Ryan Knaus breaks down Joel Embiid's fantasy stock and if he is a liability in head-to-head leagues due to load management.
RYAN KNAUS: If you drafted Joel Embiid in any fantasy leagues this year, you knew going in that he was a DMP risk. Right on cue in the Sixers' third game of the season, Embiid was a very late scratch with back tightness. This should come as no surprise to anybody.
If you look back at last year in the Orlando Bubble, he had a left ankle injury, right calf injury, and a hand injury. Prior to that, in the regular season he had a shoulder, neck, hand, knee, hip, and ankle injury. It's not all at once, fortunately.
You can teach your children human anatomy just by going over Embiid's injuries last season, and that's after he supposedly lost 25 pounds during the off season. He was doing six-a-day workouts, focused on conditioning, et cetera. All of which leads me to skepticism when he says that he was focused on conditioning in this abbreviated off season.
So, you've got a guy with an injury history, a known DMP risk, a team that's going to take it very slowly with him in terms of minutes, in terms of back to backs.
So, I'm not talking about his performance. Everyone knows Embiid is a 30 and 20 guy when he's healthy. But if I have him on my Fantasy squads, I don't want my fantasy playoffs hinging on his health. So, in head to head leagues, I'm taking every opportunity to trade him. He's a sure bet in DFS. Just be sure to check the injury report prior to tipoff.