LCK is finally starting back up making bigger slates, more lineup construction, and overall just more interesting LoL DFS. I’m giving a quick rundown of the slate while looking at some of my favorite LoL DFS picks for DraftKings, while also squeezing out some potential value.
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Team WE (WE) vs. Victory Five (V5)
LNG Esports (LNG) vs. Invictus Gaming (IG)
GEN.G (GEN) vs. KT Rolster (KT)
T1 (T1) vs. Hanwha Life Esports (HLE)
LPL Starting Lineups:
Luckily for LoL DFS players we should get the first LCK starting lineups before lock, which is nice for the other team in this series. GEN is once again in a great spot to be a challenging team that only needs a little bit of overperformance to lurk around the top of the standings. Opening against this KT roster should be step one in a positive 2021, with the only question being if they’ll get to the 15.2 kills per game they averaged in summer 2020. Life is great. He can be a bit inconsistent LoL DFS wise, however it’s difficult for me to not like a support in a series I think GEN takes 2-0.
If KT overperforms, this is a massive roster which could eventually be one you could take shots at when they’re the second series hoping to get right. They’re not overperforming yet, and we should get starters before lock, however I still don’t see LoL DFS players flocking to this team. HyBriD being the replacement for Aiming is interesting as both were asked to should the load throughout much of 2020. Any KT series win not featuring HyBrid performing well would be a massive surprise.
Game 2 for WE was gifted to them by an overeager RW squad, however we’re already seeing glimpses of what this roster can do with a more flexible mid laner. WE playing their second series here might be the little edge they need over V5. With WE being such a solid team front to back, any individual player capable of going off in the LoL DFS sphere, making them generally solid options. Tonight needs a bit of caution when it comes to WE as they’re very expensive, making them a possible pay up to be contrarian team should their projected ownership be low. Beishang started 2021 in first gear, however it’s difficult to see how he isn’t very involved should WE take the series.
Langx is the new addition to a V5 roster that surprised many in summer, while Alliez joins back after a brief stint with OMG. LoL DFS wise, V5 was an extremely involved team with four players over 70% kill participation in summer, making them a team that is very intriguing if they’re able to find success. V5 shouldn’t get blown out by too many teams, and WE honestly should’ve lost their second game against RW, making V5 an appealing, cheaper LoL DFS option. Jiumeng has his ups and downs, making y4 someone I’ll be looking at, after RW rookie kelin performed quite well against WE.
T1 is a very solid team that should once again contest for the top spot in LCK. Keria came in during the offseason from DRX, making the SUP slot for T1 much stronger than it was with Effort. There’s not many worlds where T1 comes out and just flattens HLE, and any result seems possible in this series. I say this, but T1 as favorites does makes sense here, I’m just less convinced of them winning cleaning while also being great LoL DFS options. Should they come out firing though, Canna really solidified himself in 2020, and his matchup is one that T1 has a definite advantage.
HANWHA LIFE ESPORTS
It was surprising to me to see how big of a favorite T1 is this series. Not that T1 won’t win this series, just HLE’s new additions made the talent difference not as wide. HLE is fully capable of winning this series, and even though they did come in 3rd/4th at Kespa Cup, they were the only team to take a game off DWG. Granted, a lot of their Kespa Cup performance showed many hiccups with the roster, but it’s tricky to see how this roster doesn’t eek out a playoff berth. New MID laner Chovy is the most exciting new addition for HLE, and he’s the one I’ll trust the most tonight if HLE pulls off the upset.
This is a difficult team to figure out from their offseason. Is icon washe, iIs Tarzan going to be as good as he was in spring 2019, will Light finally shine? So many questions and I haven’t even touched on M1kuya who is a steep downgrade over the former face of the organization Flandre. Overall, this team doesn’t seem to have the talent on paper to challenge for playoffs, but their placement range is quite large, making them potentially a team that could cause a few upsets over the season. Unfortunately and fortunately, IG already has a series under their belt against a good JDG, and IG has been known to play to the level of their opponents at times. Tarzan is my favorite option if you’re considering LNG.
IG didn’t mess around against JDG, showing the potency we all know they’re capable of. Having already played a series, IG should have few issues in disposing of an eclectic LNG roster, however IG is fully capable of a letdown performance against teams they should crush. Perhaps unsurprisingly Rookie is very very good, and honestly while it’s possible they methodically take down IG, everyone on IG appears to be great LoL DFS options.
Favorite LoL DFS plays on the slate:
JNG-XUN. XUN came out and looked very solid in IG’s opening series against Kanavi and JDG. Unless Tarzan finds his best jungler in the world form of spring 2019, we could see XUN be very active in a series IG should win comfortably.
MID-BDD. If BDD randomly doesn’t start, that would not only be weird, but not the weirdest thing to happen in LCK LoL DFS wise. GEN winning 2-0 here seems most likely, making BDD someone who should be in the mix.
Favorite contrarian LoL DFS play on the slate:
MID-Chovy. Picking against Faker is rarely fun to do, but I just think the line is too big in favor of T1. Chovy is still world class, and HLE is a team that is a little bit exciting in 2021.