Two series featuring negligible skill differences between teams highlight the LPL tonight. I’m taking a peek at each game and providing some of my favorite LoL DFS picks on the slate.
Series 1: LNG Esports (LNG) vs. Bilibili Gaming (BLG)
Series 2: Royal Never Give Up (RNG) vs. Team WE (WE)
LPL Starting Lineups
Coming off a series loss against VG, LNG needs to regain momentum in this series against a similar team in BLG. I must admit that I am utterly baffled to see that LNG is the most expensive team on both DraftKings and FanDuel. I understand the other game should also be a tight affair, but it’s difficult to not get sticker shock here. It seems like LNG could be pretty popular in what looks to be a close encounter, even so I’ll still be getting to my fair share of LNG. Either team can definitely win here, and if LNG comes out on top, I believe Light likely will take advantage of the weak point of the BLG roster at the ADC position.
This team hasn’t played in a little while, and they’re coming off losses in their previous two series against TES and V5. As much as I’m not excited to roster either side of this game, I’m going to have to, as both of these teams have their specks of talent. In BLG stacks, the player I’m most confident in overall is FoFo. However, he’s facing off against Maple on the their side. BLG finally decided to start their better jungler tonight, and if I add that to the changes LNG made, I can see Meteor breaking free from his chains should BLG take the series.
Royal Never Give Up
What a tricky little two-gamer this slate is. The early morning hammer should be a tightly contested affair between two likely playoff teams that both have flaws, as RNG can just lose games. They can look awful on a whim, which makes no sense as their roster is pretty solid. There were a couple of substitutions made in the last series as Cryin and 705 made their RNG debuts. Both players looked OK even in a loss, and I’m interested in seeing if either player sticks around in the future. We live in a world where Cryin is starting this series, and I do like the spot for him. Teacherma shouldn’t threaten him during laning phase, and if RNG manages to punish WE’s weaker early game, Cryin might go underowned due to him being a substitute.
I’m constantly perplexed by WE and, as a byproduct, the entire LPL. They’re a fun team to watch, and they have their own style, but my brain keeps telling me it has to stop working at some point. Naturally, it hasn’t yet and it might not ever, as playing to strengths is recommended for any team. That’s something I wish more teams in esports and sports in general understood. This team fights smart, and four of their players have over 70% kill participation, which often makes them exceptional LoL DFS plays in series wins. Beishang tends to be a key cog in the WE train, and if he can get going, WE very easily could win the series.
Favorite LOL DFS Play
ADC – Light. I don’t really trust anybody too much in either series, but as long as Light can carry the mid to late game, then I like him a bit. Though I’m scared that lwandy is back at the support position, Duan isn’t necessarily a world beater either.
Favorite LOL DFS Contrarian Play
ADC – Betty. I took a glance at Awesemo’s ownership projections and Betty seems like he’ll fit the mold of contrarian for tonight. The ADC is pumping out the damage early in the season, and if RNG takes advantage of WE’s early game, Betty can get comfortable and quietly put up big numbers.
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