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Cloud9 vs. Counter Logic Gaming (DK: Cloud9: $4,800 Counter Logic Gaming: $4,500): Sunday’s matchup between CLG and C9 is going to be a battle of heavyweights. CLG and C9 are both 9-4 and are battling it out for sole possession of second place in the NA LCS. We expect this to be a tightly contested matchup between these two teams. CLG is coming off of a win against the NA LCS’s number one team, Immortals. CLG played from behind all game, only holding the gold lead once in the 42 minute game. However, CLG still secured 21 FPTS. Beyond just FPTS, CLG maintained great composure and team play to secure the victory. In last week’s matchups, C9 averaged 40 minute long games. CLG thrives in the late game, so look for them to take advantage of C9’s weakness and extend the game into the late game phase. Overall, CLG is coming off an amazing saturday game and is playing very team oriented. Look for CLG to win a long, tightly contested matchup on sunday, and to secure a signficant amount of fantasy points for your lineup.
Our favorite member of CLG on this slate is Xmithie (DK: $5,900). Xmithie is probably the most reliable jungler you can have in your lineup, posting an average of 19.8 FPTS. Xmithie is second in KDA for junglers in the NA LCS with a 5.0, second in Creep Score Per Minute with 4.2, and first in total Creep Score with 1,881. Xmithie should play a huge role in this close matchup, and with his price, he will very likely exceed value.
TSM vs. Echo Fox (DK: TSM: $5,200 Echo Fox: $4,100): TSM and Echo Fox play on Saturday and it may be a much closer game than many people imagine. Just a couple of weeks ago, Echo Fox was one of the bottom tier teams and wouldn’t have stood a chance against TSM. However, with Echo Fox’s main roster in play, they have greatly improved and have finally started winning games. This could make the TSM vs. Echo Fox game a close matchup, and a good place to look for points. TSM is second in kills this tournament, and they have a much better early-game rating than Echo Fox which should set them ahead early on and allow for some easy points. Although it could be a close game, TSM still beats Echo Fox overall in kills in every lane and looks like they could definitely take the game out of Echo Fox’s hands.
For TSM, we would recommend picking up Doublelift (DK: $7,600). Doublelift has the second most kills out of any ADC and a 70.9% kill participation. If it comes down to a close game, Doublelift will be the one picking up many of the kills to grab the win. TSM and Echo Fox like to keep games long at around 36 minutes so this will be plenty of time for Doublelift to shine.
Hauntzer (DK: $6,700): Hauntzer is an important pick for TSM as he is second in kills for top laners and he has played extremely well this tournament. He also outperforms Echo Fox’s top laner, KFO, and should be able to grab some kills off of him early game. If the game plays out late he should be picking up a ton of assists with the help of Doublelift. These picks should help set you up for a strong lineup.
If you believe in Echo Fox to take the win look to pick up Froggen (DK: $6,700). Froggen has a 9.4 KDA and an incredible 89.2% kill participation which is the highest for mid laners. Echo Fox has shown us that they like to give kills to Froggen and let him carry their team. So if Echo Fox gets any lead it will most likely be due to Froggen getting many of the kills and continuing to put up points into the late game.
CLG vs. Renegades (DK: CLG: $6,000 H2K: $3,300): When one of the best teams (CLG) in the tournament plays against the worst team (Renegades), the elite team is likely to produce a fair share of points. Renegades are leading in deaths and tend to play long games—averaging about 38 minutes per game. These stats create a perfect combination for CLG to capitalize on by picking up points from the early-game into the late-game. With that said, CLG’s players are going to be very expensive and it may not be worth it to pick up a whole lot, so we would just recommend a couple of picks here.
HuHi (DK: $8,300): Huhi’s price makes him hard to pick for many lineups, but with his high amount of kills, we think he is worth having on your team. HuHi currently leads all other mid laners in kills at 44, and has a 70% kill participation. With that many kills, he will likely pick up a ton more against Renegades. In the off chance that Renegades wins, it will likely be a struggle and a long game, where HuHi should be able to grab some extra points. Thus, our research suggests that either way HuHi is a strong pick.
Stixxay (DK: $8,300): Stixxay isn’t the best ADC in the tournament right now, but in Sunday’s matchup there will likely be so many kills up for grabs that Stixxay will be able to step up and help lead his team in kills. There’s usually some concern that a “carry” would be hit with a lot of kills during team fights, but with Renegades being in last place in total kills, we don’t think they will kill Stixxay too many times. We would recommend practically anyone on CLG as a good pick, but we believe Stixxay and HuHi will be the ones with the most points.
TSM vs. C9 (DK: TSM: $4,900 C9: $4,300): Saturday’s matchup between TSM and C9 may very possibly come down to the wire. TSM has a slightly better record than C9, with seven wins and three losses on the year, while C9 has 6 wins and 4 losses. Moreover, both teams have showed strengths in their game, but this game is likely going to be a good matchup to look for fantasy points. Neither team is among the leaders in deaths per game, and both teams are in the top five in kills per game. Both teams are also top three in early game rating, meaning they will come out strong trying to get early kills. In their previous matchups, C9 and TSM were able to play aggressively and pull out a win against more passive teams, but with both teams likely to pursue aggressive attack strategies, we expect the match to be a bloodbath. Given the probability of a high-kill match, we suggest picking up a few players from at least one of these teams.
From TSM we would recommend Hauntzer (DK: $6,600). Hauntzer has looked incredibly strong this tournament, leading all top laners in kills at 33. We expect him to continue this domination and to add a lot of points to your lineups. If TSM pulls ahead and is able to win, Hauntzer will be one of the leaders for fantasy points for TSM. If TSM loses, there is still the chance that the early game will provide Hauntzer with enough points to hit value. His safe floor and high upside make Hauntzer a great pick from TSM.
If you’re looking at C9 players, look at Rush (DK: $5,700) to grab some extra points for your team. Rush is 4th in kills between junglers and 3rd in assists. He will likely pick up a decent amount of points, especially if C9 secures the win. He is also an extremely cheap pick at $5,700, and this reasonable price tag practically ensures that Rush will hit value.
Team Liquid vs. Renegades (DK: Team Liquid: $5,600 Renegades: $3,600): This weekend’s matchup looks very promising for fantasy points. TL will face off against Renegades, who are currently the worst team in the NA LCS. This game looks like it’s going to be one-sided in favor of TL, but it should last long enough to gather some points from TL’s players. Both teams are known for their long game times, leading the LCS with an average of roughly 40 minutes per game. This increased game length correlates to greater opportunities for fantasy points. Also, Renegades leads in deaths while TL is 3rd in overall kills. Either team is a solid pick because of their long game lengths, but TL’s kill advantage gives them the edge in terms of fantasy production.
Some key players to look at here for Team Liquid:
Piglet (DK: $7,900): Piglet has a 6.5 KDA with an 82.4% kill participation rate. These numbers justify his high price; Piglet averages 30.9 points per game, which is the second highest for any fantasy player. Accordingly, we expect Piglet to pick up most of the fantasy points for TL tomorrow. With this matchup, we would recommend picking up Piglet as a great ADC.
Dardoch (DK: $6,800): Leading this tournament in kills among junglers, Dardoch is in great position to take advantage of the weak Renegades team; he averages 27.9 fantasy points per game and has 86.7% kill participation. Moreover, Dardoch will most likely be the one setting up many of the kills for the carries like Piglet. This support role could lead to Dardoch picking up a ton of points in assists, while also securing some early game kills as well. Altogether, we expect a very solid performance from Dardoch when TL takes on Renegades.