NFL Sim Sports Picks for 5/19/20 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, Michael Thomas is expected to score 16.68 fantasy points at a salary of $8,900 (1.87 FanDuel points per $1,000 in salary). That's the best mark for a receiver, tied with Tyreek Hill, but it's not as good as the value rating for a top quarterback or running back on this slate.

1 Patrick Mahomes
Alvin Kamara
Michael Thomas
Travis Kelce
2 Russell Wilson
Joe Mixon
Tyreek Hill
Mark Andrews
3 Lamar Jackson
Kenyan Drake
Mike Williams
Hunter Henry
4 Deshaun Watson
Clyde Edwards-Helaire
D.K. Metcalf
Darren Waller
5 Joe Burrow
Josh Jacobs
Keenan Allen
Austin Hooper
6 Jarrett Stidham
David Johnson
Marquise Brown
Jared Cook
7 Kyler Murray
Chris Carson
Terry McLaurin
Greg Olsen
8 Derek Carr
Austin Ekeler
Tyler Lockett
C.J. Uzomah
9 Drew Brees
Nick Chubb
Tyler Boyd
Nick Boyle
10 Baker Mayfield
Sony Michel
Odell Beckham
Jordan Akins
11 Dwayne Haskins
Damien Williams
Will Fuller
Taysom Hill
12 Justin Herbert
Mark Ingram
Brandin Cooks
David Njoku
13 Derrius Guice
Henry Ruggs
Will Dissly
14 Kareem Hunt
DeAndre Hopkins
Darren Fells
15 J.K. Dobbins
Jarvis Landry
Jacob Hollister

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.