NBA Sim Sports Picks for 4/8/20 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.
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).
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, Kevin Love returned 4x value in 75% of his games and 5x value in 61% of his games.
|PG||4x Value||5x Value||6x Value|
|1||De'Aaron Fox (0.85)||De'Anthony Melton (0.6)||De'Anthony Melton (0.4)|
|2||Derrick Rose (0.8)||Kyle Lowry (0.55)||Ja Morant (0.37)|
|3||Chris Paul (0.77)||De'Aaron Fox (0.54)||Seth Curry (0.37)|
|4||Collin Sexton (0.77)||Elfrid Payton (0.53)||Rajon Rondo (0.33)|
|5||Kyle Lowry (0.75)||Derrick Rose (0.52)||Jeff Teague (0.32)|
|6||Goran Dragic (0.72)||Luka Doncic (0.52)||Brandon Knight (0.32)|
|7||Luka Doncic (0.71)||Kendrick Nunn (0.52)||Elfrid Payton (0.31)|
|8||Trae Young (0.71)||Ja Morant (0.52)||Darius Garland (0.31)|
|SG||4x Value||5x Value||6x Value|
|1||Jimmy Butler (0.85)||Tyler Herro (0.64)||Tyler Herro (0.45)|
|2||James Harden (0.79)||Buddy Hield (0.59)||Dillon Brooks (0.38)|
|3||Dennis Schroder (0.78)||Dillon Brooks (0.55)||Jordan McRae (0.35)|
|4||Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (0.77)||Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (0.54)||RJ Barrett (0.35)|
|5||Fred VanVleet (0.75)||Jordan McRae (0.54)||Duncan Robinson (0.34)|
|6||Buddy Hield (0.75)||Duncan Robinson (0.54)||Delon Wright (0.32)|
|7||Bruce Brown (0.72)||RJ Barrett (0.53)||Norman Powell (0.32)|
|8||Tyler Herro (0.72)||James Harden (0.52)||Bruce Brown (0.31)|
|SF||4x Value||5x Value||6x Value|
|1||LeBron James (0.84)||Harrison Barnes (0.58)||Josh Jackson (0.44)|
|2||Danilo Gallinari (0.79)||Cedi Osman (0.57)||De'Andre Hunter (0.43)|
|3||Tim Hardaway (0.76)||De'Andre Hunter (0.57)||Cedi Osman (0.38)|
|4||Luke Kennard (0.75)||Josh Jackson (0.56)||OG Anunoby (0.38)|
|5||Harrison Barnes (0.75)||Danilo Gallinari (0.54)||Harrison Barnes (0.37)|
|6||Dorian Finney-Smith (0.72)||Tim Hardaway (0.54)||Derrick Jones (0.37)|
|7||Eric Gordon (0.71)||Jae Crowder (0.52)||Kent Bazemore (0.36)|
|8||Cedi Osman (0.71)||Derrick Jones (0.51)||Danuel House (0.36)|
|PF||4x Value||5x Value||6x Value|
|1||Bam Adebayo (0.8)||Kevin Love (0.61)||Christian Wood (0.4)|
|2||John Collins (0.78)||Brandon Clarke (0.57)||Nemanja Bjelica (0.38)|
|3||Robert Covington (0.76)||Jaren Jackson (0.56)||Nerlens Noel (0.36)|
|4||Jaren Jackson (0.76)||Bam Adebayo (0.55)||Jabari Parker (0.36)|
|5||Julius Randle (0.75)||Nerlens Noel (0.53)||Kyle Kuzma (0.35)|
|6||Kevin Love (0.75)||Richaun Holmes (0.53)||Richaun Holmes (0.33)|
|7||Brandon Clarke (0.75)||Serge Ibaka (0.52)||Blake Griffin (0.33)|
|8||Maxi Kleber (0.74)||Julius Randle (0.5)||Larry Nance (0.32)|
|C||4x Value||5x Value||6x Value|
|1||Andre Drummond (0.75)||Willie Cauley-Stein (0.61)||P.J. Tucker (0.41)|
|2||Clint Capela (0.72)||Steven Adams (0.54)||Dwight Powell (0.38)|
|3||Mitchell Robinson (0.72)||Clint Capela (0.51)||Marc Gasol (0.36)|
|4||Marc Gasol (0.72)||Mitchell Robinson (0.51)||Gorgui Dieng (0.36)|
|5||Steven Adams (0.71)||Alex Len (0.51)||Steven Adams (0.34)|
|6||Bobby Portis (0.7)||JaVale McGee (0.49)||Kelly Olynyk (0.34)|
|7||Willie Cauley-Stein (0.67)||Jonas Valanciunas (0.48)||Alex Len (0.33)|
|8||Jonas Valanciunas (0.66)||Dwight Powell (0.48)||Willie Cauley-Stein (0.31)|