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Best lineup strategy for Grizzlies vs. Pacers NBA simulation Showdown

We go over how to approach Saturday afternoon’s simulated fantasy basketball contest between the Grizzlies and Pacers on DraftKings.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant drives against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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

Captain’s Picks

Domantas Sabonis ($14,700)

These Showdown contests are pretty cut-and-dry. There’s not much you need to think about in terms of chalk options at Captain. Sabonis is the guy who makes the most sense despite being the highest priced and likely holding the top ownership. Sabonis’ floor is elevated so much by his ability to rebound and pass, so generally his box scores are going to roll something in the 40-50 range.

T.J. Warren ($9,600)

There aren’t many scenarios in which players are worth paying down for at Captain. Warren is averaging 18.7 points per game for the Pacers this season, starting 61 games while shooting 52.9% from the field. Warren doesn’t do much else but fill it up, but that’s exactly the type of play we want at Captain. If Warren can score over 20 points and post between 30-40 FPTs, we’re in business.

FLEX Options

Malcolm Brogdon ($7,000)

I’m heavy on the Pacers because the prices on the Grizzlies players are a little ridiculous. Dillon Brooks ($8,600) is way too overpriced and I think Brogdon should be much higher. This is a great way to take advantage of Brogdon’s early-season success. Before injuries kicked in, Brogdon was basically averaging a double-double in points and assists. I’m fine paying down on the slight chance I roll a box score from October that has Brogdon putting up big numbers.

De’Anthony Melton ($4,200)

I’m going to temporarily give some love to the Grizzlies and Melton as a value play. I really like the Pacers stack but you’ve got to use someone on Memphis. If it’s going to be anyway, it’s not a bad idea to pay down for Melton, who has spot started eight games for the Grizz this season. If you end up rolling one of those box scores, you’re in good shape. The likelihood is low but that’s the risk we take with a cheap option like Melton.