DFS League of Legends advice from a guy who has a whopping one week of experience playing DFS LoL.
Quarantine life is a very rough life is it is. When you add the fact that there is absolutely zero live sports to watch and/or bet on, it just heightens the issue.
But my life has been changed. I discovered LEAGUE OF LEGENDS DFS.
In my quest to conquer LoL DFS, I read all the content I could possibly read, and obviously relied heavily on our E-Sports Expert Moose’s articles for his leans.
It became obvious to me that there were a few big similarities between LoL and NHL.
In NHL DFS, the vast majority of your points come from goals and assists. You’ll get some more points from shots and blocked shots, and you’ll get even more points if your players reach a specific bonus (three goals, three points, five shots, or three blocked shots). There’s also goalies who will get points from saves and lose points for goals against.
In LoL DFS, the vast majority of your points come from kills and assists, though it should be noted that there’s only a 1 point difference between a kill and an assist. You also lose one point for each death. There’s also something called a “creep” which is related to the number of minions, monsters, and champion pets that a player kills. These are unrelated to opponent kills, which are obviously worth more and mean more. Lastly, there’s the team position that accumulates points from taking down turrets, killing dragons, and killing barons. As a whole, this spot is rarely going to make or break you.
In NHL DFS, we play eight skaters, and tend to rely on a variety of different stacking options. The most common one we’ll see is a 4-3-1, but we’ve definitely experimented with quite a few this season, including the 3-2-1 (not counting D), 3-3-1-1, and much more.
In LoL DFS, you play seven positions (six individual players with one team). It’s very clear that the most common one is 4-3, and it probably should be used the vast majority of the time. There are a few scenarios where you can try an alternative stack, such as a 4-2-1 or 3-3-1.
Why do we stack? Because in the NHL, there’s a high likelihood that if you score a goal, it’s probably going to be assisted by a teammate you’re on the ice with. In LoL, it’s just as likely to have a kill that’s assisted by one or two teammates. On top of that, you’re not going to have to worry about correlation because all five team members are on the map at the same time and don’t get “subbed” out.
ODDITIES AND MY APPROACH
Obviously, with LoL DFS, you’re working with a captain’s spot that earns 1.5x more points than then regular positions. It’s pretty straightforward, you need to largely stick with only MID’s and ADC’s because they generally accumulate the most fantasy points. There are certain TOP’s and JNG’s who are top-notch throughout the major LoL leagues who can potentially be used in the captain’s spot, but more often than not, you’ll continue to stick with those MID’s and ADC’s.
You’ll also notice that there have been situations where a team can be an astronomical favorite. Yes, if the Ottawa Senators face one of the top three teams in the league, it’s very possible for that team to be a -300 or -350 favorite. Incredibly, in some of these LPL or LCK matches, it’s not crazy to see a team as a -3000 favorite. In general, I’m willing to completely eliminate players/teams from my player pool that are ginormous underdogs. Those ginormous underdogs are extremely unlikely to ever accumulate enough points to win a contest.
I’m also usually playing more than one lineup. I use FantasyCruncher to crunch lineups. I definitely run a TON of simulations to see what my possibilities are. For instance, if you played today’s LCS slate, you would have noticed that C9 at 16-1 had some of the most expensive players on the slate. Still, I marked them as one of my top plays of the day, hoping they’d be a little under-owned given the fact that they didn’t have much to play for. I added them in some 4-3 stacks, some of them with Nisqy (the MID) and Zven (the ADC) in the captain’s spot and realized that going that route really limited my options, so I tried to do the same thing with some 3-3-1 stacks and some 4-2-1 stacks. Ultimately, I’ll take a few of each stack type and put them together in my main lineup set.
First off, I want to point out the obvious in that I’VE PLAYED THIS FOR SEVEN DAYS. I am not an expert and nowhere even close to an expert at LoL DFS. It’s just my perspective and understanding of things, and I feel there is merit because I’ve definitely won more than I’ve lost throughout these seven days.
But at any rate, I should say that leading up to quarantine life, I was doing everything imaginable to improve my NHL game. I looked over my lineups, and even ran “make believe” lineups with various stack types. I felt like I was getting closer and closer to nailing that big score, but as sad as it sounds, it’s sounding less and less likely that we’re going to see regular season hockey come back into our lives. Still, I was able to learn a lot from examining those NHL lineups, and I think it has helped me improve my overall game theory as a whole.
I’ll definitely continue to give League of Legends DFS a strong look and see if I can continue to find some good trends. I am definitely intrigued by some of the other E-Sports, and especially Rocket League considering I actually played the game a bit when it first came out.
But lastly, I just want to wish all you guys the best. I feel very fortunate to still have stability in my day job as well as the support of the Elite Sports family, and I know most people aren’t really in that type of situation. Hang in there, guys. Hopefully things will get better sooner rather than later.