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League of Legends Daily Fantasy Helper: LPL/LCK, Thursday 4/16/20

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Let's break down the LPL/LCK slate for Thursday, April 16th, and see who stands out. (Just a heads up, the slate locks at 3:00 am Eastern.)

Star

Lwx, FunPlus Phoenix ($10,100)

There are plenty of high-priced options you could turn to on this five-game slate and Lwx from FunPlus Phoenix should be at the top of your list. In what could be the most lopsided matchup on the entire slate, we are looking at massive fantasy numbers, along with the Game Not Played (GNP) bonus points. Lwx has been on fire as of late, posting seven kills or more in each of his last 10 series, along with 12 assists or more in each series.

FunPlus Phoenix are the third seed in the LPL right now, and Lwx's stats are where you would guess for being on an elite team. He has the fourth-best Kill/Death/Assist Ratio (KDA) among ADCs in the LPL, the fifth-most total kills, the second-most assists, and the fourth-fewest average deaths per game. He has a super-high floor of points from his kills/assists, which will only be boosted by playing LGD Gaming -- a bottom three team -- along with grabbing the GNP bonus.

Top

GimGoon, FunPlus Phoenix ($8,100)

GimGoon is back in the starting lineup for FunPlus Phoenix and has a phenomenal price tag tonight. He played in their most recent series, posting five kills, 21 assists, and five deaths -- a great return after not playing since March 27th. GimGoon has been confirmed for the starting lineup, so no need to worry that he won't start again.

He has a slightly smaller sample size due to missing some time -- top players have 30+ games played, and he has just 20 -- but among the players who have 20 or more played, he has the highest KDA at 5.1. Take that with a grain of salt, but as noted above with Lwx, this is an easy matchup for FunPlus Phoenix, so you want to buy-in with GimGoon's price.

Jungle

Karsa, Top Esports ($8,300)

The Top Esports versus eStar Gaming could be the best matchup on the slate. Some of the matchups are very one-sided or feature two bad teams, but we have the second seed and the sixth seed in this game, giving us the potential for high quality action. Considering this could be one of the only matchups that goes to three games, Karsa should jump off the page because of his price and recent performance. In their last four series, Top Esports has a 2-2 record with extremely clear results.

In the two series they lost, Karsa posted 14 and 17 FanDuel points while piling up 94 and 101 points in the series they won. You want winning players in your lineups -- especially when it comes to junglers -- and Karsa is a prime example of that.

Mid

Cryin, eStar Gaming ($9,900)

Cryin is the most expensive mid laner on this slate, and yeah, you want to pay up for him. The last 10 series stretch for Cryin has been absolutely bonkers, making his case to be one of the best fantasy options in the LPL -- regardless of position. He has grabbed 10 kills or more and 10 assists or more in eight of his last 10 series. He has over 100 FanDuel points in back-to-back series and could easily reach that level again tonight versus Top Esports.

Not only has his recent stretch been strong, but he has been strong all Spring Split. He has the highest KDA among mid laners in the LPL, the most kills, the most assists, and the second-highest Creep Score per game. You get the point. He is amazing and you want to get him in your lineups.

ADC

Deft, DragonX ($10,300)

Deft is the second-most expensive player on the entire slate, and you should bust out the checkbook to get as much exposure to him as you can. Going with a stars and scrubs lineup build tonight is on the table, and Deft should be one of the stars you look to pay up for. He could be the best ADC in the LCK and comes in with the most kills, the most assists, the fourth-highest KDA, the second-highest CS differential at 10 mins, and the third-highest CS per minute.

If you are making only a single lineup tonight, you should prioritize getting Deft in there, as his combination of consistency and upside are worth paying for. He will be laning against HyBriD and Secret from APK Prince, who come in with the fourth-most deaths and second-most deaths at their respective positions.

Support

Lehands, Hanwha Life Esports ($7,500)

Saving at the support spot is always a viable option, and if it allows you to pay up for the top stars, I'm always on board. Lehands and Hanwha Esports are the 8th seed in the LCK out of 10 teams, and they're taking on Griffin, the 10th seed. Yikes. These are two of the worst teams in the league and bleed fantasy points to their opponents. This might not be the most interesting matchup, but if there are fantasy points here, we want to attack this spot.

Hanwha come in with 0.68 combined kills per minute (team kills + opposing team kills), signaling they play somewhat fast and loose. This should enable fantasy points for Lehands, who has the third-most assists among supports in the LCK and the highest Kill Participation percentage.

Team

eStar Gaming ($7,900)

eStar have picked up first blood in three of their last four games, 20 towers or more in each of their last two series, five dragons or more in three straight series, and have the best dragon control rate in the LPL. Their average game times are the second-longest in the LPL, which enables them to pick up more neutral objectives around the map -- and thus, more fantasy points.