Diving into the Call of Duty League DFS Core Plays for the Friday, June 19, 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 on DraftKings, 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.
UPDATE: FanDuel has changed their scoring to now include 15 points for games not played and a bonus 1 point per SnD kill. This should make SnD now a more important round than Domination. This also opens up the entire playing field again to only wanting to roster winners or potentially guys you think are going to lose in five games.
Paris Legion vs. Florida Mutineers (-415)
The Minnesota home series is in the books and we quickly move on a one-week turnaround to the Paris home event. Florida, in a bit of a stunner, ended up taking the title at the Minnesota event with a revamped roster than included Owakening and big performances from Havok, Skyz, and Fero. Sorry, Frosty, you helped too. So it is fitting that the winning team from the last even kicks off the first match of this week’s event. Owakening went from an unknown to the most expensive player on this slate. Though that is a positive pricing move from DraftKings, the rest of the team’s pricing fell rather flat. Though Florida just had an amazing showing, we can’t forget the volatility of the CDL, as prior to this event they were on a 0-6 losing streak. We haven’t seen Paris since around a month ago when they went 0-2 with loses to Chicago and Optic.
Owakening, FLA (DK: $10,000 | FD: $10,000) – Owakening broke into the pro scene in a big way by averaging 28.6 kills per Hardpoint match and an overall event K/D of 1.12. Owakening was a below-average SnD player on the weekend, and a pretty average Domination player as well. This highlights the importance of big Hardpoint games out of him and the more important thing of getting to a fourth match. Though Paris went 0-2 in their last event, they did push both of their matches to four games. To me, this play is priced right, and he will grab ownership, but we are working with a pretty small sample. The counterpoint to that is his sample literally turned around a team on a six-game losing streak into an event winner. Not only an event winner, an event winner with wins over Chicago, Dallas, and Atlanta.
Skyz, FLA (DK: $7,600 | FD: $9,000) – I try to go easy on DraftKings but sometimes the pricing is so bad that I have nothing else to say. $7,600 here is a joke of a price and somehow the Florida guys prices are constantly wrong. Skyz was a $10,000 player in a matchup against Chicago which was wrong and is now a $7,600 player in a game they are a -415 favorite. This isn’t to say Skyz is the best player in the world, but he does carry one of the highest K/D’s in all of the CDL at 1.24. Skyz averaged over 100 fantasy points per game during the Minnesota event and for cash games, is bordering must play on DraftKings and I expect him to have high ownership for GPP as well. This same rant extends to Fero as well, who is just $6,800. Though Fero has certainly taken some recent lumps, he still holds a 1.08 K/D on the year and grabs a ton of objective time.
Denz, PAR (DK: $7,400 | FD: $7,800) – Denz is the only Paris player to have a positive K/D on the year as he sits at a comfortable 1.17. The tricky part here is though the K/D is nice, he is actually a well below average Hardpoint player in terms of kills. This mostly stems from him playing an AR role, so he is positioned further back than the rest of the team aggressively pushing. AR roles usually have higher K/D’s since their main goal is to kill people from further outside the Hardpoint. That being said, if we can limit deaths, the fantasy output can remain the same as some of the SMG guys. If a guy goes 28 kills and 28 deaths, you are going to end with 28 fantasy points from kills. If Denz can go 24 kills and 20 deaths you are going to end with the same 28 fantasy point output.
London Royal Ravens vs. Dallas Empire (-193)
The odds of this match surprised me a bit as I do think Dallas is the better team here, but London did make an event finals run back in late May when they were defeated by Chicago. London was a polarizing team in this event mostly in part due to the addition of Zer0 and the lower output by Wuskin. This in return (and predictably) nuked Wuskin’s price to middle earth which is going to create some interesting possibility for us. On the Dallas side, they actually played a great last event which started with a 3-1 win over Minnesota. They then fell to Faze in five games and then Florida in five in the semifinals. It was a great showing from a team that had a long layoff between events.
Shotzzy, DAL (DK: $10,200 | FD: $10,200) – I was a bit critical of Shotzzy in my last article, not due to lack of talent, but I felt his price and ownership was a little high when looking at the full scope of his season and not just his season in a bubble. Shotzzy has been one of the best players over the last two months, but prior to that he was a below 1.00 K/D player who seemed to be riding a hot streak. Well, that streak continued as his lowest fantasy output on the weekend was a 114 performance against Florida. Shotzzy is consistently in the 80 range for kills, but where he has really excelled has been his objective play. He is the one rare player that has been a hybrid of killing and involvement in every objective. His lowest Hardpoint capture time this last event was 167 (16.7 fantasy points). He had six bomb plant denials and nine flag captures in Domination. Typically teams will have guys who either heavily focus the objective or heavily focus slaying. In Shotzzy’s case, he is doing both. In him being so heavily involved in return we get one of the highest floor players slate to slate. This price is still very manageable and the floor only makes it better.
Huke, DAL (DK: $8,400 | FD: $9,700) – The price on Huke here is about as good as it can be. I mentioned this same thing last article, but Huke is going to get you kills and not much else as he isn’t heavily involved in any objective. But in the end, kills is what is going to get us to our goal, in Huke’s case he just has to be “on” to hit his floor and potential ceiling. If we have a low-output game here, we do have some risk in a low score. That being said, Huke averaged over 112 fantasy points during the Minnesota event, but remember that two of those games went to five games.
Wuskin, LON [GPP only] (DK: $6,400 | FD: $8,300) – I think London is going to be a headache to figure out on this slate as they have four guys who I could make an argument for to get exposure too. Zer0 is the newest addition and led the way in kills for this team last event. Skrapz and Dylan are very hit or miss, making both GPP plays only, though Dylan did have a 132 fantasy point performance in a five-game series against OGLA. Statistically though, Wuskin is the K/D leader for this team at 1.22. Again, similar to what was said about Denz, the K/D stems from his AR play and his limit on deaths. It seems the prices on all AR players fall lower in the pricing ranges from DraftKings, which is fair, but it also doesn’t directly correlate to lower fantasy points (see Octane). I think the risk exists more on AR players as they don’t have as large kill opportunity, but they also carry less death opportunity. Personally, I am still learning how to approach AR/SMG players as the K/D can fool you into thinking they are a better play than they are. But once we add in the pricing, it is hard to write them off or remove them from your player pool.
New York Subliners (-140) vs. Optic Gaming LA
In what is our closest odds game of the day we have New York taking on Optic LA. Despite being in the same events four times this season, these two teams have somehow not yet met. These two teams match up very nicely as a mixture of experience and veterans with some disappointment. Optic sits at 7-11 on the year while New York is 6-12. However, both teams made it to the semi-finals of both of their last two events, with Optic reaching the finals in one of them.
MackMelts, NY (DK: $9,400 | FD: $9,900) – Mack is “Owakening” before Owakening was Owakening (I hope that makes sense). Mack is a guy who was brought up from the Challenger League and instantly made a huge impression on his team. Though he has played fewer games than others, Mack is this team’s K/D leader at 1.10 while also leading the team in kills per Hardpoint match at 28.6. Mack also has an above league average kills per Domination match at 24.5. Overall Mack is averaging 113 fantasy points per contest.
SlasheR, OGLA (DK: $9,600 | FD: $9,000) – SlasheR had an unbelievable event back in late May when he put up games of 92, 95, and 102 kills with 79 deaths being his highest mark. This led to a weekend where SlasheR was the optimal play and optimal CPTN play on every slate. SlasheR contradicts the previous Denz and Wuskin statements about AR players not playing aggressive, as SlasheR plays one of the most aggressive AR’s in the entire league. His 1.16 K/D is a team leader and his 26.5 kills per Hardpoint match is above league average. SlasheR also grades out as one of the best SnD players in the entire CDL, averaging near eight kills per game. This matchup is softer and has a high chance of going to 4 or 5 games, making SlasheR one of my continued favorite plays on the entire slate.
Dashy, OGLA (DK: $8,600 | FD: $8,900) – The pick that will make you go “ugh!” – It’s Dashy! Dashy is frustrating in the source that he has such a high ceiling week in and week out, yet such a low floor at the same time. The inconsistency can be seen in his gameplay (and his Twitter when he declares when he is slumping). Just looking at his game logs and you can see what I am talking about. Performances of 122-142 fantasy points mixed in with performances of 68-89. Only once in the last two months has he fallen in between the range of 89-122. That is a LARGE range to not find yourself in and makes this subsequently a low floor/high ceiling play that will frustrate the hell out of you or elevate your lineups to what should be optimal.
Atlanta Faze (-625) vs. Toronto Ultra
FaZe looked rocky last event by starting off their first two matches down 0-2 before pulling off the reverse sweep and winning both 3-2. The first match, against Seattle, was the most eye-opening and frustrating for DFS purposes as Atlanta was locked in as a -1400 favorite. In a DFS game with no GLA, we sometimes rely on a sweep to help a potential fade. It was hard to roster both Simp and Cellium as if FaZe would have followed the odds of a sweep (which were in their favor) neither play would have ended up anywhere near-optimal. The same goes for Octane on the other side. It was a risky proposition and it just so ended up going five games making them all near must-haves to take down a tournament. Unfortunately we are in a similar situation this week as FaZe are huge favorites again against a Toronto team that couldn’t even beat the Los Angeles Guerrillas and then was swept by Chicago. It is hard to say where I directly lie on this as the FaZe sweep is in play here. But assuming they don’t sweep, the core of Simp and Cellium are going to remain the two best plays. With the new FanDuel scoring, there is an argument that can be made for both MajorManiak and Presitahh.
Simp, ATL (DK: $9,800 | FD: $10,400) – There isn’t a lot to say here if you watch the CDL. Simp is one of the leagues best players on paper and with the eyes. He carries a 1.18 K/D and is averaging 114.8 fantasy points per contest. His price somehow isn’t the highest on every slate, though I feel the sweep potential may be baked in a bit. Toronto is a team that dies a ton and FaZe, as usual, will be popular.
Cellium, ATL (DK: $9,200 | FD: $9,800) – Everything said above applies here. Cellium is the 1B to Simp’s 1A. And even that argument is close. Cellium is a 1.17 K/D player on the year and averages a hair lower kills per Hardpoint than Simp. Though the positive here is we can usually get Cellium at a slight discount and the output is the same (111.4 fantasy points per game).
Atlanta, Dallas, and Florida should all be considered the favorites here but I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Optic or New York team make a run. I think that will be heavily dictated by which can grab the win between themselves. London is a nice darkhorse here and I think can give Dallas a run, but Dallas was also a few specific moments away from possibly winning the last event too. I am very interested to see how Florida plays coming off of their win and if the momentum can carry over. Owakening isn’t going to be a surprise to teams anymore and I am interested in how Paris can adjust as you have to throw out what you thought you knew. FaZe will be the catalyst on this slate as if they make it to four games I can see massive performances from Simp and Cellium and I can’t rule out Abezy either. But again, we are chasing the hopes of Toronto winning a game and after watching them last event against LAG and CHI, that seems like a tall task. However, as I say that, FaZe was pushed to five games by a Seattle team that is pretty on-par with Toronto. Early indications to me would put SlasheR, Simp, Cellium, and Shotzzy as the slates four highest owned players and Skyz and Fero as the two highest owned value plays. As always, the questions that will need answers to figure out this slate are: Is Owakening the real deal and can Florida continue the momentum? In two-teams that mirror each other a bit, which from New York and OGLA will rise above? And if FaZe plays to the level they can, is it sweep time against Toronto? Good luck out there.
$ Tier CPTN P TEAM High Shotzzy (15.3k / 7.500) (15.3k / 9.000) Shotzzy (10.2k / 5.00) (10.2k / 6.00) Atlanta Faze (3k / 5.00) (5.9k / 6.00) Owakening (15k / 7.500) (15k / 9.000) Owakening (10k / 5.00) (10k / 6.00) Simp (14.7k / 7.500) (15.6k / 9.000) Simp (9.8k / 5.00) (10.4k / 6.00) SlasheR (14.4k / 7.500) (13.5k / 9.000) SlasheR (9.6k / 5.00) (9k / 6.00) MackMelts (14.1k / 7.500) (14.85k / 9.000) MackMelts (9.4k / 5.00) (9.9k / 6.00) Cellium (13.8k / 7.500) (14.7k / 9.000) Cellium (9.2k / 5.00) (9.8k / 6.00) Medium Dashy (8.6k / 5.00) (8.9k / 6.00) Florida Mutineers (2.4k / 5.00) (5.7k / 6.00) Huke (8.4k / 5.00) (9.7k / 6.00) Dylan (8k / 5.00) (8.8k / 6.00) Methodz (7.8k / 5.00) (8.4k / 6.00) Skyz (7.6k / 5.00) (9k / 6.00) Denz (7.4k / 5.00) (7.8k / 6.00) Low Skyz (11.4k / 7.500) (13.5k / 9.000) Fero (6.8k / 5.00) (8.1k / 6.00) Wuskin (9.6k / 7.500) (12.45k / 9.000) Wuskin (6.4k / 5.00) (8.3k / 6.00)
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