NBA Sim Sports Picks for 4/2/20 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 contests.

In parenthesis, you can see how often a player hit the given threshold. For example, Steven Adams returned 4x value in 71% of his games, 5x value in 54%, and 6x value in 34%.

Early Slate
Point Guard

PG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Derrick Rose (0.8)De'Anthony Melton (0.6)De'Anthony Melton (0.4)
2Kyle Lowry (0.75)Kyle Lowry (0.55)Derrick White (0.38)
3Derrick White (0.72)Derrick White (0.54)Ja Morant (0.37)
4De'Anthony Melton (0.71)Derrick Rose (0.52)Brandon Knight (0.32)
5Russell Westbrook (0.69)Ja Morant (0.52)Derrick Rose (0.3)
6Lonzo Ball (0.68)Lonzo Ball (0.51)Lonzo Ball (0.3)
7Ja Morant (0.67)Dejounte Murray (0.5)Patty Mills (0.3)
8Patty Mills (0.63)Tyus Jones (0.48)Tyus Jones (0.29)

Shooting Guard

SG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1James Harden (0.79)D'Angelo Russell (0.56)Josh Hart (0.39)
2D'Angelo Russell (0.78)Dillon Brooks (0.55)Dillon Brooks (0.38)
3DeMar DeRozan (0.77)DeMar DeRozan (0.54)JJ Redick (0.37)
4Jrue Holiday (0.75)Jordan McRae (0.54)Jordan McRae (0.35)
5Fred VanVleet (0.75)James Harden (0.52)Malik Beasley (0.35)
6Josh Hart (0.72)Fred VanVleet (0.52)Norman Powell (0.32)
7Bruce Brown (0.72)Bruce Brown (0.52)D'Angelo Russell (0.31)
8CJ McCollum (0.71)JJ Redick (0.52)Bruce Brown (0.31)

Small Forward

SF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Brandon Ingram (0.76)Rodney Hood (0.62)Josh Jackson (0.44)
2Luke Kennard (0.75)Josh Jackson (0.56)Rudy Gay (0.38)
3Eric Gordon (0.71)Rudy Gay (0.53)OG Anunoby (0.38)
4Pascal Siakam (0.69)Brandon Ingram (0.52)Danuel House (0.36)
5Rudy Gay (0.68)OG Anunoby (0.51)Luke Kennard (0.36)
6Josh Jackson (0.67)Eric Gordon (0.5)Trevor Ariza (0.36)
7Rodney Hood (0.67)Danuel House (0.5)Eric Gordon (0.32)
8Danuel House (0.66)Luke Kennard (0.46)Kyle Anderson (0.31)

Power Forward

PF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Zion Williamson (0.86)Brandon Clarke (0.57)James Johnson (0.5)
2LaMarcus Aldridge (0.81)Jaren Jackson (0.56)Christian Wood (0.4)
3Robert Covington (0.76)Naz Reid (0.53)Naz Reid (0.37)
4Jaren Jackson (0.76)Zion Williamson (0.52)Blake Griffin (0.33)
5Brandon Clarke (0.75)Serge Ibaka (0.52)Brandon Clarke (0.31)
6Blake Griffin (0.72)LaMarcus Aldridge (0.51)Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (0.31)
7Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (0.71)Blake Griffin (0.5)LaMarcus Aldridge (0.3)
8Naz Reid (0.7)Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (0.5)Nicolo Melli (0.3)


C4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Karl-Anthony Towns (0.74)Jakob Poeltl (0.53)P.J. Tucker (0.41)
2Marc Gasol (0.72)Jonas Valanciunas (0.48)Jakob Poeltl (0.4)
3Hassan Whiteside (0.7)Marc Gasol (0.47)Marc Gasol (0.36)
4Derrick Favors (0.7)Gorgui Dieng (0.47)Gorgui Dieng (0.36)
5Jonas Valanciunas (0.66)Derrick Favors (0.46)Derrick Favors (0.33)
6P.J. Tucker (0.64)P.J. Tucker (0.45)Jonas Valanciunas (0.31)
7Gorgui Dieng (0.64)Chris Boucher (0.42)John Henson (0.28)
8Jaxson Hayes (0.63)John Henson (0.4)Jaxson Hayes (0.27)

Main Slate
Point Guard

PG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1De'Aaron Fox (0.85)Kris Dunn (0.57)Reggie Jackson (0.43)
2Derrick Rose (0.8)Kyle Lowry (0.55)Kris Dunn (0.41)
3Chris Paul (0.77)Ish Smith (0.55)Ish Smith (0.38)
4Collin Sexton (0.77)De'Aaron Fox (0.54)Shabazz Napier (0.37)
5Kyle Lowry (0.75)Eric Bledsoe (0.54)Tomas Satoransky (0.34)
6Ben Simmons (0.73)Derrick Rose (0.52)Rajon Rondo (0.33)
7Ish Smith (0.72)Tomas Satoransky (0.51)Jeff Teague (0.32)
8Trae Young (0.71)Darius Garland (0.49)Brandon Knight (0.32)

Shooting Guard

SG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Donte DiVincenzo (0.8)Josh Richardson (0.63)Josh Richardson (0.46)
2Dennis Schroder (0.78)Donte DiVincenzo (0.61)Jordan McRae (0.35)
3Khris Middleton (0.77)Buddy Hield (0.59)Norman Powell (0.32)
4Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (0.77)Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (0.54)Donte DiVincenzo (0.31)
5Zach LaVine (0.75)Jordan McRae (0.54)Bruce Brown (0.31)
6Fred VanVleet (0.75)Fred VanVleet (0.52)Bogdan Bogdanovic (0.31)
7Buddy Hield (0.75)Bruce Brown (0.52)Danny Green (0.31)
8Lou Williams (0.73)Dennis Schroder (0.51)Svi Mykhailiuk (0.3)

Small Forward

SF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1LeBron James (0.84)Harrison Barnes (0.58)De'Andre Hunter (0.43)
2Giannis Antetokounmpo (0.81)Glenn Robinson (0.58)Glenn Robinson (0.4)
3Tobias Harris (0.8)Cedi Osman (0.57)Cedi Osman (0.38)
4Danilo Gallinari (0.79)De'Andre Hunter (0.57)OG Anunoby (0.38)
5Luke Kennard (0.75)Danilo Gallinari (0.54)Harrison Barnes (0.37)
6Harrison Barnes (0.75)Tobias Harris (0.52)Kent Bazemore (0.36)
7Cedi Osman (0.71)Troy Brown (0.52)Luke Kennard (0.36)
8Troy Brown (0.7)OG Anunoby (0.51)Cam Reddish (0.34)

Power Forward

PF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Kawhi Leonard (0.87)Kevin Love (0.61)Christian Wood (0.4)
2John Collins (0.78)Davis Bertans (0.56)Nemanja Bjelica (0.38)
3Al Horford (0.77)Al Horford (0.55)Nerlens Noel (0.36)
4Davis Bertans (0.76)Nerlens Noel (0.53)Jabari Parker (0.36)
5Kevin Love (0.75)Richaun Holmes (0.53)Kyle Kuzma (0.35)
6Blake Griffin (0.72)Serge Ibaka (0.52)Richaun Holmes (0.33)
7Thaddeus Young (0.72)Rui Hachimura (0.52)Blake Griffin (0.33)
8Anthony Davis (0.71)Blake Griffin (0.5)Larry Nance (0.32)


C4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Wendell Carter (0.79)Steven Adams (0.54)Ian Mahinmi (0.37)
2Joel Embiid (0.76)Clint Capela (0.51)Ivica Zubac (0.36)
3Andre Drummond (0.75)Montrezl Harrell (0.51)Marc Gasol (0.36)
4Ivica Zubac (0.75)Alex Len (0.51)Steven Adams (0.34)
5Thomas Bryant (0.74)Ivica Zubac (0.5)Alex Len (0.33)
6Clint Capela (0.72)Wendell Carter (0.49)Brook Lopez (0.33)
7Marc Gasol (0.72)JaVale McGee (0.49)Thomas Bryant (0.32)
8Steven Adams (0.71)Andre Drummond (0.47)Dewayne Dedmon (0.3)