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: $3K Simulated Basketball Free Contest (LAL vs LAC)


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 DK Dollars cannot be withdrawn from your balance.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.



Los Angeles Lakers

For captain, I am looking at LeBron James ($17,700 CP/$11,800) and Anthony Davis ($15,900 CP/$10,600) as the options. It should come as no shock that these two stars are the top scoring fantasy players in this game on a per game basis. James averages 55.77 DKFP and AD sits at 51.06 DKFP per game. LeBron has flashed the higher ceiling between the two All-Stars this season and has 17 games with at least 60 DKFP, so I slightly prefer him as captain.

Rajon Rondo ($2,800) is cheap and averages 19.61 DKFP with upside. 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. In the simulated contest on Saturday, Rondo drew one of those good games and scored 25.75 DKFP. For his price, it was a great outcome.

As for other role players, Markieff Morris ($6,000) is priced way too high for this game. He had a good simulated game on Saturday relative to his price, but he was only $3,600 then. Now priced way up, he’s much too expensive for a guy that only averages 18.74 DKFP for the season. He’s more than double the price of Rondo with a lower per game average. Morris also averages roughly the same amount of DKFP as JaVale McGee ($3,200), who is considerably cheaper. McGee averages 18.57 DKFP per game.

Los Angeles Clippers

Just like the Lakers, the Clippers have two stars of their own in Kawhi Leonard ($10,200) and Paul George ($8,400). For fantasy purposes, the Clippers’ stars aren’t nearly as good fantasy producers as the Lakers’ duo. Leonard averages 48.42 DKFP, making him a much weaker play than LeBron and AD. Give me the extra average points from Davis at only $400 more salary. George averages 37.95 DKFP and has some really high ceiling games from times that Kawhi rested. For the price, I prefer PG as a play.

In the mid-tier, we have Marcus Morris ($7,000), Montrezl Harrell ($7,800) and Lou Williams ($7,400) to choose from. Of the three, Williams is my favorite play and Morris is my least favorite play. Morris has seen a decreased role since being traded to the Clippers, which really hurts his ceiling. As for Williams, he averages 32.27 DKFP and has monster upside. He’s scored over 60 DKFP this season and has 12 games with at least 40 DKFP.

For cheap, I think Reggie Jackson ($2,600) is the best overall value play in this game. He’s priced for his time on the Clippers and his salary seems to ignore the time he spent with the Pistons. Since Jackson spent most of his season in Detroit, his price is off. He averages 24.49 DKFP and Jackson’s salary allows us to play some of the All-Stars that are the top of the pricing list.

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