Welcome to the DailyFantasySolutions free 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 first 4 game slate of the tournament!
Big X Vs. D2
BigX was supposed to feature a team full of former OSU Buckeyes but Keyshawn Woods and JaeSean Tate both had to withdraw due to covid. The Wesson brothers were slated to appear but decided to back out to focus on professional opportunities. Big X will have an 11 man active roster for the first round game. Khalil Iverson, Vitto Brown, and Trevon Hughes from Wisconsin, LD Williams from Wake Forest, Jehyve Floyd from Holy Cross, Kellen Dunham from Butler, and Nick Ward/Javon Bess from Michigan State highlight the notable players on this loaded roster. CJ Jackson is the headliner Point guard on this roster from Ohio State.
D2 is getting their shot after Jackson Underdawgs had to pull out after a player tested positive for Covid-19. D2 is a team of former division 2 all-stars that will be looking to shock the world against the stacked Big X roster. D2 actually pulled an upset in last years TBT over the BlueGrass Boys so they’re not scrubs by any means. Mike Davis was on this team last year and had 17-4 while shooting 5-11 from downtown. Kevin Capers is the other player that sticks out to me on this roster. He was a 20 ppg scorer at Florida Southern University and has G-League experience from playing with the Westchester Knicks.
Favorite Plays: LD Williams, Vitto Brown, CJ Jackson, Mike Davis, Kevin Capers
*Jehvye Floyd is starting and an excellent source of value for your lineups*
The Pick: Big X ML
Brotherly Love Vs. Stillwater Stars
I’ve seen a lot of people talking up the Stillwater Stars lineup but they’ve taken a big hit as Markel Brown and Phil Forte have both backed out leaving them extremely short handed. This may sound like a dream for DFS, however the team they play in Brotherly Love is one of the more dangerous day 1 squads. I mentioned above that some teams haven’t gotten to mesh fully yet, BL is not one of these teams. They’ve been practicing together and even living together in preparation for this tournament. I think BL should win this game relatively easily. Let’s take a look at some of the key members of this roster. DJ Newbill was a 2-time all-big ten selection and 1800 point scorer. Khalif Wyatt was the 2013 A-10 POY as well as being apart of 4 NCAA tournament teams with Ramone Moore and Semaj Inge. They have great chemistry and should absolutely dice up SS. Novar Gadson, Samme Givens, and Mo Watson were all key members of this team last year as well.Mike Cobbins has also left SS, so be sure to remove him from your player pool if you;’re considering the underdog here.
Favorite Plays: BL: DJ Newbille, Novar Gadson, Samme Givens, Khalif Wyatt, Ramone Moore, SS: Armoni Brooks, Tyshawn Taylor
The Pick: Brotherly Love -5.5
House Of ‘Paign Vs. War Tampa
House Of Paign has very little experience in the TBT format which could hurt them a bit but they have two very capable scoring studs in Mike Daum and Billy Garrett. One guy I’m excited about is Malcolm Hill, who ranks 3rd on Illinois all-time scoring list. Hill averaged 20-4-4 in the VTB league overseas recently and was the second highest scoring player in the VTB. This format fits him extremely well and should be someone that skates under the radar bit with some bigger names on the slate. A potential sneaky value play is Kyle Vinales, a Central Conn State alumni that recently played in the VTB league as well where he played in the VTB United All-star game with Hill. He is a streaky shooter that averaged 16 and 4 in the VTB and should get plenty of burn in this game.
War Tampa is built for this tournament as they’re fast and loaded with shooters. This roster is headlined by sharp shooters Bryce Brown and Fletcher Magee. Brown was on the Auburn team that made a final four run last year and Magee led Wofford to an upset of Seton Hall in that very same tournament. Ball State stud Tayler Person will set the table for these shooters, career 14 ppg and 7 rpg collegiate wing Desean Murray and Liberty U rebounding machine Scottie James will patrol the paint. War Tampa is actually an underdog on all betting sites and you should be actively looking to get your money on that WT ML. That is just ridiculous value for a team of this caliber.
Favorite Plays: WT: Bryce Brown, Fletcher Magee, Desean Murray, HP: Malcolm Hill, Kyle Vinales, Mike Daum, Andres Feliz
The Pick: War Tampa ML
Team CP3 Vs. Primetime Players
Primetime Players are here because Mid-American Unity had a player test positive for Covid-19. PTP has reached the super 16 twice in TBT history and bring with them a ton of experience in this format. Chris Moore averaged 16 and 4 in last years tourney and will be leaned on heavily to facilitate and score against CP3. On the other side, Nate Mason is the lock of all locks for this slate. Mason averaged 17.7 ppg, 4 apg and shot 46% from beyond the arc in last years TBT. The Mason vs Moore battle is going to be must see tv and one if not both of these guys will likely end up on the optimal lineup.
Favorite Plays: CP3:Nate Mason, Codi Miller-McIntyre, Aaron Rountree, PTP: Chris Moore, Robert Turner, Christian Keeling
The Pick: Primetime Players ML
Cores By Site:
Fanduel Core: Nate Mason/DJ Newbill/Bryce Brown
Draftkings Core: Nate Mason/DJ Newbill/Jehvye Floyd