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Best lineup strategy for Kings vs. Nuggets NBA simulation Showdown

We go over how to approach Wednesday afternoon’s simulated basketball contest on DraftKings.

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half at Staples Center.  Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The featured simulated basketball contest on DraftKings for Wednesday afternoon is between the Sacramento Kings vs. the Denver Nuggets. Here, we’ll go over how to approach lineup construction for the fantasy basketball contest. This is a link to the contest and be sure to check out the rules before locking in a lineup.

Captain’s Picks

This game doesn’t boast many appealing Captain’s picks. There’s really only one elite option and it’s Nikola Jokic at $15,600. The Joker has the highest ceiling and floor of any player in the contest and it’s hard to argue against playing him in the Captain’s spot. The only other elite option is De’Aaron Fox ($14,700) and that even seems like a bit of a stretch at this point. Fox was hurt most of the beginning of the season and didn’t hit his stride until around January.

The only other player I would consider at Captain — and this is only if you’re feeling frisky — is Richaun Holmes ($6,900). He was putting up solid numbers back in December, averaging 15.4 points and 8.9 boards per game. He’s only played in 39 games this season, 33 of those starts. That gives us less range of outcome for Holmes’ box scores.

FLEX Options

This is where things get tricky. If you think Jokic and Fox are both locks, then after that things get a bit more wide open. Jamal Murray ($9,400) isn’t a bad option, but he’s streaky in his fantasy performances and more of a volatile option. Will Barton ($8,400) has some upside at a discounted price. He’s had games similar to Murray and is cheaper.

As for value, Harry Giles ($1,000) makes some sense. He’s started in 17 of 38 games this season for the Kings, so just under half of his box scores are starts. I still like Holmes as a value option in the UTIL spot. He’s just too underpriced in my eyes given some of his games this season. I can get behind Yogi Ferrell ($1,200) a bit though he doesn’t offer much upside. He’d be more of a play to try and fit in Jokic, Fox , Murray and/or Buddy Hield.