richardson (knee) will miss Tuesday's game against Milwaukee.
Insight: Richardson is dealing with left knee inflammation and didn't even make the trip to Milwaukee. Dorell Wright will likely see another start but isn't guaranteed to play enough minutes to move the needle in fantasy leagues.
Description: Philadelphia center Andrew Bynum has been running on a treadmill and most recently working on shooting and post moves, reports Marc Narducci at philly.com.
Insight: He still hasn't done any lateral work, but no setbacks to date is a good thing. His target for return remains the All-Star break. Fantasy owners who have stashed him on the bench all season are hoping when he returns he can posted last season's numbers - 18.7 ppg, 11.8 rpg.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard Jason Richardson, who missed Monday's game against San Antonio after having his knee drained last Thursday, is questionable for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee.
Insight: Dorrell Wright got the start in Richardson's place, but he hasn't done much of late, averaging just 6.5 ppg in January.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard Jason Richardson (knee) is questionable for Monday's game.
Insight: J-Rich recently had his left knee drained but he played Friday against Toronto. With the Sixers scheduled to play a back-to-back on Monday and Tuesday, we don't expect Richardson to play Monday. The shooting guard is only averaging 7.7 points on 36.7 percent shooting over his last 10 games.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard Jason Richardson (knee) will start Friday against Toronto.
Insight: J-Rich is still a decent fantasy option but he's wearing down. The veteran is only averaging 7.8 points on 38 percent shooting since Dec. 23. He had his knee drained on Thursday and probably won't play enough minutes to warrant a start in fantasy leagues on Friday.
Description: Philadelphia center Andrew Bynum said he wasn't feeling much pain and hoped to be back around the All-Star break, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.
Insight: We're still not ready to say he's closing in on a return because we haven't seen him do any running. The Sixers are slumping and need the big man to return if they are going to have any chance of making the playoffs.
Description: Sixers center Spencer Hawes has blocked 14 shots in January. He had three more Saturday night to go along with 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Insight: Hawes was only averaging 7.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20 minutes per game through Dec. 4 but he's picked it up since then. In his last 20 games, Hawes has played 25 minutes per game while averaging 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.
Description: Philadelphia guard-forward Evan Turner scored 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds and six assists Saturday night versus Houston.
Insight: Turner is only averaging 10.7 points on 40.4 percent shooting in his last 13 games but he's doing it with 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals during that stretch so he's still playing at a fantasy starter's level. We know Turner is capable of more scoring -- he averaged 17.8 points on 46.6 percent shooting in 17 games from Nov. 16 to Dec. 18 -- so an upswing should be on the horizon.
Description: Sixers forward Thaddeus Young put up 18 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals with just one turnover Saturday night against the Rockets.
Insight: Young is a high-percentage scorer (14.8 ppg, .527 FG%) who doesn't turn the ball over (1.1 TOs) while rebounding well (7.2 reb) and providing good defensive numbers (1.6 stl, 0.9 blk). He's a must-start player, but you'll have to look elsewhere for 3-pointers.
Description: Sixers shooting guard Jason Richardson returned from a one-game absence to post 16 points with four rebounds and two threes Saturday against the Rockets.
Insight: Philadelphia coach Doug Collins gave J-Rich the night off on Wednesday after he averaged just 7.3 ppg in his previous six games. Richardson doesn't have much upside but he can still provide fantasy-worthy numbers.
Description: Philadelphia point guard Jrue Holiday was the only 76ers starter to score in double figures on Tuesday against the Nets. He had 19 points, eight assists, three boards and one steal in 30 minutes as the Sixers lost their 12th game in the last 15.
Insight: Holiday's production hasn't dropped off much after a hot start in November. His one blemish is an NBA-worst 3.8 turnovers per game but fantasy owners can work around that.
Description: Sixers center Spencer Hawes scored 14 points with four assists and two blocks in 24 minutes Tuesday against the Nets.
Insight: It was a strong follow-up performance to Hawes' season-high 22 points on Jan. 5. Despite Andruw Bynum not playing this entire season, Hawes hasn't started a game and is only averaging 23 mpg. His output -- 9.6 ppg, 5.9 reb, 1.5 ast, 1.2 blk -- is decent but probably not enough to warrant a roster spot in fantasy leagues.
Description: Sixers guard-forward Dorell Wright has scored 35 points on just 23 shot attempts (8-16 3PT) over the last three games.
Insight: Wright just doesn't get enough shots when Jason Richardson is active. While Wright would likely start if Richardson had to miss an extended period of time, 76ers coach Doug Collins tends to go to Nick Young more than Wright off the bench when Richardson, Young and Wright are all in the lineup.
Description: Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday has a right groin strain but should be able to play on Friday. SOURCE: Dei Lynam, Comcast SportsNet
Insight: Holiday's groin strain was referred to as "slight" by CSNPhilly.com. The point guard is averaging 20 points, 9.1 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals in seven games since returing from a foot injury.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard Jason Richardson (11.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg) didn't end up playing Friday despite being active. He was a DNP-CD as Sixers coach Doug Collins gave him one more game to rest his ailing back.
Insight: With Richardson out of the lineup Wednesday, three-point specialist Dorell Wright exploded for 28 points, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Wright started again Friday but only had eight points. Richardson could regain his starting job Saturday night against Portland.
Description: Sixers forward Thaddeus Young scored 19 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and five steals while making 9-of-16 from the field Friday night against the Warriors.
Insight: That makes 20 straight games with double-digit points for Young. He's averaging 16.7 points on 55.4 percent shooting with 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks in that span. He's already one of fantasy's best forwards, improving that lousy .593 free-throw percentage will make him elite.
Description: Philadelphia point guard Jrue Holiday has scored 20-plus points in two of the last three games while dishing out nine or more assists in all three.
Insight: Holiday missed four games with a foot injury earlier this month but he has returned with 17.3 ppg, 8.8 apg and 4.0 rpg in his last four. Turnovers are really the only thing preventing Holiday from moving into the upper echelon among fantasy point guards; he's averaging 3.7 TOs per game.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard Jason Richardson (11.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg) said he'll play Friday against the Warriors. He missed Wednesday's game with a lower back injury. SOURCE: Jimmy Spencer, NBA.com
Insight: With Richardson out of the lineup Wednesday, three-point specialist Dorell Wright exploded for 28 points, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Richardson will come off the bench Friday while Wright will get another start.
Description: Philadelphia forward Dorell Wright will start Friday against the Warriors. SOURCE: Philadelphia 76ers PR Director Michael Preston
Insight: Wright dropped in 28 points with five 3-pointers Wednesday in his first start since Nov. 10 and has scored 20 or more points in three of his last five games. He should be active in all leagues as he proved what he could do with regular playing time in the first seven games of the season.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard Jason Richardson (11.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg) missed Wednesday's game against Memphis because of a strained lower back and is questionable for Friday's game against Golden State.
Insight: With Richardson out of the lineup, three-point specialist Dorell Wright exploded for 28 points, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Description: Philadelphia forward Dorell Wright tossed in a season-best 28 points Wednesday in a win over the Grizzlies.
Insight: Wright has scored 20 or more in three of his last five games after failing to reach that mark in his first 24 games of the season. He should continue to have good fantasy value as long as Jason Richardson (strained back) remains out of the lineup.
Description: Philadelphia point guard Jrue Holiday led the team with 24 points Sunday against the Nets in his second game since returning from a foot injury. Holiday added nine assists, six rebounds and a block with just two turnovers.
Insight: It's clear the foot is no longer bothering him; he has played 37 mpg in his last two games.
Description: Sixers guard Jrue Holiday is back in the lineup Friday against Atlanta after missing four games with a sprained foot.
Insight: Philadelphia went 0-4 without him so Holiday's return should come as a huge sigh of relief for Sixers fans. Evan Turner, who injured his ankle Wednesday night against Houston, is also in the lineup.
Description: Sixers guard Evan Turner is probable for Friday's game against Atlanta while dealing with a sprained left ankle.
Insight: Turner is averaging 15.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 4.2 apg for the season and had been even better in Jrue Holiday's absence, as the team's starting point guard, until getting hurt in Houston on Wednesday.
Description: Philadelphia point guard Jrue Holiday has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game with Atlanta. Holiday has been out with a sprained left foot, but said he would return on Friday after missing four games (all losses).
Insight: Obviously the 76ers need his 18.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 8.9 apg and 1.5 spg as much as fantasy owners.
Description: Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday (foot) is doubtful for Wednesday's game against Houston.
Insight: Holiday (18.4 ppg, 8.9 apg, 3.9 rpg) has missed three consecutive games. He ranks third in the NBA in assists per game behind Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul. Evan Turner would get the start at PG if Holiday can't play.
Description: The 76ers have finally turned to Dorell Wright over the last three games and he rewarded their confidence with 25 points on 8-of-18 shooting (7-13 3PT), five rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes Tuesday.
Insight: Wright averaged 12.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 2.1 spg with 2.4 3-pointers in 30 minutes per game over his first seven games but hadn't scored in double figures at all while averaging 17 mpg his last 17 games. His playing time will likely decline again when point guard Jrue Holiday returns from a foot sprain and pushes Evan Turner back to small forward.
Description: Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday (foot) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against Dallas and will be a game-time decision.
Insight: Holiday (18.4 ppg, 8.9 apg, 3.9 rpg) has missed two consecutive games. He ranks third in the NBA in assists per game behind Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul. Evan Turner would get the start at PG if Holiday can't play.
Description: Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday (foot) is listed as a game-time decision Sunday against the Lakers after going through shooting drills Saturday.
Insight: Holiday (18.4 ppg, 8.9 apg, 3.9 rpg) missed Friday's game with a sprained right foot. Holiday ranks third in the NBA in assists and is second in scoring among players averaging at least eight assists per game.
Description: Serving as starting point guard with Jrue Holiday (foot) sidelined, Evan Turner scored a team-high 22 points with 10 boards, five assists and a steal Friday in a Sixers loss.
Insight: Turner shot 9-of-16 and made both of his 3-point attempts but also turned the ball over a season-high five times. He's shooting 47 percent during his active streak of 15 straight double-digit scoring games.
Description: Sixers PF/C Spencer Hawes had a season-high 18 points (8-of-15 FG) Friday against the Pacers, his third straight double-digit scoring game.
Insight: Hawes has attempted 10 or more shots in four of his last five games after failing to do that for eight straight games. He's still splitting center minutes with Kwame Brown and Lavoy Allen, however, which limits his value.
Description: Sixers guard Royal Ivey is expected to miss Friday's game against Indiana with a strained right groin and a strep throat.
Insight: Ivey hasn't been fantasy-worthy in any of his first eight seasons in the league because he's a defensive specialist. With Jrue Holiday also likely to miss, it will mean extra time for Evan Turner, Nick Young and Jason Richardson.
Description: Philadelphia guard Jrue Holiday is unlikely to play in Friday's game against Indiana after an MRI revealed a sprained left foot and he was last seen in a walking boot.
Insight: The Sixers consider him a game-time decision for Friday's matchup with Indiana, but you should be making plans to be without him. The Sixers will likely start Evan Turner, Nick Young and Jason Richardson.
Description: Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday netted 25 points Monday in a win over the Pistons.
Insight: Holiday struggled mightily in a loss to the Celtics on Saturday night (4-of-13 shooting, 11 points) but he was on from the start Monday against Detroit. The fourth year point guard has now distributed at least seven assists in eight of his last nine appearances.
Description: Sixers center Andrew Bynum's agent said the swelling in his client's knees is greatly reduced. SOURCE: philly.com
Insight: Bynum has bone bruises and weakened cartilage in both knees. While Bynum's agent isn't the most reliable source of information, we're looking for any inkling that the center might return this season. Bynum will have his knees reevaluated on Dec. 20.
Description: Evan Turner has torched the Celtics this season. After scoring 25 against them in a win earlier in the season, the Sixers guard broke through for a season-high 26 in an overtime win over Boston on Friday night.
Insight: Turner must be exhausted after playing 45 of a possible 53 minutes on Friday night. Now he has to turn around and play the Celtics again Saturday night in Beantown.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard Jason Richardson made 9-of-17 from the field (4-of-8 3PT) for 22 points with five rebounds and two steals Friday.
Insight: Richardson was coming off two single-digit scoring efforts after posting 12 or more points in five straight. He's been good for 2-3 threes per game this season with solid rebounding and steal numbers.
Description: Philadelphia G/F Evan Turner led all scorers with his third game with 25 points Friday against Charlotte, his third game with 22 or more points in his last four.
Insight: Turner has been on fire after a frigid start, scoring in double figures in eight straight games and shooting 51.4 percent from the field in that span. He also pulled down 10 rebounds with a steal and a block Friday.
Description: 76ers guard Jrue Holiday led Philadelphia to victory Sunday over Phoenix with 33 points and 13 assists. He only turned the ball over twice.
Insight: Holiday is simply getting better and better. He's averaging a career-high 18.6 ppg and 9.2 apg and has become a must-start point guard. He just needs to keep his turnovers down, which he's done the last two games (26/4 assist-to-turnover ratio).
Description: Philadelphia G/F Evan Turner has scored in double figures in five straight games, including a season-high 26 Saturday versus Oklahoma City.
Insight: Turner hit 10-of-17 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line while adding five boards, four assists and two steals. Turner only shot 36.3 percent from the field his first eight games but has knocked down 33-of-67 (.493) his last five.
Description: Philadelphia forward Thaddeus Young reached 20 points for the first time this season Saturday but he didn't stop there, finishing with 29 points on 13-of-23 shooting. Young also pulled down a season-high 15 boards.
Insight: Young has started all 13 games but until Saturday had put up similar scoring numbers to the last two seasons. Saturday's effort raises his scoring and rebounding averages to 13.8 and 8.2, respectively. He's best utilized in leagues that use shooting percentage since he hits at a near-50 percent clip from the field.
Description: Philadelphia guard Nick Young put up a season-high 23 points Tuesday in a win over the Raptors.
Insight: Young has struggled this season but Tuesday's outing could be a sign that he's ready to turn things around. With that said, he's not much of a distributor and he rarely gets rebounds, so Young's fantasy value hinges largely on his scoring output.
Description: Sixers guard Nick Young left Sunday's game with Cleveland because he was feeling dizzy.
Insight: Young had 13 points in just 16 minutes before leaving the game. He can score when asked and is averaging 9.5 ppg off the Sixers' bench. Philadelphia plays four times this week and will need him in the lineup, but we await a more thorough diagnosis.
Description: Philadelphia point guard Jrue Holiday scored 26 points Friday against the Jazz, his second-best scoring output of the season. He also had seven assists, six rebounds, one block and four turnovers.
Insight: Holiday's one blemish has been his lack of ball security -- he's turning it over 5.2 times per game. However, fantasy owners have received 19.1 points, 8.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers made per game so the TOs are tolerable to say the least.
Description: Sixers F Dorell Wright only played five minutes off the bench Friday night against the Jazz, scoring zero points on 0-of-2 shooting.
Insight: Wright's minutes have declined in each of the last three games since Jason Richardson returned to the starting lineup from an ankle injury. If this usage rate continues he'll no longer be worth owning in fantasy leagues.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard Jason Richardson scored 20 points Friday night for the second time in three games since returning from an ankle injury. Richardson added eight rebounds and two steals.
Insight: Richardson hit 5-of-7 from 3-point range and 7-of-12 overall Friday against the Jazz. He's played 35-plus minutes in two of three games since returning.
Description: The news regarding 76ers center Andrew Bynum just keeps getting worse. Bynum said Friday that he's experienced a setback in his rehab and now has swelling in both knees. SOURCE: Chris Vito, Delaware County Daily Times
Insight: Bynum's timetable has already been reset twice. He's targeting Dec. 10 for a return to basketball activities but we aren't hopeful. The 76ers estimate that Bynum will need an additional 1-4 weeks for conditioning, training and practice before being able to resume playing significant minutes, so there's a good chance we won't see him make a fantasy impact until January, if at all this season.
Description: Philadelphia center Andrew Bynum (knee) saw Dr. David W. Altchek of New York's Hospital for Special Surgery on Nov. 5 and had his timetable to resume basketball activity extended by an additional three weeks. This is the second time he's had his healing period extended. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: Barring another setback, Bynum would be cleared to resume normal basketball activity by approximately Dec. 10. The 76ers estimate that Bynum will need an additional 1-4 weeks for conditioning, training and practice before being able to resume playing significant minutes, so there's a good chance we won't see him make a fantasy impact until January.
Description: Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson (ankle) is expected to be back in the lineup Monday. SOURCE: CSN Philly
Insight: Richardson should get plenty of shots and minutes as Philadelphia's starting two-guard. Dorell Wright will likely be pushed back to the bench but he should still see enough minutes to be fantasy worthy. Nick Young can be dropped.
Description: Sixers F Dorell Wright has scored in double figures five times in six games, including a 15-point effort Saturday against the Raptors.
Insight: Wright has been a stat sheet stuffer thus far, providing owners with 12.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers per game. He's unlikely to lose much playing time when Jason Richardson returns from an injury, even though he'll probably move back to the bench.
Description: Sixers guard Nick Young loves to shoot, but he hasn't been able to hit anything this season. In four games, Young is shooting just 24.4 percent from the field.
Insight: Young is just 10-of-41 from the field and 4-of-18 from 3-point range. Philadelphia coach Doug Collins did the only thing he could do to curb Young's shooting Wednesday; he kept him on the bench. Young scored two points on 1-of-7 shooting in 18 minutes.
Description: Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday continued his strong play Wednesday against the Hornets with 14 points, 12 assists and five rebounds, though he did turn the ball over seven times (5.0 TOs per game).
Insight: Holiday has played 39 minutes and averaged 15 field goal attempts per game compared to 34 and 12.8 last season. We expect his shot attempts to drop once Evan Turner finds his stroke and Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson return from injuries.
Description: Philadelphia starting SG Jason Richardson is expected to miss Wednesday's game against New Orleans. He's dealing with a sprained left ankle.
Insight: Richardson's absence will open up an opportunity for Dorell Wright and Nick Young to become a viable fantasy options. Wright is averaging 13 ppg and 8.3 rpg this season and is a nice fantasy value until Richardson returns.
Description: Sixers small forward Dorell Wright started at SG for the injured Jason Richardson (ankle) against New York Monday night.
Insight: Richardson's absence will open up an opportunity for Wright and Nick Young to become a viable fantasy option. Wright posted 14 points and seven rebounds. Young totaled nine points and three rebound off the bench.
Description: Philadelphia starting SG Jason Richardson sprained his left ankle Sunday when he ran into a cameraman. He was last seen in a walking boot which doesn't bode well for a quick return to the court.
Insight: Richardson's absence will open up an opportunity for Dorell Wright and Nick Young to become a viable fantasy options. Wright started for Richardson Monday against New York posting 14 points and seven rebounds. Young totaled nine points and three rebound off the bench.
Description: Sixers forward Dorell Wright started at SF with Evan Turner moving to SG in place of Jason Richardson Monday against the Knicks. Wright scored 14 points with nine rebounds and two 3-pointers in the loss.
Insight: Wright has scored double-digit points in all three games this season while grabbing 8.3 rebounds per game. He should be active in fantasy lineups even when he returns to the bench.
Description: Sixers G/F Evan Turner is only averaging 9.0 ppg this season on 28 percent shooting.
Insight: Turner was handed the starting small forward job this season but he hasn't done much offensively. He has helped fantasy owners with 8.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game but he'll need to improve his shooting to avoid losing playing time to Dorell Wright.
Description: The 76ers will start Dorell Wright, not Nick Young, in place of Jason Richardson (ankle) Monday. SOURCE: Jeff Skversky, ABC Philadelphia
Insight: Wright is averaging 12.5 ppg with 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 3-pointers in two games this season. He's worth a start while Richardson is out. Young has shot just 5-of-19 in two games but he'll continue to see 25 minutes per game. Starting small forward Evan Turner has also struggled, shooting just 4-of-16. Turner will move to SG with Wright in the lineup.
Description: Philadelphia starting SG Jason Richardson sprained his left ankle Sunday when he ran into a cameraman. He's already been ruled out of Monday's game.
Insight: Richardson's absence will open up an opportunity for Nick Young to become a viable fantasy option. Young played 30 minutes Sunday, but couldn't find his shot, going just 2-for-10 from the field. Young is a career 42.8 percent shooter and should improve on Sunday's numbers.
Description: Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday went off Sunday against the Knicks, scoring 27 points with seven assists in 40 minutes, but Philadelphia still lost to New York 100-84.
Insight: Holiday shot more than usual because starting SG Jason Richardson (ankle) left the game in the first quarter. Holiday only averaged 33.8 mpg last season, so the injury forced him to play additional minutes as well as take over some of the scoring workload. This situation may continue as Richardson has already been ruled out for Monday's contest.
Description: Point guard Jrue Holiday has agreed to a four-year, $41 million contract extension with the 76ers.
Insight: Holiday played well in Philadelphia's season opening win Wednesday against the Nuggets (14 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, two steals). He'll try and keep the momentum going in his next game Sunday at New York.
Description: Sixers power forward Spencer Hawes had a monster game Wednesday night against the Nuggets. He finished the evening with 16 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks and two steals.
Insight: The 7-foot-1 Hawes overpowered Denver in the low post. It's possible that Hawes, who came off the bench, could bump Thaddeus Young (13 points, five rebounds in 36 minutes) out of the starting lineup if he continues to perform like this.
Description: Sixers guard/forward Evan Turner (sprained left ankle) is probable for Wednesday's game against Denver.
Insight: Turner averaged 9.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, but will be asked to do much more this season with Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams playing in other cities. Turner could turn out to be a solid fantasy option.
Description: Sixers coach Doug Collins told Comcast Sports Philadelphia that he is "leaning toward" starting Thaddeus Young at power forward this season rather than Spencer Hawes.
Insight: Hawes got 29 starts for the 76ers last season while Young received just one. At age 24, both players have upside but Young has been the more consistent performer during the preseason, averaging 13.4 ppg to Hawes' 9.6.
Description: Philadelphia forward Thaddeus Young blew up for 24 points Friday night in an exhibition win over Brooklyn.
Insight: This was Young's highest scoring output of the preseason. He's started the Sixers' past three games after coming off the bench in the first two. It looks like he could open the year in the starting frontcourt alongside Andrew Bynum and Evan Turner.
Description: Sixers SF Dorell Wright started and scored 17 points in Wednesday's preseason game against the Cavaliers.
Insight: Wright will be coming off the bench this season behind Evan Turner so his fantasy value will be limited, especially since he'll have to share second-unit shots with Nick Young, who scored 19 points Wednesday, and Thaddeus Young, who scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Description: Sixers SF Dorell Wright along with SG Jason Richardson should be doing most of the three-point shooting for Philadelphia this season, but Wright will do his off the bench.
Insight: Wright averaged 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 82 games in 2010-11, making him a popular target early in drafts last season, but he disappointed with a 10.3 ppg average. If he wants more playing time in Philadelphia, he'll have to play "Doug Collins" type defense not Golden State Warriors defense. He could be a late-round pick with upside.
Description: Though he didn't get the start, 76ers guard Nick Young still led his team in scoring with 21 points off the bench Saturday in an exhibition loss to Brooklyn.
Insight: Young wasn't particularly efficient (just 5-of-14 shooting) but he was able to offset that by producing four assists and going a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe. Expect Young to play a James Harden-like sixth man role for the Sixers this season.
Description: Marc Stein is reporting that newly acquired Sixers center Andrew Bynum will not participate in any basketball activites for three weeks. He will be allowed to do conditioning drills.
Insight: Bynum went to Germany and had a restorative procedure similar to the one Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez recently underwent. It's likely that the 76ers are just being extra careful, but it is worth paying attention to before you use a top-15 pick on Bynum.
Description: According to 76ers beat writer Tom Moore, Philadelphia GM Tony DiLeo said center Andrew Bynum came back from getting knee injections in Germany and said he feels "very good."
Insight: Bynum had a restorative procedure similar to the one Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez recently underwent. The procedure won't affect his status for training camp. With the Sixers, Bynum will have a chance to be the No. 1 option for the first time in his career, making him a good bet to top his career numbers from a season ago.
Description: Evan Turner will start at small forward for the Sixers but he'll also be the team's backup point guard, according to CSN Philadelphia.
Insight: The versatile Turner can handle big minutes at PG, SG and SF, so he should see plenty of playing time this season. Turner averaged 9.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 2.8 apg in 26 mpg last season. His scoring and rebounding numbers are likely to increase.
Description: According to CSNPhilly.com, Sixers coach Doug Collins said he plans to use forward Thaddeus Young off the bench this upcoming season.
Insight: Young only started one game last season and averaged 12.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg. Expect similar numbers this season, though there is potential for improvement now that the team has added Andrew Bynum.
Description: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Jason Richardson is likely to be the starting shooting guard for the 76ers next season. Richardson was acquired last week in the Dwight Howard trade.
Insight: It seems like Richardson has been in the league forever but really he's only 31 and despite all the drama he and his teammates experienced during the "Dwightmare," Richardson was still a fairly productive scorer for the Magic in 2011-12 (11.6 ppg). With that said, he'll likely be sharing the floor with up-and-comers Nick Young (14.2 ppg) and Evan Turner (9.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg), so there's no guarantee that Richardson will be able to equal the point total he amassed in Orlando last season.
Description: Center Andrew Bynum is the newest member of the Philadelphia 76ers. He was shipped to the Sixers Friday as part of a four-team trade that brought center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Insight: Bynum will be asked to carry more of the scoring burden in Philadelphia than he did when he was alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol in Los Angeles. As the focal point of the 76ers' offense, it's reasonable to expect the 24-year-old to reach 20 ppg next season.
Description: Royal Ivey has come to terms with the 76ers on a new contract. Ivey appeared in 34 games for Oklahoma City last season.
Insight: Ivey hasn't been fantasy-worthy in any of his first eight seasons in the league (3.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.1 apg in 437 career games) and there's no reason to think he'll be any more productive in 2012-13.
Description: Center Kwame Brown and the Philadelphia 76ers have come to terms on a two year $6 million contract.
Insight: This will be the seventh team Brown has played for in 12 NBA seasons. He averaged 6.3 ppg and 6.4 rpg while injuries limited him to just nine appearances for the Warriors last season. Brown, the No. 1 overall pick in 2001's NBA Draft, has never lived up to expectations and will probably go undrafted in most fantasy leagues next season.
Description: The Warriors have agreed to trade forward Dorell Wright to the Sixers, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Insight: Wright averaged 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 82 games in 2010-11, making him a popular target early in drafts last season, but he disappointed with a 10.3 ppg average. Golden State then selected Harrison Barnes No. 7 overall in this past draft, making Wright expendable. The 76ers are in great need of outside shooting, so Wright may receive ample playing time, but right now Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and 2012 draftee Moe Harkless stand in his way at small forward.
Description: Former Clippers/Wizards guard Nick Young should be a solid fantasy shooter with his new team in Philadelphia. The 76ers lacked a consistent outside threat for all of 2011.
Insight: Young should be the Sixers best three-point shooter in 2012. He is a career 37.8 percent shooter from long range. He won't help much on the boards or dishing the ball, but he averaged 14.2 ppg between the two teams he played for last year.
Description: The 76ers are putting Andre Iguodala on the trading block and could pursue swaps with the Grizzlies, Lakers and Warriors.
Insight: We're not sure why the Sixers are making their best player available but for some reason, he is. Iguodala posted averages of 12.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 5.5 apg and 1.7 spg during the 2011-12 season and is generally regarded as one of the more versatile small forwards in fantasy hoops.
Description: Elton Brand put together his most productive game of the series Monday in Philadelphia's Game 5 loss to the Celtics. Brand led the 76ers in scoring with 19 points on 8-13 shooting.
Insight: Amazingly, Brand scored more points in this game than he did in the first four games of the series combined (17 points). He'll need to stay aggressive in Game 6 if the 76ers hope to force a Game 7.
Description: Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday is asserting himself in the playoffs, averaging a team-leading 16.1 ppg and 4.5 apg along with 5.2 rpg in 10 playoff games.
Insight: Holiday is up in almost every category while his turnovers-per-game is down from 2.1 in the regular season to 1.6 in the playoffs. At the same time, Lou Williams and Jodie Meeks have seen drops in their scoring.