06.14.20 COD Slate

One of these things is not like the other, can you guess which one? Surprisingly, the Los Angeles Guerillas upset the Chicago Huntsmen yesterday to make it to the semi-finals, but their Cinderella story most likely ends here as Atlanta looks to prove that they are the best team in the league. Dallas is trying to make their own claim on the other side of the bracket, so this should be a great day of matches. On a small 2 game slate like this, I would recommend only playing a little bit (if at all) as there is such little room for error, and it’s usually best to just sit back and watch. I will not be making a premium article due to the size of this slate, but I will include my top picks at the bottom of this article for Premium members, and I will be answering any questions in the Discord.

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.

ATL v LAG  (4PM EST)

There’s not much to say about this series that their records won’t tell you. Usually I like to target LAG as they can win S&D maps to push a series to 4 games, but Atlanta is the best S&D team in the league, so I’m not too sure of that here. The Guerillas did upset Chicago yesterday, but that was in large part to the abysmal performance of the twins Arcitys and Prestinni, especially the latter who had a 0.18 S&D K/D somehow. I don’t expect anyone from Atlanta to play anywhere near that poorly, so I expect this to be a swift 3-0 in their favor, and I will be looking at the other series for my stacks.

ATL (17-2)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Simp9000102001.1951.715.88
Cellium880098001.2152.614.71
Abezy760095001.0452.864.94
Priestahh740093001.0161.646.18
MajorManiak660089001.1154.364.59

After another crazy reverse sweep, Atlanta has earned their spot in the semi-finals against the LA Guerillas. I don’t know if these guys are purposefully going down 2-0 every series to try to make it fair for the other team or something, but I don’t expect them to do so again here. By now everyone should know that this is Simp and Cellium’s team, and they both make for great one-off plays with a stack of the other series as we could see some high scores here despite a potential sweep. Just yesterday Formal scored 116 in a 3-0 win over Toronto, so it wouldn’t be crazy to see a similar score here. I don’t think there is a reason to go below those 2 today, as the other series is much more likely to go the distance. Then again, there is a decent chance that these are both sweeps, and in that case you could go down to Abezy or Priestahh for value if you want to pay up elsewhere. Just be careful with the sweep potential here.

LAG (5-12)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
AquA800083000.9827.444.62
Vivid800074000.8935.725.00
Blazt780092001.0461.784.00
Decemate780077000.9736.923.69
Saints580072000.9224.864.50

If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you should know how I feel about this team. Even when these guys win, they generally don’t score well, although there were some solid performances against Chicago yesterday after the DFS slate was over. Blazt and Decemate had K/Ds of 1.21 and 1.19 respectively, while Vivid hit 100 kills for the series. Those 3 are the only playable options here, and Blazt is easily the most consistent of the 3. I’m just not sure anyone is going to do well enough here to justify fitting them into your lineups though. Even if they force a game 4 somehow, Atlanta’s slaying power will be way too much to handle.

DAL v FLA   (5:30PM EST)

This will be the 3rd meeting of these teams this season, with each team taking 1 series. NY won in 5 while CHI won in 4, so it is likely we see an extended series here. It is important to note that Chicago does have Prestinni instead of Gunless now, but they have looked pretty good so far this weekend, while New York has seemed a little shaky. There is a good chance that the winner of this series wins the whole tournament, so both teams will need to be firing on all cylinders if they want to advance here.

DAL (15-7)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Shotzzy9600101001.0163.535.89
Huke840097001.0346.564.28
Clayster760088001.0453.165.83
iLLeY680086000.9462.505.00
C6X620081000.9439.564.06

After a disappointing loss to Atlanta after a 2-0 lead, Dallas clutched up against Seattle and are now met with the new look Mutineers. Shotzzy is making his case for best player in the game stronger and stronger after every series, and he is rightfully the most expensive player today on Draftkings. At least they got someone’s price right. Shotzzy and Huke have been the top 2 players for a while now, but Clayster and iLLeY have been stepping up this weekend. I think any of those 4 are playable here, and I would probably rank them in the order they are priced. Shotzzy is almost a must play as even in a sweep, (which is entirely possible here with the way Dallas is playing) he can put up crazy stats. In their 3-0 win over Seattle yesterday, Shotzzy had a 1.73(!) K/D, and while he most likely won’t be able to replicate that here, he has the highest ceiling on the slate.

FLA (11-8)DK SalaryFD SalaryK/DHP TIMEDOM CAPs
Fero860079001.1257.445.70
Skyz820086001.2257.453.94
Havok740088000.9248.594.94
Frosty700074000.9445.864.47
Owakening700095000.9761.509.00

While Shotzzy may be priced correctly on Draftkings, they simply refuse to raise Owakening’s price for some reason. He is coming off a 140 point performance yesterday, and will need to play just as well here, if not better, against a strong Dallas team. Despite his low score yesterday, I am going right back to Skyz here at his relatively low price. He had a stellar 1.24 K/D against LAG yesterday, but their win was so dominant that all he had to do was sit in the back of the map and watch over his teammates. This led to his kill count being nearly 40 fewer than Owakening’s making his fantasy score so underwhelming, but he will not have that luxury here as everyone on this team will need to put up numbers to contend with the Empire. Fero stepped up as expected yesterday, scoring his most fantasy points since DFS has been available for COD, but Dallas is not LAG. In saying that, he will have to step up as I expect the SMG duo of Havok and Frosty to have their hands full with the Dallas SMGs and the rest of the team will need to pick up the slack.

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