Middleton didn't see the court in Monday's 109-95 loss to the Nuggets in what coach Mike Budenholzer deemed a planned rest day afterward, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. In a tough situation for fantasy players, the Bucks seemingly didn't want to divulge their plan to rest nearly all of their core roster pieces. With Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe already sitting out with knee injuries, Middleton, Marvin Williams, Brook Lopez and Donte DiVincenzo were all given the night off. Middleton should rejoin the starting five and take on a normal minutes load when the Bucks return to action Thursday versus the Celtics.
Middleton will come off the bench Monday against Denver, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports. Middleton is healthy, but with both Eric Bledsoe (knee) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) ruled out, the Bucks have elected to shake up their starting five.
Middleton put up 39 points (13-26 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 10-11 FT), four assists and two rebounds in 35 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Suns. With Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) out, Middleton did all he could in the scoring column to keep the Bucks in this game. His points and shooting percentages were nice, but he didn't do a ton outside of that for fantasy purposes. Putting up top 25 value in nine-category leagues on the season, Middleton is having the best fantasy year of his career. In 30.0 minutes per game, he's quietly posting career-highs in points, rebounds, threes, field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage, and has been one of the driving forces behind the Bucks' success in achieving the Eastern Conference's number-one seed.
Middleton flopped on Friday, scoring 12 points (5-19 FG, 2-10 3Pt) along with five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 36 minutes, as the Bucks fell to the Lakers 113-103. An All-Star getting paid over $35 million per year, Middleton could not get going Friday in a primetime opportunity. Luckily for fantasy owners, the Bucks will not compete against the Lakers' elite wing defense on a nightly basis. Despite the rough outing, Middleton currently finds himself in the 50-40-90 percentage club.
Middleton produced 20 points (9-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt), eight rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 119-100 win over the Pacers. Middleton bounced back after struggling in Monday's matchup versus Miami. He continues to torch the nets with efficient shooting from every area of the court, plus Middleton is among the most versatile contributors regardless of position.
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