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Salaries, sleepers for League of Legends $300k DFS contest featuring LPL, LCK teams

If you are looking for a DFS option, esports is available. We take a look at player pricing and notable options for a League of Legends contest featuring Chinese and Korean leagues on the morning of April 8th.

The members of the e-sports team Invictus Gaming Lee “Duke” Ho-seong from South Korea, Wang “Baolan” Liu-Yi from China, song “Rookie” Eui-jin from South Korea, Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo from China, Kang “TheShy” Seun-kok from South Korea and Gao “Ning” Zhen-Ning from China will be on stage next to the cup in the Verti Music Hall at the beginning of the group phase of the e-sport “League of Legends” World Championship. Photo by Christoph Soeder/picture alliance via Getty Images

The world of esports is offering some DFS and betting action while most professional sports leagues are otherwise shut down. The virtual nature of it provides an opportunity for people in the midst of social distancing to still engage their competitive juices. Tournaments often happen in person, but the nature of the games provides for social distancing with relative ease.

DraftKings is offering daily fantasy sports contests around League of Legends games, and on April 8th, they’re featuring a $300,000 prize pool for a contest involving players from leagues in Korea and China. Lineups are due by 2 a.m. ET. First place takes home $100,000, second takes home $25,000, and third takes home $10,000. The top 20 finishers can earn prize money.

This League of Legends DFS contest involves a roster of six players and a team unit fitting under a $50,000 salary cap. You select a captain that is priced higher than normal, but gets you 1.5 times the point total. Then, you fill out a six-player roster that includes the following positions (broken down in detail at DraftKings Playbook):

  • Top Laner
  • Jungler
  • Mid Laner
  • Attack Damage (AD) Carry
  • Support
  • Team

Scoring for players consists of kills (+3 points), assists (+2 points), deaths (-1 point), creep score (+0.02 points), and 10+ K/A Bonus (+2 pts for 10 kills or 10 assists in a single game). The team scoring includes turrets (+1), Dragons (+2), Barons (+3), First Blood (+2), a Win (+2), and a bonus for a win in under 30 minutes (+2). All points earn 1.5x if in the Captain slot.

ESPN offers a simple paragraph summation of players to pick:

The playing field, or map, is always the same every game. There are three major distinct pathways: the top, mid and bottom lanes. The triangular areas in between the paths are called the “jungle.” Based off this, there are five main positions in the game: Top Laner, Jungler, Mid Laner, Bot Laner (or AD Carry) and Support (a role that supports the bottom lane, so that lane usually has two champions in it). The champions in the game are mainly categorized by these roles, all with unique abilities. Some are bruisers that deal a lot of damage with their fists or weapons, some have a lot of armor and health to protect them, some use magic and special powers — there are tons of possibilities. The complexity of the game is matching these powers and combining them with other champions’ powers to create incredible teamfight scenarios (like plays in traditional sports).

Below is a full rundown of pricing for tonight’s contest. The most notable development is the addition of Chinese star JackeyLove to the contest. After leaving Invictus Gaming last November, JackeyLove joined Top Esports earlier this week and is the highest priced player in the game.

Strategy to consider

If you’re new to esports, and particularly esports DFS, there are some broad strategy options to consider. With League of Legends, the losing team in a given matchup can easily find themselves with limited production when all is said and done. Look through matchups and consider teams facing decidedly inferior opponents. You can view standings here.

A good example for this contest would be DAMWON Gaming (DWG) facing Griffin (GRF). DWG is 8-7 and tied for fourth place, while GRF is 3-12 and sitting in last place. Upsets can happen, but there’s enough of a disparity that even high-priced options like Ghost ($11,700), ShoeMaker ($11,400), or Nuclear ($11,400) offer some added value.

Another strategy to consider is teams on a hot streak vs. teams on a losing streak. LoL is updated fairly regularly, and it can take even a good team some time to get on track with the changes. That can offer some value from even a poor team.

For this contest, the best example would appear to be Top Esports (TES) vs. Team We (WE). TES has won five straight contests and is 8-3, while WE has lost two straight to drop to 5-5. The records are not drastically different, but with TES on a roll, there could be some value there. If you’re interested in going a bit big at the Support position, QiuQiu ($5,800) might be worth a look.

League of Legends salaries, April 7th LPL/LCK

Position Name Roster Position Salary Game Info AvgPointsPerGame
Position Name Roster Position Salary Game Info AvgPointsPerGame
ADC JackeyLove CPT 12300 WE@TES 0
MID Knight CPT 12000 WE@TES 82.6
ADC Photic CPT 12000 WE@TES 76.43
ADC Ghost CPT 11700 DWG@GRF 80.23
MID ShowMaker CPT 11400 DWG@GRF 63.38
ADC Nuclear CPT 11400 DWG@GRF 51.54
ADC Ruler CPT 11400 APK@GEN 70.05
JNG Karsa CPT 11400 WE@TES 69.9
MID Bdd CPT 11100 APK@GEN 72.4
ADC iBoy CPT 11100 RW@VG 63.84
JNG AKi CPT 11100 WE@TES 0
JNG Clid CPT 10800 APK@GEN 63.34
MID Forge CPT 10800 RW@VG 72.78
ADC Smlz CPT 10800 SN@OMG 56.66
JNG Canyon CPT 10500 DWG@GRF 53.73
MID Zeka CPT 10500 RW@VG 41.32
MID icon CPT 10500 SN@OMG 56.51
ADC huanfeng CPT 10500 SN@OMG 83.67
ADC Kane CPT 10500 SN@OMG 0
TOP 369 CPT 10500 WE@TES 66.45
TOP Nuguri CPT 10200 DWG@GRF 58.26
JNG Aix CPT 10200 RW@VG 62.62
MID Angel CPT 10200 SN@OMG 75.33
ADC Weiwei CPT 10200 SN@OMG 55.76
ADC Jiumeng CPT 10200 WE@TES 81.84
TOP Moyu CPT 10200 WE@TES 0
TOP Flame CPT 9900 DWG@GRF 0
ADC ZWuji CPT 9900 RW@VG 71.02
JNG Chieftain CPT 9900 RW@VG 32.72
JNG H4cker CPT 9900 SN@OMG 52.83
MID Teacherma CPT 9900 WE@TES 96.34
TOP Cube CPT 9600 RW@VG 52.94
MID Ruby CPT 9600 RW@VG 54.51
JNG beishang CPT 9600 WE@TES 71.31
MID Plex CPT 9600 WE@TES 43.56
MID yimeng CPT 9600 WE@TES 0
ADC Viper CPT 9300 DWG@GRF 54.1
TOP Rascal CPT 9300 APK@GEN 59.58
TEAM Gen.G CPT 9300 APK@GEN 53.8
JNG Haro CPT 9300 RW@VG 59.1
TOP Zdz CPT 9300 RW@VG 0
MID Wuming CPT 9300 RW@VG 33.54
MID Ucal CPT 9000 DWG@GRF 45.53
TEAM DAMWON Gaming CPT 9000 DWG@GRF 45.6
ADC HyBriD CPT 9000 APK@GEN 63.86
TOP Curse CPT 9000 SN@OMG 47.8
JNG SofM CPT 9000 SN@OMG 67.21
MID NaeHyun CPT 8700 DWG@GRF 5.3
MID Cover CPT 8700 APK@GEN 58.41
ADC Trigger CPT 8700 APK@GEN 19.22
TOP Morgan CPT 8700 WE@TES 60.54
SUP QiuQiu CPT 8700 WE@TES 65.35
SUP BeryL CPT 8400 DWG@GRF 46.51
JNG Tarzan CPT 8400 DWG@GRF 39.71
MID Keine CPT 8400 APK@GEN 37.36
TOP Crazy CPT 8400 RW@VG 44.07
TEAM Top Esports CPT 8400 WE@TES 43.27
TOP Poss CPT 8400 WE@TES 0
SUP yuyanjia CPT 8400 WE@TES 31.53
ADC JackeyLove ADC 8200 WE@TES 0
SUP Hoit CPT 8100 DWG@GRF 23.62
JNG Flawless CPT 8100 APK@GEN 48.59
SUP Hang CPT 8100 RW@VG 52.47
TEAM Vici Gaming CPT 8100 RW@VG 38.5
TOP Holder CPT 8100 RW@VG 41.31
TOP Biubiu CPT 8100 SN@OMG 57.89
MID Knight MID 8000 WE@TES 82.6
ADC Photic ADC 8000 WE@TES 76.43
ADC Ghost ADC 7800 DWG@GRF 80.23
SUP Life CPT 7800 APK@GEN 53.56
JNG Kuma CPT 7800 APK@GEN 0
SUP Maestro CPT 7800 RW@VG 34.83
TEAM OMG CPT 7800 SN@OMG 39.18
TOP bin CPT 7800 SN@OMG 41.84
MID ShowMaker MID 7600 DWG@GRF 63.38
ADC Nuclear ADC 7600 DWG@GRF 51.54
ADC Ruler ADC 7600 APK@GEN 70.05
JNG Karsa JNG 7600 WE@TES 69.9
TOP ikssu CPT 7500 APK@GEN 47.75
SUP Kellin CPT 7500 APK@GEN 36.96
SUP cold CPT 7500 SN@OMG 39.52
MID Bdd MID 7400 APK@GEN 72.4
ADC iBoy ADC 7400 RW@VG 63.84
JNG AKi JNG 7400 WE@TES 0
JNG Clid JNG 7200 APK@GEN 63.34
MID Forge MID 7200 RW@VG 72.78
ADC Smlz ADC 7200 SN@OMG 56.66
TOP Untara CPT 7200 DWG@GRF 34.68
TOP Alphamong CPT 7200 APK@GEN 0
TEAM Suning CPT 7200 SN@OMG 39.08
SUP Missing CPT 7200 WE@TES 58.46
JNG Canyon JNG 7000 DWG@GRF 53.73
MID Zeka MID 7000 RW@VG 41.32
MID icon MID 7000 SN@OMG 56.51
ADC huanfeng ADC 7000 SN@OMG 83.67
ADC Kane ADC 7000 SN@OMG 0
TOP 369 TOP 7000 WE@TES 66.45
TOP Hoya CPT 6900 DWG@GRF 23.78
TOP Sword CPT 6900 DWG@GRF 34.08
SUP Ley CPT 6900 RW@VG 48.87
TEAM Rogue Warriors CPT 6900 RW@VG 33.82
TOP Nuguri TOP 6800 DWG@GRF 58.26
JNG Aix JNG 6800 RW@VG 62.62
MID Angel MID 6800 SN@OMG 75.33
ADC Weiwei ADC 6800 SN@OMG 55.76
ADC Jiumeng ADC 6800 WE@TES 81.84
TOP Moyu TOP 6800 WE@TES 0
TOP Flame TOP 6600 DWG@GRF 0
ADC ZWuji ADC 6600 RW@VG 71.02
JNG Chieftain JNG 6600 RW@VG 32.72
JNG H4cker JNG 6600 SN@OMG 52.83
MID Teacherma MID 6600 WE@TES 96.34
SUP SwordArt CPT 6600 SN@OMG 53.11
TEAM Team WE CPT 6600 WE@TES 44.3
TOP Cube TOP 6400 RW@VG 52.94
MID Ruby MID 6400 RW@VG 54.51
JNG beishang JNG 6400 WE@TES 71.31
MID Plex MID 6400 WE@TES 43.56
MID yimeng MID 6400 WE@TES 0
ADC Viper ADC 6200 DWG@GRF 54.1
TOP Rascal TOP 6200 APK@GEN 59.58
TEAM Gen.G TEAM 6200 APK@GEN 53.8
JNG Haro JNG 6200 RW@VG 59.1
TOP Zdz TOP 6200 RW@VG 0
MID Wuming MID 6200 RW@VG 33.54
MID Ucal MID 6000 DWG@GRF 45.53
TEAM DAMWON Gaming TEAM 6000 DWG@GRF 45.6
ADC HyBriD ADC 6000 APK@GEN 63.86
TOP Curse TOP 6000 SN@OMG 47.8
JNG SofM JNG 6000 SN@OMG 67.21
SUP Irove CPT 6000 DWG@GRF 26.9
TEAM Griffin CPT 6000 DWG@GRF 26.21
MID NaeHyun MID 5800 DWG@GRF 5.3
MID Cover MID 5800 APK@GEN 58.41
ADC Trigger ADC 5800 APK@GEN 19.22
TOP Morgan TOP 5800 WE@TES 60.54
SUP QiuQiu SUP 5800 WE@TES 65.35
SUP Secret CPT 5700 APK@GEN 31.92
TEAM APK Prince CPT 5700 APK@GEN 35.47
SUP BeryL SUP 5600 DWG@GRF 46.51
JNG Tarzan JNG 5600 DWG@GRF 39.71
MID Keine MID 5600 APK@GEN 37.36
TOP Crazy TOP 5600 RW@VG 44.07
TEAM Top Esports TEAM 5600 WE@TES 43.27
TOP Poss TOP 5600 WE@TES 0
SUP yuyanjia SUP 5600 WE@TES 31.53
SUP Hoit SUP 5400 DWG@GRF 23.62
JNG Flawless JNG 5400 APK@GEN 48.59
SUP Hang SUP 5400 RW@VG 52.47
TEAM Vici Gaming TEAM 5400 RW@VG 38.5
TOP Holder TOP 5400 RW@VG 41.31
TOP Biubiu TOP 5400 SN@OMG 57.89
SUP Mia CPT 5400 APK@GEN 20.73
SUP Life SUP 5200 APK@GEN 53.56
JNG Kuma JNG 5200 APK@GEN 0
SUP Maestro SUP 5200 RW@VG 34.83
TEAM OMG TEAM 5200 SN@OMG 39.18
TOP bin TOP 5200 SN@OMG 41.84
TOP ikssu TOP 5000 APK@GEN 47.75
SUP Kellin SUP 5000 APK@GEN 36.96
SUP cold SUP 5000 SN@OMG 39.52
TOP Untara TOP 4800 DWG@GRF 34.68
TOP Alphamong TOP 4800 APK@GEN 0
TEAM Suning TEAM 4800 SN@OMG 39.08
SUP Missing SUP 4800 WE@TES 58.46
TOP Hoya TOP 4600 DWG@GRF 23.78
TOP Sword TOP 4600 DWG@GRF 34.08
SUP Ley SUP 4600 RW@VG 48.87
TEAM Rogue Warriors TEAM 4600 RW@VG 33.82
SUP SwordArt SUP 4400 SN@OMG 53.11
TEAM Team WE TEAM 4400 WE@TES 44.3
SUP Irove SUP 4000 DWG@GRF 26.9
TEAM Griffin TEAM 4000 DWG@GRF 26.21
SUP Secret SUP 3800 APK@GEN 31.92
TEAM APK Prince TEAM 3800 APK@GEN 35.47
SUP Mia SUP 3600 APK@GEN 20.73