Call of Duty DFS – Core Plays for DraftKings & FanDuel – July 18, 2020 (7/18/20)

Diving into the Call of Duty League DFS Core Plays for the Saturday, July 18, 2020, four-game slate on DraftKings and FanDuel.

Call of Duty league fantasy contests on FanDuel & DraftKings are new to the world of DFS. The team here at Fantasy Cruncher is going to have ample coverage for these contests to help you build great lineups with our suite of tools.

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. 

New York Subliners vs. Dallas Empire

We get a day two in the CDL of two strong winners bracket matchups and two pretty weak losers bracket ones as all the favorites handled business on Friday. The Saturday slate will start off hot right out of the gate with the defending event champs New York against the two-time champs in Dallas. Dallas took care of Paris in four games behind strong performances from Shotzzy and Illey – both of whom ended with over 125 fantasy points. Not far behind was Huke with a 76 kill and 53 death performance. The two main AR players here – Clayster and Crimsix still remained towards the back for fantasy output here so I don’t think much is changing from this Dallas team to what we have been accustomed to prior to this week’s event. On the New York side, they turned in a quick 3-0 sweep over the Los Angeles Guerrillas in a game that was at no point close. Due to the sweep, New York players, unfortunately, fell as suboptimal on DraftKings. Four of the five players for the Subliners all hit over 50 kills in their short three games. These two teams match up extremely well and will be a nice contrasting matchup of two of the hotter teams in the league that isn’t named Florida. I think the ownership flows to MackMelts still, as he is his cheapest price since the end of May at just $8,600 on DraftKings. Shotzzy is the most expensive player from this matchup at $9,400. With a high likelihood of four games, there should be no real sweep concern here.

Core Plays: Mackmelts, Shotzzy

GPP Plays: Huke, Attach, Illey, Temp

London Royal Ravens vs. Florida Mutineers

Florida was the only team to reach five games on Friday as their matchup with Optic LA made it to Round 11 of Game five where Florida pulled the series out. It was however a strong showing for the new look Optic squad, though we will talk more about them in a little bit. London was able to defeat Seattle in four games, though not without some controversy as a Seattle player disconnected during the fourth game and the CDL credit the game to stand, so London essentially got to play 4v5 for the latter half of the fourth game. All that being said, London didn’t really seize any opportunity to put up a large fantasy score as the team was actually led by Zer0 and Seany. Wuskin was my preferred play from London on Friday and will likely always remain my preferred play from this team as he has the highest K/D ceiling. Florida however is the team to talk about here, as they are on a crazy long winning streak and has won the last two events they have played in. Despite the five-game series with Optic, they still showed massive kill upside and played well in the first Hardpoint and Domination before coming out flat in the second Hardpoint. In the end, Florida had three players who found themselves in the optimal lineup on Friday with Havok, Owakening, Skyz, and Fero all finishing above 120 fantasy points. We need to keep in perspective that this series did go five games, but regardless Florida continues to demonstrate their massive kill ceiling and this matchup with London shouldn’t change that aspect at all. London is talented enough to push Florida here if Optic is – but in the end, I expect Florida to win in four. London is a stronger SnD team, so I think the only way they win this series is in five games.

Core Plays: Skyz, Owakening, Havok

GPP Plays: Fero, Wuskin, Skrapz, Florida Team

LA Guerrillas vs. Paris Legion

On paper, this matchup isn’t too great, but this is a rematch of two teams who played just a week ago in a series that saw Paris snap their losing streak in a 3-0 sweep over LAG. The Guerrillas looked downright bad on Friday against New York and after a few weeks of showing promise, it appears this team is back to it’s normal regression period. I try to give teams like LAG the benefit of the doubt as they have shuffled their roster a lot, but it still doesn’t appear that this team is quite there yet. The same can be said for this Paris team who saw themselves in a long losing streak before finally breaking out of it against this very LAG team. Paris fell 3-1 to Dallas on Friday, only grabbing SnD as their lone match win. Louqa – who is the highest priced option for Paris – went just 40-73 on Friday to the tune of 31 fantasy points. With some competitive matches on this schedule, I expect this matchup to be the lowest owned of the three games and I can never really expect either of these two teams to sweep, even if they just did it a week ago. The kill upside from both just hasn’t really been there. This matchup has the potential to see a huge score if it goes to five games – and you will get that at lower ownership, but in reality, I can only see a massive pop-off game potential out of either Louqa or Decemate. I don’t view either as a core play, but do view them as potential tournament options.

Core Plays: None, maybe Paris team due to the massively low price of $1,000

GPP Plays: Louqa, Decemate, Denz

Optic Gaming LA vs. Seattle Surge

Seattle got the raw end of the deal against London after dealing with Slacked getting completely disconnecting from the game and the CDL ruling the outcome as official. There really isn’t as much controversy as it seems here as London was likely to win the game anyway, but it did do a decent hit to fantasy output as both teams kind of phones it in after the disconnect. Octane remains the only real fantasy option for Seattle here and he went to Twitter hard calling the CDL a joke for its handling of the disconnect and honestly I can’t blame them that much. These pros are already dealing with non-LAN tournaments and not giving the teams an outlet for online issues seems to be a major flaw with the way the CDL is set-up, though really this doesn’t seem to be neither here nor there. I don’t have to go too deep here for Seattle – it is really Octane or bust. The Optic side we saw some major roster shakeup as Dashy and Chino were benched in lieu of Drazah and Hollow. Optic was able to push Florida to five games and the team did look to have a little more life in them. Drazah cashed in on his opportunity by having a respectable debut with 81 kills and 77 deaths which led to 107 fantasy points against a tough opponent. Seattle is soft here and aren’t a real threat – Optic is in a weird spot and its hard to judge them as a strong or poor team here. I think this match has a strong chance to get to four games and we can get some elite value on FanDuel in Drazah and Hollow.

Core Plays: Octane, Slasher

GPP Plays: Drazah, Optic Team


Cheat Sheet

(14.7k / 7.500)
(13.5k / 9.000)
(9.8k / 5.00)
(9k / 6.00)
Florida Mutineers
(2.8k / 14.33)
(5.8k / 14.33)
(14.1k / 7.500)
(15.45k / 9.000)
(9.4k / 5.00)
(10.3k / 6.00)
(13.5k / 42.000)
(15.15k / 42.000)
(9k / 28.00)
(10.1k / 28.00)
(12.9k / 7.500)
(14.85k / 9.000)
(8.8k / 5.00)
(8.9k / 6.00)
(12.3k / 38.265)
(13.95k / 38.265)
(8.6k / 5.00)
(10k / 6.00)
(12.3k / 38.265)
(12.75k / 38.265)
(8.6k / 5.00)
(9.9k / 6.00)
(11.4k / 7.500)
(14.55k / 9.000)
(8.2k / 25.51)
(9.3k / 25.51)
Optic Gaming Los Angeles
(1.8k / 5.00)
(5.7k / 6.00)
(8.2k / 25.51)
(8.5k / 25.51)
(8k / 24.89)
(8k / 24.89)
(7.6k / 5.00)
(9.7k / 6.00)
(7.6k / 5.00)
(9.7k / 6.00)
(7k / 5.00)
(7.8k / 6.00)
Paris Legion
(1k / 5.00)
(5.2k / 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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