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Ben Simmons available to play Tuesday vs. Cavaliers [UPDATE]

The Sixers All-Star PG is set to return to the lineup against Cleveland. We break down how you should approach Simmons in DFS and season-long.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons drives for a dunk against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons Game Status Update

According to Kyle Neubeck of The Philly Voice, Simmons will be available to play in tonight’s contest vs. the Cavaliers. At $7,400 on DraftKings, he’s an interesting tournament play if his minutes aren’t too restriction. The issue is, taking on the Cavs, if the Sixers go up early and coast, Simmons likely won’t play much. Philly continues to be a heavy favorite at -10 on DK Sportsbook. The Sixers covering the spread is only helped by Simmons’ presence, but Joel Embiid and Co. were likely in a good spot to win regardless.

Even with Simmons available, I think Embiid ($9,400) is still a good GPP play on DK. With Simmons back starting, Raul Neto ($4,800) goes back to the bench, but still could see some run if the game gets out of hand.

Ahh just as we suspected, Ben Simmons appears to be more of a game-time decision for tonight’s game vs. the Cavaliers. Again, don’t think it impacts Joel Embiid much, but if you’re considering Raul Neto, you’ll likely have to wait until closer to tip-off.

After being injured last Wednesday against the Jazz, the Sixers ruled Ben Simmons out for the next few games due to a minor AC joint sprain in his right shoulder. The PG was re-evaluated on Sunday and is labeled questionable for tonight’s contest vs. the Cavaliers, per beat writer Serena Winters.

Fantasy Basketball Analysis, Philadelphia 76ers PG/SF Ben Simmons

With how the Sixers deal with injuries, I’d be surprised if we get word on Simmons’ status prior to early this evening. That could obviously change, but for now, let’s view Simmons as a game-time decision.

First, we already know Al Horford is resting, so Joel Embiid is a very enticing DFS play at $9,400 on DraftKings given the matchup and his ceiling. With Simmons out, though, Raul Neto ($4,800) had been thrust into the starting lineup for Philly, playing around 30 minutes per game while returning decent value. His price has risen a bit, but he’d still be a strong DFS play if Simmons remains out. Same goes for Josh Richardson ($5,700).

If Simmons returns, I don’t think it impacts Embiid and Richardson much. Both of those guys will start and get big minutes, and if anything get a boost from Simmons’ play-making ability back in the lineup. Neto takes a back seat and probably isn’t a viable play, unless Simmons is on a minutes limit. In which case, Neto would be an OK GPP play since the 76ers are favored heavily and could coast vs. the Cavs.

Obviously in season-long formats, if Simmons is playing, you’re most likely rolling him out unless the minutes limit and potential blowout scares you off.