League of Legends Daily Fantasy Helper: LEC, Friday 4/10/20
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 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.
We are in Losers' Round 2 for the LEC, where we have Origen taking on Rogue. This is a "win or go home" scenario for both teams, with the winner moving on to take on G2 Esports. During the LEC Spring Split, Origen went 2-0 against Rouge with a kill total sitting at 23-8. Things were very one-sided in those two games, but will we be seeing the same in this best-of-five series?
MVP - 2X Points
Nukeduck, Origen ($14,000)
Nukeduck is the mid laner for Origen and comes in as the fourth-most expensive option on this slate. Most DFS players could be looking towards Origen's ADC, Upset, for the MVP spot, giving you a chance to be different with Nukeduck. In the LEC Spring Split, Nukeduck finished with the third-most assists among mid laners, the second-fewest deaths, and the third-highest Kill/Death/Assist Ratio (KDA), but the fourth-fewest kills.
The last point is why we should see lower ownership on Nukeduck in the MVP spot, and that is a good thing. Despite being one of the lower killing mids in the LEC, two of his better games were against Rogue -- they were 2-0 against them -- where he went 6/0/3 and 3/1/5. It could be something about this specific matchup that helps Nukeduck excel, so you want to consider him as an MVP.
Star - 1.5X Points
Xerxe, Origen ($15,500)
Xerxe had a decent series against Fnatic, with 8 kills, 14 deaths, and 23 assists, but we should be seeing a better outcome versus Rogue. Going to Xerxe in the Star spot might be considered a bit of a 'high-risk, high-reward' play, but we are always aiming for upside, and that is what he brings.
In his two games versus Rogue during the Spring Split, Xerxe had 4 kills and 11 assists. This production shouldn't come as a surprise since Xerxe finished with the second-best KDA among junglers, the fourth-most kills, and the fourth-most assists. While his Kill Participation was around the league average, he led the LEC in Creep Score differential at 10 minutes with 4.8, while the second-place player is at 0.4. You shouldn't expect too much ownership on Xerxe in the Star spot, which will only benefit your lineups.
Vander, Rogue ($7,500)
Origen are projected to win this series, which we spoke about on The Heat Check. You should be looking to load up on their players, but you still have to roster one from Rogue. Going with a 'stars and scrubs' approach is always viable in tournaments, and that is where Vander -- the support for Rogue -- comes into play. He is only $500 more than the minimum salary and should be able to reach or exceed value in this series.
For being the sixth seed in the LEC, Vander's stats are where you would expect them to be -- around league average -- for total assists, KDA, first blood percentage, and kills. Nothing jumps off the page at you but, we are dealing with a player who is an underdog in this series at near the minimum salary and allows you to go for a full four-man Origen stack.
Destiny, Origen ($9,000)
Destiny isn't overly expensive and makes a great addition to an Origen stack for this slate. You can afford to pay up for three of the other four players and take one cheaper option from Rogue (Vander) and have a solid lineup in place. In the four-game series against Fnatic, Destiny piled up 35 assists and 5 kills. Strong numbers in a loss, which will only be higher if Origen are able to come away with the series win versus Rogue.
This is very straightforward. You want a four-man Origen stack? You need some savings and going to Destiny should be popular due to that.
Inspired, Rogue ($11,000)
If Rogue are going to have a shot at pushing this series to five games or even winning, Inspired needs to have a big performance. Junglers can be the playmakers around the map for their team, and if the team is ahead, the jungler likely had a part in that. If they fall behind, the jungler will need to make plays to help them get back into the game. This is a truly interesting dynamic, since you could have a very wide range of outcomes with a jungler.
If they push this series to five games, Inspired should be able to push over 10 kills and over 30 assists. In the four games versus Fnatic, he had 8 kills and 27 assists, which was pretty solid in a losing effort. If you roster him, you are aiming for Rogue to keep this series close or win, which will impact the rest of your lineup.