So, you’ve read so much about Daily Fantasy eSports and your next thought is to create the best lineup and start participating in the contests, right?
But, hold on for a second!
Are you aware of the positions in which you have to obtain players?
Are you familiar with terms like “flex”?
Do you know the different types of contests you can participate in and the decision making process for drafting the best possible lineup?
If you have never played DFS before, yet you think that you are really into the League of Legends competitive scene, then this guide is going to give you a taste of what Daily Fantasy eSports is about.
Positions in Daily Fantasy eSports
If you have played League of Legends before reading this, you should already know that it is a 5 vs. 5 game.
The map consists of 3 broad lanes (Top/ Mid(dle)/ Bot(tom) lane) and the jungle which is separated by a river into two sides, one for each team.
Depending on the lane a team member is playing, we have a Top Laner, a Mid Laner, 2 Bot Laners (ADC + Support) and a Jungler, in a (1-1-2) +1 formation.
What you may not know is that in Daily Fantasy eSports you have to pick one more team member in a position called “Flex” and of course pick a “Team” that scores the most Fantasy Points.
Let’s (carefully) examine these positions one by one.
In this position we pick players that can fulfill different tasks during a game.
Whether their role is to soak up Damage or be another Damage output for their team (sometimes they have to be competitive in both of these roles), the Top Laner will take part in almost every teamfight during the course of a game.
Expect lots of Assists and a good number in Kills, search for good KDA ratios and Creep Score (CS) overall and you’ll definitely find a solid choice.
The player that spends most of his time in the Jungle (his or his enemy’s) is called the Jungler of the team.
His task is to gank the lanes and gives the advantage in numbers to his team.
He has to be aware of his Jungle part, diminishing the possibility of being counter-ganked, of invaded by the enemy Jungler, or have his jungle buffs stolen by the enemy team.
The Jungler should offer great Map and Objectives Control through Map Awareness to his team, too.
When picking a Jungler we should look for KDA (Kills-Deaths-Assists) ratios, Gold per Minute, each player’s favorite champion picks and Wards Placed per Minute.
This is the second primary Damage output for our team.
Expect lots of Kills for our Mid Laner, heavy farming (CS) and great KDA ratios.
His goal is to farm as good as possible earning income in Gold, so that he can buy expensive items and do tons of Damage.
A great Mid Laner will roam to other Lanes too, so he is expected to contribute a lot to his team.
He has to be a solid pick for our Lineup, in order to have a chance of winning a contest, along with our Marksman (or ADC).
The main source of Damage for his team and our main source of Fantasy Points, the ADC must excel in terms of CS, Gold per Minute, KDA ratios and have a bog champion pool.
Most of the time, the ADC is the shotcaller, making tough decisions in no more than a few seconds.
He must survive under any circumstances, in order to be able to do Damage for his team.
In most cases, he will score the most Fantasy Points for our Lineup, so we have to decide wisely which one to pick.
The babysitter of our ADC.
During the early stages of a game, the Support player has to make sure that his partner in Bot lane survives no matter what the cost is (maybe him dying in most cases).
The Support Laner adds the least number of Fantasy Points to our Lineup, but this pick makes a good Lineup going to the top.
Expect great numbers in Assists, few or maybe no Kills, quite a lot of Deaths and almost no Creep Score.
Watch out for good Vision Control through Wards per Minute, as his main task is to offer utility to his team.
A great pick for this position, is the one that (hypothetically) makes the most appearances during a contest, or in other words the Support player of a team that plays the most possible games.
In Daily Fantasy eSports (and in DFS in general), the term “Flex” is used to describe our substitution.
He is the 6th player of our Lineup that can contribute greatly to the sum of Fantasy Points we can gain, during a contest.
Most of the time, an ADC or a Mid is picked in this position, as these Laners will surely give us a lot of extra Fantasy Points.
This is where you pick the team that scores the most Fantasy Points.
You need a team that has the ability to take down Turrets, clear crucial Objectives (Baron and Dragon) and do, at least, well during the contest.
Strategies For Picking The Best Players For Our Lineup
The best strategy could surely be to pick the best players in each position, but in Daily Fantasy eSports this is not the case.
Due to the limitations of the Salary Cap (you have a stable budget so that you can build a Lineup) and the high cost (salary) of the best players in each position, it’s impossible to create a Dream Team.
- The positions that offer great value to our Lineup are those of an ADC and a Mid Laner.
They will score the most Fantasy Points for our Lineup (depending on the number of games they participate in during a contest), so we have to pick the best possible players for these positions.
Look for good values in KDA Ratios, Gold per Minute, XP per Minute and Damage per Minute to Champions.
- The second most valuable positions are the Top, Jungle and Flex positions.
They will surely add Fantasy Points to our Lineup and by them having a good series of games means that we have more chances to do well in our DFS contest.
You should have in mind that all points a player gets through each game, are summed up during a contest.
As I mentioned earlier, the Flex position is our substitute so you want to have the best substitute available for your Lineup.
- The Support player as well as the Team chosen for our Lineup, are our “secret weapons”.
If the team of our Support player does well, we certainly hit a Jackpot as he will give us the most points possible.
That applies to the Team you pick too, as the more Matchups a Team plays the more Fantasy points will give for sure.
The rule of “more games equals more Fantasy Points” applies of course to all the positions, but these positions add more than expected to their value.
Before you decide which picks are best for your Lineup, try to answer these simple questions:
- What is the type of Contest? Is it a Tournament, a H2H/ 50-50, or a Winner takes All?
- What is the Fantasy Points breakdown for each type of Contest?
- Which Team is going to play the most games possible?
- Who scores the most Fantasy Points per Game depending on game history?
- What is each player’s condition? Who is under/over performing lately?
By having all these in mind, you are surely about to make the best decisions.
Don’t forget that DFS maintains the element of luck, so following your intuition in addition to checking the statistics on a constant basis is the best strategy that can produce a good income for you.