Call of Duty DFS – Core Plays for DraftKings & FanDuel – July 17, 2020 (7/17/20)

Diving into the Call of Duty League DFS Core Plays for the Friday, July 17, 2020, four-game slate on DraftKings and FanDuel.

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Note that you can find the league schedule for the 2020 Call of Duty League season here. Be sure to stay closely tuned as we roll out new articles to cover each day’s contests.

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. Dallas Empire (-700)

We are in the middle of back-to-back-to-back weeks of CDL action and we get what appears as a one-sided matchup to start off our week with Paris taking on Dallas. Paris did finally snap their long losing streak last week with a win over the Guerrillas, but it didn’t come in any dominating fantasy performances. We also saw the start of the new AR meta, with some teams running three M4’s. With a more aggressive AR meta now, some players hold a bit more value that we may have overlooked before. Paris saw Denz, Louqa, and Shockz all run an AR with Louqa and Denz being the only real fantasy options. However, the matchup with Dallas should be very one-sided here. The issue I have here is Clayster and Crimsix have been the normal AR players for Dallas, however, those two have been the backend of our fantasy options behind Shotzzy and Huke – who have been consistent MP5 players. With the mixture of a possible sweep and the current meta changes, we have a few question marks when it comes to Dallas. Crimsix will be playing an AR this weekend, as he has been scrimmaging with it on stream – as the cheapest option on Dallas and someone who will likely be extremely low owned, he actually rounds out one of my more favorite GPP plays. We need to keep in perspective that just because this is a shifting AR meta, MP5 players still have a large role – they might just not be lock and load plays like before. We typically wouldn’t hesitate to roster Shottzy at 50-60%, but I think that number should be between 20-30% now. Huke is the one guy that is a bit more pushed out of my player pool now as he is very kill reliant and not very objective focused. With the shift to AR I think he takes the biggest hit if he remains on the MP5.

Core Plays: Dallas TEAM

GPP Plays: Shotzzy, Clayster, Crimsix, Louqa, Denz

London Royal Ravens (-260) vs. Seattle Surge

I am happy to see DraftKings price up Wuskin and Octane, but I don’t think it is enough still. Let’s start with London as we saw a glimpse of them last week. London went 1-2 on the weekend with their sole win coming against Minnesota. Wuskin has been the primary AR player for London all year with a 1.23 K/D so the shift to an aggressive AR meta is going to benefit him the most. Seany was the other consistent AR on the team, but the team composition as a whole felt disconnected and flat. Dylan, Skrapz, and Zer0 all had subpar performances throughout the weekend with Wuskin really being the only one pulling any real weight. With a soft matchup against a bottom-ranked Seattle team, Wuskin is one of my top five players on this entire slate. We don’t have to look far for one of the other best plays on the slate in Seattle’s Octane. Octane has a 1.25 K/D as Seattle’s main AR player and he also averages over 28 kills per Hardpoint match. Octane has consistently put up numbers even in matches where Seattle has been on the losing side. As always, we need this game to get to at least four games, but Seattle plays a lot better in their last tournament, pushing FaZe to a fifth game and then beating Minnesota in five games. That, however, was a month ago already, so hopefully, we don’t have much rust to shake off here. Proto will stay on the main roster for Seattle as well, as we last saw him debut a month ago. All in all, this game has two of the best AR players in the entire CDL, pitted against each other, in a changing meta to benefit AR players. I view both Wuskin and Octane as core plays on DraftKings. On FanDuel, I think you can still roster Octane, but you really need large performances out of the losing team with their new GLA rules – or hope the series goes to five games (which is a real possibility here). The price of 8.9k for Octane on FanDuel is going to lead to high ownership.

Core Plays: Octane, Wuskin

GPP Plays: Skrapz, London TEAM

LA Guerrillas vs. New York Subliners (-500)

“New York are your New York Home Series CHAMPIONS!” They finally did it – a team who started off the season horribly, made a few roster changes, made consistent Championship Sunday’s, finally pulled through with the win as they defeated Chicago in dominating fashion to win their own home series. New York started by defeating Minnesota 3-1 before falling to Chicago in five games. New York bounced back with a 3-1 win over London to get to Sunday. On Sunday New York got the better draw and defeated Toronto 3-0 while on the otherwise of the bracket we finally got Atlanta vs. Chicago after somehow not meeting at all season. That game was very quickly a dud, as Chicago swept Atlanta 3-0, setting up a Chicago vs New York rematch. It seemed Chicago treated the match with Atlanta as their true final, as Chicago came out flat and was swept 3-0. All matches on paper appear close in this series, though in the eye test New York was the much better team here. We saw Temp and Accuracy both play AR here and every single New York player finished with a K/D above 1.05 throughout the event. Despite the shifting meta of COD, ZooMaa stuck to his MP5 and absolutely shredded in Hardpoint, averaging near 26 kills per. I think New York adapted the best this week to the changes in the league and they get a weak team in the Guerrillas here to kick off this event. Mack remained the highest owned New York player this weekend and did lead the team in K/D at 1.22. In the past, New York was a one target team, with Mack being the only real fantasy option for us. I think that is going to shift a lot this week, after seeing how well this team played last weekend. These two teams last met in late May with New York winning 3-1.

Core Plays: Mack, Temp, NY TEAM

GPP Plays: Decemate, Blazt, ZooMaa

Optic Gaming LA vs. Florida Mutineers (-335)

Florida is back on the slate after winning the last two events they have played in. Florida won the Minnesota Home Series, with a 3-0 sweep over FaZe and then won the Paris home series with another 3-0 sweep over FaZe in the finals. Florida has looked to be one of the most dominant teams recently after the addition of Owakening from the Challenger circuit. In the Minnesota event, every Florida player finished with a K/D above 1.00 – with Skyz leading with a massive 1.32 KD and Owakening leading the team in kills. At the Paris event, three players ended with a K/D above 1.19 – with Owakening having a 1.24 and Skyz having a 1.42, So what have we spoken to recently in this article? The shift in meta to an aggressive AR play – and what does Skyz play? Oh, that’s right, an AR. Skyz was killing the CDL scene before the change to this meta and once again will fall as one of the best plays in a great spot. You would think after back to back event wins and crazy fantasy performances we could get a price hike on Florida players, but that isn’t the case here as Skyz is just $8,200 on DraftKings and just $9,400 on FanDuel. Florida here also gets a struggling Optic team who is making some drastic changes, benching Dashy and Chino in the wake of Drazuh and Hollow. At the time of writing this, DraftKings does not have either of these players in the pool – though FanDuel does. With all the focus on AR, it would be impossible to not mention SlasheR’s name for OPTIC here – as he carries a 1.13 K/D on the year as the main AR player for Optic. SlasheR is a guy I would be itching to have heavy exposure to this weekend if it wasn’t for the matchup here. The new roster for Optic worries me as it is not something we have a lot of exposure too, though I am not sure this team can be much worse than how Dashy was playing recently – which is disappointing as Dashy is a very talented COD player, though this version of COD just seems to not be clicking with him. SlasheR was the only AR player on this team and I expect one of Hollow or Drazah to fill an AR role here – though I don’t like to overall situation for Optic, especially against a hot hot hot Florida team.

Core Plays: Skyz, Owakening, Fero, Florida TEAM

GPP Plays: Havok, SlasheR


We get a slate here without Atlanta or Chicago – the first in fact without one or the other in the event. So what this does is just shift the favorites a bit. Florida is the overwhelming favorite here after winning the last two events they have been in. I would follow that with New York and Dallas, though the bracket is set up for a Dallas vs. New York matchup on Saturday if they both do win. Florida has the easiest path here to a Championship Sunday and I speak openly when I saw I would be very surprised to not see them there. This will also be the second week of the new AR meta in COD after the MP5 got a damage nerf. I spoke to it a lot and I don’t like to feel like I am repeating myself, but I am just trying to speak to the importance that it is to view AR players in a different light. Over the past six or so events, AR has not been our primary focus as each team normally would have one on their team and their role would be to play further back, limit deaths, and try to keep players off of objective from afar. When teams are running 2-3 AR’s you aren’t going to just have long-range engagements, you are going to see players who are more comfortable with the AR play it at medium to close range as well. Wuskin, Octane, Skyz are the best AR plays on the slate who have been using it consistently. For sweep potential, Florida and Dallas are my two biggest concerns, follow closely by New York. I think London/Seattle makes it to at least four games – I do think Paris can take a game from Dallas here as Dallas will be adjusting to the new style and it really depends on how Crimsix and Clayster step up here. This shakes up to be a unique slate. You can see my cheat sheet below, which includes mostly all guys I will have exposure to on Friday – you can re-reference their label in the article as Core or GPP plays.

Cheat Sheet

(15k / 7.500)
(13.35k / 9.000)
(10k / 5.00)
(8.9k / 6.00)
Florida Mutineers
(2.8k / 5.00)
(5.8k / 6.00)
(14.4k / 7.500)
(15.3k / 9.000)
(9.8k / 5.00)
(10.4k / 6.00)
(13.5k / 7.500)
(14.7k / 9.000)
(9.6k / 5.00)
(10.2k / 6.00)
(9.4k / 5.00)
(8.6k / 6.00)
(9.2k / 5.00)
(9k / 6.00)
(9k / 5.00)
(9.8k / 6.00)
(12.3k / 7.500)
(14.1k / 9.000)
(8.2k / 5.00)
(9.4k / 6.00)
Dallas Empire
(2.2k / 5.00)
(5.9k / 6.00)
(11.7k / 7.500)
(15k / 9.000)
(7.8k / 5.00)
(10k / 6.00)
(7.8k / 5.00)
(8.1k / 6.00)
(7.2k / 5.00)
(9.3k / 6.00)
New York Subliners
(1.4k / 5.00)
(5.6k / 6.00)
(6.4k / 5.00)
(8.9k / 6.00)

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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 for contest tickets. James specializes in College Football - qualifying for the CFB World Championship in 2018, though you can find his content for NFL, NBA, MLB, and NASCAR on FantasyCruncher. James also shifted his focus to ESports during the sports shutdown - carving out his niche in League of Legends, Call of Duty, and Rocket League contests. You can find James 150 entering every mini-max under the sun. James currently resides in La Crosse Wisconsin and is a huge Wisconsin sports fan. If you have any questions you can reach out to James @iKezims on Twitter.

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