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 final 2 game slate of the tournament!
Red Scare vs Golden Eagles
It’s already the semi finals of the TBT and what a fun ride it’s been! This is an intriguing matchup that is pretty close to a coin flip on paper. Elgin Cook’s price remains cheap at 5.5K and I think we still have to use him despite his lackluster stats. It’s do or die time for Cook. Jamil Wilson and Dwight Buycks are the two strongest plays on GLE but I’ll take the discount on Buycks today for my main lineup. Darius Johnson-Odom is the super sub with back to back 20+ fps performances. His price is reasonable today and I’m comfortable using him in all formats. Everyone else on GLE is a fade for me.
The Red Scare looked in complete control during their win against House of Paign neutralizing Mike Daum and Malcolm Hill with their stingy defense. Trey Landers(19-8-3) and Ryan Mikesell(16-8-2) had breakout games against HOP and are both back in play for the Red Scare today. The prices are up but they’ve both got enough upside to pay these prices. This game scares me a bit as both teams have excellent defense. So while the prices of Darrell Davis and Ryan McMahon are intriguing, fantasy points won’t come easy against the frustratingly stout GLE perimeter D. I don’t mind Trevor Thompson and Devin Oliver today either but I think we can spend our money wiser today.
Favorite Plays: GLE: Dwight Buycks, Elgin Cook, Darius Johnson-Odom, RS: Trey Landers, Ryan Mikesell, Trevor Thompson, Darrell Davis
The Pick: Golden Eagles
Sideline Cancer vs Overseas Elite
Our boys Sideline Cancer have made an unlikely run all the way to the semi finals after dispatching Boeheims Army 65-48. Diamond Stone is done for the tourney with a serious injury but SC has managed without him as Eric Thompson has stepped up admirably averaging 8 points, 14 rebounds and 33 fantasy points per game. Marcus Keene was in first half foul trouble and we got to see how deadly this roster really is when Mo Creek stepped up for 22-8 with Keene struggling. Remy Abell and Jamel Artis are both in play as well. Artis finally had himself a solid game with 6-6-3 for 20 fantasy points. SC plays a total of 8 guys, with only 6 of them seeing significant minutes. I’m stacking up our boys one more time as I think they beat OE in a close yet high scoring game.
Overseas Elite stomped out Herd That behind a sensational performance from Joe Johnson(35-7-5). Frank Sessions also had a nice game with 19-5-4. Overseas Elite is still running masssive substitution patterns so outside of Iso Joe and maybe Sessions, I don’t have a ton of interest for DFS. My guy Dakarai Tucker played a solid 24 minutes off the bench with 6 points, 7 rebounds and a steal. His price is still cheap enough to consider him for our lineups today as I think he is likely to play the 3rd highest minutes on the team.
Favorite Plays: SC: Marcus Keene, Maurice Creek, Eric Thompson, Remy Abell, Jamel Artis, OE: Joe Johnson, Dakarai Tucker, Frank Sessions
The Pick: Sideline Cancer
Main Team Core: Elgin Cook, Eric Thompson, Maurice Creek