The Atlanta Hawks go to Brooklyn to take on the Nets tonight -- being part of a tidy, seven-game NBA slate overall, there is likely need to have some exposure into this game from a DFS perspective, so let's take a look at the players you could/should be on tonight in this game.
The Hawks are playing without Kent Bazemore and, most importantly, Jeff Teague tonight. Without Teague, you should be all over Dennis Schróder in his place. A lot of folks who don't follow the Hawks might be a little hesitant towards Dennis because he has had some time as a starter lately, but alongside Teague rather than by himself. When Dennis is on the floor with Teague, he doesn't do much at all, highlighted by a puny 12.8% Usage rate and his FanDuel points per minute is a paltry 0.58. When on the floor without Teague, Dennis' usage leaps to over 30% and his FanDuel points per minute is 1.11. So, yeah, use Dennis tonight at his discounted $4.800 salary.
Also, not that you need an invitation to roster Paul Millsap, but in the same situation as Dennis' above. Millsap scores an elite 1.48 FanDuel points per minute rate. That's a wow considering how often they will be on the court together tonight. The Nets are also struggling at defending the small forward position, as if you need any more encouragement to get behind Millsap at 8.3K on FanDuel.
As we know, it's abandon ship on the offensive glass for the Hawks, evidence by their fourth worst ranking in OREB%. That leaves even an average defensive rebounder like Brook Lopez in excellent position to accumulate points throughout the game. Also, whenever Al Horford plays a player significantly larger than he, as Lopez is, Horford moves his offensive game further out to the perimeter, meaning that Lopez is not in any danger for fouling. Lastly, as good as Horford is defensively, Lopez always has a big size advantage and uses it well in the post and in his face-up shot game. Lopez, at 8K is a good bet to deliver value given his history and game script tonight in Brooklyn.
Also, Thaddeus Young is a few more great games against Atlanta away from Certified Hawk Hater status. The former Yellow Jacket always seems to get up for the Hawks and he's at a very reasonable 5.8K on FanDuel.
This game is a 197.5 game total, which is a little sluggish, but the spread is 4.5 in favor of the Hawks, which would indicate a close game with full shifts for all the primary players.
So make sure you get some Dennis and Paul in your lineups and enjoy the game! Good luck!
Jason Walker is the Managing Editor for Peachtree Hoops and is an avid fantasy sports player in both seasonal and daily sports leagues. You can read other daily fantasy related items from him through his Twitter feed @JasonWalker_72.
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