Call of Duty DFS – Core Plays for DraftKings – July 25, 2020 (7/25/20)

Diving into the Call of Duty League DFS Core Plays for the Friday, July 25, 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 vs. Dallas Empire

We start Saturday like a bat out of hell with easily the best matchup on the day between two of the teams with the best records in the CDL. This will be the second time these two teams have met in roughly the last month with both of those series going to five games. As we know, anything can happen here, though conventional logic tells us that this game will certainly see at least four games. However, the fantasy production for me actually is limited a bit more in this game that I would normally consider. Outside of Shotzzy for Dallas there really isn’t a guy who has proved he can put up 100+ fantasy point upside consistently and chasing Huke and Illey just feels like GPP fodder. Shotzzy is the only real exposure I have interest too, but this Dallas team has played smart COD and not ruthlessly aggressive COD – which doesn’t always translate to kills and direct output. FaZe on the other hand remains the team everyone chases. We are seeing exposure rates of 40-50% on Simp, Cellium, and Abezy now week to week. This puts us in a weird spot of knowing we should have exposure, but not wanting to just match the entire field. FaZe swept ROKKR with no real issue on Friday, and Simp still managed 64 kills and 103 fantasy points. Simp remains the top option here, but I lean to liking him more as a one-off or two-stack with Abezy here. Cellium seemed to struggle a lot on Friday, despite the victory and I am not entirely comfortable playing him right now. That being said if others share that logic, he could come in lower owned.

Core Plays: Simp, Shotzzy

GPP Plays: Abezy, Cellium

Chicago Huntsmen vs. Toronto Ultra

Toronto is a team that I think is better than portrayed, but I also know they are a team that plays fast and dies a lot. Chicago plays smart and typically limits deaths – but their kill upside is usually spread throughout the team without really letting one guy absolutely go off. This has been displayed week to week as Chicago actually holds one of the lower fantasy points per game for every player on the team with no one averaging over 100. For comparison sake, three members of FaZe are averaging over 104. This speaks to a few things – sweeps, which are hard to predict, and efficiency in team composition. Scump is a world champion COD player who currently fits the fourth slayer role on this team. Because of this, Chicago is not a team we can stack a ton and if we do we are usually always going to want to lock down the TEAM position as one of the three stackable spots. When these teams last met, Chicago made quick work of Toronto, sweeping them 3-0. However, Toronto has a different team composition now and has played better as of late. All-in-all though, I don’t think Chicago is the team we want to go all-in on here, though some exposure is necessary due to Toronto’s higher death rate. I don’t think Toronto wins this matchup, though crazier things have happened.

Core Plays: Chicago TEAM

GPP Plays: Arcitys, FormaL, Envoy, Methodz, Cammy

Minnesota ROKKR vs. Florida Mutineers

Minnesota looks like a shell of themselves and nothing like the team we saw earlier in the season. Whether it is blown leads, weird decisions, or just bad play I feel we have seen it all since COD DFS started up. This Minnesota team has talent, but now for DFS reasons we are banking on that talent to just get us to a fourth game so the team they are playing can rack up more fantasy points against them. Maybe this is the match that turns it back around for them, but every time I say that it just hasn’t been. Minnesota is the team I have the least interest on this slate. Florida has been playing well despite a bit more shakey as of late. Florida had a 2-0 lead over Dallas before Dallas came back to take the series 3-2. Regardless of that point, Florida still was the fantasy points leader from that matchup and found themselves scattered across the top lineups with Owakening having 94 kills and Fero right behind at 92. Florida’s price is ridiculously low and though I am always worried about a sweep, Florida is almost must play with their price and ceilings.

Core Plays: Owakening, Skyz, Fero

GPP Plays: Havok, Assault, Florida TEAM

Seattle Surge vs. Optic Gaming LA

This honestly lands as the game that could lead to the biggest slate deciding plays. Both of these teams rank near the bottom of the league and though Optic is the better team, Seattle has continuously found a way to take at least one game and extend series to four games. Drazah held is coming out party on Friday against Toronto, putting up 106 kills in the teams five-game loss. SlasheR remains the top option here as even though he didn’t have eye popping fantasy numbers on Friday, he holds the biggest upside with his AR play. Seattle isn’t really fantasy relevant besides Octane. Though Octane is averaging 117 fantasy points per series (on the worst team), no one else on the team is averaging over 85 (explains the worst team part). With Octane a consistent 30-35 kill threat, he makes for the best one-off every series as long as you think we will get four games out of it. A Slasher-Drazah-Optic TEAM stack with a one-off Octane is potentially spicy play to end this slate.

Core Plays: Slasher, Drazah, Octane, Optic TEAM

GPP Plays: N/A

Cheat Sheet

(14.7k / 7.500)
(9.8k / 5.00)
Chicago Huntsmen
(2.4k / 5.00)
(13.2k / 36.900)
(9.6k / 5.00)
(12.9k / 7.500)
(9.2k / 5.00)
(8.8k / 24.60)
(8.6k / 5.00)
(12.6k / 7.500)
(8.4k / 5.00)
Optic Gaming Los Angeles
(1.8k / 5.00)
(12.3k / 34.380)
(8.2k / 22.92)
(8k / 5.00)
(8k / 22.36)
(7.8k / 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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