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NBA Sim Sports Picks for 4/10/20 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, and there are even beginner contests. 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, Kyle Lowry returned 4x value in 75% of his games while hitting 5x value in 55% of his games.

Point Guard

PG 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 Malcolm Brogdon (0.83) Malcolm Brogdon (0.63) Reggie Jackson (0.43)
2 Jamal Murray (0.76) Kyle Lowry (0.55) Derrick White (0.38)
3 Markelle Fultz (0.75) Derrick White (0.54) Aaron Holiday (0.36)
4 Kyle Lowry (0.75) Elfrid Payton (0.53) D.J. Augustin (0.35)
5 Derrick White (0.72) Terry Rozier (0.52) Jamal Murray (0.35)
6 Patrick Beverley (0.71) D.J. Augustin (0.51) Rajon Rondo (0.33)
7 Terry Rozier (0.7) Dejounte Murray (0.5) Malcolm Brogdon (0.31)
8 Russell Westbrook (0.69) Jamal Murray (0.49) Elfrid Payton (0.31)

Shooting Guard

SG 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 James Harden (0.79) Marcus Smart (0.57) Gary Harris (0.39)
2 DeMar DeRozan (0.77) DeMar DeRozan (0.54) Malik Monk (0.36)
3 Fred VanVleet (0.75) Jeremy Lamb (0.54) Jeremy Lamb (0.35)
4 Jeremy Lamb (0.74) Terrence Ross (0.54) RJ Barrett (0.35)
5 Devonte' Graham (0.73) Devonte' Graham (0.53) Terrence Ross (0.32)
6 Lou Williams (0.73) RJ Barrett (0.53) Norman Powell (0.32)
7 Terrence Ross (0.73) James Harden (0.52) Danny Green (0.31)
8 Gary Harris (0.73) Fred VanVleet (0.52) Cody Martin (0.31)

Small Forward

SF 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 LeBron James (0.84) Gordon Hayward (0.62) Gordon Hayward (0.38)
2 Jaylen Brown (0.76) Rodney Hood (0.62) Rudy Gay (0.38)
3 Gordon Hayward (0.76) Jaylen Brown (0.54) OG Anunoby (0.38)
4 Will Barton (0.76) Will Barton (0.53) Danuel House (0.36)
5 T.J. Warren (0.75) Miles Bridges (0.53) Trevor Ariza (0.36)
6 Eric Gordon (0.71) Rudy Gay (0.53) Will Barton (0.33)
7 Pascal Siakam (0.69) OG Anunoby (0.51) Jaylen Brown (0.32)
8 Paul George (0.69) Eric Gordon (0.5) Eric Gordon (0.32)

Power Forward

PF 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 Kawhi Leonard (0.87) Daniel Theis (0.57) Paul Millsap (0.41)
2 LaMarcus Aldridge (0.81) P.J. Washington (0.54) Jerami Grant (0.36)
3 Jayson Tatum (0.77) Serge Ibaka (0.52) Kyle Kuzma (0.35)
4 Domantas Sabonis (0.76) Paul Millsap (0.52) Daniel Theis (0.34)
5 Aaron Gordon (0.76) LaMarcus Aldridge (0.51) Michael Porter (0.33)
6 Robert Covington (0.76) Julius Randle (0.5) Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (0.31)
7 Daniel Theis (0.76) Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (0.5) LaMarcus Aldridge (0.3)
8 Julius Randle (0.75) Kyle Kuzma (0.5) Al-Farouq Aminu (0.28)

Center

C 4x Value 5x Value 6x Value
1 Nikola Vucevic (0.78) Jakob Poeltl (0.53) P.J. Tucker (0.41)
2 Ivica Zubac (0.75) Cody Zeller (0.52) Jakob Poeltl (0.4)
3 Cody Zeller (0.74) Mitchell Robinson (0.51) Bismack Biyombo (0.38)
4 Mitchell Robinson (0.72) Montrezl Harrell (0.51) Ivica Zubac (0.36)
5 Marc Gasol (0.72) Ivica Zubac (0.5) Marc Gasol (0.36)
6 Bobby Portis (0.7) Enes Kanter (0.49) Cody Zeller (0.33)
7 Hassan Whiteside (0.7) JaVale McGee (0.49) Enes Kanter (0.31)
8 Myles Turner (0.69) Marc Gasol (0.47) Myles Turner (0.31)