Call of Duty DFS – Core Plays for DraftKings – July 24, 2020 (7/24/20)

Diving into the Call of Duty League DFS Core Plays for the Friday, July 24, 2020, four-game slate on DraftKings.

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.

It appears with the return of modern sports, FanDuel has discontinued their Call of Duty game offerings. 

Atlanta FaZe (-500) vs. Minnesota ROKKR

We kick off the last Home Series of the 2020 CDL Season before the post-season with the Toronto “Home Series”. We open with Minnesota and FaZe in which we again see FaZe as large favorites. The last time we saw FaZe they were swept 3-0 by Chicago in the New York home series. However, prior to that sweep to Chicago, Atlanta had 13 straight series go to at least four games with a streak of seven straight series going to five games. The Vegas line on this series going over 3.5 games is -240, so there is a heavy implication that this series does not end up in a sweep. Minnesota has been a polarizing team all season with a hot start and now a cold finish. Assault is really becoming the only fantasy relevant name on this roster as GodRx, despite is nice K/D and Hardpoint stats, has disappointed recently with inconsistent play. FaZe is hands down the better team here and they should have no issue winning this series, though FaZe has played down their opponents before as they went to five games against Seattle, Toronto, and Los Angeles. The key here is that FaZe is just so damn inexpensive. Cellium is the most expensive player on DK at $8,800 – with Simp and Abezy behind him at $8,600 and $8,400. In the forever changing COD meta, I expect to see 2 AR and 3 SMG from FaZe this weekend, though that could go 3-2 as well. MajorManiak has outside GPP upside, but really the production falls to the top three here. With strong confidence this game goes past three games, I think FaZe will end up being the highest owned on this slate. Simp, Cellium, Abezy have the highest combined fantasy points per game upside of any threesome on any team in the CDL.

Core Plays: Simp Cellium, Abezy, FaZe TEAM

GPP Plays: Assault, GodRx, MajorManiak

Florida Mutineers vs. Dallas Empire (-180)

We get a quick turn around out of both of these teams as they both competed last week with the Dallas Empire being crowned the eventual London Home Series champs. Florida didn’t look like the dominating team we have seen over the prior month, as they beat Optic in five games, before falling to London in five. Florida wrapped up their Saturday in an elimination game by defeating Optic 3-1. On Championship Sunday we got a Florida vs. Dallas match that just wasn’t close at all. Dallas beat Florida by 90 in Hardpoint, 6-1 in SnD, and by 25 in Domination en route to the 3-0 sweep. So the quick turnaround for both of these teams as they meet in a massive day one matchup of two of the leagues best – and two of the teams with the most event wins on the season. I don’t want to be over reactionary to one week and the sweep doesn’t scare me much. Florida players also got a massive price drop as Owakening is $1,600 cheaper than where he was last week and Fero, Skyz, Havok are all sub $8,000. Due to the price drop, a Florida stack is still incredibly in play here. I do think Dallas is the better team right now, but Florida can still put up kills in bunches and have been one of the better teams at limiting deaths. Shotzzy still remains our best option on Dallas and if people are just casually watching box scores, maybe can get him at lower ownership. Though with the shrinking Call of Duty contests with the return of major sports, I think the only people playing COD DFS right now are the COD sharks.

Core Plays: Shotzzy, Skyz, Fero

GPP Plays: Huke, Owakening, Havok

Chicago Huntsmen (-1000) vs. Seattle Surge

There isn’t a ton to really writeup in this section. This is a big mismatch and that can be seen in the odds. Vegas still backs the odds in this game to go to four games, but it also has the best chance at being a sweep. Seattle likely would need to win the first Hardpoint game to have the best chance at getting to four games, as Seattle is one of, if not the worst, SnD team in the league. Regardless, Octane is the only player to really be talked about here as he is statistically the best AR player in the CDL. Octane is averaging 118 fantasy points per series and that is on the league’s worst team. So no matter the situation, Octane will always have at worst GPP upside as long as we get four games. Chicago is a team that is pretty consistent and typically takes care of weaker opponents without issue. That being said, Chicago has played a tough schedule recently and hasn’t gotten many matchups against the bottom tier teams. We saw Arcity’s back to his AR last event out in which he put up 95 kills against London. If Arcity’s stick with the AR, I think we could see another big performance against a Seattle team that seemingly enjoys dying. FormaL’s price is $9,600 which might push it out of play for me, but a three-stack of Arcity, Envoy, Chicago TEAM is one I like quite a bit.

Core Plays: FormaL, Arcitys, Chicago TEAM

GPP Plays: Octane (borderline Core Play), Envoy

Toronto Ultra (-110) vs. Optic Gaming LA (-125)

We end the slate with what really does seem like a dead-even matchup. We saw a new Optic roster this past weekend with the debut of Drazah and Hollow and both were respectable. With such an even matchup on paper, it goes without saying that this gives us the highest ceiling of a five-game series and this is probably the best matchup to potentially game stack. SlasheR is really the only expensive guy from either team here, though despite price he is also a guy I absolutely want in my lineups as he plays a dominating AR. Behind SlasheR though there are decisions to be made. Drazah displayed kill upside against Florida, when he went 81-71 – but struggled against Seattle going 73-83. In a conventional stance, we would expect these two stat lines to be flipped. Neither Kuavo or TJHaly really stepped up into a new role, though they still had decent showings having games hovering around 100 fantasy points. However, we are looking for games well past that output if we are trying to take down a tournament. So with that being said, I think Toronto actually ends up as the more stackable side here with guys like Classic, Methodz, and Cammy. The last time these two teams met Ultra swept them 3-0, though with the roster changes we can throw that out the door.

Core Plays: SlasheR, Methodz

GPP Plays: Classic, Cammy, Drazah

Cheat Sheet

(14.7k / 7.500)
(10k / 5.00)
Chicago Huntsmen
(3k / 5.00)
(14.1k / 7.500)
(9.8k / 5.00)
Atlanta Faze
(2.8k / 5.00)
(13.5k / 7.500)
(9.4k / 5.00)
(9k / 5.00)
(13.2k / 7.500)
(8.8k / 5.00)
(12.9k / 7.500)
(8.6k / 5.00)
(8.4k / 5.00)
(8.2k / 5.00)
(11.4k / 7.500)
(7.8k / 5.00)
(7.6k / 5.00)

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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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