NBA Sim Sports Picks for 4/14/20 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, Khris Middleton returned 4x value in 78% of his games while hitting 5x value in 51% of his games.

Point Guard

PG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Collin Sexton (0.78)Kris Dunn (0.57)Reggie Jackson (0.43)
2Jamal Murray (0.76)Luka Doncic (0.54)Kris Dunn (0.41)
3Luka Doncic (0.74)Eric Bledsoe (0.54)Seth Curry (0.37)
4Trae Young (0.73)Kendrick Nunn (0.53)Jamal Murray (0.35)
5Spencer Dinwiddie (0.73)Elfrid Payton (0.53)Tomas Satoransky (0.34)
6Goran Dragic (0.72)Tomas Satoransky (0.51)Jeff Teague (0.32)
7Kendrick Nunn (0.71)Lonzo Ball (0.51)Elfrid Payton (0.31)
8Tomas Satoransky (0.71)Seth Curry (0.51)Darius Garland (0.31)

Shooting Guard

SG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Jimmy Butler (0.87)Tyler Herro (0.64)Tyler Herro (0.45)
2Donte DiVincenzo (0.8)Donte DiVincenzo (0.61)Gary Harris (0.39)
3Khris Middleton (0.78)Duncan Robinson (0.54)Josh Hart (0.39)
4Zach LaVine (0.75)RJ Barrett (0.54)JJ Redick (0.37)
5Jrue Holiday (0.75)Devin Booker (0.53)RJ Barrett (0.36)
6Garrett Temple (0.75)JJ Redick (0.52)Duncan Robinson (0.34)
7Devin Booker (0.74)Delon Wright (0.52)Delon Wright (0.32)
8Lou Williams (0.73)Khris Middleton (0.51)Donte DiVincenzo (0.31)

Small Forward

SF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Giannis Antetokounmpo (0.82)Cedi Osman (0.57)De'Andre Hunter (0.43)
2Brandon Ingram (0.77)De'Andre Hunter (0.57)Cedi Osman (0.38)
3Will Barton (0.76)Tim Hardaway (0.54)Mikal Bridges (0.38)
4Tim Hardaway (0.76)Joe Harris (0.54)Derrick Jones (0.37)
5Taurean Prince (0.75)Brandon Ingram (0.53)Otto Porter (0.36)
6Kelly Oubre (0.73)Will Barton (0.53)Dorian Finney-Smith (0.34)
7Joe Harris (0.73)Jae Crowder (0.52)Cam Reddish (0.34)
8Dorian Finney-Smith (0.72)Derrick Jones (0.51)Joe Harris (0.33)

Power Forward

PF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Zion Williamson (0.9)Kevin Love (0.61)Paul Millsap (0.41)
2Kawhi Leonard (0.88)Zion Williamson (0.55)Frank Kaminsky (0.38)
3Bam Adebayo (0.82)Bam Adebayo (0.55)Jerami Grant (0.36)
4John Collins (0.78)Jarrett Allen (0.53)Dario Saric (0.34)
5Julius Randle (0.75)Paul Millsap (0.52)Michael Porter (0.33)
6Kevin Love (0.75)Julius Randle (0.5)Larry Nance (0.32)
7Maxi Kleber (0.74)Maxi Kleber (0.48)Jarrett Allen (0.31)
8Thaddeus Young (0.72)Larry Nance (0.48)Kristaps Porzingis (0.31)


C4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Wendell Carter (0.79)Willie Cauley-Stein (0.61)Dwight Powell (0.38)
2Andre Drummond (0.75)Clint Capela (0.51)Ivica Zubac (0.36)
3DeAndre Jordan (0.75)Mitchell Robinson (0.51)Aron Baynes (0.36)
4Ivica Zubac (0.75)Montrezl Harrell (0.51)Kelly Olynyk (0.34)
5Clint Capela (0.72)DeAndre Jordan (0.5)Derrick Favors (0.33)
6Mitchell Robinson (0.72)Ivica Zubac (0.5)Brook Lopez (0.33)
7Deandre Ayton (0.7)Wendell Carter (0.49)Willie Cauley-Stein (0.31)
8Derrick Favors (0.7)Dwight Powell (0.48)Mitchell Robinson (0.3)