League of Legends DFS Picks, DraftKings & FanDuel Lineup Advice: May 28 MSC
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This article is not intended to go in-depth on the intricacies of League of Legends, nor is it going to discuss detailed player news. Instead, it's meant to be a high-level road map for the DraftKings and FanDuel slates.
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Note: There will only be a Daily Plug for select slates until the LPL returns on June 5. Tonight's Plug is for the Mid Season Cup, an international tournament featuring the top four teams from both the LPL and LCK.
JDG -161 / GEN +132, Total Kills: 24.5
iG -124 / DRX +102, Total Kills: 28.5
General League of Legends DFS Tips
- In every lineup, stack 4 players from one squad, 3 from another creating a 4-3 lineup because of the massive amount of correlation between teammates.
- There are exceptions for smaller slates -- which we'll list here when applicable -- but it's the optimal approach on most slates. EXCEPTION TONIGHT, READ BELOW
- NOTE: If playing LoL on FanDuel, it requires you to use THREE teams -- 4-2-1, 3-3-1, OR 3-2-2 is the optimal approach there.
- NEVER stack teams playing in the same game (example: don't stack 4 guys from JDG and 3 guys from GEN tonight). EXCEPTION TONIGHT, READ BELOW
- Do not use the same TEAM as your CPT (e.g. if you CPT someone from JDG do not use JDG as your TEAM roster spot). While this roster construction can win, especially on smaller slates and with favorite-heavy lineups, the field uses it far too often compared to its actual winning percentage. EXCEPTION TONIGHT, READ BELOW
- Do not CPT a SUP or TEAM as these positions historically do not score enough fantasy points to be worth the 1.5x multiplier. The only exception? CPTing SUPs on large favorites when you're also stacking another large favorite.
Those are the basic lineup rules -- adhere to those and you'll be ahead of the field.
JDG: Zoom, Kanavi, Yagao, LokeN, LvMao
GEN: Rascal, Clid, Bdd, Ruler, Life
DRX: Doran, Pyosik, Chovy, Deft, Keria
iG: TheShy, Ning, Rookie, Puff, Southwind
kenzi131 on Twitter attempts to post starting lineups before each game, generally an hour or so before it starts.
SLATE NOTES: LOL DFS LINEUP ADVICE, CONTEST RECOMMENDATIONS, BANKROLL ALLOCATION
- Bankroll allocation: Use 0-1% of your bankroll.
- Low-risk lineup strategy: With two smaller favorites and the uncertainty of inter-league matchups, it's not a low-risk slate on either site. If you must, 4-3 stack the two favorites, JDG and iG.
- Low-risk contest selection: The best ROIs will likely be found in single entry 50/50s and H2Hs, so look there first. Try to find H2Hs and small field double ups with inexperienced entrants, as there could be plenty with no other daily fantasy sports to play.
- General high-risk lineup strategy:
- Leave salary on the table, especially if using a popular CPT or stacking popular teams -- think NFL Showdown.
- Through our lineup research, we've discovered a couple roster constructions that will automatically be duplicated by 30+ users in large-field high-risk contests:
- 4-3 stacking the biggest favorites on the slate -- the only way to avoid this is to CPT a SUP from either large favorite, as this will significantly reduce the number of duplicated lineups. If you do CPT a SUP, be sure to pair him with his ADC.
- 4-3 stacking a large favorite and ANY other team on the slate where your CPT is part of the large favorite 4-man stack (the alternative is using the CPT from the "3" part of your stack). The one time where you can break the "don't use a CPT from the same team as your TEAM" rule is now when you have an underdog 3-stack at CPT and a popular 4-man stack -- it reduces duplication and keeps upside for your expensive 4-man stack.
- The field has gotten sharper since LOL DFS exploded, making any 4-3 stack (even underdog-underdog combinations) with an optimal CPT from your "4" stack heavily duplicated (not always 30+, but 10+ instances for less popular setups) in large-field high-risk contests. If you want to avoid duplication, you can't use a CPT from your "4" team unless it's a 4-2-1 approach with underdogs or a 4-3 with two massive underdogs.
- Avoid those roster constructions (minus the exceptions) if at all possible in LARGE-FIELD high-risk. They are still fine to use in smaller contests (leagues, 20-500 player contests, satellites, boosters, etc).
- If you want to stack large favorites and use one of their players as a CPT, it's best to use a 4-2-1 or 3-3-1 stack.
- For FanDuel especially where you have to use players from three teams, a 4-2-1 setup where the "1" is the TEAM is massively popular. To become unique, literally just the "1" as your TOP, JNG, or MID and you're good to go (this also works for DK).
- ADCs and MIDs have the highest upside, followed by JNGs, so lean towards those positions as your CPTs if salary allows.
- The best high-risk approach tonight is as follows:
- For DraftKings:
- There are six games tonight (each of the four teams in this group playing the other once), but the DraftKings featured slate is just for the first two matchups (odds listed above).
- If we want to win tickets or not tie with 100s of players for first place in high-risk contests, there are a couple ways to differentiate on a 2-game, best-of-1 slate:
- Stack at least one underdog (GEN or iG) in a 3-4 setup where the CPT is a TOP, JNG, or MID (ordered by increasing popularity). This alone doesn't guarantee relative uniqueness, but you can either a) use the same TEAM as your CPT, and/or b) do NOT use an ADC with his SUP. This all but guarantees you won't be heavily duplicated.
- Use a 3-4 setup (CPT = 3) with a MID CPT while also using that team's TOP. For whatever reason, this isn't heavily duplicated, especially if using at least one underdog.
- The only way to use a 4-3 stack tonight (CPT = 4) is by using both underdogs together. We expect GEN to be the lowest owned team of the night, so expect to gain heavy leverage by using them. In your 4-3 underdog stacks, use the above rules for MID CPT uniqueness.
- Game-stack: The ideal game stack approach is a 4-(2-1), where the 2-1 comes from the same game. Using a TEAM as your "1" in this scenario is too popular, so use a JNG, TOP, or MID.
- You can also (4-2)-1 game stack in super high-risk contests. Game stacking in either manner allows you to use more optimal CPTs (ADCs, MIDs).
- For FanDuel:
- FanDuel has an entirely different format: "Each team will play one game against each of the other three teams, despite only the first games being listed. Scoring will accumulate from all three games (tiebreakers excluded)."
- This means a couple of things: 1) because they play each other in game 1, game stacks from the first two matchups will be under-owned, so there's leverage in using those, 2) lineups are more likely to be optimal with each team playing three games, so "weirder" stacks and sub-optimal CPTs are less likely to hit.
- Based on moneylines, expect the most popular teams to be (in order): JDG, iG, DRX, GEN. Consider DRX and GEN the "underdogs" of this slate.
- Using last night's data, the way to get unique (with upside) on FanDuel's slate is a 3-3-1 stack, where you do not use the TEAM as your "1" off (unless it's GEN, who should be low owned).
- Lean more towards MID and JNG CPTs on FanDuel for uniqueness given the 3-team requirement, especially when salary allows for an ADC CPT.
- The small underdog status combined with their expected low ownership makes GEN our preferred team to stack on the slate. Betting markets give them a 40 percent chance to win, but their stacks will be less than 20 percent owned on both sites.
- Reminder that the smaller your contest is, the less of the lineup duplication rules above you need to use. Just playing a 10-player league? Feel free to 4-3 stack with optimal CPTs, including favorites (ADCs, MIDs). The larger the contest, the more steps you need to take to ensure profitability when you hit.
- For DraftKings:
- Low-risk versus high-risk allocation balance:
- It's a really high-risk night where your sole goal should be to play cheaply and hope to pick up some satellite tickets -- there are some available for every sport imaginable. We're playing for outlier situations using the above strategies, so while the reward will be massive when we hit, it's very likely to bust.
- High-risk contest selection:
- Summer Season Openers! $20 tickets to the LPL/LCK Summer League opening slate are now available in the DK lobby.
- DK is running the $555 LoL Online Championship, date TBD -- larger bankrolls (think $2000 or more) should start targeting those satellites.
- If you plan on playing CSGO, MMA, Bundesliga, or PGA, there are cheap satellites for these sports as well.
- For smaller bankrolls on FanDuel, you can start racking up tickets to the 6/12 $4 Super Nexus GPP and 6/6 $8 UFC Super Octagon. Larger bankrolls can target the $555 UFC, PGA, and NASCAR MEGA Monsters.
- Stick to Quintuple Ups, 10x boosters, Single Entry -- especially later posting ones with less than 500 entrants -- and 3-Max tournaments unless you plan on making 20+ lineups. Fortunately, it is easy to create tons of lineups quickly by hand, especially using the above guidelines.
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