FanDuel NBA2K Sim Lineup Advice: Wednesday (4/8)
FanDuel continues to find entertaining ways to keep their player base engaged while the sports world is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. They are offering Esports DFS contests that include Madden NFL 20 streams, baseball sims, and PGA sims. They also have an NBA2K stream, as well as a simulation. They are also hosting some live contests with Gulfstream horse racing DFS and reality TV contests, and they also put on a Drone Racing League and WrestleMania 36 competition. All of these contests are free to play, serving as a fun and potentially rewarding distraction while under quarantine. There are two contests to choose from for the NBA tonight: a full-game slate sim and a one-game stream contest between the Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trail Blazers.
The size of these contests in terms of bonus cash prize pool has decreased since FanDuel added Madden, PGA, and baseball sims, but they remain an entertaining way to pass the time and build up your balance for when real sports return. The total prize pool for this contest is $1,000. As mentioned above, tonight’s contest is free to play. There is 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 150,000 entries (it was 50,000 last week at this time). The increase in the entry pool means that this contest will likely be more competitive, especially given the price point. There are some intriguing options for tonight’s lineups, so let’s dig in.
OG Anunoby (SF – TOR): $4,700
Sure to be a chalky play for tonight’s contest, OG Anunoby has caught fire in his recent NBA2K sim contests. Two games came against easier opponents, but the third was against the Milwaukee Bucks. Anunoby averaged a robust 43.86 fantasy points in those bouts, recorded at least 33.6 fantasy points in each one. Facing the Miami Heat is far from ideal, but his recent stretch combined with a bargain-level salary makes him one of the top potential return-on-investment options available tonight.
Robert Covington (PF – HOU): $5,900
Robert Covington is one of the top values for tonight’s contest at the power forward position. While he is a little more inconsistent than one would like, he has put up at least 34.4 fantasy points in three of his last five contests. The strangest thing about his recent NBA2K stat lines is that his two relative duds came against the Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors. His strong games, however, occurred against tougher opposition in the Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Toronto Raptors. Tonight he’ll face the Memphis Grizzlies, a team strong enough for him to still succeed based on recent trends. Covington may well be good for another excellent outing.
Clint Capela (C – ATL): $7,700
Clint Capela has been a monster over his last nine NBA2K sim contests. He has scored at least 31.9 points in each one, crossing the 58-point barrier four times. Capela has averaged an eye-popping 48.82 points over that stretch and is showing no signs of slowing down. He has produced consecutive 60-fantasy-point outings and should be in line for another big game with a soft team on the schedule. The Atlanta Hawks face the Cleveland Cavaliers, an opponent Capela should be able to exploit in tonight’s slate.
De’Aaron Fox (PG – SAC): $7,400
De’Aaron Fox has been terrific over his last 10 NBA2K sim contests. His 35.9 fantasy points in his last contest represented his lowest output of that stretch. He has averaged 42.12 fantasy points per game and should be in for a high-scoring affair with the Los Angeles Lakers. He racked up 36.3 fantasy points when pitted against the Lakers in a sim contest four games ago. That should be considered his floor for this meeting. Fox should provide a solid return on investment, especially when compared to the floors of the higher-priced options on the board.
Bogdan Bogdanovic (SG -SAC): $4,800
Bogdan Bogdanovic could be a solid contrarian play for tonight’s contest. He has provided a solid return in the majority of his last 10 contests, but he was a disappointment when the Kings played the Lakers last week. He mustered just 14.9 fantasy points in that contest, which should keep him off the radar for contestants who would usually consider him for at least one of their entries. He has averaged 28.3 fantasy points over his last 10 contests, topping out with five games of 36 or more fantasy points. Bogdanovic is a strong play for those who are trying to fit expensive players into their lineup elsewhere.