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Derrick Rose and Thursday’s Best NBA DFS Sim Picks

| April 2, 2020 11:41 am PDT
Derrick Rose and Thursday’s Best NBA DFS Sim Picks

Our April Fool’s edition of NBA DFS sim picks netted gamers two studs, as Giannis Antetokounmpo (73 fantasy points!) and Kyrie Irving (50) were two of the best plays on the entire slate.

I personally got burned by most of my value picks, while Deandre Ayton (28) and Khris Middleton (25) didn’t meet expectations. Julius Randle (43) was a hit, though, so three of my five plays should have helped you.

The goal is to get five picks that will all help you and the rest is up to you.

Not a big fan of these sim games? Perhaps you can start focusing on what will happen during the NBA offseason. I’ve begun the process with a look at the big NBA stars that could change teams this summer.

Other than that, join me as I go over my favorite NBA DFS sim picks at FanDuel for 4/2:

Derrick Rose, PG, Pistons ($6k)

Rose played in 50 games this year and averaged just over 30 fantasy points per contest. He mostly came off the bench for Detroit, but more often than not he did a terrific job providing a scoring spark.

There are a few down games where Rose wasn’t great or even got hurt, as he was sidelined in early March. He’s otherwise got a nice floor and is a rock solid play at this price.

Trae Young is the top spend at the point guard position, while Reggie Jackson feels like one of the best value plays.

Bradley Beal, SG, Wizards ($10k)

Beal has been a monster at times this year, as he’s got a very nice floor and possesses a solid ceiling, as well. His usage rate is among the best in the NBA and he averaged over 46 fantasy points per game through 57 contests.

I loathed using Beal on a regular basis, as he had an uncanny ability to sack me. That said, he’s a solid price for a stud on this slate and he has wrecked basically every time in this sim games.

If you don’t want to pay for Beal, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a really nice mid-range option. Punting with guys like Bruce Brown or Donte DiVincenzo to save cash is also on the table.

Pascal Siakam, SF, Raptors ($8.7k)

You can choose between The Greek Freak and King James on this slate, as they both were so good this year that they’re the top two threats to win the 2019-20 NBA MVP.

That said, I love the value Siakam offers. He’s certainly in the running for Most Improved Player this season and he has one of the best floors of anyone on this slate.

Small forward is without a doubt the best position on this slate, so I’m not sure you can make a grave mistake here. Paul George and Tobias Harris also provide nice value, while Kevin Porter Jr. is a pretty interesting punt.

Christian Wood, PF, Pistons ($4.9k)

Power forward is pretty top-heavy, but I still like the value associated with Wood. He was a monster the second Andre Drummond got traded this year, while he provided solid production off the bench throughout the season.

Wood had some stinkers, but he’s a good price for a guy who averaged over 24 fantasy points per contest and had some massive outings.

Montrezl Harrell, C, Clippers ($6.6k)

Center is another good position on this slate. Andre Drummond is super stable and offers a great floor/ceiling combination. I won’t talk you off of Joel Embiid, either, while Clint Capela is frequently one of my favorite center plays.

That said, Harrell was such a monster off the bench for L.A. this year that he’s a decent bet to win the 2019-20 NBA 6th Man of the Year award.

Harrell averaged over 33 fantasy points per game on the season and had very few awful outings. He’s a solid bet to get 35-40 fantasy points and at this price tag, he’s a bit of a bargain.


NBA DFS simulation contests are ultimately pretty random, but we can isolate things a bit when we look at player game pools and floors.

There still isn’t much to prevent even the safest plays bottoming out and hurting your team, but at least FanDuel allows you to create five NBA DFS lineups.

It’s fun, free and potentially profitable.

Whether you play NBA DFS sim contests or not, perhaps you’re looking for something a bit more tangible. If so, consider the wagers available right now at the top NBA betting sites.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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