NFL Sim Sports Picks for 5/18/20 on FanDuel

The NFL season is on its way here, but in the meantime, FanDuel has you covered for some fantasy football action with simulated games throughout the season.

You can join in on a free-to-play contest that will revolve around a small slate of games simulated out using numberFire's Sharpstack tool.

This means that the teams and players will have correlations with one another. If a receiver goes off for two touchdowns, his quarterback will have some passing scores. If a running back scores three times, his passing offense will probably be lacking in the touchdown department.

This means that simple projections won't really cut it for identifying the best correlations and lineups, but we can at least dig into numberFire's weekly projections. This at least helps show us, in general, how matchups and usage are expected to shake out in the simulations more often than not. It'll still be on us to compile the best correlated lineups we can.

Best Values

Again, using nothing but numberFire's weekly projections, here are value rankings for each position. (Value refers to projected FanDuel points divided by a player's salary and then multiplied by 1,000. Value is best viewed relative to other players at the same position.)

For example, George Kittle is expected to score 13.19 fantasy points at a salary of $8,000 (1.65 FanDuel points per $1,000 in salary). That's easily the best mark for a tight end but subpar compared to other positions.

1Daniel Jones
Alvin Kamara
Michael Thomas
George Kittle
2Jimmy Garoppolo
Ezekiel Elliott
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Evan Engram
3Drew Lock
Kenyan Drake
Courtland Sutton
Noah Fant
4Jared Goff
Saquon Barkley
Chris Godwin
Blake Jarwin
5Dak Prescott
Raheem Mostert
Amari Cooper
Tyler Higbee
6Ben Roethlisberger
James Conner
Robert Woods
Eric Ebron
7Tom Brady
Ke'Shawn Vaughn
Mike Evans
Jonnu Smith
8Kyler Murray
Cam Akers
Jerry Jeudy
Jared Cook
9Drew Brees
Derrick Henry
DeAndre Hopkins
Rob Gronkowski
10Ryan Tannehill
Melvin Gordon
A.J. Brown
O.J. Howard
11 Ronald Jones
Deebo Samuel
Gerald Everett
12 Tevin Coleman
Sterling Shepard
Taysom Hill
13 Phillip Lindsay
Michael Gallup
Vance McDonald
14 Latavius Murray
CeeDee Lamb
Maxx Williams
15 Darrell Henderson
Cooper Kupp
Anthony Firkser

The author of this article has no involvement with the NFL Sim Sports simulations powered by numberFire and has no knowledge of the results of the upcoming contest.