05.01.20 CSGO ESL Slate

The early slate is a disaster with absurd matchups and teams that nobody knew existed until today, 1/10 would not recommend. The main slate however is a lot of fun with some close, fun series and plenty of talented players and value options sprinkled about. Have some fun on a great day for DFS, build a bunch of teams and win some GPPS so you can quit your job if you still have one and game on. 

Draftkings’ scoring follows the chart shown below, with a focus on K/D and clutch plays. Rosters are set with a Captain position who receives 1.5x his points at 1.5x his salary, but beyond that it is positionless. This is important to understand because CS teams follow a composition of different roles such as IGL (In game leader), entry fragger, support, etc. With Draftkings making no distinction between players, it is left to you to decide which roles are most important within this scoring system and to take advantage of that. For several teams for example, their IGL is not often going to score highly as they may be less skilled at the game but are valuable in ways that Draftkings doesn’t record. With that in mind, we will jump into a quick look at the roles of key players, their key stats, and how their perceived performance should fare in accordance with their salary. 

Players
StatisticFantasy Points*Players drafted as Captain earn 1.5x fantasy point values
Kills+1.5 Pts
Assists+1 Pt
Deaths-1 Pt
Entry Kill (First Kill of the round)+0.5 Pts
1v2 Clutch+1 Pt
1v3 Clutch+2 Pts
1v4 Clutch+3 Pts
1v5 Clutch+5 Pts
Quad Kill+3 Pts
Ace+5 Pts
Rounds Not Played Bonus +0.5 Pts per round not played
Match Sweep Bonus +5 Pts (minimum of 2 maps played)

Fanduel Scoring

MVP – 1.5X Points (1)Player (4)Team (1)
Kills 3Kills 2Rounds Won 1
Deaths -1.5Deaths -1Rounds Lost -.5
Assists 1.5Assists 1Match Won 10
Headshots .3Headshots .2Team Sweep 10
Sweep Bonus 22.5Sweep Bonus 15

Fanduel has 6 slots for a captain, 4 standard players, and a team. The captain position does not affect a player’s salary like it does on Draftkings. This is particularly advantageous for when you have an inkling that a superstar will put up a large performance but you don’t want to limit your options elsewhere. The team slot will be a lot of fun for those situations where you like a team to win but don’t like the fantasy prospects of any particular players so you can still get some exposure. We figure most users will try to pick the cheapest winning team because a lot of the stats you get points for are hard to predict, but a winning team should definitely fare better.

Our top plays are designed to show the most playable options on each team, factoring in performance and price. The top 2 plays on each team will be in our player pool and the third tier top plays are people we will sprinkle in a bit along with the core group. All of the statistics shown are for the last 3 months to see who has been performing well recently while still keeping a significant sample size. 

Espada(+667) V NaVi(-1429) (9:00 AM EST)

ESP:

PlayerDK SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
degster7,4001.190.7772.10%1.22
Dima6,6001.10.7171.30%1.11
Patsi5,6001.050.6869.80%1.03
FinigaN4,8001.050.6472.50%0.96
S0tF1k4,0000.930.5769.30%0.84

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Top Plays: hahahahha

NaVi:

PlayerDK SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
s1mple10,8001.280.8473.50%1.35
electronic9,6001.150.7369.20%1.21
Perfecto7,0000.940.5569.50%0.77
Boombl46,2001.030.6567.80%1.12
flamie5,0000.960.670.70%0.82

This is a dream matchup for NaVi and on a small slate you will likely have to pay up for s1mple here, and possibly electronic. They should slaughter here and the only downside might be that too quick of a sweep will take away opportunities. The other guys are in play if you need salary relief, this is as good a time as any for them to have decent games…even Boombl4.

Top plays: s1mple/electronic

Virtus.Pro(-435) V pro100(+308) (9:00 AM EST) 

VP:

PlayerDK SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
qikert10,2001.130.7171.40%1.17
Jame8,6001.150.7272.00%1.09
buster7,8001.080.6869.20%1.12
SANJI6,0000.940.5967.90%0.88
AdreN6,0000.890.5566.10%0.81

VP is the second biggest favorite of the day and should honestly be favored by a bit more against Pro100. This is the #20 team in the world playing a team out of the top 50 and a few guys stick out here to play. Jame is a no brainer option as one of their best players and at a more manageable price than qikert, who is still playable but less of a focus guy. Their other players are okay and buster has been up and down recently and we don’t care to target them much. 

Top plays: Jame, qikert, buster

Pro:

PlayerDK SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
YEKINDAR8,2001.150.7567.60%1.33
NickelBack7,2001.080.6971.70%1.02
dimasick6,2001.030.6869.70%0.93
WorldEdit5,20010.6368.00%0.95
wayLander4,2000.920.666.30%0.88

YEKINDAR and NickelBack are the best players here but in such a negative spot it’s hard to be thrilled by them. If they can keep it close they could do alright but the upside isn’t really there. The rest of the squad should be trash in either scenario for fantasy purposes.

Top plays: No first, YEKINDAR/NickelBack

Hard Legion(-112) V Syman(-115) (9:00 AM EST) 

HL:

PlayerDK SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
Forester9,0001.120.7371.30%1.15
Krad8,0001.090.7268.50%1.14
rAge6,8001.020.6370.10%0.9
kinqie5,8000.980.6469.10%0.96
svyat4,4000.970.5969.80%0.9

This series is the only one projected to be close for early slate and we are feeling a 2-1 win in Hard Legions favor. Everybody on this team has been up and down and it’s hard to pay these prices for the top guys with so much talent in the other games. 

Top plays: No first, no second, Krad/rAge/Forester 

SYM:

PlayerDK SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
n0rb3r78,4001.080.7167.50%1.17
Keoz7,6001.030.6768.60%1.04
neaLaN6,4001.020.6966.40%1.07
mou5,4001.010.6667.30%1
kreaz4,6000.990.6370.30%0.84

Syman did beat Hard Legion 2-1 in their last try and to do that again here, they will need everybody to pitch in. Mou is a nice sleeper who has been playing well and can perform for a cheap price. N0rb3r7 is a top option but priced like it and we’d rather go for neaLaN and save our money for other teams. 

Top plays: neaLaN, n0rb3r7/mou, Keoz

ENCE(-208) V Dignitas(+157) (12:30 PM EST)

E:

PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
allu10,40011,2001.10.7168.50%1.13
sergej7,0009,6000.980.6567.10%0.94
xseveN6,4009,5000.890.5667.40%0.81
Aerial6,0009,6000.980.6568.80%1.03
suNny5,8009,5000.930.6268.70%0.85
Ence6,300

ENCE happened to play Dignitas yesterday during an invitational and won the best of 1 16-11. They see them here again today and they’ll look to keep that momentum going. Allu is a solid player but not likely worth his enormous price on this slate. The rest of the guys inspire less confidence but sergej and xseveN are capable of performing in a plus matchup. This is not a target game for us on the main slate. 

Top Plays: No first, allu, sergej/xseveN

DIG:

PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
GeT_RiGhT8,6009,8001.030.6568.50%1.07
hallzerk8,4009,8001.180.7769.10%1.34
f0rest7,4009,6001.10.7471.30%1.1
friberg5,6009,0000.940.6168.60%0.93
Xizt4,2009,0000.880.5468.20%0.72
Dignitas6,000

Hallzerk has nice upside on FD for under 10k but there is always risk about targeting guys in less than ideal matchups. We feel i\similarly about f0rest and GeT_RiGhT but as mentioned for ENCE, this isn’t really a spot we care too much about with some other heavy hitters playing today. 

Top plays: No first, hallzerk/f0rest, GeT_RiGhT

FaZe(-111) V mousesports(-116) (12:30 PM EST) 

FaZe:

PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
NiKo9,60011,8001.220.7872.20%1.28
broky7,20011,5001.110.6775.80%0.94
rain6,40010,4001.080.6670.10%1.17
coldzera6,20010,7001.110.6974.50%1
olofmeister5,0009,6000.920.5569.00%0.76
FaZe Clan6,700

This should be the best series of the day to watch and a real treat of 2 great teams. Mouz has beaten FaZe 2-1 in their last 2 attempts but FaZe comes into this series in much better recent form than mouz and we are buying into a FaZe victory, but in close fashion. NiKo is our top target here as he is more relied upon to step up against better opponents and he certainly has against mouz. His pricing is tough but fair and we like pairing him with anybody else besides olof. Broky has been the best option recently, rain played the best against mouz, and coldzera was somewhere in the middle. We’ll pick broky as our favorite and coldzera a close third and we just don‘t trust rain right now.  

Top plays: NiKo, broky/coldzera, rain

mouz:

PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
ropz8,20011,9001.160.7773.60%1.06
frozen7,20011,1001.140.7272.50%1.09
woxic6,6009,9001.070.6670.90%1.05
chrisj5,8009,2000.940.5968.60%0.89
karrigan5,8009,5000.930.665.80%0.95
mousesports6,800

Mouz needs to win this matchup badly to help keep their Rio chances from spiraling further out of control and they will hopefully show up to do so. Ropz and frozen are both great options on DK but their Fanduel pricing is difficult to justify. Chrisj plays FaZe very well and could be an interesting value proposition on Draftkings if he can repeat his performances to a reasonable extent. 

Top plays: frozen(DK)/ropz(DK), chrisj(DK)

GODSENT(-233) V c0ntact(+173) (12:30 PM EST) 

GOD:

PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
zehN9,4009,4001.070.7169.20%1.01
STYKO8,8009,0001.080.7269.30%1.04
Maden8,0009,4001.090.7367.90%1.21
Maikelele7,4009,0000.960.669.10%0.91
kRYSTAL4,0009,0000.850.5265.40%0.8
Godsent6,500

GODSENT is in a good position to get the W here after being eliminated from the Elisa invitational yesterday. That being said, these aren’t the most talented players in the world and this is far from a guaranteed win. ZehN and STYKO have been great recently and their Fanduel pricing is a crime. Maden has been okay recently but is more of a DFS afterthought on this slate. 

Top plays: zehN (FD) / STYKO (FD), zehN (DK) / STYKO (DK)

cG:

PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
ottoND7,4009,8001.090.6972.40%1.09
EspiranTo7,00011,0001.040.6968.40%1.07
SHiPZ6,4009,3000.990.6269.10%0.93
emi6,20010,5000.90.5666.70%0.88
LETN14,8009,4000.830.5363.90%0.7
c0ntact 6,000

Unfortunately for c0ntact, GODSENT’s perma-ban is their best map and this will be a tough sell. We aren’t big fans of these guys and don’t see much in the way of relevant DFS options but if you want to get spicy then ottoND and EspiranTo are your main guys but EspiranTo is way too expensive on FD. 

Top plays: No first, ottoND / EspiranTo (DK)

FURIA(+189) V Liquid(-256) (4:00 PM EST) 

FUR:

PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
KSCERATO7,20012,0001.220.7676.20%1.12
HEN16,80011,5001.130.6474.50%0.99
yuurih6,60011,2001.160.7575.20%1.05
arT6,00010,4001.060.6769.70%1.22
VINI5,2009,7000.990.6368.10%0.98
FURIA 6,300

The last time these teams faced off, it was an extremely close 2-1 in favor of FURIA. This was in large part due to KSCERATO’s +22 statline, as 3 of his teammates were negative for the series, while HEN1 was only +5. Both of these teams have been playing well recently, with each only losing one of their past 5 series, so look for another close match. KSCERATO, HEN1, and yuurih are the usual top players here, and the latter 2 will need to play better this time around to take this series. If this series is as close as last time, a couple of these guys could pay big dividends.

Top plays: KSCERATO, HEN1, yuurih

TL:

PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
EliGE10,00012,2001.190.7768.70%1.31
NAF9,00011,9001.120.6972.20%1.02
Twistzz6,8009,5001.080.6873.50%0.97
Stewie2K6,6009,90010.6367.30%1.08
nitr054009,3000.890.5469.50%0.73
Team Liquid6,800

As you can tell by their prices, NAF and EliGE are the backbones of this Liquid lineup, and will be the ones to step up if they want revenge against FURIA. Last time they faced off, EliGE was the only positive player at +4, but the next 3 guys were all dead even for the series, while nitr0 put up a -17 stinker. NAF has been performing very well recently and is our top play here at a $1k discount from EliGE, but both are great plays if you can afford them. It’s usually a toss-up between Twistzz and Stewie2k for the next man up, but Twistzz is a much safer play if you want a cheaper piece of this lineup.

Top plays: NAF, EliGE, Twistzz

Bad News Bears(-270) V YEAH(+198) (4:00 PM EST) 

BEAR:

PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
dapr10,20011,2001.220.872.80%1.31
jonji7,2009,6001.090.6971.70%1.16
ptr7,0009,8001.040.6371.90%0.96
mitch6,4009,1001.040.6472.00%0.92
dazzLe5,6009,7000.930.6364.80%0.97
Bad News Bears6,400

The Bad News Bears are favorites here….is that even possible you may wonder? It is when YEAH is on the slate! Dapr is the most talented player on this team, but he hasn’t really performed up to his usual standard recently. At his price, he is mostly fadeable, even in a great matchup. Mitch has been consistently above average for this lineup, with ptr and jonji putting up some big performances alongside some duds. Because of this inconsistency, we will order them by salary. Even in a great matchup, it’s hard to play these guys too much.

Top plays: mitch, ptr, jonji,   dapr?

YEAH:

PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
dumau7,8009,8001.140.7370.20%1.17
RCF7,0009,5001.080.7167.10%1.17
iDk6,2009,2001.050.6769.20%1.02
tatazin5,4009,2000.980.671.70%0.77
f4stzin4,4009,0000.970.6466.90%1.03
Yeah 5,900

Lil’ Jon’s favorite team comes in as big underdogs here, which makes sense when you look at their rosters. Tatazin has been their top performer recently, and he is very cheap for his potential in this matchup against a lower tier team. Dumau has been the next guy up most often, but is a bit expensive in an unfavorable matchup. Everyone else here is avoidable as this team should struggle here and there are better options around their prices.

Top plays: tatazin,    dumau?

Envy(+177) V MiBR(-238) (4:00 PM EST) 

nV:

PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
Calyx7,60010,2001.160.7770.60%1.2
MICHU6,80011,0001.110.7367.90%1.21
Nifty6,6009,6001.020.6568.30%1.02
moose5,2009,3000.970.5971.20%0.84
ryann4,60010,1000.890.5667.20%0.78
Team Envyus6,200

At first glance this matchup seems very one sided, but these teams’ recent performances tell a different story. Envy is coming off back to back sweeps against Liquid and Yeah, while MiBR also swept Yeah, but got swept by Liquid. If we want to use the transitive property with Liquid, this should favor Envy. but this isn’t middle school math class. MiBR has the better team and should be able to win here, so Calyx, MICHU, and Nifty will need to step up. There is not much consistency in this lineup, so any of the top 3 guys are playable, but the other 2 haven’t shown the same ceilings. With their recent play, Envy may make this a better match than the odds predict.

Top plays: MICHU, Calyx, Nifty

MiBR:

PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact
FalleN9,80010,5001.140.7171.60%1.14
fer7,60010,1001.140.7473.00%1.13
kNgV-6,8009,8001.070.7169.10%1.09
meyern6,0009,3000.990.6270.30%0.9
TACO5,6009,5000.930.5568.00%0.84
MIBR6,400

By now, everyone knows this is mostly a 3-man team, so looking at their prices is perplexing. FalleN would be our top play here, but with fer and kNgV- coming at such huge discounts for mostly similar production recently, it’s hard to pay up for him. If you have the salary left, FalleN is still a great play, and makes for a good one off play as well, but a fer/kNgV- stack could be the play here at such low prices.

Top plays: fer, kNgV-, FalleN

Thank you for reading! For even more great content please check out our podcast. As well as today’s LOL EU Masters and yesterday’s CSGO articles. Follow us on twitter to stay up to date on all future posts. @GameOnDFS

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4.30.20 CSGO ESL: https://gameondailyfantasy.com/2020/04/29/4-30-20-csgo-esl-slate/

05.01.20 LOL EU Masters: https://gameondailyfantasy.com/2020/04/30/05-01-20-lol-eu-masters-slate/

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