With the LCK back, there’s some great options for this slate. Some matchups make more sense depending on if you play FD or DK, but there’s plenty of ways to go. Let’s see what to make of this slate.
|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|
AF(-714) V HLE(+432) (4 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||31:34||32:09|
DK has priced AF players fairly high, and honestly it’s the right call. AF isn’t going to be a contender for Worlds given they can’t manage to overcome the strongest teams in the LPL, but they’ve done very well against the weaker competition. Any FD users should seriously consider this matchup given how much salary you can save.
AF Top Picks:
HLE Top Picks:
The AF picks are worth investing in, particularly if you use FD and want to save salary on top lane. The extra salary saved on mid and adc definitely doesn’t hurt, especially with TES playing in this slate. Even if you use DK, these players might be worth investing in; this is likely going to be the most one-sided matchup of the slate. The others have potential for domination, but they aren’t necessarily as clear cut as this one would appear, making AF a good investment. You don’t need the best possible players; just the ones most likely to succeed, and these AF picks exemplify this.
TES(-294) V SN(+214) (5 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||29:38||33:24|
TES had a strange series against iG, and SN has improved considerably, so this isn’t your usual TES matchup. Even so, this isn’t considered to be too close; TES is definitely the stronger team and should come out on top. We don’t consider it as one-sided since SN isn’t terrible like HLE, but it’s still pretty clear.
TES Top Picks
SN Top Picks
There are some decent choices on SN’s side of things in case things go wrong, but TES is the most expensive for a reason. Their picks tend to do very well given how dominant they are as a team, so we have the usual suspects. Karsa is another worthwhile investment, but if you do find yourself in a tight spot, sacrifice Karsa over Knight or JackeyLove if at all possible. These picks are expensive, and DK players will have a difficult time stacking them with AF, while FD will have trouble going strictly for the LPL favorites. Still, it’s worth working around salary issues in order to grab them, especially given how many other teams are capable of success in this slate.
WE(+125) V V5(-164) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||33:28||29:29|
V5 has been quite the powerhouse this split, but it’s important not to underestimate WE. This is an upset that could very well happen, but more importantly, it means great things for those who include WE players in their lineups. V5 is still not a team to be ignored, so there’s great options on both sides. This might mean closer games; we’ve seen more and more matches with the losing team racking up some decent kills for themselves (even if a lot of those games include lower kill counts overall.)
WE Top Picks:
V5 Top Picks:
Honestly the picks here mirror each other well. Both roles on each team have been doing very well for themselves and their team. It’ll be far less hassle to grab the WE lineup of course, so this matchup could mix things up for you. We like Teacherma/Mole, but there are some better choices for this slate and the JNG/ADC/SUP combo is too tempting on both sides here. Not to mention, if you’re stacking LPL teams, you’ll definitely want Knight over Mole, and ShowMaker is still an option here as well. Just consider whether you’re willing to risk some close games; if you are, this could be a fantastic matchup to invest in. If things come very close, there could be some interference that prevents these players from scoring quite as high as the others in the slate.
DRX(-118) V DWG(-110) (7 AM EST)
|Avg. Game Length||32:04||28:39|
Another close matchup but between LCK teams. As strong as DWG is, DRX is one of the teams they lost to earlier in the split. This doesn’t guarantee them another loss here, but it definitely can lead to hesitation. The upside for FD players: ShowMaker is the cheapest favored mid of the slate, something that almost never happens (and DWG is favored overall on FD… each passing day provides more evidence to prove FD is the way to go for LoL. It’s just too messed up.)
DRX Top Picks:
DWG Top Picks:
One thing to consider is DRX’s rather poor scores at the end of the 2-1 series. DWG actually did better than them for kills with Nuguri and ShowMaker. They’re worth the reinvestment here, but don’t go too heavy on DWG. Just like the V5/WE matchup, it might be another close game which wouldn’t prove as beneficial as having TES or AF players. Still, these picks are worthwhile, particularly since you don’t sacrifice too much in terms of salary. If Nuguri and ShowMaker even manage to repeat their performances from last time, they could be some of the best picks for this slate.
Overall Summary of Picks By Lane
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