NBA Sim Sports Picks for 4/1/20 on FanDuel

Daily fantasy NBA continues on with FanDuel's Sim Sports format. Which players are most likely to pay off?

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 contests.

In parenthesis, you can see how often a player hit the given threshold. For example, Malcolm Brogdon returned 4x value in 83% of his games and 5x value in 63% of his games.

Early Slate
Point Guard

PG 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 De'Aaron Fox (0.85) Chris Paul (0.6) Reggie Jackson (0.43)
2 Chris Paul (0.78) De'Aaron Fox (0.54) D.J. Augustin (0.35)
3 Markelle Fultz (0.75) Terry Rozier (0.52) Rajon Rondo (0.33)
4 Ben Simmons (0.73) D.J. Augustin (0.51) Jeff Teague (0.32)
5 Trae Young (0.71) Patrick Beverley (0.48) Shake Milton (0.31)
6 Patrick Beverley (0.71) Michael Carter-Williams (0.48) Terry Rozier (0.3)
7 Jeff Teague (0.71) Rajon Rondo (0.48) Michael Carter-Williams (0.29)
8 Terry Rozier (0.7) Trae Young (0.47) Chris Paul (0.28)

Shooting Guard

SG 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (0.8) Josh Richardson (0.63) Josh Richardson (0.42)
2 Dennis Schroder (0.78) Terrence Ross (0.57) Terrence Ross (0.4)
3 Evan Fournier (0.75) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (0.55) Malik Monk (0.36)
4 Terrence Ross (0.75) Buddy Hield (0.55) Cody Martin (0.33)
5 Devonte' Graham (0.73) Devonte' Graham (0.53) Bogdan Bogdanovic (0.31)
6 Buddy Hield (0.73) Dennis Schroder (0.51) Danny Green (0.31)
7 Lou Williams (0.73) Lou Williams (0.5) Evan Fournier (0.3)
8 Kevin Huerter (0.71) Kevin Huerter (0.5) Dennis Schroder (0.29)

Small Forward

SF 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 LeBron James (0.84) Harrison Barnes (0.58) De'Andre Hunter (0.43)
2 Danilo Gallinari (0.79) Glenn Robinson (0.58) Glenn Robinson (0.4)
3 Tobias Harris (0.77) De'Andre Hunter (0.57) Harrison Barnes (0.37)
4 Harrison Barnes (0.75) Danilo Gallinari (0.54) Cam Reddish (0.34)
5 Paul George (0.69) Miles Bridges (0.53) Kent Bazemore (0.33)
6 Jonathan Isaac (0.69) Paul George (0.5) Jonathan Isaac (0.31)
7 Marcus Morris (0.69) Tobias Harris (0.49) Miles Bridges (0.29)
8 Miles Bridges (0.68) Marcus Morris (0.49) Markieff Morris (0.29)

Power Forward

PF 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 Kawhi Leonard (0.87) Al Horford (0.55) Nemanja Bjelica (0.38)
2 John Collins (0.78) Nerlens Noel (0.53) Nerlens Noel (0.36)
3 Al Horford (0.77) Richaun Holmes (0.53) Kyle Kuzma (0.35)
4 Aaron Gordon (0.76) Aaron Gordon (0.52) Richaun Holmes (0.33)
5 Anthony Davis (0.71) P.J. Washington (0.51) Al Horford (0.3)
6 P.J. Washington (0.71) Kyle Kuzma (0.5) Jabari Parker (0.3)
7 Jabari Parker (0.7) Nemanja Bjelica (0.49) Harry Giles (0.29)
8 Nerlens Noel (0.69) Kawhi Leonard (0.46) Al-Farouq Aminu (0.28)


C 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 Nikola Vucevic (0.78) Cody Zeller (0.52) Bismack Biyombo (0.38)
2 Joel Embiid (0.76) Clint Capela (0.51) Ivica Zubac (0.36)
3 Ivica Zubac (0.75) Montrezl Harrell (0.51) Dwight Howard (0.35)
4 Cody Zeller (0.74) Steven Adams (0.51) Cody Zeller (0.33)
5 Clint Capela (0.72) Alex Len (0.51) Alex Len (0.33)
6 Montrezl Harrell (0.68) JaVale McGee (0.51) Steven Adams (0.31)
7 Steven Adams (0.68) Ivica Zubac (0.5) Dewayne Dedmon (0.3)
8 Dwight Howard (0.63) Dwight Howard (0.47) Montrezl Harrell (0.29)

Main Slate
Point Guard

PG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Malcolm Brogdon (0.83)Malcolm Brogdon (0.63)Kris Dunn (0.41)
2Jamal Murray (0.76)Mike Conley (0.62)Mike Conley (0.4)
3Spencer Dinwiddie (0.73)Kris Dunn (0.57)Ish Smith (0.38)
4Goran Dragic (0.72)Spencer Dinwiddie (0.55)Seth Curry (0.37)
5Ish Smith (0.72)Ish Smith (0.55)Shabazz Napier (0.37)
6Luka Doncic (0.71)Eric Bledsoe (0.54)Aaron Holiday (0.36)
7Tomas Satoransky (0.71)Elfrid Payton (0.53)Jamal Murray (0.35)
8Kris Dunn (0.71)Luka Doncic (0.52)Tomas Satoransky (0.34)

Shooting Guard

SG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Jimmy Butler (0.8)Tyler Herro (0.62)Gary Harris (0.39)
2Donte DiVincenzo (0.8)Donte DiVincenzo (0.61)Tyler Herro (0.36)
3Zach LaVine (0.77)Devin Booker (0.59)Jeremy Lamb (0.35)
4Donovan Mitchell (0.77)Donovan Mitchell (0.55)RJ Barrett (0.35)
5Khris Middleton (0.77)Jeremy Lamb (0.54)Jordan Clarkson (0.35)
6Garrett Temple (0.75)Duncan Robinson (0.54)Duncan Robinson (0.34)
7Jeremy Lamb (0.74)RJ Barrett (0.53)Caris LeVert (0.33)
8Devin Booker (0.73)Delon Wright (0.52)Delon Wright (0.32)

Small Forward

SF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Giannis Antetokounmpo (0.83)Gordon Hayward (0.56)Joe Ingles (0.39)
2Jaylen Brown (0.76)Jaylen Brown (0.54)Mikal Bridges (0.38)
3Gordon Hayward (0.76)Tim Hardaway (0.54)Derrick Jones (0.37)
4Will Barton (0.76)Joe Harris (0.54)Gordon Hayward (0.36)
5Tim Hardaway (0.76)Will Barton (0.53)Dorian Finney-Smith (0.34)
6T.J. Warren (0.75)Joe Ingles (0.53)Joe Harris (0.33)
7Taurean Prince (0.75)Jae Crowder (0.52)Will Barton (0.33)
8Kelly Oubre (0.73)Troy Brown (0.52)Jae Crowder (0.33)

Power Forward

PF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Bam Adebayo (0.8)Daniel Theis (0.57)Paul Millsap (0.43)
2Jayson Tatum (0.77)Davis Bertans (0.56)Frank Kaminsky (0.38)
3Domantas Sabonis (0.76)Bam Adebayo (0.55)Jerami Grant (0.36)
4Davis Bertans (0.76)Jarrett Allen (0.53)Daniel Theis (0.34)
5Daniel Theis (0.76)Paul Millsap (0.52)Dario Saric (0.34)
6Julius Randle (0.75)Rui Hachimura (0.52)Michael Porter (0.33)
7Maxi Kleber (0.74)Julius Randle (0.5)Jarrett Allen (0.31)
8Thaddeus Young (0.72)Royce O'Neale (0.49)Royce O'Neale (0.31)


C4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Wendell Carter (0.77)Willie Cauley-Stein (0.61)Kelly Olynyk (0.39)
2Rudy Gobert (0.75)Mitchell Robinson (0.51)Dwight Powell (0.38)
3DeAndre Jordan (0.75)DeAndre Jordan (0.5)Enes Kanter (0.37)
4Thomas Bryant (0.74)Enes Kanter (0.49)Ian Mahinmi (0.37)
5Deandre Ayton (0.73)Kelly Olynyk (0.49)Aron Baynes (0.36)
6Mitchell Robinson (0.72)Rudy Gobert (0.48)Thomas Bryant (0.32)
7Bobby Portis (0.7)Dwight Powell (0.48)Willie Cauley-Stein (0.31)
8Myles Turner (0.69)Aron Baynes (0.48)Myles Turner (0.31)