It’s an interesting day when both LCK games go 2-0 and LPL runs to 3 games. We’re not too sure that’ll happen again for our upcoming slate, especially given the nature of these matchups. Let’s have a look.
|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)|
|Games not Played Bonus||+20 per Game not Played|
|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|
|Games not Played Bonus||+15 per Game not Played|
KT(+252) V T1(-357) (4 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:42||33:45|
KT has always had potential with a player like Aiming on their roster, and T1 certainly isn’t unbeatable. However, just because T1 doesn’t always astound us with high kill counts in their games doesn’t mean teams can roll right through them. They’re a tough nut to crack, so don’t get too excited over the upset potential in this matchup.
KT Top Picks:
T1 Top Picks:
Bot lane is pretty appealing here, especially given T1’s best scores tend to come out of Teddy. Faker has his moments to be sure and Canna is a solid top laner, but they might not be the most worthwhile picks in this slate. Canna is especially expensive, although there aren’t the greatest tops in this slate so you might actually do alright with him. After all, we’ve seen some great performances out of top laners recently.
KT has so many sub risks it’s really sketchy, and that only got worse when TusiN had to sit out due to sickness. Smeb seems to be the preferred top laner when he’s able to play that role, so there aren’t a lot of solid picks on this team. Aiming is the most obvious, but in the event of an upset, we already mentioned it might not be too overwhelming of a victory for KT regardless.
LNG(+345) V iG(-526) (5 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:49||31:24|
Expect good things out of iG here, especially since LNG hasn’t won a series since early June. Given some of the games we’ve seen recently, that could change here, but iG has been performing pretty well; they’ve only lost 3 series so far this split. The reason their defeat count is so high is due to reaching 3 games for all of their victorious matchups since EDG on 6/21. So they aren’t guaranteed a 2-0 by any means, but you never know.
LNG Top Picks
iG Top Picks
Look at that, we’ve put TheShy on our picks list. It’s been a while, but he’s been seeing some better performances lately. He seems unable to get past doing poorly on the game iG loses before winning 2-1, but given how weak LNG is this might be the time where he goes 2-0. If he falls apart against Flandre, then he’s back in the penalty box. The other picks are fairly straightforward, although you’ll have to work around salary a bit. Ning especially is a bit cheaper than the other top picks this slate, so keep him on your radar.
In the event of an LNG upset, we’ll expect good things out of Maple, but the rest is uncertain. If you’re going all in on the contrarian lineup, you might as well grab key players like Flandre and Light, but it isn’t very likely.
RNG(-105) V SN(-123) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:47||33:33|
Interestintgly enough, SN’s winrate is better than RNG’s despite only losing 1 fewer series. Perhaps SN’s record would be more convincing if they’d defeaten some stronger teams; they currently have victories against LNG, WE, RW, DMO, LGD, ES, and BLG. Meanwhile they lost to JDG, iG, and EDG. RNG isn’t the strongest team out there but they’ve had a decent run, so this should be the closest game yet for SN.
RNG Top Picks:
SN Top Picks:
You’ll have to be a bit careful with salary here. RNG and SN both see players more expensive than our last LCK matchup, so it’s going to be a bit challenging to afford. Still, there are a lot of great choices here. New hasn’t been too impressive, so Bin is looking especially good going into this game. Aside from that, there are some fantastic matchups which can go either way. Pick your side and grab your players; this could go either way, but we’ll see a bloodbath. Only don’t expect this to be an easy 2-0 for either team. We’ll likely see 3 games, so a team like iG might do better with their scores overall.
SP(+203) V SB(-278) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||30:27||32:22|
This is one of the more pathetic matchups, but it’s worth mentioning SB has won most of their games in July, so they’ve made a slight comeback. They were fighting some weaker teams, but they did manage to take down KT; it seems logical they can defeat one of the worst teams, especially after making short work of HLE. Given the pricing, this might actually be the hidden gem in this slate, particularly if matched with iG or RNG/SN.
SP Top Picks:
SB Top Picks:
While the SP upset is possible, it seems far more likely SB will continue to solidify their position with another 2-0. Given the pricing, a heavy investment on SB is both sensible and affordable. You can grab some regular picks from SP if you really want to, but even in this world of crazy upsets, it’s a bit silly. We’ve seen great winning performances out of these players, with FATE standing out. Hopefully it’s not Dove starting, but FATE has been a big part of their success; it would be very strange for SB to bench him right as he’s on a winning streak.
Overall Summary of Picks By Lane
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