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 TBT slate of the year!
Sideline Cancer vs Golden Eagles
This has been an incredible run by Sideline Cancer to make the finals and they have a real shot at knocking off a very tough Golden Eagles squad. SC remains a strong DFS play even in the showdown format. Maurice Creek and Remy Abell are essentially locks since they will draw the weaker perimeter defense from GE. Eric Thompson should also feast as GE has had problems defending the paint all tourney long and Eric has performed like an MVP in every SC game. Jamel Artis defense on the wing has been elite and he will be relied on to give Jamil Wilson problems on that end of the floor. The question then becomes, do you roster Marcus Keene knowing he will draw the shut down defense of Derrick Wilson? GE shut down scoring machine Nate Mason earlier this tournament and I suspect that will scare people off of Keene. That’s where our edge comes into play though. Keene is a better scorer than Mason and hasn’t been slowed whatsoever in any of their games. D Wilson has also played less than 20 minutes in 3 straight games because of his lack of offensive contributions. There is simply no way I won’t have Keene on majority of my lineups and I’ll continue to ride my dude all the way to the top of GPPs!
The Golden Eagles have played well obviously or they wouldn’t be in the finals right now. One thing that hurts GE and could come back to haunt them in this game is that they’ve been prone to various scoring droughts. If at any time they can’t match the sharp shooting of Creek/Abell or the clutch buckets of Keene/Thompson they’re going to fall behind. This makes me think that DJO will end up playing around 30 minutes and likely will end up in a scoring battle with Keene all game long. I’m locking DJO into my main squads and locking in those big points. I’m still on the Elgin Cook train even though he has been killing us all TBT. His price remains cheap and if there was evver a time for the former Oregon Duck star to step up, it’s right here right now. He will draw the defense of Dion Wright which should give him plenty of scoring opportunities from the wing. Dwight Buycks is always in play with his high level scoring ability. My big fade of the slate is going to be Jamil Wilson. As good as he has been I think he will get flustered by a combination of Jamel Artis and Eric Thompson everytime he touches the ball. The game plan for SC clearly has to be to contain Jamil and make the other members of GE step up. SC has the personnel to execute this game plan and have a ton of cohesion with this 8 man roster. Give me SC in a stunning upset with yet another close win and some elam ending magic!
Favorite Plays: SC: Marcus Keene, Maurice Creek, Eric Thompson, Remy Abell, Jamel Artis, GE: DJO, Mo Acker, Elgin Cook, Dwight Buycks
The Pick: Sideline Cancer(they’re a live dog at only +114, big upset coming)
Main Team Core: Eric Thompson, Maurice Creek, Darius Johnson-Odom
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