Call of Duty DFS – Core Plays for DraftKings & FanDuel – May 22, 2020 (5/22/20)

Diving into the Call of Duty League DFS Core Plays for the Friday, May 22, 2020, four-game slate on DraftKings and FanDuel.

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As we touched on heavily in our Introduction to Call of Duty DFS article, the strategy deployed in creating an optimal roster is going to be a little bit different than what the average DFS player is used to. Mainly we focused on how there is no Game Length Adjustment in Call of Duty DFS, or more simply, there are no bonus points awarded for matches not played or for sweeping an opponent. This is going to weigh heavily into our decisions here as instead of focusing on the big Vegas favorites, we are going to focus more on the teams we think will play four or even five games in a match.

Paris Legion Vs. Chicago Huntsman (-550)

We get an interesting eight teams in this Seattle home event as Chicago and Minnesota are the only two teams with a winning record and the rest of the field being made up of the bottom half of the league. That doesn’t necessarily mean we are going to see bad Call of Duty this weekend, as teams like Seattle, London, and New York have all shown some flashes of promise recently and this event, without a ton of sharks, may be their best chance to make a run at an event win. The interesting thing here is both DraftKings and FanDuel didn’t price Chicago up at all, in fact they are one of the least expensive stacks. These two teams have met twice on the season, with Chicago winning both matches, but never sweeping Paris. These two teams have played a total of four Hardpoint matches against each other with Paris winning three of them, though, in all the losses, the lowest score on either side was 216 and all other games 230. This shows that Hardpoint games have been very competitive between these two teams and produce a lot of kills. Back at the Dallas event, in their first Hardpoint game, the lowest kill number from Paris was 30 by Shockz, while Zed led the way with 41. The second matchup went a bit different, as Louqa led the way with 26. On the Chicago side, we saw a much better kills performance in the London event than the Dallas one. Chicago won the matchup in London 3-2. As a note, Gunless appears to have been benched for this event and newly signed Prestini will start in his place. Though the odds are strong here, Chicago is a -200 favorite for this to go at least four games.

Core Plays

Arcitys, CHI (DK: $8,400 | FD: $9,100) – All in all, this price is just too low for a guy who was at one point an over $10,000 player. Though there is no sugar-coating that this Paris team has actually given Arcity’s some fits as he has multiple Hardpoint games with a 0.80 K/D or worse. But, this is still this team’s best K/D player who is used to playing a consistent role for this Huntsman team. A lot of people are going to look at the Chicago box scores and see the 0-3 loss to Dallas where Arcitys only scored 37 fantasy points and be scared off of the play, but when Chicago gets to a fourth game, this is a guy who can get you kill points and objective points in a hurry. Chicago is the most talented team here, but I think this Paris matchup is incredibly sneaky and has a great chance to go four or five games despite the odds signaling otherwise.

Envoy and FormaL are the two other guys I am interested in from this Chicago side. Recently, Envoy has been the kill leader for this team, while FormaL has been the K/D leader. The prices are just too low on these guys to not get some exposure too and adding in the history of the matchups between these teams we have a great shot at four games.  It should be mentioned that Scump does hold a 45 kill game against Paris this season.

Shockz, PAR (DK: $6,600 | FD: $8,700) – You can see the stark contrast in pricing here between DraftKings and FanDuel, as DraftKings priced Shockz as the fourth most expensive player on Paris, while FanDuel priced him as their second. I land in the FanDuel side here for pricing accuracy as even though Shockz didn’t have a great event two weeks ago, he didn’t really get a great opportunity against Atlanta and then a sweep from Optic. As mentioned earlier, Paris and Chicago have played four Hardpoint matches against each other this season. In those four games, Shockz has averaged 28 kills, including a 37/23 and a 30/26. The pricing on DraftKings is overall pretty soft, but if you do need any salary relief of any kind, I think this is an easy one-off. As a whole, Shockz hasn’t had a season to memorialize, but he seems to play Chicago well.

Denz gets an honorable mention here as he holds games of 40/19 and 36/23 in Hardpoint games against Chicago as well. I personally don’t think this Chicago team is the cream of the crop and have shown some vulnerable moments. Paris has faced some tough matchups recently and Denz is one of the leagues K/D leaders and Hardpoint K/D players.

London Royal Ravens (-300) Vs. Los Angeles Guerrillas

One thing we definitely have here is enough recent data on London as this will be their third straight event that they appear in. London has had one of the most recent tough roads as in their last four matches they have played Atlanta twice, Chicago, and a hot Optic Gaming team. London sits at 5-9 on the league, but a deceptive 5-9 as their event draws have been pretty brutal. So it will be a welcoming sight to see the league-worst, Los Angeles Guerrillas in their first matchup this weekend. For the sake of this article, I am not going to focus on LAG at all. If you are really itching to get some LAG exposure, for me it stops at AquA and Blazt, but more so likely stops at AquA as he is the only positive K/D guy here. I do not view this team highly. If you want a takeaway here, LAG will be extremely low owned and if you are really trying to gain an edge you can stack and pray. But that isn’t really my style. As a note, Jurd has been replaced by Zero on London.  Despite the -300 odds on London here, the over/under has been set at 4.5 games, which is a great sign for avoiding a sweep.

Core Plays

Wuskin, LON (DK: $8,400 | FD: $8,900) – The last event out Wuskin showed his ceiling and what makes him a slate breaking play week in and week out when he put up 97 kills to just 71 deaths in a five-game win over OGLA. Wuskin has been the overwhelming K/D leader for this team and that isn’t just him not dying, he is also the kill leader with the highest averages in both Hardpoint and Domination. I’ve mentioned it already, but the draw for London has been tough, and in the one match against a team weaker than London he put up 139 fantasy points. This matchup is even better than the one with OGLA. At price, Wuskin may again be my favorite play on this entire slate and the fact that he isn’t the most expensive option on either site is baffling to me. Recency bias likely places his price correctly, but using a larger sample and he is far too cheap. This is a $10,000 play in my own opinion and I don’t foresee me having a ton of lineups without a share of Wuskin either in a London stack or as my main one-off. As always, the fear here is a 3-0 London sweep.

Skrapz, LON (DK: $8,800 | FD: $10,100) – Skrapz carried an offensive load for London against Chicago a month ago with 93 kills as opposed to just 64 deaths. Despite losing the series 3-1, Skrapz was scattered amongst the optimal lineup for these contests from the Chicago event. Most recently in the Florida event, he was a bit quieter and fell on the suboptimal side of lineups. Skrapz is still averaging over 23 kills per Hardpoint/Domination map and leads this team in flag captures which is a nice objective injection. I don’t see myself paying this price tag on FanDuel, but the price on DraftKings fits with any London stack you are trying to do.

Dylan, LON (DK: $8,600 | FD: $8,300) – Eliminate the recent matchups with Atlanta, and Dylan is averaging over 115 fantasy points. We saw over 100 kills against Optic Gaming two weeks ago and 93 kill performance against Chicago. As long as we get four games out of this series, Dylan has a massive kill ceiling as he averages near 28 kills per Hardpoint match.

London TEAM – The London team is priced as the second cheapest on DraftKings at $1,400 while being the third most expensive on FanDuel.

Minnesota ROKKR (-165) Vs. Optic Gaming Los Angeles

This is by far the most intriguing matchup of this first day of action as we get a perceived good team coming off of a disappointing event and then a team perceived bad coming off of a finals run in Seattle. Minnesota started off the Florida event on fire with a 3-0 win over Florida but then followed it up with a 3-1 loss to Toronto and a 3-0 loss to New York. Optic started the event off by losing to London 3-2 before running the table with a 3-0 win over Paris, 3-0 win over London, and a 3-2 win over Toronto to reach the finals where they ultimately fell 3-1 to Atlanta. The low fantasy output by Minnesota might scare some players off of this team, but we have to remember that GodRx, Assault, and Alexx are all 1.10 K/D or higher players who all average over 26 kills per Hardpoint match. I speak to recency bias frequently and how important it is to not fall into that line of thinking and this matchup is going to make that tough as the most recent data may paint opposite pictures of how we should approach this.

Core Plays

GodRx, MIN (DK: $8,000 | FD: $9,200) – We only got three games against Florida and GodRx didn’t have the best of games against Toronto, but this is still a league leader in K/D, Hardpoint K/D, and Hardpoint kills per game. I am not letting one event sway the historical data as GodRx is still one of the top five players in all of the Call of Duty League. He is also a guy who will get you objective points as he averages 55 seconds of hill time as well. Looking at his box scores on DraftKings paints a way different picture than those first two sentences, but I don’t hold much worry in a one event sample size of box scores. This match is going to be hard to predict and as long as we don’t think Optic’s recent performance was a fluke, then we should be fine to target this matchup heavily as they actually match up pretty well.

Assault and Alexx are also guys I will be attacking heavily in stacks and one-offs. I think Assault may actually be the highest owned of this Minnesota group as even in a 3-1 loss against Toronto he still managed 105 fantasy points. None of these guys are priced too high where you can fit them in without much work on DraftKings.

Dashy, OGLA (DK: $9,400 | FD: $9,300) – Dashy and this Optic Gaming team went to five games twice last event and Dashy took full advantage finishing with 127 and 142 fantasy points. Dashy is the catalyst for this OGLA squad as him and SlasheR are the only two guys who have a K/D over 1.00. Dashy is also top five in the league for kills per Hardpoint match. I do see a scenario where Minnesota wins this match and Optic doesn’t live up to their current hype. I also can see a scenario where Dashy and SlasheR are higher owned then they should be. Optic made a roster change last event replacing JKap with Chino and though Chino offers no real fantasy upside, it definitely changed the appearance of this Optic team overall.

SlasheR, OGLA (DK: $9,200 | FD: $8,800) – SlasheR is the 1B to Dashy’s 1A. Similar to Dashy, in both five-game series the last event out, SlasheR put up 126 and 146 fantasy points. SlasheR’s MO is more one of not dying as opposed to putting up massive kill games, but in the end, the lack of deaths will equal a few extra kills scoring-wise in the end. SlasheR has one of the highest floors of any player in this league as he is well-rounded in all game modes and remains involved in the objective. I am hesitant to over-expose myself to this Optic team as they are still 5-9 on the year. Was Chino as big of a team upgrade as this last event showed? There are still questions to be answered here for Optic and I wish I could watch one more match with them before having to roster them in a fantasy contest.

Seattle Surge Vs. New York Subliners (-400)

We end night one of the Seattle event with two teams that have not met each other yet this season. This should be an interesting matchup as both teams enter with 4-10 records, yet some high tier players and narratives. New York was hyped back in the Chicago event as since added Mack(melts) to their roster they have had some flashes of dominance. This was shown in a 3-2 win over Chicago. Well, that flame quickly died out as they lost to Atlanta and Chicago in the next to rounds of that bracket. They get a pass here though, as those are two top four teams in the league. So the “hype” carried over into the Florida event where they were quickly beaten 3-1 by Toronto. They did bounce back with a 3-0 win over Florida and then a 3-0 win over Minnesota before again falling to FaZe. So as you can see this is kinda a hard team to peg right now. It is hard to knock any team for losing to Atlanta as they are the powerhouse of this league, but the 3-0 win over Florida was against a Florida team that looked lost all weekend. The 3-0 win over Minnesota was a 250-249 Hardpoint win, a 6-5 Search win, and a 159-150 Domination win. So there is always something more to the numbers. Last we saw of Seattle was the Chicago event where they handled LAG twice and fell to Dallas and Atlanta 3-1. Los Angeles remains the only team Seattle has beaten on the season. The Vegas spread here is a bit perplexing as I don’t think New York should be as large of favorites as they are, though Seattle is a -240 favorite to take this series to at least four games.

Core Plays

Octane, SEA (DK: $9,800 | FD: $8,600) – It is incredibly rare that we get a price where DraftKings has a player $1,200 more than FanDuel. For as much credit as I typically give FanDuel for competitive pricing, this here seems like a massive fail on their part. Octane carries a 1.28 K/D and is averaging near 28 kills per respawn game mode. Octane managed 125 fantasy points against Atlanta in four games and 121 against Dallas in four games last event out. As you know by now, both Dallas and Atlanta are two of the best in this league. As long as we get four games the ceiling for Octane is massive and one on FanDuel that can not be ignored. DraftKings got this right by pricing Octane as the most expensive option. As mentioned, Seattle has found troubles winning against any team not named LAG, but even in losses Octane has been a huge presence. That kind of upside in loses is what pushes Octane to one of the best plays on the slate.

MackMelts, NYS (DK: $8,400 | FD: $10,500) – Mack has one of the most enticing recency bias box scores out there with four straight matches with over 100 fantasy points scored, including 154 in a 108 kill, four-game match against Toronto. Mack was added to this New York team back in early March and has turned into their kill leader. This match has a good chance of hitting four games, so paying the premium for Mack isn’t an issue for me. I think in a positive matchup like this, you can stack Mack with the likes of Attach and ZooMaa. ZooMaa remains cheap every slate due to his higher death rate, but his kill upside exists in the same breath as he is averaging over 25 kills per Hardpoint match.

Wrap

We get a four-game slate of bottom-tier teams based on the record and the top tier teams in Chicago and Minnesota have each had some questionable performances as of late. It is hard to predict sweeps in Call of Duty, but looking at this slate none of these matches standout as dominating one way or another. Paris has only been swept once this season and I am not sold that Chicago is going to run through this event like some have predicted. London in my eyes has the best matchup and the TEAM position price on DraftKings is incredibly inaccurate. Minnesota and OGLA to me is the best matchup of the night and the one that has the best chance of going to five games. At the end of these writeups, I like to leave you with a few questions that need answers that I think will dictate the slate.  Will Shockz past performances against Chicago repeat themselves? Can LAG win a game against London to get us to four games? Can GodRx bounce back from a poor Florida event? Who ends up being New York’s number two behind Mack this week?

 

Cheat Sheet

$ TierCPTNPTEAM
High
Octane
(14.7k / 7.500)
(12.9k / 9.000)
Octane
(9.8k / 5.00)
(8.6k / 6.00)
Chicago Huntsmen
(2.8k / 5.00)
(5.6k / 6.00)
Dashy
(14.1k / 7.500)
(13.95k / 9.000)
Dashy
(9.4k / 5.00)
(9.3k / 6.00)
SlasheR
(9.2k / 5.00)
(8.8k / 6.00)
Assault
(9k / 5.00)
(10.4k / 6.00)
Skrapz
(8.8k / 5.00)
(10.1k / 6.00)
Dylan
(8.6k / 5.00)
(9.7k / 6.00)
Medium
Wuskin
(12.6k / 7.500)
(13.35k / 9.000)
Arcitys
(8.4k / 5.00)
(9.1k / 6.00)
Minnesota Røkkr
(2k / 5.00)
(6k / 6.00)
MackMelts
(12.3k / 7.500)
(15.75k / 9.000)
Wuskin
(8.4k / 5.00)
(8.9k / 6.00)
GodRx
(12k / 7.500)
(13.8k / 9.000)
FormaL
(8.2k / 5.00)
(9k / 6.00)
MackMelts
(8.2k / 5.00)
(10.5k / 6.00)
GodRx
(8k / 5.00)
(9.2k / 6.00)
Low
Shockz
(9.9k / 7.500)
(13.05k / 9.000)
Shockz
(6.6k / 5.00)
(8.7k / 6.00)
London Royal Ravens
(1.4k / 5.00)
(5.7k / 6.00)

As always, if you have questions, you can reach out to me on Twitter @iKezims.

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About James Smizek

James is a daily fantasy sports veteran dating all the way back to his days of writing content on DraftStreet.com for contest tickets. James specializes in NCAAF and NFL with a side helping of Tennis/NBA/MLB/XFL. James is from Wisconsin and a die-hard Milwaukee Brewers fan. You can reach out to James on Twitter @iKezims

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