DraftKings has quite an unusual slate as three games from the LPL, LEC and the LCS constitute the Saturday slate. We take a look at picks to consider from each position of your League of Legends roster below.
JackeyLove hasn’t been the most prolific offensive player in the LPL, but he is behind only Knight ($7,800) for kills in the league. JackeyLove has averaged 4.74 kills — second-best in the LPL. He has also chipped in with 6.26 assists per map. However, his KDA of 3.89 isn’t as efficient as he would like because of his high death rate of 2.82 per game.
Other to consider: Perkz ($12,000)
It was unfortunate to see Cloud9 struggle in the playoffs after a solid regular season. In 18 games in the LCS, Licorice had 3.11 kills per game. He had a KDA of 3.48 with a creep score of 241. This level of production for a top laner is almost unprecedented, which makes this selection even more compelling.
Other to consider: 369 ($6,600)
I would expect Top Esports to dominate Suning throughout this game. Karsa, therefore, makes for an interesting selection, particularly because of his affordable price. He had a kill participation of well over 10 during the regular season of the LPL with 2.3 kills and 8.62 assists per game. That will help him generate a solid fantasy output in this playoff game.
Other to consider: Blaber ($7,000)
For starters, Knight has the best kill rate in the LPL. Over a sustained period of 37 games, he averaged 5.7 kills — a testament to his skills on the offensive end. That kill rate is indicative of his dominance in team engagements because when your mid laner has that high a kill participation rate, it means games are far more open than they ought to be.
Perkz took his time but eventually found his offensive rhythm after an underwhelming regular season. The playoffs are a great time to see what a team is made up of. Perkz has the ability to turn around a sub-par summer split with just one or two dominant performances in the bottom lane. He could start that in this playoff fixture.
Other to consider: Zven ($7,600)
Not often will you be able to have the option of drafting Vulcan for a price as low as this. He had a kill participation of close to 10 during the regular season with 1.0 kills and 8.89 assists per game. He should continue to help his ADC in the bottom lane and carry Cloud9 through with another sterling display.
Top Esports ($5,400)
Top Esports finally got its due as it finished with the LPL’s best record (13-3, tied with JD Gaming). Against Suning Gaming, a team that has been quite inconsistent, Top Esports should come out with the win.
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.