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NBA Sim Sports Picks for 4/9/20 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, DeMar DeRozan returned 4x value in 77% of his games and 5x value in 54% of his games.

Point Guard

PG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1De'Aaron Fox (0.85)Malcolm Brogdon (0.63)Reggie Jackson (0.43)
2Malcolm Brogdon (0.83)Mike Conley (0.62)Mike Conley (0.4)
3Jamal Murray (0.76)Ish Smith (0.55)Ish Smith (0.38)
4Derrick White (0.72)De'Aaron Fox (0.54)Derrick White (0.38)
5Ish Smith (0.72)Derrick White (0.54)Shabazz Napier (0.37)
6Patrick Beverley (0.71)Elfrid Payton (0.53)Aaron Holiday (0.36)
7Lonzo Ball (0.68)Lonzo Ball (0.51)Jamal Murray (0.35)
8Elfrid Payton (0.67)Dejounte Murray (0.5)Malcolm Brogdon (0.31)

Shooting Guard

SG4x Value5x Value6x Value
1D'Angelo Russell (0.78)Buddy Hield (0.59)Gary Harris (0.39)
2DeMar DeRozan (0.77)Damion Lee (0.57)Josh Hart (0.39)
3Jrue Holiday (0.75)D'Angelo Russell (0.56)JJ Redick (0.37)
4Donovan Mitchell (0.75)DeMar DeRozan (0.54)Jeremy Lamb (0.35)
5Buddy Hield (0.75)Jeremy Lamb (0.54)RJ Barrett (0.35)
6Jeremy Lamb (0.74)RJ Barrett (0.53)Jordan Clarkson (0.35)
7Lou Williams (0.73)JJ Redick (0.52)Malik Beasley (0.35)
8Gary Harris (0.73)Donovan Mitchell (0.51)D'Angelo Russell (0.31)

Small Forward

SF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Brandon Ingram (0.76)Rodney Hood (0.62)Joe Ingles (0.39)
2Will Barton (0.76)Harrison Barnes (0.58)Rudy Gay (0.38)
3T.J. Warren (0.75)Will Barton (0.53)Harrison Barnes (0.37)
4Harrison Barnes (0.75)Joe Ingles (0.53)Kent Bazemore (0.36)
5Bojan Bogdanovic (0.72)Rudy Gay (0.53)Trevor Ariza (0.36)
6Troy Brown (0.7)Brandon Ingram (0.52)Will Barton (0.33)
7Kent Bazemore (0.7)Troy Brown (0.52)Troy Brown (0.33)
8Paul George (0.69)Bojan Bogdanovic (0.5)Jarrett Culver (0.3)

Power Forward

PF4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Kawhi Leonard (0.87)Davis Bertans (0.56)James Johnson (0.5)
2Zion Williamson (0.86)Naz Reid (0.53)Paul Millsap (0.41)
3LaMarcus Aldridge (0.81)Richaun Holmes (0.53)Nemanja Bjelica (0.38)
4Domantas Sabonis (0.76)Zion Williamson (0.52)Naz Reid (0.37)
5Davis Bertans (0.76)Paul Millsap (0.52)Eric Paschall (0.36)
6Julius Randle (0.75)Rui Hachimura (0.52)Jerami Grant (0.36)
7Draymond Green (0.72)LaMarcus Aldridge (0.51)Jabari Parker (0.36)
8Jabari Parker (0.7)Julius Randle (0.5)Richaun Holmes (0.33)

Center

C4x Value5x Value6x Value
1Rudy Gobert (0.75)Marquese Chriss (0.53)Jakob Poeltl (0.4)
2Ivica Zubac (0.75)Jakob Poeltl (0.53)Ian Mahinmi (0.37)
3Karl-Anthony Towns (0.74)Mitchell Robinson (0.51)Ivica Zubac (0.36)
4Thomas Bryant (0.74)Montrezl Harrell (0.51)Marquese Chriss (0.34)
5Mitchell Robinson (0.72)Alex Len (0.51)Alex Len (0.33)
6Hassan Whiteside (0.7)Ivica Zubac (0.5)Derrick Favors (0.33)
7Derrick Favors (0.7)Rudy Gobert (0.48)Thomas Bryant (0.32)
8Bobby Portis (0.7)Ian Mahinmi (0.47)Myles Turner (0.31)