Welcome to the DailyFantasySolutions TBT DFS slate preview! For those of you that are asking, “what is TBT?” let me be the first to explain. TBT is a 24-team, single elimination tournament with a prize of $1+ million on the line. As an added bonus this year, the games will be broadcast on ESPN so you’ll be able to sweat all the games like you would any other sport! Games will be played July 4-14 so we will get actual real life 5-on-5 basketball for the next week and a half! The teams are comprised of a variety of ex-college players, former NBA players and overseas ballers.
-Players foul out at 6 fouls (not 5). I know my CBB people are rejoicing at this.
-Games are played in 9-minutes quarters instead of 20-minute halves.
-The Free throw bonus is awarded on a teams 5th foul and subsequent non shooting fouls by the defense in a quarter. However, new to the rules this year; any foul during the Elam Ending that would result in bonus free throws will instead give the non-fouling team one free throw and possession of the ball.
What is the Elam Ending? I’m glad you asked! Pursuant to the Elam Ending, the game clock is turned off at the first whistle with up to four minutes remaining. The teams then play to a target score, with the shot clock still enforced. As the first team to meet or exceed the target score wins, there are no overtime games. The target score is 8 points more than the leading teams/tied score. The winning score can be a walk-off field goal, three point shot or free throw. This rule was mainly created to elminate the constant end of game fouling and free throw shooting that slows games down to a crawl. I’m personally not a huge fan of the Elam Ending, but it’s what the tournament is known for so it’s important to know what it is and how it works.
We will want to target point guards, especially ones with a good history in TBT to be in our core. Some of these teams don’t get a ton of practice time to fully mesh together and this is yet another reason to target high usage guards as they will have the ball in their hands constantly; directing traffic and dictating pace.
We also need to be aware of teams that are super deep since this will cut into usage and minutes. Teams like Carmen’s Crew, Boeheim’s Army and Overseas Elite are notoriously stacked and there is a reason why they’re always competing for the title at the end of the tournament. While this makes for quality basketball, it is an absolute nightmare for DFS so be aware of teams with a deep roster.
Now that we have the what, where, why, and how out of the way. Let’s get to the who, as in who do we play on this first slate? Let’s get down to it and highlight the best plays from the 2 game slate!
Brotherly Love vs Golden Eagles
Brotherly Love was able to win last game despite a no show from primary wings Novar Gadson and Samme Givens. Khalif Wyatt was sensational with 27-6-2 and his counterpart Ramone Moore had 24-2-1. BL will once again have to rely on their dynamic backcourt but with Derrick Wilson on the other side, one of them is going to end up getting contained just like Nate Mason was. I think that leaves BL strictly in the GPP category for this slate. It’s a bounce back spot for Gadson and Givens on paper as the Golden Eagles are weaker in the front court.
The Golden Eagles are a very easy team to figure out for DFS purposes. Jamil Wilson, Dwight Buycks, and Elgin Cook are their top usage players and Darius Johnson-Odom is a key cog off the bench. All 4 are back in play but we get a nice price cut on Elgin Cook after an atrocious game and I’m expecting a big bounce back for him. We get Cook at a meager 5.5K, which is lock and load territory. Nobody outside of these 4 are worth using for DFS because of the condensed usage rate among them.
Favorite Plays: BL: Ramone Moore, Samme Givens, Elgin Cook, Jamil Wilson, Dwight Buycks, Darius Johnson-Odom
The Pick: Golden Eagles
House Of Paign vs Red Scare
House Of Paign continues their impressive run through the TBT after knocking off the defending champs in a convincing 76-68 victory. HOP is another easy team to figure out as most of their production comes from Mike Daum, Andres Feliz, and Malcolm Hill. The issue here is that the prices are way up on all 3 and it’s very likely Feliz draws top defender Kyle Davis today. Kyle Vinales broke out in a big way after we spotlighted him in the very first preview article and is someone that I think we can go back to at just 4.9K. The minutes should continue to be there and with Billy Garrett ice cold right now, Vinales offensive spark could be just what HOP needs to get over the hump.
The Red Scare had a big second half against BigX after it seemed like the basket had a lid over it during the first. This is a team with an 8 man rotation, but every single one of those 8 contribute. 5 of the 8 players had over 20 fps while all 8 had double figure fantasy points. Due to the fact that they all contribute we will want to target some of the cheaper options like Trey Landers, Trevor Thompson, and Ryan Mikesell. If you can afford the payups, Darrell David and Devin Oliver make premiere plays that will pay off their low 7k price tags if the Red Scare win.
Favorite Plays: HOP: Mike Daum, Andres Feliz, Darrell Davis, Devin Oliver, Trevor Thompson
The Pick: House Of Paign
Main Team Core:Elgin Cook, Trevor Thompson, Jamil Wilson