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Best lineup strategy for Hawks vs. Timberwolves NBA simulation Showdown

We go over how to approach Thursday afternoon’s simulated fantasy basketball contest between the Hawks and Timberwolves on DraftKings.

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young dribbles the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half at FedExForum.  Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The featured simulated basketball contest on DraftKings for Wednesday afternoon is between the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves. Here, we’ll go over how to approach lineup construction for the fantasy basketball contest.

Captain’s Picks

We’re going to break this down by price tier for you. At the top, we’ve got Trae Young ($17,400) and Karl-Anthony Towns ($17,100). KAT has only played 35 games this season, so honestly, he’s probably a lock for this contest. Because it randomly rolls a box score out of that 35-game sample, in a big majority of those contests KAT performs. I’d say KAT is the chalk option at Captain with Young right behind him.

We’ve got some decent mid-range options in D’Angelo Russell ($15,900), John Collins ($13,800), De’Andre Hunter ($12,000) and Clint Capela ($10,800). We can eliminate Hunter immediately from this pack, I don’t know why he’s priced up this much. He’s averaging 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this season. D’Lo has the best ceiling of this bunch and Collins/Capela are about the same given their floors. D’Lo isn’t a bad pivot off of KAT and Young.

FLEX Options

If you decide not to Captain Capela in this Showdown, he’s a very good play in the FLEX at $7,200. Out of the 39 games Capela has played this season, seven of them he’s failed to get a double-double. So on the majority of the box scores, you’re getting a double-double. At $7,200, we only need around 35-40 DKFP to hit value, which seems likely.

As for cheaper value plays, Malik Beasley ($5,800) and Cam Reddish ($5,600) are decent options. If you can roll a box score of Beasley on the T-Wolves, you’re getting a player who was averaging 20 points per game in 14 contests. It’s a risky play since the other 41 box scores are from the Nuggets, in which he never made a start and 18.2 minutes per game. As for extreme values, look at Juancho Hernangomez ($3,000) and Naz Reid ($2,000). With KAT injured, post-trade deadline the T-Wolves went with frontcourt looks featuring Reid and Juancho plenty of times.