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Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Plays only 11 minutes in start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Saikam started at power forward Wednesday but only played 11 minutes during the 94-89 loss to the 76ers. He scored two points (1-2 FG) and added one rebound and one block.

Despite the elevation to the starting lineup, Saikam's role did not increase. As long as there are so many other talented Raptors big men around him, it is hard to imagine Saikam gaining fantasy value in any but the very deepest leagues.

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Raptors' Jared Sullinger: Makes season and team debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sullinger (foot) made his Raptors debut Wednesday. He scored eight points (4-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT) and added three rebounds in 14 minutes during the 94-89 loss to the 76ers.

As expected, Sullinger played only limited minutes in the debut. It is expected that he will be eased into a bigger role, though neither the rate of easing nor the size of the eventual role are yet known.

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76ers' T.J. McConnell: Returns to starting lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

McConnell (wrist) started at point guard and scored 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT) while adding eight assists, five rebounds, and one steal in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 94-89 win over the Raptors.

After missing one game, McConnell reclaimed his starting role. He played well, and the team won against one of the best teams in the East, both of which will help to keep McConnell in the starting point guard role ahead of current backup Sergio Rodriguez. McConnell doesn't score much, but he is an excellent source of assists and steals.

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76ers' Sergio Rodriguez: Unimpressive in return to the bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez returned to the bench and scored four points (2-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT) while adding seven rebounds and four assists in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 94-89 win over the Raptors.

Rodriguez is not a particularly good rebounder, and so his high total in that category should be considered unusual. Even in limited minutes, he can be a good source of assists, but when he's playing less than 20 minutes a game, he is only really an option in very deep leagues. TJ McConnell (wrist) has the starting job right now, and as long as that is the case, Rodriguez is not worth rostering in most settings.

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76ers' Joel Embiid: 10th straight 20 point game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Embiid (illness) scored 26 points (6-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 12-14 FT) and added nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 94-89 win over the Raptors.

Embiid managed not to miss a game after an illness kept him out of practice and shootaround Tuesday. In addition to the strong fantasy performance, Embiid had a game-sealing block in the final seconds of the game, and was +20 in plus/minus in the upset win. He has scored 20 points in 10 straight games, and is becoming a highly influential free throw shooter. Over the last 10 games, he is shooting 84.1 from the line on 11.3 attempts per game.

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