With real basketball currently on hiatus, Draftkings is launching simulated basketball games! Take note of the rules since this contest doesn’t work like any other contest we have had before.

How does Simulated Basketball work?

DraftKings will choose an NBA matchup and prior to each game, entrants can draft free DFS Showdown lineups for the upcoming simulated game. Lineups will receive fantasy points for a player’s performance within a randomly-assigned game earlier this season (any game from the 2019/20 season is eligible, not just the specific Showdown matchup listed above).

Set your free to play lineups here: $10K Simulated Basketball Free Kickoff Contest (LAL vs MIL)

How does Simulated Basketball scoring work?

All lineups will receive points for the performance of their players in a specific game from the 2019/20 season. Each individual player will be randomly assigned stats from a single game in the 2019-20 season prior to the contest going live. Points will be revealed per player as the game moves along. Players will receive points in accordance with our single-game NBA Showdown Captain Mode rules and scoring.

Which players are eligible in the player pool?

Players who have played in at least 15 games in the 2019/20 season are eligible to be drafted.

What do I get if I win?

Every free contest will award DK Dollars that can be used to enter DFS contests.

What are DK Dollars?

DK Dollars act just like cash and can be used to enter any daily fantasy contest on DraftKings. DK Dollars cannot be withdrawn from your balance.

Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices.




As we know, the two top fantasy scorers on the Lakers are LeBron James ($13,200) and Anthony Davis ($11,200). Between the two, I prefer the salary savings from AD. He only averages 4.02 less DKFP per game and is $2,000 cheaper. LeBron also makes for a weaker play to me since he is almost the same price as Giannis Antetokounmpo ($13,600) and The Greek Freak is averaging 4.66 DKFP more per game than The King.

One of the cheapest players on the Lakers has substantial upside. Rajon Rondo ($2,600) is nearly min price despite averaging 20.04 DKFP. His game log is a bit inconsistent, but if he happens to draw one of his games where LeBron sat, he is going to be the top value from this game. In the three games that LeBron missed this season, Rondo moved into the starting lineup and averaged 35.83 DKFP. He’s scored over 30 DKFP in six games this season.

Another player to consider if Markieff Morris ($3,600). While he isn’t been great from a fantasy standpoint during his time with the Lakers, he was a great fantasy player earlier in the season when he was on the Detroit Pistons. As long as we can avoid drawing some of his recent games, Morris should perform decently for cheap. He has more games with over 20 DKFP than he has games under 10 DKFP.


As the Captain, it’s hard to get away from Giannis Antetokounmpo ($20,400 CP/$13,600). He’s averaging 60.15 DKFP this season, by far the most of any player in this game. As mentioned above, this is why I prefer Giannis to LeBron at a similar price point. The Greek Freak also comes with an extremely safe floor since he’s only scored under 40 DKFP once all season. Of course, his ceiling is also substantial and he’s gone over 65 DKFP on 17 occasions.

For midrange upside plays, there is reason to consider Khris Middleton ($9,200) and Eric Bledsoe ($8,000). Both are a bit overpriced for their median production, but they both have some massive fantasy scores on their game logs from games that were missed by Giannis. Middleton has dropped has many as 76.5 DKFP while Bledsoe scored as highly as 60 DKFP. Neither are safe plays, but the upside is apparent.

At almost min price, Ersan Ilyasova ($1,800) is a good source of salary savings. He’s averaging 15.99 DKFP this season, meaning he’s been more productive than a handful of players priced more expensive than him. Ilyasova’s role has been reduced in recent games, which could lead people to forget that he was relatively productive earlier in the season. He’s scored over 20 DKFP in 16 games this season and we don’t need a ton of production from Ersan at his cheap price.

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