NBA Sim Sports Picks for 4/6/20 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. 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, Brandon Ingram returned 4x value in 76% of his games and 5x value in 52% of his games.

Point Guard

PG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Malcolm Brogdon (0.83)Malcolm Brogdon (0.63)Reggie Jackson (0.43)
2Chris Paul (0.77)De'Anthony Melton (0.6)Kris Dunn (0.41)
3Markelle Fultz (0.75)Kris Dunn (0.57)De'Anthony Melton (0.4)
4Ben Simmons (0.73)Ish Smith (0.55)Ish Smith (0.38)
5Spencer Dinwiddie (0.73)Terry Rozier (0.52)Ja Morant (0.37)
6Ish Smith (0.72)Ja Morant (0.52)Shabazz Napier (0.37)
7Tomas Satoransky (0.71)Tomas Satoransky (0.51)Aaron Holiday (0.36)
8Patrick Beverley (0.71)D.J. Augustin (0.51)D.J. Augustin (0.35)

Shooting Guard

SG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Dennis Schroder (0.78)Josh Richardson (0.63)Josh Richardson (0.46)
2Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (0.77)Damion Lee (0.57)Josh Hart (0.39)
3Zach LaVine (0.75)Dillon Brooks (0.55)Dillon Brooks (0.38)
4Jrue Holiday (0.75)Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (0.54)JJ Redick (0.37)
5Garrett Temple (0.75)Jeremy Lamb (0.54)Malik Monk (0.36)
6Jeremy Lamb (0.74)Terrence Ross (0.54)Jeremy Lamb (0.35)
7Devonte' Graham (0.73)Devonte' Graham (0.53)Terrence Ross (0.32)
8Lou Williams (0.73)JJ Redick (0.52)Garrett Temple (0.31)

Small Forward

SF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Tobias Harris (0.8)Glenn Robinson (0.58)Josh Jackson (0.44)
2Danilo Gallinari (0.79)Josh Jackson (0.56)Glenn Robinson (0.4)
3Brandon Ingram (0.76)Danilo Gallinari (0.54)Joe Harris (0.33)
4T.J. Warren (0.75)Joe Harris (0.54)Troy Brown (0.33)
5Taurean Prince (0.75)Miles Bridges (0.53)Tobias Harris (0.31)
6Joe Harris (0.73)Tobias Harris (0.52)Jonathan Isaac (0.31)
7Troy Brown (0.7)Brandon Ingram (0.52)Kyle Anderson (0.31)
8Paul George (0.69)Troy Brown (0.52)Taurean Prince (0.3)

Power Forward

PF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Kawhi Leonard (0.87)Brandon Clarke (0.57)Nerlens Noel (0.36)
2Zion Williamson (0.86)Jaren Jackson (0.56)Eric Paschall (0.36)
3Al Horford (0.77)Davis Bertans (0.56)Brandon Clarke (0.31)
4Jaren Jackson (0.76)Al Horford (0.55)Jarrett Allen (0.31)
5Domantas Sabonis (0.76)P.J. Washington (0.54)Al Horford (0.3)
6Davis Bertans (0.76)Nerlens Noel (0.53)Draymond Green (0.3)
7Aaron Gordon (0.76)Jarrett Allen (0.53)Thaddeus Young (0.3)
8P.J. Washington (0.75)Zion Williamson (0.52)Nicolo Melli (0.3)


C4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Wendell Carter (0.79)Steven Adams (0.54)Bismack Biyombo (0.38)
2Nikola Vucevic (0.78)Marquese Chriss (0.53)Ian Mahinmi (0.37)
3Joel Embiid (0.76)Cody Zeller (0.52)Ivica Zubac (0.36)
4DeAndre Jordan (0.75)Montrezl Harrell (0.51)Gorgui Dieng (0.36)
5Ivica Zubac (0.75)DeAndre Jordan (0.5)Steven Adams (0.34)
6Thomas Bryant (0.74)Ivica Zubac (0.5)Marquese Chriss (0.34)
7Cody Zeller (0.74)Wendell Carter (0.49)Cody Zeller (0.33)
8Steven Adams (0.71)Jonas Valanciunas (0.48)Derrick Favors (0.33)