Originally published at: https://esportsone.com/blog/the-analysts-lineup-playoffs-week-2/
Important Playoff Updates:
- Lineups lock this THURSDAY @ 1 PM PT
- LCS Teams in the upper bracket have the opportunity to play 2 series during this contest if they lose their first series. This is called the “Guardian Angel” Schedule (GA)
- To account for the Best of 5 Series’, we take the 3 highest game scores for each player for their fantasy scores on the week
See Playoff Rules & Scoring for all changes: Read Here
To help provide some insight on the thought process that goes into building a lineup, I am (so graciously) sharing my actual lineup with you and talking through my decisions. There are many factors and strategies to consider when filling each slot, so hopefully, my perspective can help shed some light on your own! And besides, talking lineups with other fans is one of the best parts of E1 Fantasy! GLFH!
Top: RGE Finn vs FNC ($230k)
Top laner for #1 LEC seed favored to win that has an in-lane opponent that had died 20 more times than any other LEC Top Laner (Bwipo). I just couldn’t pass that up. I really like G2 Wunder and S04 Odoamne, but Finn’s price made him my final choice. I had Odoamne in here at one point but ended up preferring 3 S04 players in different positions to hitman max. Finn is a safe player that doesn’t carry often, but I’m hoping the tantalizing in-lane matchup allows him to do so.
Other considerations: G2 Wunder ($270k), S04 Odoamne ($240k)
Jungler: S04 GodGilius vs SK ($270k)
Do I need to explain? Ok, I will anyways. Out of all available Junglers, I see Gilius as having the highest Kill potential, averaging 6.3 per game over his last 6 games. S04 leads all remaining teams in Kills per Win (19.9), so they will rack up the Kills in each W they get (which I expect to be 3). G2 Jankos was very enticing here, but the combination of the $10k difference and the fact that S04 has already shown 32+ point game potential (4 of last 6 games) pushed me to the God. Also, I would take FLY Santorin over anybody at the position, but my wallet is too small.
Other considerations: G2 Jankos ($280k), FLY Santorin ($300k)
Mid: S04 Fakerdagge vs SK ($280k)
This was actually the easiest pick of my lineup. The only other Mids I am this excited about are the Big 3 in G2 Caps, RGE Larssen and FLY POE, but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to afford them because I didn’t want to go budget at Bot. MAD Humanoid is a solid option, but I strayed from him after building my lineup around a G2 > MAD win. As much as anybody wants to talk about how hot GodGilius is, Fakerdagge has been just as hot (if not hotter). His Kills totals over his last 4 games: 12, 8, 7 and 7.
Other considerations: MAD Humanoid ($290k), G2 Caps ($330k)
Bot: G2 Perkz vs MAD ($330k)
It always feels good to have to #1 scorer of the week in your lineup and as your Captain :). I believe that G2 will win, and WHEN they do, it will be either Caps or Perkz as the highest scoring player on the slate. Of all remaining teams, G2 has the highest Kills per Win average (18.63), and MAD Lions has the highest Deaths per Loss average (21.25), so THERE WILL BE BLOOD. I had FLY WildTurtle in here at one point as he is extremely safe, but spent up the extra $10k to sacrifice safety for the upside. Finn, Fakerdagge, and S04 team are the options that let me go pricey here.
Captain Pick: You already know I think Perkz will be the highest scoring player of them all. Jhin & Caitlyn accounted for his final 4 games of the regular season, and I expect Caps to be more targeted in Bans than Perkz.
Other considerations: FLY WildTurtle ($320k), RGE Hans Sama ($280k)
Support: TL CoreJJ vs GG & TSM if they lose ($140k)
I wanted an absolute guarantee that I will get 3 wins from my Support, so I started from the bottom up and figured out how cheap I could go while still accomplishing that. I couldn’t do S04 Dreams because I already have 3 S04 members, so then there were GG Huhi and RGE Vander. Although I expect both to get 3 wins, I don’t expect either of them to score much at all as Vander has the 2nd worst KP in the LEC, and GG’s playstyle doesn’t result in a lot of Kills. So I threw in a couple of extra bucks to get CoreMVP as he has topped 15 in 4 of his last 5 games.
Other considerations: GG Huhi ($130k), RGE Vander ($130k)
Team: FC Schalke 04 vs SK ($250k)
Just like Support, I started from the bottom and wanted a required 3 wins. Although I think S04 brings more risk than other teams, especially compared to the LCS teams with the GA schedule, their price opened up a ton for me. Also, I with GodGilius and Fakerdagge already in my lineup, I am clearly committing to a S04 win this week, and doubled down with the selection of the team.
Other considerations: G2 ($270k), TL ($290k)