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Best lineup strategy for Hornets vs. Clippers NBA simulation Showdown

We go over how to approach Wednesday afternoon’s simulated fantasy basketball contest between the Hornets and Clippers on DraftKings.

Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier celebrates a three-point basket with guard Devonte’ Graham in the second overtime against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The featured simulated basketball contest on DraftKings for Wednesday afternoon is between the Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers. Here, we’ll go over how to approach lineup construction for the fantasy basketball contest.

Captain’s Pick

Man, is basketball back yet? No? We’ve got to wait until July 31? Greeeeat. So more simulated Showdowns until then, feels bad. Anyway, we’ve got a few top options that will be chalky in Kawhi Leonard ($16,200) and Paul George ($15,000). I’d say go with Leonard as Captain if you want to pay up. PG-13 has dealt with injuries this season and there was a stretch of games he was struggling big time. Leonard has missed a handful of games due to load management, so we’ve got less variance in his box scores.

As for a value play, I mean, normally in the Captain we don’t go with too much value. The issue is, if we don’t go with Leonard or PG in the Captain, you might as well pay down and get some leverage. If that’s the case, Lou Williams ($12,300) isn’t a bad idea as a decent GPP Captain. He’s got a great ceiling and save us some salary. If we want to go way down, Reggie Jackson is a great option at $4,200. He’s mispriced because of his production on the Clippers, while we should get a chance to roll a box with him on the Pistons.

FLEX Options

Assuming we go with Kawhi as the Captain, we get $6,760 on average to fill out the UTIL spots. If Jackson is a lock at $23,800 we get a little more wiggle room with the cap. At this point we can pick and choose some guys. Another value isn’t a bad idea, so give me Patrick Beverley ($3,400) as a cheap starter. He’ll play a good amount of minutes most nights, so he’s an OK floor play. After that we can pretty much pay up for whoever. PG ($10,000) would have to get in there along with Montrezl Harrell ($9,200).

If we decide to go with a more balanced approach, loading up on more Hornets isn’t a bad call. Clippers players have better ceilings but we know where the ownership will go. Again, this is random box score rolling, so P.J. Washington ($6,200) and Marcus Morris ($7,600) make a ton of sense. Morris especially, he was leading the Knicks in scoring before joining the Clippers.