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Best lineup strategy for Mavericks vs. Grizzlies NBA simulation Showdown

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

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic dribbles as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig defends during the second half at American Airlines Center.  Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The featured simulated basketball contest on DraftKings for Wednesday afternoon is between the Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies. Here, we’ll go over how to approach lineup construction for the fantasy basketball contest.

Captain’s Pick

Luka Doncic ($16,800)

Doncic is only $2,200 more than the next highest Captain option in Ja Morant. This is only moderately perplexing, mostly because Doncic averages way more fantasy points per game than Morant this season. So Doncic is another Captain’s pick that is far and away the best option on the board. Like it isn’t even close. Anyway, if you want to mix things up, here’s an idea. Wait, no yea, I can’t think of a reason not to Captain Doncic in this contest.

FLEX Options

Brandon Clarke ($4,600)

Clarke seems a bit underpriced here given the type of production he was having for the Grizzlies in his rookie season. In 50 games this season, Clarke is averaging 12.0 points and 5.8 rebounds. Given his rebounding ability, Clarke has a safe floor at this price in this contest.

If you’re looking for another safe floor play, Dwight Powell ($2,400) is nearly basement priced and he was a guy starting consistently for the Mavericks this season. Powell started 37 of 40 games until he ruptured his Achilles tendon, ending his season. That only helps his stock, however, since less games means less variance.