Welp, they did it. After years of hoping for Call of Duty DFS, all it took was a global pandemic to make Draftkings and FanDuel fulfill my dreams. Unfortunately, these events will be played online for the foreseeable future, which can bring about some randomness and make things harder to predict. This isn’t as much of a problem in other esports, but COD is a twitch shooter with fast TTK (time to kill) that heavily relies on reaction time, so internet connection does play a factor. If you have ever played COD before, you know what I’m talking about. Thankfully, Activision has taken the initiative to create more dedicated servers and add a “server veto” so the teams are at the most even playing field possible considering the circumstances. Hopefully this cuts down on the randomness this weekend and we can just enjoy some good old fashioned Call of Duty.
The scoring here is pretty simple, as Draftkings and FanDuel are both using the exact same point system (shown below). This scoring is similar to CS:GO in that you need high kill counts to score well. The interesting thing to note is that there is no adjustment of any kind, including sweep bonuses. This means that good players get penalized for sweeping since they miss out on big points from extra games. For Call of Duty, there are 5 game series with the following game modes: Hardpoint – S&D – Domination – Hardpoint – S&D. For DFS purposes, Hardpoint will be the highest scoring gamemode, followed by Domination, with S&D significantly behind for the most part. This means that in a 3-0 sweep, players will be missing out on additional points from a 2nd Hardpoint, which will really hurt their scores. We will need to try to get players that will play a minimum of 4 games, preferably all 5, to ensure the most points possible. This means that game stacking could pay off big time if one series goes longer than the rest.
|Statistic||Fantasy Points*Players drafted as Captain earn 1.5x fantasy point values|
|Bomb Plants/Defuses (S&D)||+3 Pts|
|Capture Time (Hardpoint)||+0.1 Pts per 1 second|
|Captures (Domination)||+1 Pt|
|Statistic||Fantasy Points*Players drafted as Captain earn 1.5x fantasy point values|
|Wins (Match)||+10 Pts|
|Wins (Games)||+4 Pts|
|Wins (Rounds S&D)||+0.5 Pts|
Included next to each player are their Kill/Death ratio for the season, along with their average Hardpoint capture time and Domination captures per game. S&D plants/defuses were not included as these are mostly situational and only a handful of players average a significant number. Team spots were not included as the maximum a winning team can get is 28, and the minimum a winning team can get is 22. For some reason there is no penalty for losing games, so a team will benefit from going to a full 5 games so they have a chance to win more S&D rounds. The strategy here is to just get the cheapest winning team to make the rest of your lineup fit, and it may even be possible to do well with a losing team if your players score high enough.
ATL(-667) V LON(+399) (4PM EST)
The first ever matchup for COD DFS should be a good one. Atlanta is regarded as the best team in the league, and London has some star power that’s ready for the challenge. The last time these teams faced each other was back in February, which resulted in a 3-1 victory for Atlanta, so London is looking for revenge here. This may prove difficult though, as the Royal Ravens has subbed in Seany for the first time this season and he could not have a worse matchup for his CDL debut. The high likelihood of a 3-0 sweep for Atlanta worries me as their ceiling will be capped without a 2nd Hardpoint.
|ATL (8-1)||DK Salary||FD Salary||K/D||HP TIME||DOM CAPs|
On paper FaZe should be able to take this series easily, but the one thing that worries me is that they are making a role change by moving Cellium to the main AR role instead of MajorManiak. This move should result in a lot more contribution from MajorManiak, who had been playing so slowly with an AR that he is currently averaging the 2nd fewest kills per Hardpoint in the league. Cellium is one of the best players in the world and should have no trouble continuing his great season with this role change, and he and Simp can be among the top scorers on the slate……if they lose a game. If Atlanta sweeps here, which is very likely, their players will miss out on a 2nd hardpoint game and will not score enough to contend with the other players who are going to get an extra game or 2 worth of points. If this series does go at least 4 games though, look for Cellium and Simp to lead the way. MajorManiak is worth a look at his low price, assuming that this role change lets him get more kills/objectives instead of posting up with an AR until his watch tells him to get some steps in. These 3 guys lead the way the last time these teams faced off, and I expect a similar result once again.
Top Plays: Cellium, Simp, MajorManiak
|LON (4-4)||DK Salary||FD Salary||K/D||HP TIME||DOM CAPs|
Take a quick look at the K/Ds for this lineup. No, the chart isn’t wrong, Wuskin currently leads the league with an astronomical 1.41 K/D ratio. There’s not much to say about him that isn’t said by that stat, and he will have to go all out if London is going to have a chance here. His twin brother Skrapz is capable of big performances too, albeit not nearly as big, and the 2 of them should lead the way here in a tough matchup. If they can steal a map, most likely S&D if they play Piccadilly, those 2 should put up some big scores. The twins were the top 2 performers from this team last time they played Atlanta, with Wuskin putting up a 1.31 K/D, so look for them to lead the way once again.
Top Plays: Wuskin, Skrapz
SEA(-147) V LAG(+111) (5:30PM EST)
This is my favorite matchup to target for DFS purposes, as this series is almost a guarantee to go at least 4 games. These are 2 of the worst teams in the league, with a stellar total of 3 wins between them, but interestingly, both of Seattle’s wins are against this Los Angeles team. The first series went 5 games, and somehow Seattle swept the 2nd despite their atrocious S&D. I am expecting a 3-1 here with LAG stealing the S&D (if you can consider winning S&D against Seattle a “steal”) and there should be high scores on both sides if that is the case.
|SEA (2-8)||DK Salary||FD Salary||K/D||HP TIME||DOM CAPs|
When I saw that Draftkings was offering fantasy COD, the first thing I thought of was how expensive Octane was going to be. Unfortunately, he’s the most expensive player on the slate, but there is good reason for that. He is the s1mple of Call of Duty (if you follow CS:GO). On a terrible lineup, Octane is the only consistent player, and he also provides the rare combination of both high kills and objectives. This may lead to him being the top scorer on the slate if this series does go 4 or 5 games, so try to fit him in your lineups if you can. There really is no clear cut 2nd option on this team, but Pandur is the closest thing to a secondary option. Slacked is capable of putting up good numbers here and there, and could make for good salary relief in a close series. While Apathy and Karma are great players, they are both significantly worse online and can be faded outside of full game stacks.
Top Plays: Octane, Pandur, Slacked
|LAG (1-7)||DK Salary||FD Salary||K/D||HP TIME||DOM CAPs|
While Octane is my go-to pick for high scoring, my favorite play on the slate is actually one of his opponents. While looking at his stats, nothing seems too great about Blazt, but you have to look past that here. Before he became a pro, Blazt was touted as the next big thing and a lot of pros said he was the best player they had seen. Unfortunately for him, this greatness has not translated to LAN events in the following years, but fortunately for us, this event is being played online. Coming into the last event, his season K/D was 0.78, then he proceeded to put up a 1.12 K/D for the tournament, which happened to be the first online event of the season. He had a monster 1.38 K/D against a far better Dallas team, and if he can come close to that here, he will pay off his miniscule salary big time. Blazt makes for a great Captain play on DK too, as you can fit in some top guys with his big savings. Aqua has been capable of decent performances, but he hasn’t been playing well enough recently to justify his price. Decemate is probably the second best player on this team for DFS purposes, with Vivid coming in at a distant 3rd due to his own preference for playing online. If this series goes 4 or 5 games, look for some big scores at cheap prices from this LA lineup.
Top Plays: Blazt, Decemate, Vivid
DAL(-192) V OGLA(+143) (7PM EST)
Coming in right after the Seattle series is another close one that could very well go 4 or 5 games. Much like the FaZe series though, there is some uncertainty here. OGLA has decided to move JKap to the main AR role in place of Slasher, allowing JKap to stop running into objectives and dying as often. This is an interesting move as Slasher is one of the best AR players in the history of Call of Duty, so we will have to see how it plays out. The first matchup between these 2 teams was a 3-1 victory in favor of the Empire, and assuming the role change doesn’t hurt OGLA too bad, this series should go in a similar direction. Assuming Dallas doesn’t sweep, there should be some big scores here.
|DAL (9-6)||DK Salary||FD Salary||K/D||HP TIME||DOM CAPs|
While this Dallas lineup features the winningest player in COD history in C6 and another long time veteran in Clayster, the young guns are actually my favorite targets here. Shotzzy and iLLeY have both looked much more comfortable online so far, as evidenced by their 1.17 and 1.14 K/Ds during pool play at the last online event before the entire team got crushed by Minnesota. They both also provide plenty of objective play, with Shotzzy leading the league with 2.22 plants per S&D. He is one of only 3 players averaging more than 1 plant per game, and those can add up at 3 points each if this series goes to 5 games. This duo makes for a great combo at low prices that allow you to plug in some expensive guys, and they fit great in the Captain spot. Huke and C6 are the next guys up, and both can provide high kill counts in the respawn game modes (HP & DOM).
Top Plays: Shotzzy, iLLeY, Huke, C6
|OGLA (2-5)||DK Salary||FD Salary||K/D||HP TIME||DOM CAPs|
First things first, don’t play JKap. Please. He has hovered right around a 0.8 K/D in every series this season and I don’t expect any change here. On the flip side, Dashy is the star player of this team and is the guy to put up the big kill counts in Hardpoint to try to lead this team to victory. He and Slasher are a great 1-2 punch, assuming Slasher is comfortable with his new role. I liked him a lot more before the switch, but I will still be playing him in game stacks as he has a much higher ceiling than the 3 guys below him. TJHaly is the next guy up as he has looked much better recently after starting out the season with a first class ticket on the struggle bus.
Top Plays: Dashy, SlasheR, TJHaly
CHI(-333) V NY(+232) (8:30PM EST)
The last match of the day features the fan favorite Chicago Hunstmen against the new look NY Subliners. New York is starting MackMelts for the first time this season, but apparently FanDuel didn’t get the memo as he is not on their player list for some reason. On paper, this is a 3-0 sweep for Chicago, but it may be a lot closer if the past week or 2 of scrims are indicative of these teams’ performances. Chicago has not looked good at all in practice recently, despite being arguably a top 2 team the entire season. They have maybe the most talent of any team in the league, but when they start playing poorly, the players get extremely tilted and this has led to some really bad performances for them. On the flip side, New York have looked great with their new addition and are looking to make some noise after a rough start to the season. As much as I want to say this will be a quick 3-0 for Chicago, I would not be surprised if New York can steal a game here and make this matchup DFS viable.
|CHI (10-2)||DK Salary||FD Salary||K/D||HP TIME||DOM CAPs|
Envoy has been the star player here for Chicago and he should be the first guy you look to for this team, despite his teammate being the most popular player in all of esports, Scump. Envoy is a lot like Octane in that he racks up kills while also getting a ton of objective points, so if they can play at least 4 games, he should be one of the highest scorers overall. My next target here is actually Gunless, as he shines in respawn game modes which is where players will get the bulk of their fantasy points, and he is fairly cheap compared to his teammates. Scump is next in line as he can always put up huge kill counts; he holds the current record for most kills in a Hardpoint at 45. He is not as consistent as his teammates though, so be wary at his price. It’s hard to choose between Formal and Arcitys as they have traded the main AR role back and forth, with Formal currently on it now. This gives the edge to Formal as he has looked much more comfortable with an AR (He is arguably the GOAT AR in COD history) and Arcitys hasn’t put up as great numbers as a flex player. If Chicago does end up losing a map, expect to see some big scores here across the board.
Top Plays: Envoy, Gunless, Scump, Formal
|NYS (1-6)||DK Salary||FD Salary||K/D||HP TIME||DOM CAPs|
New York is the most interesting team on this slate as they are starting a brand new player here and have looked far better in recent scrims than they have the rest of the year. I don’t know if this is a honeymoon phase or if MackMelts is the real deal, but we can’t discount them entirely here. As tough as this matchup is, anything can happen in online Call of Duty, so it may not be the worst idea to get some exposure to this series in case MackMelts backs up his talk that “Online is his domain”. ZooMaa and Attach are also great targets here due to their high respawn kill totals which will be needed to take down a strong Chicago lineup. Temp and Accuracy are good players, but haven’t been putting up numbers good enough for DFS purposes.
Top Plays: MackMelts, ZooMaa, Attach
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