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Khris Middleton confirms he’ll return to lineup Wednesday vs. the Hawks [UPDATE]

Bucks forward expected to come off the bench in first game back from injury.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton drives to the basket against Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart at TD Garden.  David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Khris Middleton (thigh) will come off the bench in tonight’s game vs. the Hawks. The Milwaukee Bucks forward said yesterday he’d return to the lineup, though the news that he’ll come off the bench is uninspiring. This hurts his viability in DFS and if you have better options in season-long that may be the way to go. I guess this means keep rolling out Donte DiVincenzo in both DFS and season-long with a solid matchup vs. Atlanta.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton confirmed he’ll make his return to the starting lineup for Wednesday’s game vs. the Atlanta Hawks. Middleton has missed the past seven games due to a thigh injury. Despite being arguably the Bucks’ second best player behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee has won each of its games without Middleton. Not to say he isn’t a valuable part of the team and fantasy asset.

Fantasy Basketball Analysis: Milwaukee Bucks SG/SF Khris Middleton

With Middleton back in the lineup, odds are Donte DiVincenzo will head back to the bench after spending time in the starting lineup. DiVincenzo was playing playing big minutes and could still see increased playing time as Middleton gets eased back into action. So for now, Middleton will be on a minutes limit, which will hamper his viability in DFS and season-long formats.

Middleton’s capable of pouring it in though, so if his shot is falling, he wouldn’t need many minutes to return value. We’ll have to see what his price is on DraftKings for Wednesday’s slate, but he’s probably still a fade. This shouldn’t affect Giannis much, if anything it takes some pressure off him offensively and gives him a reliable option to kick to off drives.

The Bucks were already covering most of their spreads, so getting Middleton back only increases their appeal on DK Sportsbook, though I’d imagine the spread for Bucks-Hawks will be wide.

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