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Dignitas (DK: $3,900) faces TSM (DK: $5,300) this Saturday as Dignitas hopes to keep their winning streak alive. TSM is favored in this matchup mainly because of their stacked lineup with Bjergsen and Doublelift, as well as a strong team to back them. However, Dignitas has started strong this season, coming into this weekend 2-0 with the 4th-most kills overall. While Dignitas hasn’t played a powerhouse team like TSM, they have still played well overall. While we wouldn’t bet all our money on Dignitas, they have potential to fill leftover spots since they are so cheap. For example, drafting some Dignitas’ players will save enough salary to pick up some Immortals’ players.
LoD (DK: $6,300): LoD is a relatively cheap ADC this weekend that has played great this summer. With a 5.7 KDA and 65% kill participation, he looks like he could be reaching value this weekend even if Dignitas doesn’t win the series against TSM. Going against someone like Doublelift in the bot lane will be challenging, but LoD has proven that he can keep his death count low, and hopefully he will snag a few kills off TSM.
Ssumday (DK: $5,600): Ssumday comes in as one of the cheapest top laners this weekend, but has outperformed that salary so far. His stats speak for themselves with a 5.6 KDA and 73.8% kill participation. This pick is exciting for us mainly because of his ability to get around the map when needed, be involved in most team fights, and still keep a solid KDA. The salary relief and high upside that Dignitas offers on this slate makes them worth considering in your DraftKings lineups.
Last week we were surprised to see Immortals get taken down by the underdog C9, but C9 was a much better team than CLG this split. This week, Immortals will be fighting for 3rd place against CLG who had a fairly disappointing season compared to what was expected. While they did improve near the end, it still doesn’t look impressive enough to beat Immortals. Statistically, Immortals is better in pretty much every way and it is much riskier to bet on CLG.
Reignover (DK: $6,600), WildTurtle (DK: $7,600) and Pobelter (DK: $7,500) offer the most potential for kills and points. These are pretty obvious picks, but Immortals players have a lot of potential to get points this weekend and at least one or two of these players should be in every lineup. If you’re just taking one, Reignover should be your go to player to pick from Immortals. Since the start of the summer playoffs Reignover has gotten the most kills on his team, has the least deaths, and has the highest kill participation. While WildTurtle has the most kills overall, Reignover has dominated the playoffs, and even when WildTurtle is getting kills, Reignover is there for the assist.
If you’re drafting from CLG, Stixxay (DK: $6,500) is the first, and possibly the only player to pick up. Since Stixxay has the most kills and the most deaths during the playoffs, he will be hit or miss against Immortals. However, most players on CLG are going to be riskier, so Stixxay is the best chance at picking up some points.
This weekend’s matchup between C9 and Immortals looks fairly one sided in favor of Immortals, but there’s still chances for C9 to pick up good points here. Immortals are favored to win Saturday mainly because of their past matches against C9, where Immortals was able to get the best of C9 both times they met during the regular season. However, during week 1 of the summer split when these teams met in a best of 3 match, C9 picked up a ton of points even though they ended up losing. During game 2, C9’s ADC ended with 10 kills and 21 assists overall reaching around 70 fantasy points. If you’re looking for cheap value picks, C9 players are some of the cheapest on DraftKings and the carries like Sneaky (DK: $6,500) and Jensen (DK: 6,300) have potential to easily reach value. One thing to consider when drafting from either of these teams is that they both lead the summer in overall kills, so hopefully this will be a messy game with lots of points available to pick up.
Now on the safer side of betting, picking Immortals players will most likely get more points and is an overall safer choice to go with if you have the salary to spend. Our favorite picks from Immortals are WildTurtle (DK: $7,600) and Reignover (DK: $6,600). WildTurtle is a pretty obvious pick, but he shouldn’t be passed up this weekend since he leads his team in kills by quite a bit. Reignover probably won’t be as popular as WildTurtle, but he is an extremely strong pick with the second highest KDA on his team, and the highest kill participation at 73.6%. Kill participation is the main reason we like Reignover, because if Immortals plays aggressive like they usually do, Reignover will be there to pick up kills and assists.
RNG (DK: $5,500) vs LGD Gaming (DK: $3,700):
Last week, RNG (11W-3L) lost to OMG (4W-10L) in an upsetting third round match. However, RNG has remained in first place amongst its group and is looking to bounce back. They are facing LGD Gaming (6W-8L), a team that RNG swept in a best two out of three battle earlier in the LPL Summer Season. Overall, this is a favorable matchup for RNG and this will be an opportunity to rack up a large amount of DK points at low prices.
Uzi (DK: $7,700) is one of RNG’s stars and is a solid pick in all formats. He sports a 6.2 KDA, a 72.2% Kill Participation, and owns the lowest percentage of team deaths at 15.6%. Another solid pick is RNG’s jungler, mlxg (DK: $6,700). It’s difficult to not use him in your lineups with his strong performance, statistics, and reasonable price (4.8 KDA and 76.3% Kill Participation). The rest of the RNG members are strong and are prone to put up at least 60+ DK points, but these two players could be the top scorers.
If you can’t fit any RNG or KT members in your lineup, check out the OMG vs. Vici Gaming match! OMG has value picks such as Icon (DK: $6,200) and Juejue (DK: $5,300), who both performed very well against RNG and can put up a good fight against Vici Gaming.
Vici Gaming’s Dandy (DK: $6,600) is a good jungler with a 74.3% Kill Participation and can’t be ignored at his price. Both teams will put up a good match, but Vici Gaming is slightly favored to win.
Team Envy vs. Apex (DK:Team Envy: $4,900 Apex: $4,300): In Sunday’s matchup between NV and APX, NV is a slight favorite. Although they’re not a powerhouse, NV is perfectly average; they’re currently 6-6 and in 5th place in the NA LCS. APX, however, is currently 5-7 and two spots below NV in the NA LCS. Although this matchup is close standing-wise, we’re confident that NV will come away with the series. They’ve has had a tough two weeks, with four of their five games being against the top teams in the NA LCS. They’ve handled the challenge well, though, starting their summer split successfully. In fact, they’ve exhibited such prowess that we wouldn’t be surprised if NV came out of this weekend undefeated. APX, meanwhile, has looked shaky; they showed a horrible performance against P1 who are regarded as one of the worst teams in the NA LCS . In terms of actual gameplay, NV will most likely have trouble in the early game, but they should thoroughly dominate the late game with objective control and great team play. NV should be making a run for the top of the NA LCS, especially now that they’re past the grueling part of their schedule. To summarize, we expect NV to quickly move out of the early game and then grab control in the late game and lead this game. Once they’ve attained control of the game, NV will continue to increase both their gold and overall leads. In this close matchup, we would recommend picking up NV players to secure some solid points.
Our favorite member of Team Envy is LoD (DK: $7,300). LoD has been a terror in the bottom lane for the weaker teams in the NA LCS. He is usually the main carry for NV, so look for him to secure most of the kills and to contribute by also racking up assists; he is currently second in the NA LCS for ADC for kill participation. LoD is an excellent choice at ADC this week, and with this price tag, we can easily see him exceeding value.