The 2021 DraftKings Fantasy Basketball World Championship wrapped up on Sunday night, concluding the two-day, six-game contest that featured many of the world’s best DFS players. The competition for this prestigious fantasy basketball title did not disappoint, and the roughly $1M for first place was still up for grabs until just about the last second of the Jazz vs. Grizzlies game. TinkyTyler wound up taking home the top prize, thanks in large part to a huge game from Mike Conley, which surged his lineup from about 30 spots back and made him the 2021 FBWC champion.
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The Winning Lineup
The 2021 FBWC slate was one where many of the top NBA players disappointed. Joel Embiid (41.5 FPTS, 29% owned), Julius Randle (37 FPTS, 31% owned), and Kemba Walker (19.25 FPTS, 28% owned) were all much worse than their usual selves, and the lineups in contention largely avoided these players. The cheaper players on the slate weren’t especially great either, with Monte Morris most notably scoring only 19.5 FPTS as the most popular overall pick at 48% owned, so a more balanced lineup looked like the way to go with the stars-and-scrubs strategy not performing very well. That’s exactly what TinkyTyler did, as his most expensive player was Trae Young at only $8,500. The combination of Young, Ben Simmons and Mike Conley at point guard while foregoing expensive forwards and centers was a unique move that clearly paid huge dividends.
Down to the Wire at FBWC 2021
Leading up to the final game of the night, there were a few competitors still in contention to be crowned FBWC 2021 champion. Petteytheft89 was the leader in the clubhouse, but there were a few lineups with Conley that were about 40-50 points back. It’s unclear if Conley was a pre-slate decision or a late swap for those who had him, but the big news of Sunday was that Donovan Mitchell — who was previously expected to play in Game 1 on Sunday night — had been ruled out Sunday afternoon. This meant likely increased production for Conley and some of the other Jazz players, and this is probably why he wound up being a semi-popular choice at 14% owned.
TinkyTyler had the most points of any of the lineups containing Conley, but there was a lineup just 13 points back of him (garnes222) that had Conley as well as Grayson Allen. Allen doesn’t ordinarily play a ton of minutes for the Grizzlies, but he does often play at the end of games, and that was especially notable with a potential OT looming and a chance for Allen to get five extra minutes of playing time. Bojan Bogdanovic ultimately missed the would-be game-tying 3-pointer, which resulted in a first-place finish for TinkyTyler and a second-place prize of $500K for garness222.
What’s Next on the Champ Series Calendar
The next major DraftKings Championship Series event is still a couple of months away, with the $4M Fantasy Golf World Championship scheduled to take place from Aug. 19-22 at THE NORTHERN TRUST, located at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. This event will have yet another $1M top prize, and it’ll be the second straight live final for competitors to attend!
For more info on the series and all of the events, visit our DraftKings Championship Series Information page.
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