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Best lineup strategy for 76ers-Wizards DraftKings Showdown

Should you be stacking the Sixers going up against the worst defense in the NBA? We break down Thursday’s featured Showdown contest on DK.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons reacts in front of Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic after scoring during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers have seemingly found their stride, winners of the past four games and eight of 10 overall. This has launched them back into the top 4 of the Eastern Conference at 15-6, also playing a factor their 10-0 record at home. That means the Sixers are below .500 on the road, and have to travel to Washington, D.C., to take on the Wizards on tonight’s four-game slate. We’ll be focusing more on the Showdown, which should be interesting given how many points the Wizards are scoring/allowing this season. Here’s the breakdown

Captain’s Picks

The obvious choice here is Joel Embiid ($18,000), who is also the highest-priced option. The Wizards don’t defend the paint well and are missing one of their top big men in Thomas Bryant. Washington is also toward the bottom in a few notable defensive categories: Opponent FG% (49.4), opponent points per game (122.9), opponent 3PT% (38.2). So yeah, Embiid is in a spot to go off, and the pace of play only helps him. Plus, even if it’s a blowout, the Wizards generally keep the gas pedal down, so they may not go away so easily.

If you want to pivot off of Embiid at captain and focus on someone cheaper, another big man to consider is Al Horford ($12,300). He does a nice job of filling the stat sheet with rebounds and assists, plus the game environment should increase his scoring output tonight. Ben Simmons ($15,000) also needs to be in play, but I don’t think his ceiling is as high as Embiid’s. Really, Simmons is only another option that probably gets lower ownership. Embiid is who you should pay up for.

As for cheap options, Rui Hachimura ($10,500) saves a bit of salary and should see big minutes and work in the front court with Bryant out. James Ennis ($6,300) is the ultimate salary-saver, though, with Josh Richardson expected to be out again tonight. Ennis has been filling in at shooting guard and has played at least 21 minutes in the past three games.

FLEX Options

I think the best way to fill out the rest of your lineup is with 76ers. That’ll be the key: Hitting on all of the top Sixers scorers and the right value on Washington. Embiid starts us off in the Captain’s slot, then we need to identify a few values. Ennis ($4,200) saves us some salary and I also don’t mind Isaac Bonga ($4,000), who is filling in for Bryant in the starting lineup. After that, we can do a more balanced approach to the lineup.

If we want to do stars and scrubs, we need to go really cheap. Raul Neto ($1,000) and Ian Mahinmi ($1,000) are basement pricing, though Mahinmi is questionable. If he plays, both him and Neto aren’t bad options. They’d allow us to get Embiid, Simmons and Bradley Beal ($10,800) into the same lineup. Just a few ways to play around with the pricing on DraftKings.