The exclusive tournament pitted over 20,000 victors of Yahoo! fantasy basketball leagues for the right to win a $40,000 grand prize.
All each competitor has to do is fill out a roster — making eight selections — and have their team accumulate the highest point total from Sunday’s games.
Each player from the Spurs, Grizzlies, Warriors, Rockets, Hawks, Celtics, Cavaliers and Pistons are available, only with the caveat of a dollar evaluation assigned to their production.
To become the champion among all champions, each roster spot has to be meticulously chosen, capitalizing on every possible statistic that can be produced.
The final field has been whittled down so only the top 25 percent of the most capable fantasy basketball players remain, so any misstep will result in a loss.
The formulation for each roster features a few consistencies: three roster spots dedicated to superstar players, two average players and three long shots.
Finding players capable of outperforming their dollar evaluation is the key.
Outlasting 20,789 fantasy basketball champions took savvy, luck and proper planning.
Shaun Livingston thrived as the injury replacement for Stephen Curry, Jonas Valanciunas grabbed 14 rebounds and Cory Joseph produced just enough to post a higher score than 95 percent of the champion of champions.
Replicating the success is a tall order, but here is how I made eight choices with $40,000 riding on a perfect outcome.
Choosing the Superstars
These players simply have to accumulate massive numbers for you. Each player must be a legitimate double-double threat and capable of contributing in a multitude of ways.
Picking players that will have the ball a majority of the time, or have numerous scoring opportunities is the determining factor.
Tabbing the Value picks
During the post season, many of the fringe fantasy contributions start to fade away. Only the players with specific skill sets emerge is value selections in daily fantasy leagues.
Pacers rookie Myles Turner has become a commodity because of his ability to protect the rim. His production extends much further than becoming the youngest player in league history ever to swat five shots in a playoff game.
Along with his 3.3 blocks per game, Turner has produced 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and shot over 60 percent from the field.
Since he is a rookie, Yahoo! assigned a valuation of $18, well below the average price of $25 a player.
The Final Roster
Good luck to the players vying to become the champion of champions, chose your roster wisely.