Worlds 2015: Day One Fantasy Advice
I am HYPED for Worlds to start. This lay off of competitive League has really taken me out of my usual Thursday through Sunday routine. But it's back, baby! I'm pretty pumped up, as I'm sure most of you are. Remember if you're playing fantasy, use the vVv Gaming link to get a 100% deposit match on Vulcun!
As usual I tend to want to go with players who are on teams favored to win and players who have high KDA potential as that's where the bulk of your points are going to come from. I tend to not pay up for support players, junglers or teams (where applicable) due to the fact that these roles on average score less points than solo laners and ADCs. That said here are the current odds for day one from http://www.esports-betting.pro/lol/.
As you can see EDG, SKT, and KOO are the heaviest favorites of the day, while FNATIC and Flash Wolves look like the best underdogs. I'm not sure what to think about C9 as they were pretty poor all split but had a great run through the regional qualifier to make Worlds. I'd recommend fading Bangkok Titans, paiN Gaming, and H2k on day one.
Here are my favorite players for Day One listed with their Salaries on Vulcun, AlphaDraft, and DraftKings. The sum in parenthesis represents total budget for each site:
From the above chart you can probable tell I think it is the best idea to spend up on Mid Laners and ADCs. A few other points I'd like to mention is to make sure you know the price of players on each site, as players are not consistently priced across the industry. For example, I mentioned I never pay up for supports, so I will be using SwordArt on all three sites due to his cheap price. But, I'd consider using Aphromoo on Vulcun or DraftKings, but never on AlphaDraft due to his high salary. Let's take a look at my lineups now.
Top: Smeb (KOO) ($1241)
Jungle: Reignover (FNC) ($1233)
Mid: Pawn (EDG) ($1532)
ADC: Pray (KOO) ($1502)
SUP: SwordArt (FW) ($984)
Flex One: Doubelift (CLG) ($1403)
Flex Two: Karsa (FW) ($1071)
Flex Three: Aphromoo (CLG) ($1006)
On Vulcun it is difficult to fit a lot of top players in due to the sites tendency to price out a lot of high profile players. With this lineup I am using high profile players, Pray, Pawn, and Smeb who each have highly favorable matchups and are the cheapest in their roles compared to the other highly favored teams. The bulk of my team comes in from the FW/CLG game, which in my opinion could be a toss up. Aphromoo and SwordArt are both highly consistent performers for their teams, while Doublelift provides a cheaper ADC, but one who is the main carry of his team. Reignover and Karsa round out the team as cheap junglers in decent match ups.
Top: Koro1 (EDG) ($7600)
Jungle: Bengi (SKT) ($7100)
MID: Pawn (EDG) ($8800)
ADC: Bang (SKT) ($8300)
Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($6200)
Flex One: Westdoor (AHQ) ($7700)
Team: EDG ($4000)
In my opinion on AlphaDraft, SKT and EDG players are extremely underpriced. This is good however, as you can fit a lot of them into your lineup. The midlaners are still expensive, but Koro1 and Bengi were so cheap considering how favored they are that I can't pass them up. I mean ZionSpartan is $1200 more than Koro1 and nothing against Zion, but you'd be nuts to take him over Koro. Because of this, you save a lot of money and can actually pay up for a team. I went with EDG. Also, I'm paying up for Pawn and Bang, while using Westdoor (good match up) and SwordArt (cheap).
Top: ZionSpartan (CLG) ($6400)
Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($4900)
Mid: Faker (SKT) ($7,800)
ADC: Bang (SKT) ($7,300)
Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($4,200)
Flex One: Pawn (EDG) ($8,000)
Flex Two: Kuro (KOO) ($8,200)
Team: Flash Wolves ($3,200)
See I'm giving Zion some love here! He's cheap on DraftKings and if he's on a carry champ he has a good chance to outperform his price. I am using some cheap players like Zion, Karsa, SwordArt, and a cheap Team in Flash Wolves, because I believe they all have a shot at good games, but mainly because look at the rest of my lineup. By going cheap I can fit Faker, Pawn, Kuro, and Bang into my lineups. Each has a great shot at being the top day one performers and I'm sure they'll all score highly. If you do use Faker, make sure he starts or you'll need a quick pivot to either Easyhoon or another Midlaner.
Good luck on Day One!