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-to-play 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: $2K Simulated Basketball Free Contest (DAL vs ATL).

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 DK Dollars cannot be withdrawn from your balance.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.

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Dallas Mavericks

You could probably already gather this from his price point, but few players in the NBA have come equipped with a floor as high as Luka Doncic ($12,200). In 54 starts in 2019-20, the sophomore has produced a double-double in 63.0% of his 54 starts and a triple double 25.9% of the time. Still, he’s not just been pegged with the highest salary on the slate due to his consistency, it also has to do with his ceiling, as Doncic has exceeded 60.0 DKFP in exactly half of his games so far this season. It’s possible you won’t have to Captain the former lottery pick, yet it’s hard to envision a lineup without Doncic’s presence.

On the other side of the ledger lies Kristaps Porzingis ($10,400). While the highs have certainly been high for the Latvian big man, the lows have been just as cavernous. The 24-year-old has failed to reach even 35.0 DKFP in 21 of his 51 games this season, leaving a lot to be desired as it pertains to safety. Yes, Porzingis was trending in the right direction prior to the NBA postponement, producing at least 55.0 DKFP in eight of his past 15 contests; however, the odds of the center living up to his salary are bleak and momentum isn’t exactly a worry when it comes to simulations. Porzingis has the upside to break a slate, but the probability states he’ll be a disappointment.

Finally, when it comes to value, two names stick out for Dallas. In real life, Dwight Powell ($2,000) has a ruptured Achilles tendon, yet for our purposes, he’s an intriguing DFS asset with 40 games in 2019-20 under his belt. The ceiling isn’t too high with the Canadian, as Powell has eclipsed the 40.0 DKFP plateau on only one occasion this year; however, he’s racked up at least 20.0 DKFP 21 times, giving him a better than 50% chance of bringing back 10x value on this slate. Another actually injured player to consider is Jalen Brunson ($2,800). The Villanova product has generated some big stat lines this season – usually with the aforementioned Doncic on the shelf – but at the end of the day, he’s exceeded 25.0 DKFP 14 different times and could make a huge impact at his reduced price tag.

Atlanta Hawks

When breaking down the DFS prospects of the Hawks, we’re obviously going to start with the team’s All-Star. Trae Young ($11,600) checks in only after Doncic in terms of price point on this slate, yet it’s pretty clear who’s the better of the two players to pay up for. While Doncic has produced at least 60.0 DKFP in exactly 50.0% of his starts in 2019-20, Young’s failed to reach that threshold 61.7% of the time. On top of that, while the point guard has collected over 70.0 DKFP seven different times this season, Doncic has cleared that mark 14 times in six fewer games. Most builds will likely feature both of these generational talents, but I’m taking Dallas’ franchise player at 1.5x salary over Atlanta’s every single day of the week.

The next big decision when we’re looking at the Hawks’ roster is the debate between John Collins ($9,600) and Clint Capela ($8,400). It feels weird to even have this conundrum, especially considering the latter has yet to even officially suit up in an Atlanta uniform; however, for the purposes of this contest, there’s little uncertainly as to who is the more dependable target. Let’s just say Collins is very much deserving of being the higher priced of the duo. While Capela does have a larger percentage of starts that have ended in a double-double performance so far in 2019-20, Collins blows Capela’s production out of the water. To wit, Collins has registered at least 45.0 DKFP in 41.5% of his 41 appearances this season, a plateau that Capela’s surpassed in a paltry 25.6% of his games. Sure, the two interior options have a similar overall average when it comes to DKFP on a nightly basis, but Collins’ ceiling has consistently been higher.

As for value, DeAndre’ Bembry ($1,600) is a name that might help differentiate your lineups. The veteran hasn’t appeared in a real game since all the way back on Jan. 20 and he’s exceeded 20.0 DKFP just twice in his past 21 contests. However, for the season as a whole, Bembry’s provided a decent floor. In fact, the 25-year-old has collected in excess of 15.0 DKFP in 53.5% of his 43 appearances, an amount of fantasy production that can’t be ignored at his minuscule salary. Jeff Teague ($3,000) is also someone who has to be considered based mostly on his stat lines from his Minnesota days. Though the guard’s DFS relevance has fallen off a cliff since a trade to the Hawks, Teague’s still managed to put up over 30.0 DKFP on 14 occasions in 2019-20.

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