We’re once again back to the LCK/LPL slates, although it might not matter too much in this slate. Both LPL matchups are looking pretty good here; at the very least, they look more one-sided than their LCK counterparts. It would be very surprising to see the LCK outperform in this slate given these matchups, but don’t expect a miracle from them. Yes, teams like DRX have the potential to dominate, but between the balancing of the LPL matchups and the salary choices made by DK/FD, there are plenty of opportunities if sticking strictly to LPL.
|Statistic||Fantasy Points*Players drafted as Captain earn 1.5x fantasy point values|
|Creep Score||+0.02 Pts|
|10+ K/A Bonus||+2 Pts (10 Kills or 10 Assists in a single game)|
|Statistic||Fantasy Points*Teams drafted as Captain earn 1.5x fantasy point values|
|First Blood||+2 Pts|
|Win in Under 30 Minutes Bonus||+2 Pts|
DRX(-667) V KT(+412) (4 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:39||31:43|
It makes sense DRX would be the favorites here given how great they’ve looked recently, but it’s definitely possible KT will put up a fight here. Don’t expect to see a simple 2-0. KT is an interesting case given they aren’t too consistent overall, something that plagued them last split as well as right now. Still, they have a solid lineup that is deadly when performing well. It’s hard to imagine them taking this series in a dominant fashion, but odds are DRX won’t win as cleanly as they did versus SP. At any rate, they even dropped quite a few kills against DYN and AF and both of those series were 2-0 in favor of DRX. Given all of this, DRX might not be worth all of your salary.
DRX Top Picks:
KT Top Picks:
We feel inclined to include these 3 DRX picks simply because of how well they’ve been performing recently, but they come with a warning. Yes, if they have a solid showing against KT, they’ll do very well for your lineup. However, in the event KT does make it harder for DRX to take the series, they might fall behind the LPL teams or even the victor of SB/HLE. This would be a bit embarrassing for them to be sure given the fact that DRX is considered one of the strongest teams in this slate. If you like KT instead for the upset, it’s hard to go wrong with Aiming (but don’t expect him to be a worthwhile pick in the event of a loss.) Bono isn’t a bad alternative either and would work nicely alongside his ADC.
LNG(+319) V V5(-476) (5 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:52||30:24|
We’ve seen LNG conquer strong opposition before, but the odds are definitely in favor of V5 here. So far they’ve only lost 2 series: one to LGD and one to FPX. Both of those teams are solid, and it was definitely surprising to see RNG drop 2 games in a row versus V5. If you want to go for a contrarian lineup and stack LNG, there’s some precedent telling you that’s not the worst idea, but V5 would definitely be the safer choice here.
LNG Top Picks
V5 Top Picks
We’ve been a little wary of Mole for a while now given his association with the Spring V5, but he seems to be proving himself worthy of his spot on the team. Interestingly enough, he’s had some of the best performances out of all his teammates on numerous occasions, and that’s against some pretty strong mid laners. So don’t be worried that Maple will prove too much for him; V5’s team strengths will allow for Mole to shine once more if they play their cards right. The rest of the roster is solid as well, though you’ll want to consider who to sub out for iG’s roster. BiuBiu hasn’t been the most stellar top laner, but the other LPL choice is TheShy, so you don’t have a whole lot of choice if you’re sticking to one region.
BLG(+376) V iG(-588) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||30:10||30:55|
We have yet another fairly straightforward matchup (at least as straightforward as can be expected.) iG’s performances seem to reflect their more powerful Spring split moments, even if their top lane isn’t always meeting expectations. Regardless of this, they shouldn’t have too much trouble taking down a team as weak as BLG even if they are starting a different support. There are definitely aspects of BLG’s team iG should be wary of, but overall it’s another solid matchup in this slate.
BLG Top Picks:
iG Top Picks:
Be on the lookout for Meteor in a BLG upset, but also remember his stats are based on the 2 games he’s played so far this split. He seems to be the superior jungler over l3est16, but it might not be enough to propel BLG into a victory here. Ning is surprisingly cheap (likely due to Pyosik’s incredible performances recently) so there’s a shot of saving some salary on a jungler with lower ownership who might actually outperform alongside his team. We could see TheShy pull out a strong performance against kingen, but it’s really not worth picking him at this point. RooKie and Puff are typically strong choices, and you’ll have an easier time affording 2 mids or 2 adcs given how expensive it is to grab DRX players… at least on DK. FD prioritizes the LPL teams in terms of salary, so you might want to consider which site you want to play depending on your strategy.
SB(-217) V HLE(+163) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:08||32:30|
This is honestly the lowest of the low in both regions combined and is going to be a strange series. We’re so used to seeing both teams fail, it’s difficult to imagine one of them doing well enough to stand amongst DRX and the LPL competition in fantasy points. We’ve seen weak teams facing off against each other score incredibly high before, but it isn’t as common and doesn’t seem to be the way to go in this slate. Given there are some easier ways to work around salary on both DK and FD (depending on your approach to this slate) it’s not really necessary for you to dive into this slate at all.
SB Top Picks:
HLE Top Picks:
What prevents this matchup from being completely unavoidable would be some of the individual players. On the HLE side of things, Viper has been a consistently strong pick, even going 8/2/2 on 2 separate occasions when losing. If HLE get the advantage against their weak opponent, this could be a bloodbath for Viper and lead to some ridiculously high scores. Still, the odds of that aren’t as high as we might like, particularly with SB’s newfound success with mid laner FATE against DYN. At the very least, there’s potential that Viper could be the magic contrarian pick to propel your lineup to the top; but it’s one of the riskier plays we’ve discussed so far this split. But hey, this is LoL. Anything could happen…
Overall Summary of Picks By Lane
Top Lane Picks:
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