05.13.20 CSGO ESL Slate

There are only 3 ESL games today and Fanduel has only included 2 of them on their slate. If any other slates are added outside of ESL, coverage on those can be found in our discord server for premium subscribers. These games are fun as a lot of the lower tier teams are disappearing, leaving great CS to watch. With rumors that CS is going to be moved onto a newer engine soon, the game should hopefully continue its resurgence and checking out the skin market may be a good idea. Have some fun, pick the right guys here for some big stonk lineups, 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. 

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. 

Virtus.pro(-208) V Nemiga(+157) (7:00 AM EST)


PlayerDK SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact

VP is playing a crappy Nemiga team but we saw #2 fnatic get swept yesterday by absolute garbage so it’s hard to feel confident in anything today. This game is DK only and we see some really high prices for Virtus.pro. We like a few guys here but we aren’t sure if they have the upside to pay off these salaries. 

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PlayerDK SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact

These guys have been playing well but VP is a good team. If they keep it close we can find some nice value here. Their bottom players have been doing well recently and could be bargains today. 

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FaZe(-156) V NiP(+120) (10:30 AM EST) 


PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact

This looks like a close series on paper but we are high on FaZe here. We could see them losing on Inferno or Overpass but this is their series to lose. Salaries are all over the place here and it makes sense to run out a combo of value and top tier talent for a wombo combo or mini game stack in a good matchup. 

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PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact

NiP may have to pull a rabbit out of a hat to steal a win here (not sure how’d that help actually, maybe a spinbot?). They’ve been on a roll and have taken down a few top level teams so there should not be completely written off here. There are a few options here and the salaries look just right to make sense. 

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Astralis(-333) V G2(+238) (2:00 PM EST) 


PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact

Our final matchup pits the mighty Astralis org against kennyS and company. Astralis may7 players now but they only need 5 to lay waste to any server. We’ll probably see Dust and Vertigo as our first two maps and a split wouldn’t be surprising in that scenario. Players on both sides could make sense but salaries on this side of the equation are really high for a series that seems like it should be competitive. 

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PlayerDK SalaryFD SalaryRating 2.0Kills/RoundKASTImpact

G2 is in an interesting spot. They have the most difficult matchup of the day but they are all very inexpensive on DK. They have the talent to hang and compete here and if it’s close or they win, these players will be huge factors on DK. That is much less the case on FD where we see them priced much more reasonably for their potential.
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