League of Legends Daily Fantasy Helper: LEC/LCS Playoffs, Saturday 4/4/20
With the sports world on pause right now, we turn to esports as a place for some fantasy action, and that leads us to the North American League Championship Series -- better known as the LCS.
They too were on a break, but are back now and set to continue with their regular season. Now, you might be asking, what is League of Legends? What is League of Legends DFS? If you need more info, look to numberFire's introduction piece to get a better understanding. That will give you an overview of the game itself, the position you need to pick in DFS, and some tips about stacking. At the end of the day, this is DFS, and you can learn while the other sports are on hold.
LEC and LCS Playoff Overview
We have a two-game slate with Fnatic and Origen starting the slate in the LEC, while we see Evil Geniuses and FlyQuest in the LCS game. This is the start of the playoffs and that means these are a best-of-five series -- no more single-game series. The difference between playing three games and five games could be huge, due to the potential extra fantasy points. We have to consider the floor and potential ceiling for these players, as they could be playing different amounts of games.
Rekkles, Fnatic ($10,200)
Rekkles is the best and most expensive player on this slate, and you should look to roster him in the Star spot this weekend. He comes in with five kills or more in three of his last four games, as well as 11 or more assists, and only three total deaths in that span. This shouldn't be a surprise to fans of the LEC, he has been a star for several years. He comes in with the most kills in the LEC, the highest Kill/Death/Assist Ratio (KDA), and the lowest percentage of team's deaths -- according to OraclesElixir.com. Let's just call it was it is. He comes in with the most upside in a series which should go at least four games, don't fade him.
Alphari, Origen ($8,200)
Overall for this slate, the Fnatic and Origen matchup should be much closer, 3-1 or 3-2, while the EG vs FlyQuest could be a sweep in favor of EG. This means you should consider loading up on players in the first series, and that leads us to Alphari in the top lane for Origen. He comes in with three kills or more in three of his last four games, but has three deaths in three of these same four games. Alphari carried the highest KDA among top laners in the LEC, the second-most kills, and had the fewest deaths. Given his price, he should be very popular this weekend.
Svenskeren, Evil Geniuses ($8,400)
Evil Geniuses are going to win this matchup versus FlyQuest this weekend, and the question becomes, how quickly? I mentioned above this could be a short series -- which limits the potential fantasy points for players on both sides. FlyQuest finished the Spring Split with 10 wins, six of which came against teams who didn't make the playoffs. EG won the two regular season matchups with a kill to death ratio of 34:9. If we are going to be seeing a repeat of that, we want to look to Svenskeren, who was involved in 26 of those 34 kills. That's insane upside from the assists side of things and is the second-cheapest jungler on this slate.
Nemesis, Fnatic ($9,000)
Nemesis was super consistent to end the regular season for Fnatic, scoring 21 FanDuel points or more in each of his final four games. That is the level of production we should be seeing from him in each game this series. Again, this is a best-of-five series, putting his ceiling well over 100 FanDuel points. If Origen attempt to keep Rekkles in check and limit his impact on the map, Fnatic should shift their focus to empowering Nemesis to be their main damage dealer. That means his strong 4.3 KDA ratio could be boosted even higher in this series.
Bang, Evil Geniuses ($10,100)
Bang is super, super interesting on this slate, so let's break it down. He is the second-most expensive option behind Rekkles by only $100. If we are going on the prediction that EG wins the series quickly and Fnatic versus Origen goes longer, Bang shouldn't be highly owned. If you are aiming for upside, you would go to Rekkles 10 times out of 10, since he is likely to play more games. But from an ownership standpoint, Bang should come in at significantly lower ownership, and thus, provides a good argument. What if, you rostered both Rekkles and Bang? One in the Star spot, one in the ADC spot. That is something I have a ton of interest in, considering Bang also ended the regular season on a heater, with 21 FanDuel points or more in his last four games.
Hylissang, Fnatic ($7,700)
Support is never the best position to talk about, so we'll look to pair him with his ADC. Hylissang might be the easiest answer on this slate, for two reasons. One, we will be pairing him with Rekkles and thus have access to a nice ceiling of points. Two, he is likely going to be in a series that goes past the minimum of three games. He has the most equity among the support players. No reason to overthink this one.
Origen are a good team, there is no doubting that. They were among the 'big three' in the LEC all season and are the second-cheapest team on this slate. FlyQuest are the cheapest, but hold almost no value -- in my opinion. They had the best KD ratio as a team in the Spring Split, the highest First to Three Towers Rate, and the highest First Baron Rate. Hopefully, this will be a back and forth series -- giving them plenty of time to flex that power and rack up the points.