FanDuel NBA2K Sim Lineup Advice: Wednesday (4/1)
FanDuel has done a fantastic job at finding creative ways to keep its player base entertained during the COVID-19 quarantine that has ground the world (and as a result the sports world) to a halt. While there are Madden sims, reality TV, and horse racing DFS contests, their only daily offering has been the NBA2K sims and streams. There are two contest types to choose from, with the stream featuring classic teams. Tonight’s game is the 2016 Golden State Warriors versus the 2012 Oklahoma City Thunder. The 2K sims are then broken into two separate contests for today.
Today, I will focus on the late window starting at 7 p.m. ET. Since these are the games that would have been played tomorrow, and the slate would have been lighter than usual, the contest prize pool has been decreased from $2,000 to $1,000. They are free to play but have a five-entry limit. The top prize is $40 (instead of $100), and there are payouts for the top 10,210 out of a maximum of 50,000 entries. While competitive given the price point, they are an entertaining way to find a much needed mental break during the troubling and uncertain times the world is enduring. Let’s dig in.
Malcolm Brogdon (PG – IND): $6,300
Malcolm Brogdon has been a valuable asset in FanDuel’s 2K simulations. He had a disaster of a start in his last game when he scored just two fantasy points (presumably due to injury), but he scored at least 44 points in his two prior games. In his four contests prior to yesterday’s dud, he averaged 39.3 fantasy points. At a solid and static $6,300 (NBA2K sim prices do not change), Brogdon merits lineup consideration whenever he is on the slate. Facing Washington boosts him from someone to consider to someone you will want to get into at least one of your lineups.
Khris Middleton (SG – MIL): $7,000
After starting his FanDuel NBA2K sim career slowly, Middleton has really picked it up as of late. Perhaps FanDuel finally updated its rosters, and as a result, the good players are showing more consistency in the sims. Middleton has scored at least 43 fantasy points in each of his last two contests, and he should be in for another big day at the office despite opposing the Boston Celtics on tonight’s docket. He has averaged 37.9 fantasy points over his last six contests and is a strong value from a return-on-investment perspective at his listed price. As mentioned above, FanDuel has split today’s slate into two contests, which makes Middleton one of the most intriguing plays in the late window.
Caris LeVert (SG – BKN): $6,000
At just a $6,000 salary, Caris LeVert is one of the absolute best values at his position night in and night out. He put up a stinker in his last simulated outing, scoring just 15.5 fantasy points, but he managed to score at least 33 fantasy points in each of his prior four contests. In those four games, he averaged a rock-solid 36.1 fantasy points. LeVert is someone to strongly consider for your lineups tonight and should be on your radar whenever the Brooklyn Nets are on the slate. The Dallas Mavericks should score enough points to make the sim a high scoring affair, which gives LeVert the potential for a 40 fantasy-point outing.
Eric Bledsoe (PG – MIL): $6,100
Eric Bledsoe has been a little up and down in his NBA2K sim career, but he has really turned it on as of late. He was always appealing due to his well-rounded lines and low salary of just $6,100, but he lacked any semblance of consistency. Now that he has found it, he is someone to consider whenever he’s on the slate. The Celtics are not the greatest matchup in real life or a sim, but Bledsoe has scored at least 31 points in each of his last three contests. He has also actually performed better against strong defensive opponents. Perhaps he is simmed more minutes when matchups are tight. Whatever the case may be, Bledsoe shouldn’t be faded when faced with a tougher virtual opponent. Bledsoe has averaged 34.5 fantasy points per game over his last three contests. Prior to two head-scratching outings against Houston and Washington, Milwaukee’s guard started NBA2K sim season hot and was on another mini tear in which he averaged 37.1 fantasy points per game.