NBA Sim Sports Picks for 3/31/20 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 (both the early and late slates), 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, D'Angelo Russell returned 4x value in 78% of his games and 5x value in 56% of his games.

Early Slate
Point Guard

PG 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 Malcolm Brogdon (0.83) Malcolm Brogdon (0.63) Mike Conley (0.4)
2 Markelle Fultz (0.75) Mike Conley (0.62) Derrick White (0.38)
3 Spencer Dinwiddie (0.73) Spencer Dinwiddie (0.55) Aaron Holiday (0.36)
4 Derrick White (0.72) Derrick White (0.54) D.J. Augustin (0.35)
5 Kyrie Irving (0.7) D.J. Augustin (0.51) Malcolm Brogdon (0.31)
6 Kemba Walker (0.69) Dejounte Murray (0.5) Kemba Walker (0.31)
7 D.J. Augustin (0.69) Aaron Holiday (0.48) Patty Mills (0.3)
8 Mike Conley (0.67) Michael Carter-Williams (0.48) Jordan Poole (0.3)

Shooting Guard

SG 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 DeMar DeRozan (0.77) Terrence Ross (0.57) Terrence Ross (0.4)
2 Donovan Mitchell (0.77) Damion Lee (0.57) Jeremy Lamb (0.35)
3 Evan Fournier (0.75) Donovan Mitchell (0.55) Jordan Clarkson (0.35)
4 Terrence Ross (0.75) DeMar DeRozan (0.54) Caris LeVert (0.33)
5 Garrett Temple (0.75) Jeremy Lamb (0.54) Garrett Temple (0.31)
6 Jeremy Lamb (0.74) CJ McCollum (0.5) Evan Fournier (0.3)
7 CJ McCollum (0.71) Jordan Clarkson (0.49) Damion Lee (0.29)
8 Damion Lee (0.71) Garrett Temple (0.47) Bryn Forbes (0.27)

Small Forward

SF 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 Jaylen Brown (0.76) Rodney Hood (0.62) Joe Ingles (0.39)
2 Gordon Hayward (0.76) Gordon Hayward (0.56) Rudy Gay (0.38)
3 T.J. Warren (0.75) Jaylen Brown (0.54) Gordon Hayward (0.36)
4 Taurean Prince (0.75) Joe Harris (0.54) Trevor Ariza (0.36)
5 Joe Harris (0.73) Joe Ingles (0.53) Joe Harris (0.33)
6 Bojan Bogdanovic (0.72) Rudy Gay (0.53) T.J. Warren (0.31)
7 Andrew Wiggins (0.69) T.J. Warren (0.51) Jonathan Isaac (0.31)
8 Jonathan Isaac (0.69) Taurean Prince (0.5) Taurean Prince (0.3)

Power Forward

PF 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 LaMarcus Aldridge (0.81) Daniel Theis (0.57) Eric Paschall (0.36)
2 Jayson Tatum (0.77) Jarrett Allen (0.53) Daniel Theis (0.34)
3 Domantas Sabonis (0.76) Aaron Gordon (0.52) Jarrett Allen (0.31)
4 Aaron Gordon (0.76) LaMarcus Aldridge (0.51) Royce O'Neale (0.31)
5 Daniel Theis (0.76) Draymond Green (0.49) LaMarcus Aldridge (0.3)
6 Draymond Green (0.72) Royce O'Neale (0.49) Draymond Green (0.3)
7 Eric Paschall (0.69) Jayson Tatum (0.48) Al-Farouq Aminu (0.28)
8 Royce O'Neale (0.68) Eric Paschall (0.48) Aaron Gordon (0.26)


C 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 Nikola Vucevic (0.78) Marquese Chriss (0.53) Jakob Poeltl (0.4)
2 Rudy Gobert (0.75) Jakob Poeltl (0.53) Enes Kanter (0.37)
3 DeAndre Jordan (0.75) DeAndre Jordan (0.5) Marquese Chriss (0.34)
4 Hassan Whiteside (0.72) Enes Kanter (0.49) Myles Turner (0.31)
5 Myles Turner (0.69) Rudy Gobert (0.48) DeAndre Jordan (0.29)
6 Enes Kanter (0.69) Myles Turner (0.45) Mo Bamba (0.28)
7 Robert Williams (0.65) Mo Bamba (0.45) Robert Williams (0.26)
8 Marquese Chriss (0.63) Robert Williams (0.43) Rudy Gobert (0.25)

Main Slate
Point Guard

PG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Kyle Lowry (0.83)De'Anthony Melton (0.6)Kris Dunn (0.41)
2Collin Sexton (0.77)Kris Dunn (0.57)De'Anthony Melton (0.4)
3Jamal Murray (0.76)Kyle Lowry (0.55)Ja Morant (0.37)
4De'Anthony Melton (0.71)Eric Bledsoe (0.54)Seth Curry (0.37)
5Kris Dunn (0.71)Elfrid Payton (0.53)Jamal Murray (0.35)
6Luka Doncic (0.71)Luka Doncic (0.52)Tomas Satoransky (0.34)
7Tomas Satoransky (0.71)Terry Rozier (0.52)Ricky Rubio (0.32)
8Trae Young (0.71)Ja Morant (0.52)Jeff Teague (0.32)

Shooting Guard

SG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Donte DiVincenzo (0.8)Donte DiVincenzo (0.61)Gary Harris (0.39)
2D'Angelo Russell (0.78)Devin Booker (0.59)Dillon Brooks (0.38)
3Zach LaVine (0.77)D'Angelo Russell (0.56)Malik Monk (0.36)
4Fred VanVleet (0.77)Dillon Brooks (0.55)RJ Barrett (0.35)
5Khris Middleton (0.77)Fred VanVleet (0.54)Malik Beasley (0.35)
6Devin Booker (0.73)Devonte' Graham (0.53)Cody Martin (0.33)
7Devonte' Graham (0.73)RJ Barrett (0.53)Delon Wright (0.32)
8Gary Harris (0.73)Delon Wright (0.52)Norman Powell (0.32)

Small Forward

SF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Giannis Antetokounmpo (0.83)Cedi Osman (0.57)Josh Jackson (0.44)
2Will Barton (0.76)De'Andre Hunter (0.57)De'Andre Hunter (0.43)
3Tim Hardaway (0.76)Josh Jackson (0.56)OG Anunoby (0.41)
4Kelly Oubre (0.73)Tim Hardaway (0.54)Cedi Osman (0.38)
5Dorian Finney-Smith (0.72)Will Barton (0.53)Mikal Bridges (0.38)
6Cedi Osman (0.71)Miles Bridges (0.53)Dorian Finney-Smith (0.34)
7Pascal Siakam (0.7)OG Anunoby (0.52)Cam Reddish (0.34)
8Miles Bridges (0.68)Giannis Antetokounmpo (0.5)Will Barton (0.33)

Power Forward

PF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1John Collins (0.78)Kevin Love (0.61)James Johnson (0.5)
2Jaren Jackson (0.76)Brandon Clarke (0.57)Paul Millsap (0.43)
3Julius Randle (0.75)Jaren Jackson (0.56)Frank Kaminsky (0.38)
4Kevin Love (0.75)Serge Ibaka (0.54)Naz Reid (0.37)
5Brandon Clarke (0.75)Naz Reid (0.53)Jerami Grant (0.36)
6Maxi Kleber (0.74)Paul Millsap (0.52)Dario Saric (0.34)
7Thaddeus Young (0.72)P.J. Washington (0.51)Michael Porter (0.33)
8P.J. Washington (0.71)Julius Randle (0.5)Serge Ibaka (0.32)


C4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Wendell Carter (0.77)Willie Cauley-Stein (0.61)Dwight Powell (0.38)
2Marc Gasol (0.75)Tristan Thompson (0.54)Bismack Biyombo (0.38)
3Karl-Anthony Towns (0.74)Cody Zeller (0.52)Marc Gasol (0.36)
4Cody Zeller (0.74)Clint Capela (0.51)Aron Baynes (0.36)
5Deandre Ayton (0.73)Mitchell Robinson (0.51)Gorgui Dieng (0.36)
6Andre Drummond (0.72)Marc Gasol (0.5)Cody Zeller (0.33)
7Clint Capela (0.72)Jonas Valanciunas (0.48)Willie Cauley-Stein (0.31)
8Tristan Thompson (0.72)Dwight Powell (0.48)Jonas Valanciunas (0.31)