The LPL matches were surprisingly close given the skill difference in the teams. It’s actually a little irritating to see players like JackeyLove score so poorly when winning against a weaker team, but oh well. Things should be a bit more normal for this slate, so that’s probably for the best.
|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|
SB(+509) V DWG(-909) (4 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:51||29:05|
DWG seems to solidify their strength with each slate. SB has improved slightly, but they still don’t stand a chance here. Unless we see some really crazy stuff, DWG is a safe bet… but after the LPL games the other day, who knows if DWG will even score all that well.
SB Top Picks:
DWG Top Picks:
FATE has been a solid choice for SB, so in the event of an upset, he’s sure to be one of their stronger players. Still, if you’re going for the favorites, ShowMaker has consistently been a force to be reckoned with. With a KDA consistently over 10, he is well worth the expensive salary. He’ll probably see some pretty high ownership given his popularity, as well as the huge KDA attracting those who might not delve as deeply into the slates, but he’s the definition of a surefire pick. The bot lane is a decent addition as well, particularly since you’ll save some money with them. They haven’t been as consistent as ShowMaker, but there’s a good chance of a strong performance against SB so they’re worth considering.
We don’t usually include Nuguri, but given some pricing decisions we’ll discuss further down, he might not be a bad choice for top.
V5(-192) V SN(+146) (5 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||29:38||33:24|
SN wasn’t anything too special last split, but they’ve really turned things around…. Though not quite as much as V5. That’s what makes this matchup so interesting. If this were the spring split, we’d have 2 of the weaker LPL teams fighting each other; now it’s 2 of the stronger LPL teams. Even better: V5 is favored to win, something we’d never expect after last split. One thing’s for sure: whoever wins will come out with a strong performance, possibly the strongest of the slate.
V5 Top Picks
SN Top Picks
We’re not too sure about the SN upset here; V5 looks good going into this. We included so many picks simply because of how cheap these players are, and how well they’ll do in the event they can take down V5. If you like contrarian lineups, this is a good one, though it’s not the most controversial one to make.
As for V5, salary makes grabbing 4 players difficult, but we have to include the bot lane. It’s hard not to include the support with an entire subreddit dedicated to worshipping him, so expect Ppgod to appear on our pick list for pretty much forever. Mole isn’t a bad pick as well, though you might be better served grabbing a cheaper mid laner from another matchup.
If you use DK and not FD, then you should honestly stack as many V5 or SN players as possible. For reasons unknown to us, they are incredibly cheap.
RNG(+107) V LGD(-139) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:28||33:21|
Really don’t know why RNG are considered favorites here, but as we mentioned above, DK users will find LGD players to be more expensive than V5. This is definitely odd, so if you use FD, you’ll be better served grabbing some LGD players. This looks great for the upset, but the only reason we can call it an upset is because of odd pricing decisions (betting odds actually tell a reasonable story, but apparently DK and FD don’t care.) The one unknown factor here would be the return of Betty; that could very well put RNG ahead. Still, LGD looks more solid overall, so that one factor doesn’t necessarily justify the pricing decisions.
RNG Top Picks:
LGD Top Picks:
If V5 was underpriced for DK, it’s RNG/LGD who are underpriced on FD. This is just so strange. If you are comfortable with both sides, we suggest going with FD if you want to prioritize RNG/LGD, and DK if you opt for the V5/SN matchup. It works too well. DWG is expensive on both sites, but you should be able to afford key players like ShowMaker if you opt for the correct platform. Jungle definitely looks like a solid choice for the LPL, despite Canyon being in the mix of things, but you’ll have to decide if it’s worth giving up ShowMaker for xiaohu or another LPL mid. Don’t be afraid of 2 mids this slate; it could end up being more profitable in the end under these circumstances (although there are plenty of double adc combinations that are incredibly attractive options, particularly if Betty makes a strong comeback.)
AF(-556) V SP(+360) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:23||31:20|
Probably the least exciting matchup of the slate. AF is fairly pricey on both sites, so it doesn’t seem as worth it to invest too heavily in this matchup. Mystic might not be a bad choice, though he’s a fairly expensive adc; still, he’s been known to absolutely dominate when AF does well. However, we really like the other matchups this slate; the one thing that can be said here is the risk factor is lower.
AF Top Picks:
SP Top Picks:
We really don’t like the upset potential for SP here; even if it happens, it won’t be too clean and there are far too many viable options in this slate to go for a risky play like this. Probably shouldn’t go too heavy on AF either; if you end up with a lot of salary left over, the team slot might not be a bad idea (especially on FD since you need players from 3 different teams.)
Overall Summary of Picks By Lane
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