Originally published at: https://esportsone.com/blog/lcs-lock-in-week-2-captains-2021/
Okay so your lineup is set, now upon which head do you lay the Captain Crown? Pick 2 Champions for your Captain, and if they play either one, you get 50% bonus to the fantasy points in those games. There are different strategies to use when picking a Captain, but the end goal is always to get those extra points. Getting the Captain bonuses separates the chumps from the champs, so be ready to read the meta and use that crystal ball!
- Best Overall Captain: A threat to lead all players in scoring with a predictable Champion pool
- Risky Captain: High upside value, but more risk due to Champion variety
- Safe Captain: Sacrificing some upside to make sure that you get the Champion picks correct
Best Overall captain: EG Deftly: Kaisa & Jhin
Zven is dreamy for a lot of reasons. Strictly talking about Fantasy LoL, he is the highest priced Bot Laner available, the position that is the most predictable for Champions and scores the most points on average. Samira & Jhin are the two most popular and lethal Champs available, so you know what Zven will be hoping to play.
Risky Captain: 100 Closer: Olaf & Taliyah
PowerOfEvil & resource dependant Mages. Name a more iconic duo… Mid Lane is always the same story for Captains; just as much scoring upside as Bots but a little less predictable Champion pool. POE can absolutely pop off this week to prove he can fill Bjergsen’s shoes, and we all know he wants to lean on these 2 Mages to do so.
safe Captain: 100 FBI: Kaisa & Aphelios
Even though Tactical may not have the scoring ceiling of Zven, he is a better bet to lead his team in Kills, as he did all Summer. Kaisa & Jhin are the most picked Bot Laners available, and we already know he has each option mastered.
Deeper Dive – Captain Role Meta
Honestly, Impact as Captain with Renekton would’ve been slick last week. Renekton is King Croc of the Top Lane for sure, but I still don’t recommend using your crowd here with the capped scoring upside.
Graves is a lock, but then the second will vary by person between Taliyah, Nidalee & Lillia (I rank them in that order for most likely). Unless you go Closer (which I wouldn’t blame you), then you have to get that Olaf in there.
People like Perkz want Yone for style points, but he still isn’t a lock. Syndra & Orianna are still the go-to’s for your kill-potential Mids, but I would caution against it. The Mid Laners who are worth captaining have wide and unpredictable pools, as we saw Perkz, Jiizuke, and Jensen each use a different Champion each game.
Kaisa, Samira, & Jhin are the big 3 at the premier position, with Aphelios working 3000 years on a case to join. This is where you want to use your Captain, even regardless of who you go here.
Huhi Sett/Lulu? CoreJJ Thresh/Leona? No, don’t do it. Just be happy with all the Assists!