The Hawks have been in a losing way, already losing as much at home as they did all year last year. But, in DFS, that doesn't matter as much as what's looking them in the face tonight, at home.
Offensive Rating: 30th
Defensive Rating: 21st
Net Rating difference between 76ers and Hawks: 13.5 in favor of Atlanta
So, they are not good. As frustrating as the current Hawks season has been, the 76ers are in the wilderness unlike anything the Hawks have seen, and that includes the early 21st century. I was there. I remember.
Toss in that the 76ers will be without Nerlens Noel.....and you have a frontcourt bonanza for both Paul Millsap and Al Horford. Millsap is $8,300 and Horford $6,900. The reason for this that Jahlil Okafor adds over 10%, fantasy wise, to opposing center's statistics. The Sixers already add 11% to opposing PF and now that Noel is out, Millsap should have an easier time than even before.
On the flip side, the Hawks always give up big fantasy nights to opposing centers, in part due to two things: One, the Hawks abandon the offensive glass and, two, Al Horford plays outside most of the time and doesn't draw fouls, meaning no foul trouble for opposing centers. So Okafor, especially without Noel, should have double-digit rebounds as long as the game is in doubt and the benched aren't emptied.
in the backcourt, the Sixers are starting Kendall Marshall and bringing Tony Wroten off the bench. Both guys are good offensively for fantasy purposes but Jeff Teague should, and I stress, should, have a good night offensively against these guys. Marshall is an assist machine and fits right into the defense optional lineup the Sixers run out there.
The only other guy to watch out for on Philly in this game is Robert Covington, who can put up FanDuel points in a hurry getting steals, but his offensive prowess should be muted by Thabo Sefolosha when he is in the game.
So, in summary, here are the targets for today's game:
Paul Millsap ($8,300)
Al Horford ($6,900)
Jahlil Okafor ($6,900)
Jerami Grant ($4,900) *minutes bump for Noel's absence*
Good luck and let's go HAAAAWWWWWWKSSSS!!!!
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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