4.25.20 COD Slate

We’ve only had one slate so far and there has already been a huge upset in New York taking down the Huntsmen. Such is life with online esports. The other series went as expected, although Seattle ended up winning their S&D and swept instead of going to the expected 4 games. Today’s matchups seem easily predictable, but we all know how these things can play out. It seems like the only guarantee in COD is JKap dropping a 0.8 K/D.

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.

Players
StatisticFantasy Points*Players drafted as Captain earn 1.5x fantasy point values
Kills+2 Pts
Deaths-1 Pt
Bomb Plants/Defuses (S&D)+3 Pts
Capture Time (Hardpoint)+0.1 Pts per 1 second
Captures (Domination)+1 Pt
Teams
StatisticFantasy 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.

SEA V DAL   (1PM EST)

Our first match of the day features 2 of the most expensive options on the slate in Octane and Shotzzy, whose price jumped $2400 after his monster performance yesterday. While I am of course not expecting a repeat here, Seattle is still not the toughest opponent and the Dallas guys could be good plays if this series goes 4 games. The Surge are actually one of the better domination teams in the league, which is the only game they won against Dallas in their last matchup, so they have a pretty good chance to extend this series into the DFS sweet spot.

SEA (3-8)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Octane9600102001.2781.224.42
Karma900078000.9636.944.33
Apathy820093001.0244.445.75
Slacked700079000.9246.394.83
Pandur660082000.9567.675.43

After putting up his best stat lines in years yesterday, Karma finds himself priced all the way up a $9000. At this price on DK, I will be fading him and hoping everyone else chases his big performance. This team is significantly better than LAG and these Seattle players can’t just boost their K/Ds here. FanDuel left him at $7800 though, so if you want exposure to this team, Karma is a good pick over there. Octane is most likely gonna do Octane things and is always in play, but unless they can steal a map here, you may want to look elsewhere at his price. Remember, all 3 of Seattle’s wins are against the terrible LA Guerrillas, so don’t be surprised if Dallas sweeps them. I think it’s worth mentioning Pandur again as he had been on top of the leaderboard for most of Seattle’s scrims in the past week and is still very cheap, but after his dud yesterday, he is only in play when stacking this game.

Top Plays: Octane,  Karma(FD),   Pandur

DAL (10-6)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Shotzzy10000101000.9861.705.80
Huke940091001.0248.154.27
Clayster860087000.9437.934.07
C6X800085001.0344.815.67
iLLeY740081000.9258.154.87

After going 4 games against OGLA, Dallas gets a slightly easier matchup with the lowly Seattle Surge. At $10000, I want to completely fade Shotzzy, but he has been Dallas’ best player recently and was my top play yesterday for that reason. Of course I don’t expect him to drop a 1.62 K/D again, but if this series goes 4+ games, you may have to look his way. iLLeY is still very cheap and should be able to bounce back from a subpar performance yesterday, and Huke is pricey, but he has as much upside as anyone on this team. I would limit Clayster and C6 to team stacks only as they haven’t really shown the carry potential that their teammates have.

Top Plays: iLLeY, Huke, Shotzzy

ATL V NYS   (2:30PM EST)

I would like to say that this is going to be a quick 3-0 and to move along, but after their takedown of Chicago yesterday, New York doesn’t seem to be the pushover they once were. That being said, Atlanta is still the best team in the game and are coming off a sweep of a London squad that is more of a challenge than the Subliners, so a 3-0 here is very much a possibility. I think NY will need to take the first S&D to extend the series, as they do not have the slaying power needed to compete with Faze in the respawns.

ATL (9-1)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Simp10200105001.2944.366.30
Cellium9800103001.2943.505.20
Abezy860095001.0252.504.90
Priestahh840098001.0376.646.30
MajorManiak680083001.1160.144.10

After setting the Hardpoint kill record yesterday, Simp finds himself as the most expensive player on the slate. He and Cellium are the backbones of this team and should continue to perform well here against a New York team that got outslayed in their win against Chicago. Atlanta knows how to turn their kills into wins, so they should have no trouble with this matchup. MajorManiak’s role change didn’t result in a huge boost to his kill totals, but he’s a very cheap way to get exposure to this stacked team. Priestahh and aBezy are wild cards for this lineup, but Priestahh has a big advantage in the objective department, making him the better DFS play. Assuming Simp doesn’t set another kill record, NY will need to take a game for these guys to put up winning scores.

Top Plays: Cellium, Simp,       MajorManiak, Priestahh

NYS (2-6)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Attach840079001.0342.935.38
MackMelts820083000.7990.505.00
Temp800078000.9744.145.13
Accuracy780080000.9963.715.75
ZooMaa720079000.9333.715.25

What a way to start a tournament by the Subliners. After looking great in scrims leading up to the weekend, New York proved that they really have improved tremendously, but they have the toughest test possible ahead of them. MackMelts was unimpressive in his debut, and this team was outslayed by 11 despite winning 3-2 yesterday. They seemed to rely more on Chicago’s mistakes to take the series, and that isn’t going to work against Atlanta. There is always the chance that they can take the S&D and make this a 4 game series, but even then, I don’t see anyone here putting up crazy scores. If you are stacking this series, look for ZooMaa and Attach for their high kill totals in respawns as they will have to lead the way for this inconsistent lineup.

Top Plays: ZooMaa, Attach

LAG V OGLA   (4PM EST)

After seeing what Seattle did to this LAG lineup yesterday, it’s hard to see things going much different with their Los Angeles counterparts. OGLA hasn’t looked as good as everyone expected, but a matchup against the Guerrillas may be just what they need to regain some confidence. This matchup is basically just a free boost for the OGLA guys’ stats, so if LAG can find a way to steal a map, probably S&D, there could be some big scores here. Be wary though, as the worst S&D team in the league just easily beat them 6-3 yesterday.

LAG (1-8)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
AquA760086001.0027.274.13
Blazt640075000.9465.503.75
Decemate620077000.9132.533.25
Spart580073000.7461.007.00
Vivid560072000.7829.754.75

There’s not many positive things to say about this lineup, but they provide great salary relief if you need it. I will be going right back to the well with Blazt as his price hasn’t changed and he had a pretty good series yesterday considering the thrashing this team took. For this series to go to 4 games, he will have to step up big time. AquA will need to pick it up as well, but he is too expensive for a team that probably won’t win a respawn. If you really want to stack this game, Decemate is always a threat to put up big numbers, but he did not look good yesterday at all, so be careful. 

Top Plays: Blazt,     AquA,   Decemate

OGLA (2-6)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Dashy900094001.0849.464.00
SlasheR880090001.0452.153.75
Kuavo780084000.9838.085.25
TJHaly720080000.8951.464.38
JKap580074000.8045.315.63

It’s great to see that these players’ prices have dropped coming in to the juiciest matchup you could ask for. Dashy and Slasher are always going to produce, and with how fast TJHaly plays, he should be able to put up big kill counts here. Once again, ignore JKap here. This is basically a 4 man team, but that means that there is potential for them to lose a game and give us big scores. In that case, a 3-man stack could pay big dividends. Kuavo is in play, but he seems a little too expensive and doesn’t usually have enough engagements in respawns to put up huge scores.

Top Plays: Dashy, SlasheR, TJHaly

LON V CHI   (5:30PM EST)

The CDL saved the best for last today as this should be a great matchup between 2 teams filled with talent. Despite getting swept yesterday, London looked great against Atlanta and could have easily won 3-0 if a couple kills had gone in their favor. On the flipside, Chicago was upset by New York despite out slaying them by 11 kills in the series. This should be the closest matchup of the day, and it would not be surprising to see a full 5 game series here. 

LON (4-5)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Wuskin920096001.4049.332.89
Skrapz760089001.0244.875.22
Dylan740088000.9233.477.11
Seany700075000.8858.002.00
Jurd600076000.8358.535.78

To the surprise of no one, the twins, Wuskin and Skrapz, were the top performers for this lineup yesterday against Atlanta. Look for the same here again, as the other players have not shown much of anything this season, and Seany’s debut was less than stellar. Dylan and Jurd have been some of the better players in the league over the past couple years, but have not been able to get anything going so far. It’s hard to recommend playing any of the bottom 3 guys here, but if you need a cheap piece of this game, Dylan is a fast player that can rack up kills if 3 respawns are played here.

Top Plays: Wuskin, Skraps,           Dylan

CHI (10-3)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Arcitys9600100001.1155.414.85
Envoy940099001.0357.235.85
Scump920097001.0133.184.62
FormaL880083001.0540.643.54
Gunless820092000.9846.645.46

After a very disappointing performance yesterday, Chicago is looking to bounce back against a competitive London team. It’s hard to see this lineup losing two series in a row this weekend, and I am fully expecting them to win here. The question is, will they lose a game and get an optimal 4 or 5 game series. After watching London’s play yesterday, it’s hard to see them getting swept, but Chicago has as much talent as anyone and they should have a fire under them now. Envoy had a terrible start yesterday, but he picked it up later and almost single-handedly won game 5. He should bounce back well here and makes for a great DFS play with his all-around contributions. Gunless seems very underpriced and should be able to put up big respawn numbers here, and if he can stop getting first-blooded, he should get a few bomb plants as well. Formal and Scump are both in play again, with Formal coming in at a huge discount on FanDuel. Arcitys played well yesterday, but is just too expensive for his inconsistency with an SMG. Even if this team loses again, they know how to put up huge kill totals better than anyone.
Top Plays: Envoy, Gunless, Formal, Scump

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