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Best lineup strategy for Heat vs. Wizards NBA simulation Showdown

The Heat and Wizards square off in a Friday NBA simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant defends during the first quarter at Capital One Arena. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat and Washington Wizards will face off in a sim Friday 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

Bradley Beal ($16,500)

There’s never a whole lot of literature that backs the idea of saving money at Captain in these NBA simulation contests. The less upside you have the worse off you are in Captain. So we need to pay up and in this contest’s case, it’s easy for us. Beal is the most expensive option but really there are only two other names to consider here. Jimmy Butler ($15,600) and Bam Adebayo ($14,700). Bam would be my pivot off of Beal for a little bit of leverage, but really we can’t let up the 50+ point upside of the Wizards’ All-Star guard.

Fade of the Game

Goran Dragic ($12,900)

Dragic has spent parts of this season injured but has still appeared in 54 games in 2019-20. He’s only made one start, which really gives me pause as to why he’s priced this high. Hmmmmm?? Dragic’s actual numbers aren’t terrible — over 16 points and 5.0 assists per game. The issue is his fantasy-point production was middling at best. Not worthy of a price this high.

Value Picks

Normally, this would be a game in which we target a nice little stack. So getting these two teams in Showdown is a bit upsetting. Normally I’d say stack up on the Heat but this isn’t normal fantasy basketball either.

Since we’re stuck looking at both sides, there’s a bit more value on Washington. With guys priced below $5K, we get Troy Brown Jr. ($5,000), Shabazz Napier ($4,400) and Thomas Bryant ($4,000). The big man might be my favorite play of this bunch. He’s got the lowest price and arguably the best floor of the trio. Brown has the upside and Bazz would be the middle of the pack pivot. Ian Mahinmi ($1,400) also needs to get a look this low if we’re Cannonball stacking. On the Heat, Airplane Mode Derrick Jones Jr. ($3,600) isn’t a bad value.