06.12.20 COD Slate

After a week’s postponement, probably the most stacked homestand of the year is upon us. The top 5 teams in the standings are here, making this a must watch for any COD fan. The winner of this tournament will likely be recognized as the best team in the game, so the stakes are high. There have been a bunch of roster changes, so it will be interesting to see how these teams adjust. Thankfully, Florida is the only one of the top 5 teams to make a change, so the other 4 shouldn’t surprise us. There has also been a ruleset update that is a slight nerf to SMG players, but I don’t think it will be significant enough to really have much of an effect here. This does make AR players slightly better, so if 2 players are very even, I would probably lean towards the AR player. This should be a great weekend of COD, and Atlanta, Dallas, and Chicago are each looking for their 2nd tournament win in a row, so it’s sure to be a tense Sunday if they can all make it there!

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.

TOR(-200) V LAG(+148)  (4PM EST)

Despite the odds, this is a series that can really go either way, depending on who is playing for Toronto. CleanX has been playing instead of Classic in scrims this past week due to a death in his family, but it is assumed that Classic will be playing this weekend. Assuming Classic does play, this should be an easy win for Toronto, but if CleanX ends up starting, I could see an extended series that could even result in a victory for LAG. On the flip side, the Guerillas have made a confirmed roster change, finally replacing Spart with Saints which is a decent upgrade, so they may not roll over like they have for pretty much the whole season. I will be in the Premium Discord to announce anything I hear about rosters, so subscribe today and stay tuned!

TOR (4-8)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Methodz9200100001.1464.085.42
Classic860090000.9660.835.83
Cammy780091000.9742.925.00
MeTTalZ720081000.9643.066.75
Bance620079000.9644.955.30

If LAG does their typical strategy of getting railed in respawns but stealing the S&D, there will be some big scores on the Toronto side. I am going into this weekend assuming Classic is playing, and he is a great play at his discounted price. He has been hot recently and should be able to feast on this terrible respawn team. Methodz is always solid, but comes in a bit expensive for a series that could easily be a 3-0. I really like Bance here as he has been the top player in recent scrims and is way too cheap today, allowing you to fit in some studs. 

LAG (3-11)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
AquA800083000.9827.444.62
Decemate780093000.9736.923.69
Blazt760081001.0461.784.00
Vivid700088000.8935.725.00
Saints580070000.9224.864.50

Looking at Saints’ stats, it doesn’t seem like he will have much of an impact, but Spart was statistically the worst starter in the league by a decent margin, so Saints is definitely an upgrade. In saying that, this team still has a strong lack of talent and I would not be surprised if they don’t win a single map this weekend. Their S&D is their strongest (only strong) game mode, and Saints is a better S&D player than Spart, so they could take that here and push the series to 4 games. Blazt and Vivid have looked the best recently, while Decemate and Aqua have put up big numbers, although they are too inconsistent for their prices. I always like playing Blazt in online events, and I will be going back to the well again today when making a stack of this series. Just be careful with these guys, as they are at the bottom of the standings for a reason.

ATL(-2500) V SEA(+822)   (5:30PM EST)

Yes, those odds are correct. In fact, they may be too generous to Seattle. As if the Surge’s season couldn’t get any worse, Karma announced his retirement last week out of nowhere, so they are forced to play one of their substitutes, Proto, in his place. This team is an absolute mess right now and after finally losing to LAG last event, they may be the worst team in the game. On the other hand, Atlanta is still looking like the best team in the league and should have absolutely no problems here. If Seattle could somehow, someway, win a map here, the Atlanta players could very well be the highest scorers on the slate. That’s a gigantic IF though.

ATL (15-2)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Simp8800104001.1951.715.88
Cellium840098001.2152.614.71
Abezy820093001.0452.864.94
Priestahh800090001.0161.646.18
MajorManiak740085001.1154.364.59

As always, Simp and Cellium are the players to target here, as they are still among the top players in the game. Abezy and Priestahh allow some affordable pieces of this series, but this is probably a team you should only look towards the top for. The only way any of these guys score well enough to win a GPP is if this series goes at least 4 games, so you may as well go big if you want exposure here.

SEA (4-12)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Octane960086001.2873.004.59
Apathy720079000.9937.185.12
Slacked680076000.9347.004.59
Pandur460072000.9069.356.09
Proto46007000N/AN/AN/A

There’s not much to say about this major disappointment of a team, but let’s try to look at the positives. Octane is still putting up huge numbers and makes for a great ping pong with the Atlanta players if you stack this series assuming it goes 4 games. That’s pretty much it. In my opinion, Proto should have been subbed in a while ago for Enable/Pandur, but now that 2 of those guys are playing, there is just not enough consistency here for a winning team. Proto would have been a nice complimentary 5th player, but he is not the kind of guy that can completely change a team. Be wary if you venture here.

CHI(-263) V FLA(+190)  (7PM EST)

Finally we have 2 good teams playing, and Florida’s new pickup makes this an interesting matchup. Owakening has been great in the amateur scene this year, and he fits this team much better than Maux did. I’m not saying he is going to make an impact like Mack has for NY, but that is a decent comparison for his potential eventually. Mack also made his pro league debut against Chicago, and it wasn’t great, but since then he has been amazing. If Owakening can come out hot, this can be a great, close series which is exactly what we’re looking for in DFS. Despite Chicago’s dominant recent form, they have struggled against Florida in the past, but this is their first matchup since they added Prestinni so we’ll have to see if they can get revenge here.

CHI (16-4)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
FormaL940099001.0849.683.75
Envoy900097001.0257.185.70
Arcitys780096001.0863.825.05
Scump740089000.9837.214.40
Prestinni640087000.8841.005.27

Formal and Envoy have been a fantastic 1-2 punch for this team, and they are top options once again here. Arcitys and Scump always seem to trade off big performances, so you may just want to get whichever you can afford if you want to get off the top 2. Prestinni is the dirty work player here and his stats reflect it, so he is only in play if you believe in the revenge narrative as he faces his old team for the first time.

FLA (9-8)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Fero1060090001.1257.445.70
Skyz1000089001.2257.453.94
Havok800083000.9248.594.94
Frosty740075000.9445.864.47
Owakening54007800N/AN/AN/A

Remember when Mack was this cheap and he skyrocketed to one of the most expensive players every time he plays? Now, it would be extremely difficult for Owakening to replicate Mack’s success, especially with better teammates that will most likely outshine him, but he has looked great in scrims and has as much potential as anyone on this roster. I am a little worried that he will start out slow, especially since he is facing a red hot Chicago team, but at his price, that’s a risk I’m willing to take. Skyz is Mr. Consistent here and makes for a great 1-off play when stacking this series. Fero is priced way up, but he hasn’t looked great recently, especially in scrims, so I’d much rather drop down to Skyz at that price point. Fero was playing lights out before DFS was a thing for COD, so there is merit to playing him, and I’m sure the high price and subpar game log should bring his ownership down if you want to go there. Havok and Frosty are extremely inconsistent, but Havok’s high engagements allow him more potential for high kill counts. It’s tough to go there though as there is really no way to know what you’ll get from them.

DAL(-238) V MIN(+173)   (8:30PM EST)

These teams are coming in with very different recent forms, as Dallas won their most recent tournament, while Minnesota hasn’t reached a semi-final since they beat this Dallas team 3-1 way back at CDL Dallas. GodRx has really struggled in recent tournaments, but he looks back to his old self in scrims, and he will have to carry that over here if they want to have a chance against this strong Dallas team. He is the x-factor for this team and a big performance should lead to a close series here. 

DAL (13-6)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Shotzzy9800102001.0163.535.89
Huke840089001.0346.564.28
Clayster820097001.0453.165.83
iLLeY760087000.9462.505.00
C6500073000.9439.564.06

Since the move to online, Shotzzy has made a case for best player in the game, but he is priced as such. If you can afford him, he is definitely in play here, but that may be tough to do depending on your roster construction. While I don’t think he is a must play, trying to find the salary to fit him in should pay off today as long as you aren’t sacrificing too much. Huke has really rounded into form recently and is very cheap for his potential, making him a great way to get exposure to this team. iLLeY is inconsistent but has a ton of potential, while Clayster is fairly consistent but with a limited ceiling. C6 hasn’t been great this season as he has taken a backseat to allow the young guns to shine under his leadership, but I think Draftkings was a bit too harsh with his price. If you desperately need salary and don’t want to go to another value play, he could round out a series stack, but don’t expect too much out of him.

MIN (12-10)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Assault820087001.1567.084.87
Alexx760084001.0753.005.57
GodRx700080001.1750.843.87
SiLLY660081000.9248.516.09
Asim600074000.8936.035.17

You already know that GodRx is the x-factor here, and if you are stacking this series assuming it goes the distance, it makes sense to get some shares of him. Assault and Alexx have been picking up the slack recently and make for solid plays as well, and it’s really tough to distinguish between the 3 here. I like GodRx because of the salary difference, but there is merit to playing any of those 3 guys in a matchup that will require them all to step up big time. Assault is the most consistent of the 3 if you don’t want to get too risky and just want some exposure to this team. After a terrific series against Florida, SiLLY has looked like his usual self, making it difficult to play him today, while Asim is another dirty work guy that is mostly irrelevant for fantasy purposes.

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