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Fantasy Esports Picks: League of Legends (LCK-LPL) Top DraftKings DFS Targets for January 16

Nikhil Kalro shares his targets for Saturday morning’s League of Legends (LCK-LPL) DraftKings DFS action, which locks at 3:00 a.m. ET.

League of Legends Pro League teams FunPlus Phoenix (L) and Top Esports (R) compete during the League of Legends Mid-Season Cup finals at the LPL Arena on May 31. Photo by Riot Games/Riot Games Inc. via Getty Images

A potentially risky stack could be the way to go on Saturday for DraftKings’ LCK-LPL slate. We take a look at that along with some other players to consider from the four-game slate.

Set your DraftKings fantasy League of Legends lineups here: LCK-LPL $40K Shock Blast [$10K to 1st]


Captain

Lwx ($12,000)

Lwx’s price has risen drastically on DraftKings. That will happen if you’re averaging nine kills per game. He started the spring split with 18 kills in the opening game in two maps. That kill rate and kill participation rate will come down as this season progresses but he is probably the most proficient AD Carry on this slate, making him an easy choice for Captain.

Others to consider: Doinb ($11,700)

Top

Summit ($5,800)

After a costly Captain, an inexpensive top laner provides fantastic balance to your roster. Summit started his LCK campaign with 2.67 kills, 1.67 assists and 6.33 assists per map with a fantastic KDA of 5.4. He even had a creep score of 228 in that matchup, also quite a high return for a top laner.

Others to consider: Doran ($5,400)

Jungler

Pyosik ($6,000)

DRX has a reconstructed roster for this LCK campaign, but Pyosik’s effectiveness in the jungle and his ability to produce kills makes him a value-for-money choice on almost any slate. That’s a rule of thumb for the duration of the LCK. He led DRX in kills with 3.67 kills and 3.0 assists in the opening game.

Others to consider: Tian ($7,000)

Mid

Doinb ($7,800)

With valuable selections at top laner and jungler, there are unlikely to be too many budgetary constraints for the rest of this slate. Doinb is the most expensive mid laner on this slate but is worth the price. Doinb forms one half of one of the most explosive mid-bot laner pairs in the LPL. He had just one kill but averaged 8.5 assists per map in the opener.

Others to consider: Mole ($7,600)

ADC

y4 ($7,800)

Victory Five didn’t start the split well, losing in the third map. However, there were bright signs in the lanes, particularly in the bottom lane with y4’s proficiency. He put up 10 kills with five deaths in the opening game. Victory Five has been an enigma in the LPL, but the team is now getting its due respect.

Others to consider: Deft ($7,600)

Support

Crisp ($5,400)

Even though EDward Gaming is a solid LPL team, FunPlus Phoenix seems like a reliable stacking target from this slate. Crisp did his job nicely in the opening encounter, racking up 15 assists over two maps. He even had three kills and three deaths, which increases his fantasy attraction.

Team

FunPlus Phoenix ($5,200)

You will be left with nothing if you pick your roster exactly like above. This could be one permutation you consider for Saturday’s games. The only demerit of this strategy is the heavy stacking play from FunPlus Phoenix. If you’re fine with this level of risk, then there could be a heavy reward at the end of the day, particularly if FunPlus can replicate the first performance.

Set your DraftKings fantasy League of Legends lineups here: LCK-LPL $40K Shock Blast [$10K to 1st]


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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.