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Best lineup strategy for Jazz vs. Wizards NBA simulation Showdown

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

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Marquese Chriss during the second half at Chase Center.  Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The featured simulated basketball contest on DraftKings for Wednesday afternoon is between the Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards. Here, we’ll go over how to approach lineup construction for the fantasy basketball contest.

Captain’s Picks

There’s really not much thinking involved at Captain for this contest. If we go over the top options, the play is very clear. Like very clear. Ever clear. Bradley Beal ($18,000). There’s a reason Beal is more expensive than the next highest player — Donovan Mitchell ($15,900) — by that much. Beal has the highest ceiling among all the plays and I don’t think there’s a value that makes more sense. Mitchell hasn’t had a great season by any means, at least not in fantasy. Rudy Gobert ($14,700) has been fine but is really more of a floor play. He’d be OK for leverage against Beal, who will likely have have ownership.

FLEX Options

If we go down to the mid-range plays, I really like Davis Bertans ($7,600). He had started the season on fire until an injury slowed him down a bit. His 3-point shooting elevates his ceiling and I think this is too cheap a price tag for a guy who’s pretty consistent. Rui Hachimura ($5,200) has some appeal at this price. The rookie forward missed most of December and January due to injury. When he was on the court, Hachimura had a knack for scoring over double digits and even has seven box scores of 20+ points.

On the Utah side, Royce O’Neale ($3,600) is really cheap and at the very least should roll a box score in which he sees 25-30 minutes. Mike Conley ($5,600) isn’t a bad leverage play. He’s another player who has missed a lot of time due to injury. His performance on the court in his first season for the Jazz has been shaky, but there are games we can highlight. Conley was really good at the beginning of the season.