With real basketball currently on hiatus, DraftKings is hosting simulated basketball games! Take note of the rules since this contest doesn’t work like any other contest we have had before. Here, we will focus on Saturday’s free simulated game between the Pistons and Magic, which locks at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Set your lineup here: Simulated Basketball $2K FREE Contest (ORL vs DET)

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).

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 DK Dollars cannot be withdrawn from your balance.

Set your FREE to play lineups here: Simulated Basketball $2K FREE Contest (ORL vs DET)

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


Detroit Pistons

From a fantasy standpoint, this has been a really odd season for the Pistons. Coming into the season, it seemed pretty clear that the top two fantasy producers on the team would be Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin ($6,800). Instead, Drummond got traded for lose change at the deadline and Blake has been hurt for most of the season. The good news for this contest is that Griffin is a viable option since he played in over 15 games this season. He isn’t the best option on the slate, but he is viable with an average of 27.61 DKFP.

One other injured Pistons’ player who makes for a slightly better play than Griffin is Luke Kennard ($3,800). At a cheaper price, Kennard has actually been a better fantasy player than Blake this season, averaging 28.14 DKFP. For nearly half the price of the Pistons’ star player, Kennard is my favorite value play on the Detroit side of this contest.

The second most expensive player on the Pistons is Christian Wood ($7,800). He was great prior to the league shutting down, which may lead people to forget that he was barely playing earlier in the season when Drummond and Griffin were both on Detroit and healthy. Wood has upside if he draws one of his more recent games although he’s come off the bench for far more games than he has started and is only averaging 25.33 DKFP.

The easiest fade for me from the Pistons is Langston Galloway ($6,200). His price makes no sense when considering that he’s only averaging 17.8 DKFP. All season, Galloway has been a marginal rotation player for the Pistons. He’s had a couple good games, but the odds of drawing one of those box scores is extremely low.

Orlando Magic

The best fantasy producer in this game is Nikola Vucevic ($16,500 CP/11,000). He averages 43.36 DKFP, more than 10 DKFP more than any other player in this game, making him the obvious choice for the Captain’s slow. Vucevic also comes with a ton of security since he scores around 40 DKFP just about every game. Even though his ceiling isn’t massive, there aren’t many other strong fantasy producers in this contest.

One player from Orlando who stands out for being too expensive is Evan Fournier ($10,400). He averages 29.92 DKFP, so way less than Vooch despite only being marginally cheaper. Markelle Fultz ($7,200) is a solid option with an average of 26.29 DKFP, so he barely scores less than Fournier, yet is priced $3,200 cheaper. He also has upside since he’s shown the ability to rack up counting stats, leading to a ceiling of 55.75 DKFP. One other player I think we can ignore around this price point is Terrence Ross ($8,600). He’s only scores 24.23 DKFP per game.

My favorite value play in this game that should smash is Jonathan Isaac ($3,400). Prior to suffering a devastating knee injury, Isaac was on his way to making an All-Defensive team. He was also rounding into a really strong fantasy player. Isaac averaged 30.7 DKFP this season, making him the fourth best fantasy player on a per game average in this contest. Despite the lofty fantasy production, he’s the 16th most expensive player. Isaac is the first player I am putting into my lineup.

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I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is gehrenberg) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.