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Salaries, sleepers for League of Legends $200k 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 9th.

Park “Viper” Do-hyeon, South Korean e-athlete at Griffin, competing at an event. 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 9th, they’re featuring a $200,000 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 $50,000, second takes home $20,000, and third takes home $10,000. The top 15 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.

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 EDward Gaming (EDG) vs. LNG Esports (LNG). EDG is 7-4 while LNG is 4-8. Upsets are possible, but there’s a sizable disparity there — particularly when you add in that EDG has won three straight while LNG has lost six straight. You can slide down the list at most any position to find some value, including Aodi ($6,600) at TOP or Meiko ($5,200) as a SUP option. And consider EDG as a value option for the TEAM slot at $5,400.

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, a good example of deep value would be Griffin (GRF) vs. Afreeca Freecs (AF). GRF is sitting in last place but is on a two-game win streak, while AF is sinking like a rock, sitting at 6-9 with a six-game losing streak. Viper offers some sleeper value both as a Captain ($10,500) and as your ADC ($7,000).

League of Legends salaries, April 9th LPL/LCK

Position Name Roster Position Salary Game Info AvgPointsPerGame
Position Name Roster Position Salary Game Info AvgPointsPerGame
ADC Hope CPT 12300 LNG@EDG 84.84
MID Xiaohu CPT 12000 LGD@RNG 67.41
ADC Betty CPT 12000 LGD@RNG 76.98
ADC Uzi CPT 11700 LGD@RNG 0
MID Rookie CPT 11700 JDG@iG 79.79
ADC Puff CPT 11700 JDG@iG 86.04
ADC Teddy CPT 11400 SB@T1 79.2
MID Scout CPT 11400 LNG@EDG 72.6
MID Faker CPT 11100 SB@T1 67.32
JNG Ellim CPT 11100 SB@T1 53.22
ADC Gumayushi CPT 11100 SB@T1 0
MID Gori CPT 10800 SB@T1 0
JNG Cuzz CPT 10800 SB@T1 60.44
ADC Mystic CPT 10800 AF@GRF 57.62
TOP LangX CPT 10800 LGD@RNG 64.26
JNG XLB CPT 10800 LGD@RNG 59.1
MID All iN CPT 10500 AF@GRF 29.92
ADC Viper CPT 10500 AF@GRF 55.68
ADC SS CPT 10500 AF@GRF 30.25
TOP yuekai CPT 10500 LGD@RNG 0
JNG S1xu CPT 10500 LGD@RNG 0
JNG JunJia CPT 10500 LNG@EDG 61.67
TOP TheShy CPT 10500 JDG@iG 68.14
TOP Canna CPT 10200 SB@T1 64.56
MID Fly CPT 10200 AF@GRF 46.83
ADC Kramer CPT 10200 LGD@RNG 74.95
MID Maple CPT 10200 LNG@EDG 59.92
JNG Xinyi CPT 10200 LNG@EDG 0
JNG JieJie CPT 10200 LNG@EDG 75.35
JNG Leyan CPT 10200 JDG@iG 61.49
TOP Roach CPT 9900 SB@T1 40.43
TOP Aodi CPT 9900 LNG@EDG 70.15
ADC Light CPT 9900 LNG@EDG 37.03
MID Yagao CPT 9900 JDG@iG 68.52
JNG Ning CPT 9900 JDG@iG 54.8
MID Ucal CPT 9600 AF@GRF 47.8
TOP Jinoo CPT 9600 LNG@EDG 66.22
TOP xiaoxiang CPT 9600 LNG@EDG 42.56
ADC Asura CPT 9600 LNG@EDG 66.3
JNG Kanavi CPT 9600 JDG@iG 74.57
ADC Loken CPT 9600 JDG@iG 73.39
TOP Kiin CPT 9300 AF@GRF 49.24
MID NaeHyun CPT 9300 AF@GRF 5.3
MID Yuuki CPT 9300 LGD@RNG 65.41
JNG Peanut CPT 9300 LGD@RNG 68.09
ADC Route CPT 9000 SB@T1 60
TEAM T1 CPT 9000 SB@T1 50.87
JNG Dread CPT 9000 AF@GRF 20.06
TOP Hoon CPT 9000 AF@GRF 0
SUP Ming CPT 9000 LGD@RNG 54.13
MID fenfen CPT 9000 LGD@RNG 40.26
JNG Bademan CPT 9000 LGD@RNG 0
MID Dove CPT 8700 SB@T1 53.76
ADC Leo CPT 8700 SB@T1 53.35
JNG Tarzan CPT 8700 AF@GRF 41.58
JNG Spirit CPT 8700 AF@GRF 41.94
TEAM Royal Never Give Up CPT 8700 LGD@RNG 45.18
TOP Flandre CPT 8700 LNG@EDG 52.97
SUP Southwind CPT 8700 JDG@iG 65.19
MID FATE CPT 8400 SB@T1 44.11
JNG Xx CPT 8400 LNG@EDG 46.02
TOP Zoom CPT 8400 JDG@iG 77.3
SUP Baolan CPT 8400 JDG@iG 0
SUP Fate CPT 8400 JDG@iG 0
ADC Hope ADC 8200 LNG@EDG 84.84
TOP Summit CPT 8100 SB@T1 51.15
SUP Effort CPT 8100 SB@T1 50.59
JNG Punch CPT 8100 SB@T1 49.83
TEAM EDward Gaming CPT 8100 LNG@EDG 47.82
TOP 705 CPT 8100 JDG@iG 50.2
MID Xiaohu MID 8000 LGD@RNG 67.41
ADC Betty ADC 8000 LGD@RNG 76.98
ADC Uzi ADC 7800 LGD@RNG 0
MID Rookie MID 7800 JDG@iG 79.79
ADC Puff ADC 7800 JDG@iG 86.04
TOP Lonely CPT 7800 SB@T1 53.66
SUP Kuri CPT 7800 SB@T1 0
JNG OnFleek CPT 7800 SB@T1 44.06
TOP Cult CPT 7800 LGD@RNG 61.92
SUP Meiko CPT 7800 LNG@EDG 51.88
TEAM Invictus Gaming CPT 7800 JDG@iG 46.46
ADC Teddy ADC 7600 SB@T1 79.2
MID Scout MID 7600 LNG@EDG 72.6
TOP Untara CPT 7500 AF@GRF 34.68
TEAM Afreeca Freecs CPT 7500 AF@GRF 36.87
TOP Lies CPT 7500 LGD@RNG 47.73
MID Faker MID 7400 SB@T1 67.32
JNG Ellim JNG 7400 SB@T1 53.22
ADC Gumayushi ADC 7400 SB@T1 0
MID Gori MID 7200 SB@T1 0
JNG Cuzz JNG 7200 SB@T1 60.44
ADC Mystic ADC 7200 AF@GRF 57.62
TOP LangX TOP 7200 LGD@RNG 64.26
JNG XLB JNG 7200 LGD@RNG 59.1
SUP Jelly CPT 7200 AF@GRF 35.5
TEAM Griffin CPT 7200 AF@GRF 28.53
TOP Hoya CPT 7200 AF@GRF 23.78
TOP Sword CPT 7200 AF@GRF 38.28
MID All iN MID 7000 AF@GRF 29.92
ADC Viper ADC 7000 AF@GRF 55.68
ADC SS ADC 7000 AF@GRF 30.25
TOP yuekai TOP 7000 LGD@RNG 0
JNG S1xu JNG 7000 LGD@RNG 0
JNG JunJia JNG 7000 LNG@EDG 61.67
TOP TheShy TOP 7000 JDG@iG 68.14
SUP Ben CPT 6900 AF@GRF 1.97
SUP Killua CPT 6900 LGD@RNG 66.34
TEAM LNG Esports CPT 6900 LNG@EDG 36.08
TOP Canna TOP 6800 SB@T1 64.56
MID Fly MID 6800 AF@GRF 46.83
ADC Kramer ADC 6800 LGD@RNG 74.95
MID Maple MID 6800 LNG@EDG 59.92
JNG Xinyi JNG 6800 LNG@EDG 0
JNG JieJie JNG 6800 LNG@EDG 75.35
JNG Leyan JNG 6800 JDG@iG 61.49
TOP Roach TOP 6600 SB@T1 40.43
TOP Aodi TOP 6600 LNG@EDG 70.15
ADC Light ADC 6600 LNG@EDG 37.03
MID Yagao MID 6600 JDG@iG 68.52
JNG Ning JNG 6600 JDG@iG 54.8
SUP Chance CPT 6600 LGD@RNG 44.57
SUP LvMao CPT 6600 JDG@iG 56.16
TEAM JD Gaming CPT 6600 JDG@iG 48.42
MID Ucal MID 6400 AF@GRF 47.8
TOP Jinoo TOP 6400 LNG@EDG 66.22
TOP xiaoxiang TOP 6400 LNG@EDG 42.56
ADC Asura ADC 6400 LNG@EDG 66.3
JNG Kanavi JNG 6400 JDG@iG 74.57
ADC Loken ADC 6400 JDG@iG 73.39
SUP Duan CPT 6300 LNG@EDG 40.9
SUP Peace CPT 6300 JDG@iG 0
TOP Kiin TOP 6200 AF@GRF 49.24
MID NaeHyun MID 6200 AF@GRF 5.3
MID Yuuki MID 6200 LGD@RNG 65.41
JNG Peanut JNG 6200 LGD@RNG 68.09
ADC Route ADC 6000 SB@T1 60
TEAM T1 TEAM 6000 SB@T1 50.87
JNG Dread JNG 6000 AF@GRF 20.06
TOP Hoon TOP 6000 AF@GRF 0
SUP Ming SUP 6000 LGD@RNG 54.13
MID fenfen MID 6000 LGD@RNG 40.26
JNG Bademan JNG 6000 LGD@RNG 0
TEAM SANDBOX Gaming CPT 6000 SB@T1 36.53
SUP Irove CPT 6000 AF@GRF 28.79
SUP lwandy CPT 6000 LNG@EDG -3.56
MID Dove MID 5800 SB@T1 53.76
ADC Leo ADC 5800 SB@T1 53.35
JNG Tarzan JNG 5800 AF@GRF 41.58
JNG Spirit JNG 5800 AF@GRF 41.94
TEAM Royal Never Give Up TEAM 5800 LGD@RNG 45.18
TOP Flandre TOP 5800 LNG@EDG 52.97
SUP Southwind SUP 5800 JDG@iG 65.19
SUP GorillA CPT 5700 SB@T1 39.39
TEAM LGD Gaming CPT 5700 LGD@RNG 37.7
MID FATE MID 5600 SB@T1 44.11
JNG Xx JNG 5600 LNG@EDG 46.02
TOP Zoom TOP 5600 JDG@iG 77.3
SUP Baolan SUP 5600 JDG@iG 0
SUP Fate SUP 5600 JDG@iG 0
TOP Summit TOP 5400 SB@T1 51.15
SUP Effort SUP 5400 SB@T1 50.59
JNG Punch JNG 5400 SB@T1 49.83
TEAM EDward Gaming TEAM 5400 LNG@EDG 47.82
TOP 705 TOP 5400 JDG@iG 50.2
SUP Joker CPT 5400 SB@T1 18.34
TOP Lonely TOP 5200 SB@T1 53.66
SUP Kuri SUP 5200 SB@T1 0
JNG OnFleek JNG 5200 SB@T1 44.06
TOP Cult TOP 5200 LGD@RNG 61.92
SUP Meiko SUP 5200 LNG@EDG 51.88
TEAM Invictus Gaming TEAM 5200 JDG@iG 46.46
TOP Untara TOP 5000 AF@GRF 34.68
TEAM Afreeca Freecs TEAM 5000 AF@GRF 36.87
TOP Lies TOP 5000 LGD@RNG 47.73
SUP Jelly SUP 4800 AF@GRF 35.5
TEAM Griffin TEAM 4800 AF@GRF 28.53
TOP Hoya TOP 4800 AF@GRF 23.78
TOP Sword TOP 4800 AF@GRF 38.28
SUP Ben SUP 4600 AF@GRF 1.97
SUP Killua SUP 4600 LGD@RNG 66.34
TEAM LNG Esports TEAM 4600 LNG@EDG 36.08
SUP Chance SUP 4400 LGD@RNG 44.57
SUP LvMao SUP 4400 JDG@iG 56.16
TEAM JD Gaming TEAM 4400 JDG@iG 48.42
SUP Duan SUP 4200 LNG@EDG 40.9
SUP Peace SUP 4200 JDG@iG 0
TEAM SANDBOX Gaming TEAM 4000 SB@T1 36.53
SUP Irove SUP 4000 AF@GRF 28.79
SUP lwandy SUP 4000 LNG@EDG -3.56
SUP GorillA SUP 3800 SB@T1 39.39
TEAM LGD Gaming TEAM 3800 LGD@RNG 37.7
SUP Joker SUP 3600 SB@T1 18.34