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: $5K Simulated Basketball Free Contest (BKN vs. GS)

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 DK Dollars cannot be withdrawn from your balance.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.




For captain, Kyrie Irving ($15,900 CP/$10,600) has to be the top choice. While he has had a brutal year due to injuries and is out for the season, he’s been great when on the court. Kyrie averages 47.61 DKFP this season, by far the most of any player in this contest. Don’t forget, we don’t need to worry about the injury situation for a simulated game and Irving has only scored under 32 DKFP twice all season.

Due to his recent success, Caris LeVert ($10,000) could be a popular play. While his upside is substantial, he comes with some risk. While LeVert is averaging 37.62 DKFP as a starter, he’s only averaging 20.16 DKFP when coming off the bench and he was a reserve player for all of January. The upside if we draw one of his recent games makes him viable, but Irving is a much safer play for only a little more salary. In addition, Spencer Dinwiddie ($9,800) averages 5.4 more DKFP per game and is priced cheaper than LeVert.

Before the NBA went on hiatus, DeAndre Jordan ($4,800) was starting at center for the Nets. This might prompt people to roster him, but we can’t forget that Jarrett Allen ($5,200) has started at center for most of the season. For this contest, there shouldn’t be any bias toward recent games and Allen has been the stronger fantasy producer this season. Despite the center being priced closely, Allen averages 28.31 DKFP compared to 25.83 DKFP for Jordan. Allen is the stronger play of the two.


If you are wondering why Steph Curry isn’t in the player pool, he hasn’t played the required 15 games to qualify. This means we are stuck choosing the remaining scrubs on the Warriors’ roster. Of the players we have to choose from, Andrew Wiggins ($10,200) has been the top fantasy producer. He is averaging 37.17 DKFP, making him the second highest fantasy producer in this game behind Kyrie. Wiggins also has decent upside since he’s scored over 40 DKFP this season 22 times.

One player I am looking to fade here is Eric Paschall ($8,600). While he’s had some nice games this season, he’s way overpriced based on his average game. Playing time hasn’t always been assured for Paschall and he only averages 24 DKFP. He’s had a handful of games scoring single-digit fantasy points, so he’s a pretty risky play. The same goes for Marquese Chriss ($6,200), who has played well recently, but didn’t produce much earlier in the year when he was in a reserve role. For the season, Chriss is averaging 22.98 DKFP. For cheaper, both Allen and Jordan average more DKFP from the Nets.

As a cheap play with upside, Ky Bowman ($2,800) is a good source of salary savings. It’s easy to figure his run as the starting point guard from earlier in the season since it so long ago, but he played well for a stretch. Bowman moved into the starting lineup with Curry, Draymond Green ($7,600) and D’Angelo Russell were all injured and had a handful of games scoring over 30 DKFP. Overall, Bowman averages 17.16 DKFP this season, making him a viable play at a cheap salary.

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