After doing some research on the players and the teams participating in the major Tournaments, a really good DFS Player should pay attention to some other important things also.
These can be the Type of Contests (for example, is it a Tournament or a H2H/ 50-50?), the Score Breakdown for the Players and the Team drafted in the Lineup and on top of that, the number of matchups included in each Contest.
After analyzing this data and what they mean, I’ll try to implement a strategy for picking a Lineup that can produce good Value. This is due to the fact that there is a Salary Cap when drafting a Lineup, so you can’t have the best players in every single position.
Before entering a Contest, no matter what Type is it, you should know that each player drafted in the Lineup gets Fantasy Points when they manage to accomplish different tasks during the course of a game.
At Alphadraft.com for example, all player positions (including the “Flex” position) earns 3 Points when they score a Kill, 2 Fantasy Points for getting an Assist and they lose 1 Point for each Death they have during a matchup.
Every player also earns 0.01 Fantasy Point for every minion they slay (Creep Score).
In addition to the Players positions, a Lineup consists of a Team slot, where a Daily Fantasy player can pick a Team that hopefully will score the most Fantasy Points.
These are calculated based on the Objectives Control: 3 Fantasy Points for each Baron slain, 2 Fantasy Points for each Dragon capture and 1 Point for each Turret destroyed during the course of a matchup by the Team you have picked for your Lineup.
Bear in mind that, Fantasy Points are summed up each time a Player or the Team picked for the Lineup, participates in a matchup.
The Points Breakdown gives a good outlook on what to look for when picking a Lineup.
You actually need players that get involved in Teamfights, score Kills and Assists, and never die (or die the least times possible).
On the other hand, when searching for a Team, you should take into consideration that more matchups equals more Fantasy Points.
The positions that give the most Fantasy Points are ADC, Mid and sometimes (but not always) Top and Jungle positions.
ADC and Mid Laner are the main damage outputs for their team, thus scoring a lot of Kills and Assists is of utmost importance and they should be able to farm as fast as possible, which means great numbers in Creep Scores too.
Depending on the number of matchups, Value is added on the Top Laner and the Jungler, which is translated into a higher number in Fantasy Points for a Lineup.
The same thing applies to the Team you have picked for your Lineup.
As for the Support position, it offers little Value in a Lineup, because the main responsibility of a Support player is to offer utility to his team, not to score Kills and Assists.
Salary Cap Strategy
As already mentioned, you just can’t draft the best players for each position, due to the Salary Cap.
A fixed budget of $50,000 is made available, in order to create the best Lineup of your choice.
Every player has a price (salary), based on his most recent performances, so there are some decisions to be made before entering a contest.
Which are the most crucial positions for a Lineup?
Can you save money on curtain positions?
Ready carefully and you’ll find that it’s easier than what you may think.
Crucial Positions Based on their Fantasy Points’ Contribution
You obviously want your team to have the best players in each role, but this is not possible. So you have to pick your players very carefully.
You already know, that Mid and ADC players offer a lot of Fantasy Points to our Lineup, meaning that you have to focus on these two positions and have the best players drafted.
Besides Mid Laner and the ADC, you can pick either a good Top Laner or a good Jungler, because these positions offer the second best contribution in Fantasy Points to our Lineup.
Also, the “Flex” position can be a decisive factor in either winning or losing a Contest.
It offers great flexibility in your Lineup, so make sure that it’s worth it.
An ADC or a Mid Laner, participating in quite a lot of matchups during our contest, could be a wise choice for the “Flex” position.
The least crucial positions in a Lineup could be the likes of Support and Team.
As Support players never contribute in Kills and CS, but mostly in Assists, you can save quite a lot of your budget by picking a player solely to the number of participations to our contests.
The Team drafted could also be a money saving position in a Lineup.
By only predicting which Team is going to win most of the matchups during a contest, you have a viable choice for your Lineup.
Looking for Bargains
An in-depth knowledge of League of Legends’ competitive scene is essential for finding bargains or mispriced players.
You can either follow your intuition or the security that statistics offer to find those “wonderkids”, skyrocketing your Lineup.
Try to compare each player’s salary, with the Average Fantasy Points per Game in order to have a clear view if a player is undervalued.