The playoffs of the Nine to Five tournament starts on Monday with four games. We take a look at options for Captain and the flex positions for your DraftKings roster from the four-game slate.
degster has been hard to stop for a while now, particularly with the difference in skill in the lower-tier CS:GO tournaments. Case in point was Sunday’s game against Lyngby Vikings at the DreamHack Open closed qualifier. He led both teams with 50 kills and 30 deaths, with a stunning average damage per round of 95.1. He is averaging 76 DKFP per game — that is not a flash in the pan.
Others to consider: iM ($15,300)
High-priced flex options
Even though iM has a lot going for him, he wouldn’t be my Captain. He has a K/D ratio just over one through his career (0.73 kills and 0.70 deaths per round). However, he would still be on my roster because of his recent offensive proficiency — he has averaged 0.77 kills per round in the last three months. That kill output was evident from Saturday’s game against HellRaisers, where he racked up 60 kills.
slaxz- is in terrific form on the professional circuit. Over the last three months, he is averaging 0.75 kills and just 0.59 deaths per round. That, in itself, is value enough with his affordable price. Throughout his career, he has nearly maintained that stellar kill rate (0.71 per round), with a K/D ratio of 1.14. In the previous game against Galaxy Racer in the Swiss round of Nine to Five, he had 53 kills and 47 deaths with an ADR of 77.2, including a 1v2 AWP clutch.
Dima is a stacking play on this slate. He had the second-most kills in that matchup against Lyngby Vikings on Sunday, racking up 40 kills. This level of form is too good to ignore. Espada also has the matchup advantage, which could yield some fantasy bonus points. He is slightly expensive at $9,600, but is certainly worth the punt as a target from Espada.
Others to consider: Sobol ($9,000)
Value flex options
dennyslaw doesn’t have the largest body of work to rely upon. For Skade, he has been given the offensive role to rack up kills, occasionally even at the cost of deaths. In the previous game against Galaxy Racer in this tournament, he had 29 kills and 27 deaths. Even though his price doesn’t exactly scream value, he could still provide a higher return on the investment of $8,400.
After Sunday’s performance, stfn’s price probably should have risen. He led Alternate Attax into Monday’s game with a stunning performance of 67 kills and 46 deaths. He had an average damage per round of 98.3. Form is clearly not a concern for stfn. This won’t be an easy matchup against Skade, but stfn should be well-equipped after a solid run into this game.
Others to consider: pr ($7,600)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.