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Fantasy Esports Picks: CS:GO (IEM): Top DraftKings DFS Targets for December 16

Nikhil Kalro shares his targets for Wednesday’s CS:GO (IEM) DraftKings DFS action, which locks at 6:00 a.m. ET.

A general view of Team Assassins against Team Dignitas during the CS:GO World Finals on Day Two of the Girl Gamer Esports Festival at Meydan Racecourse on Feb. 22. Photo by Christopher Pike/Getty Images

The Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge resumes on Wednesday with a few more games. Here is a look at options for Captain and the flex positions of your DraftKings roster from Wednesday’s three-game slate.

Set your DraftKings lineup here: CS:GO $35K Quickscope [$10K to 1st] (IEM)


Captain

ZywOo ($15,300)

Vitality was beaten in surprising fashion 2-1 by BIG in the opening game of this IEM tournament. That didn’t prevent ZywOo from continuing to dominate the K-D charts. He had a stunning 72 kills with just 55 deaths in another stellar offensive performance. He did this at an average damage per round of 88.9. Without s1mple on this slate, the decision for Captain becomes even easier.

Others to consider: device ($14,700)


High-priced flex options

device ($9,800)

Another player that has continued to stay consistent in the high positive K-D list is device. He had 47 kills and 27 deaths to lead Astralis to a convincing win against Complexity on Tuesday. These stellar returns included an ADR of close to 100 (98.9). At 66.8 DKFP per game, he has the second-highest fantasy output on this slate. He is also a rather important inclusion.

EliGE ($9,200)

EliGE has been excellent for Liquid in the past few months. He has maintained his position as one of the world’s best players after helping Liquid transition seamlessly after losing the No. 1 ranking and a major roster overhaul. He finished 2019 as the No. 4 player in the world and hasn’t been far off this year either, even in the unpredictability of online CS:GO. It’s not surprising he is averaging 66.2 DKFP per game.

shox ($9,400)

With 48 kills and 45 deaths in a loss to BIG, shox underperformed, at least compared to his recent prowess on the grand stage. He has been averaging 55.6 DKFP per game, primarily operating in ZywOo’s shadow. Still, from an individual standpoint, there is plenty of form and killing proficiency to rely on. He had a successful 1v3 and a 1v2 clutch win in that matchup, which provides additional fantasy value.

Others to consider: stavn ($8,200)


Value flex options

Grim ($6,400)

Grim’s acquisition has undoubtedly had a positive impact on Liquid’s style of play. He has brought in some offensive impetus. He is now averaging 0.70 kills per round over his previous 48 maps. He even has a headshot rate of 48.5% in this period. He is a stacking target from Liquid as well as an immensely valuable pick at a price of just $6,400.

niko ($7,400)

An important point to note here is that this is not G2’s NiKo. Heroic’s niko doesn’t quite have the same skill as NiKo, but he isn’t on the opposite end of that spectrum either. He is closing in on 20,000 career kills in 27,811 rounds at a headshot rate of 49.2%. Even though his death rate is fairly high (0.66 per round), he is still a value-for-money selection on this slate.

Others to consider: NAF ($8,000)

Set your DraftKings lineup here: CS:GO $35K Quickscope [$10K to 1st] (IEM)


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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.