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Best lineup strategy for Raptors vs. Timberwolves NBA simulation Showdown

The Raptors and Timberwolves square off in a Wednesday NBA simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam dribbles against Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier at Scotiabank Arena. Charlotte defeated Toronto. John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves will face off in a sim Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest that will be played in the snow. You can set your lineup and play in the DraftKings contest before tip.

Captain’s Pick

Malik Beasley ($8,400)

It’s like they aren’t even trying to make actually pricing for this contest. Beasley was dealt to the T-Wolves before the trade deadline by the Nuggets. Immediately after, Beasley essentially became the third wheel to D’Angelo Russell Karl-Anthony Towns temporarily. In 14 starts for Minnesota, Beasley was averaging 20.7 points per game. So a nice chunk of his box scores with the T-Wolves are pretty juicy at this price. Beasley to me is a lock for the FLEX spot.

Fade of the Game

Fred VanVleet ($13,500 CP)

Trying to pick out a fade in these simulation contests is like trying to find meaning in a Pauly Shore film. Sorry, Cher. So FVV is overpriced because he’s a starter and plays a ton of minutes. He really doesn’t have a very high fantasy ceiling and that’s not something we want to be a part of at this price points — especially at Captain. So without upside, we cast VanVleet aside in this contest and look to value.

Value Picks

As I’ve said multiple times throughout these NBA sim contests: The Raptors are where the value is at. It’s almost like nothing changes week-to-week with these contests and pricing, weird. So the Raps have had a ton of injuries this season that they’ve battled through. Really you can start with Terence Davis ($4,400) and work your way down the line to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($4,000) and Marc Gasol ($3,600). Any of them are strong plays and that’s all we need to fill out the rest of our lineup.