NBA Sim Sports Picks for 3/26/20 on FanDuel

During this downtime in the sports calendar, FanDuel has been innovating a lot of different ways to get some daily fantasy sports action.

One of those includes NBA Sim Sports, a format that looks pretty much identical to the usual FanDuel offering. The only twist is that the games won't be played live. Players will instead be assigned a random game from their 2019-20 season.

Matchups don't come into play, and late-scratches and other games missed by players won't come into effect. Scores roll out throughout the slate for a bit of a sweat.

It's free to enter, and here are some potential standout picks.

Finding Value

A rule of thumb in NBA DFS is finding certain value thresholds. For example, seeking players who can score 5.0 FanDuel points per $1,000 in salary. This is known as "five-times value" or "5x." The reason for that is if you max out your $60,000 budget and every player in your lineup scores exactly 5.0 points per $1,000, you'll total 300.0 FanDuel points. That's a good starting point.

Of course, for bigger totals, you'll want to shoot for 6x or higher, and for safety, 4x is a fine mark to uncover. What you will typically find is that the more expensive players hit 4x value often (because their roles are secure but their prices are high enough that they really need a huge game to pay off big price tags) and cheaper players hit 6x more frequently (because their bigger games are less about 50-point triple-doubles and more about a simple double-double at a cheaper price).

Value Leaders

These tables include the top-eight performers at each position based on how many times this season they had games that hit our three different value thresholds when compared to their current price for today's contest.

In parenthesis, you can see how often a player hit the given threshold. For example, Spencer Dinwiddie returned 4x value in 73% of his games and 5x value in 55% of his games.

Early Slate

Point Guard

PG 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 De'Aaron Fox (0.85) Malcolm Brogdon (0.63) Aaron Holiday (0.36)
2 Malcolm Brogdon (0.83) Spencer Dinwiddie (0.55) D.J. Augustin (0.35)
3 Markelle Fultz (0.75) De'Aaron Fox (0.54) Ricky Rubio (0.32)
4 Ben Simmons (0.73) D.J. Augustin (0.51) Jeff Teague (0.32)
5 Spencer Dinwiddie (0.73) Ricky Rubio (0.49) Malcolm Brogdon (0.31)
6 Trae Young (0.71) Aaron Holiday (0.48) Shake Milton (0.31)
7 Jeff Teague (0.71) Michael Carter-Williams (0.48) Kyrie Irving (0.3)
8 Kyrie Irving (0.7) Trae Young (0.47) Michael Carter-Williams (0.29)

Shooting Guard

SG 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 James Harden (0.79) Josh Richardson (0.63) Josh Richardson (0.42)
2 Evan Fournier (0.75) Devin Booker (0.59) Terrence Ross (0.4)
3 Terrence Ross (0.75) Terrence Ross (0.57) Jeremy Lamb (0.35)
4 Garrett Temple (0.75) Buddy Hield (0.55) Caris LeVert (0.33)
5 Jeremy Lamb (0.74) Jeremy Lamb (0.54) Garrett Temple (0.31)
6 Devin Booker (0.73) James Harden (0.52) Bogdan Bogdanovic (0.31)
7 Buddy Hield (0.73) Kevin Huerter (0.5) Devin Booker (0.3)
8 Kevin Huerter (0.71) Garrett Temple (0.47) Evan Fournier (0.3)

Small Forward

SF 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 Tobias Harris (0.77) Harrison Barnes (0.58) De'Andre Hunter (0.43)
2 T.J. Warren (0.75) Glenn Robinson (0.58) Glenn Robinson (0.4)
3 Harrison Barnes (0.75) De'Andre Hunter (0.57) Mikal Bridges (0.38)
4 Taurean Prince (0.75) Joe Harris (0.54) Harrison Barnes (0.37)
5 Kelly Oubre (0.73) T.J. Warren (0.51) Danuel House (0.36)
6 Joe Harris (0.73) Taurean Prince (0.5) Cam Reddish (0.34)
7 Eric Gordon (0.71) Eric Gordon (0.5) Joe Harris (0.33)
8 Jonathan Isaac (0.69) Danuel House (0.5) Kent Bazemore (0.33)

Power Forward

PF 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 John Collins (0.78) Al Horford (0.55) Nemanja Bjelica (0.38)
2 Al Horford (0.77) Richaun Holmes (0.53) Frank Kaminsky (0.38)
3 Domantas Sabonis (0.76) Jarrett Allen (0.53) Dario Saric (0.34)
4 Aaron Gordon (0.76) Aaron Gordon (0.52) Richaun Holmes (0.33)
5 Robert Covington (0.76) Nemanja Bjelica (0.49) Jarrett Allen (0.31)
6 Jabari Parker (0.7) Robert Covington (0.48) Al Horford (0.3)
7 Richaun Holmes (0.68) Dario Saric (0.47) Jabari Parker (0.3)
8 Dario Saric (0.66) Frank Kaminsky (0.47) Harry Giles (0.29)


C 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 Nikola Vucevic (0.78) Clint Capela (0.51) P.J. Tucker (0.41)
2 Joel Embiid (0.76) Alex Len (0.51) Aron Baynes (0.36)
3 DeAndre Jordan (0.75) DeAndre Jordan (0.5) Alex Len (0.33)
4 Deandre Ayton (0.73) Aron Baynes (0.48) Myles Turner (0.31)
5 Clint Capela (0.72) Myles Turner (0.45) Dewayne Dedmon (0.3)
6 Myles Turner (0.69) P.J. Tucker (0.45) DeAndre Jordan (0.29)
7 P.J. Tucker (0.64) Mo Bamba (0.45) Mo Bamba (0.28)
8 Alex Len (0.63) Joel Embiid (0.42) Clint Capela (0.26)

Main Slate

Point Guard

PG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Kyle Lowry (0.83)De'Anthony Melton (0.6)Reggie Jackson (0.43)
2Derrick Rose (0.8)Kyle Lowry (0.55)De'Anthony Melton (0.4)
3Jamal Murray (0.76)Ish Smith (0.55)Ish Smith (0.38)
4Ish Smith (0.72)Derrick White (0.54)Derrick White (0.38)
5Derrick White (0.72)Lonzo Ball (0.54)Ja Morant (0.37)
6Patrick Beverley (0.71)Eric Bledsoe (0.54)Shabazz Napier (0.37)
7De'Anthony Melton (0.71)Elfrid Payton (0.53)Jamal Murray (0.35)
8Lonzo Ball (0.7)Derrick Rose (0.52)Lonzo Ball (0.32)

Shooting Guard

SG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Donte DiVincenzo (0.8)Donte DiVincenzo (0.61)Gary Harris (0.39)
2DeMar DeRozan (0.77)Dillon Brooks (0.55)Josh Hart (0.39)
3Fred VanVleet (0.77)DeMar DeRozan (0.54)Dillon Brooks (0.38)
4Khris Middleton (0.77)Fred VanVleet (0.54)JJ Redick (0.37)
5Jrue Holiday (0.75)Jordan McRae (0.54)Jordan McRae (0.35)
6Lou Williams (0.73)RJ Barrett (0.53)RJ Barrett (0.35)
7Gary Harris (0.73)Bruce Brown (0.52)Norman Powell (0.32)
8Josh Hart (0.72)JJ Redick (0.52)Donte DiVincenzo (0.31)

Small Forward

SF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Giannis Antetokounmpo (0.83)Rodney Hood (0.62)Josh Jackson (0.44)
2Brandon Ingram (0.79)Gordon Hayward (0.56)OG Anunoby (0.41)
3Jaylen Brown (0.76)Josh Jackson (0.56)Rudy Gay (0.38)
4Gordon Hayward (0.76)Brandon Ingram (0.55)Gordon Hayward (0.36)
5Will Barton (0.76)Jaylen Brown (0.54)Luke Kennard (0.36)
6Luke Kennard (0.75)Will Barton (0.53)Trevor Ariza (0.36)
7Pascal Siakam (0.7)Rudy Gay (0.53)Will Barton (0.33)
8Paul George (0.69)Troy Brown (0.52)Rodney Hood (0.29)

Power Forward

PF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Kawhi Leonard (0.87)Blake Griffin (0.61)Paul Millsap (0.43)
2Zion Williamson (0.86)Zion Williamson (0.57)Christian Wood (0.4)
3LaMarcus Aldridge (0.81)Daniel Theis (0.57)Jerami Grant (0.36)
4Blake Griffin (0.78)Brandon Clarke (0.57)Daniel Theis (0.34)
5Jayson Tatum (0.77)Jaren Jackson (0.56)Blake Griffin (0.33)
6Jaren Jackson (0.76)Davis Bertans (0.56)Michael Porter (0.33)
7Davis Bertans (0.76)Serge Ibaka (0.54)Serge Ibaka (0.32)
8Daniel Theis (0.76)Paul Millsap (0.52)Brandon Clarke (0.31)


C4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Marc Gasol (0.75)Jakob Poeltl (0.53)Jakob Poeltl (0.4)
2Ivica Zubac (0.75)Mitchell Robinson (0.51)Enes Kanter (0.37)
3Thomas Bryant (0.74)Montrezl Harrell (0.51)Ian Mahinmi (0.37)
4Hassan Whiteside (0.72)Marc Gasol (0.5)Marc Gasol (0.36)
5Mitchell Robinson (0.72)Ivica Zubac (0.5)Ivica Zubac (0.36)
6Derrick Favors (0.7)Enes Kanter (0.49)Gorgui Dieng (0.36)
7Bobby Portis (0.7)Jonas Valanciunas (0.48)Derrick Favors (0.33)
8Enes Kanter (0.69)Gorgui Dieng (0.47)Thomas Bryant (0.32)