League of Legends Daily Fantasy Helper: LPL/LCK, Saturday 4/25/20
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Let's break down the LPL/LCK slate for Saturday, April 25th, and see who stands out. (Just a heads up, the slate locks at 4:00 a.m. EST.) This slate features the LCK Finals between T1 and Gen.G Esports. Along with a quarterfinals match from the LPL, FunPlus Phoenix versus Edward Gaming. Both series are a best-of-five, with T1 and FunPlus Phoenix coming in as the respective favorites.
Ruler, Gen.G Esports ($9,800)
The LCK Finals are here and we have the number one seed -- Gen.G -- versus the number two seed -- T1. This is the matchup everyone wanted to see and we are in for a great series. Gen.G come in as slight underdogs, which to their players being cheaper overall. As always, you want to be stacking the team you expect to win the series and with Ruler being the second-cheapest ADC on the slate -- he makes a lot of sense for a Gen.G stack. He was near the top of the LCK in almost every category -- and slightly behind Teddy, the ADC from T1.
Overall, Gen.G should be a lower-owned stack since they are the underdogs and offer plenty of leverage. The main issue on this slate is that it's very tough -- or impossible -- to stack both FunPlus Phoenix and T1, the two favorites. Look towards Ruler for consistency and if Gen.G do win the series, he will play a big role in that.
Canna, T1 ($8,600)
T1 have two top laners listed, but Canna is the starter and has played nearly all of the games this season. He is the one you should look to trust in your lineups for this slate and the idea of using him without being in a stack is also viable. Canna finished the LCK Spring Split with the highest Kill/Death/Assist Ratio (KDA) among top laners and the second-highest Kill Participation percentage. He can rack up the points on his own --unlike most top laners.
Everything sets up for Canna to be one of the highest floor plays on the slate -- on a point per dollar basis. Load him into your T1 stacks and the fantasy points will be there.
Tian, FunPlus Phoenix ($8,900)
FunPlus Phoenix are larger favorites compared to T1 versus Gen.G -- giving us the potential for high ownership. They make a great stack on this slate or really any slate, the issue comes down to their salaries. Their five players are the most expensive at their respective positions. FunPlus Phoenix won the only time they played during the Spring Split 2-1 in games.
If you want to stack FunPlus Phoenix, Tian, Doinb, and Lwx should be the top options. The other series should/could be a full five games, while this could end 3-1 in favor of FunPlus. A lot of the smaller slates come down to being very practical with lineup construction and FunPlus make a safe option.
Faker, T1 ($8,900)
Faker is still under $9K and you should continue to roster him until that changes. He is too cheap for the potential ceiling of production he brings to your lineup and this should make him very chalky. He had the second-best KDA among mid laners in the LCK Spring Split, the highest average Creep Score (CS) per game, and the seventh-highest Kill Participation percentage.
If you are stacking T1, you need to have Faker in your stacks -- it's a simple as that. He posted 15 kills and 22 assists in their 3-1 victory in the previous playoff round -- which is the level of production we should expect from him in this series. We should be looking at a 3-1 or a 3-2 series, giving him plenty of time to break value.
Lwx, FunPlus Phoenix ($10,300)
Lwx is the most expensive player on this slate and you should already know what that means -- likely sees high ownership but brings a combination of consistency and ceiling -- thus why he is the most expensive. FunPlus Phoenix finished third in the Spring Split and that led to Lwx being one of the best ADCs in the entire league.
To put it simply, Lwx is one of the few "right" answers on this slate -- the issue is his price. If you are rolling out one lineup, make every effort to have him in your lineup. If you are going with multiple lineups, you can get unique and fade him to save the salary -- allowing you to spend up elsewhere.
Meiko, Edward Gaming ($7,300)
Edward gaming are large underdogs on this slate, which fives us cheaper salaries on their players. If you are going with a stars and scrubs build, Meiko -- the starting support from Edward Gaming -- could fit into that mold. Overall, Meiko was a middle of the road support during the LPL Spring Split. Edward Gaming were the sixth seed so we Meiko had some stats above the league average, some at the league average, and some below.
Takes the savings if you need it and if Edward Gaming can push this to five games -- even in a loss -- Meiko should be able to reach value based on his salary.
The teams in order of pricing are FunPlus Phoenix, T1, Gen.G, and Edward Gaming. This would make T1 the cheaper of the two options who are favorites to win the series. If you want to punt with a team simply for the savings and to ease roster construction, Gen.G would be better than Edward Gaming.