After reading our overview for the DraftKings site, you should be keen on trying out the platform by yourselves.
Before doing so, you have to learn what this game is all about; a good start would be to pay a visit to leagueoflegends.wikia.com (if you haven’t by the time you read these lines).
As its name implies, LoL wikia is a tiny version of Wikipedia, but for League of Legends.
Another great source of information about the game is lolesports.com, where you can find news and articles about the famous MOBA.
Of course pay attention or even follow if possible, the Twitter accounts of professional Players and Teams, as they provide useful insight on the competitive scene.
You should always watch carefully the Types of Contests you take part in, because there are major differences between Head-2-Head and Tournament Contests, as well as in Multipliers and Double-Ups.
In this article I’ll try to cover most of these subjects, giving you a complete Score Breakdown and how it can be used for your own benefit.
After that I’ll suggest a good strategy to use when creating your Lineup, so that you have solid picks which offer Value to your Lineup.
The main reason for creating and modifying your own strategies is that there is a Salary Cap when creating your Lineup, so you can’t just have the best players drafted.
The rules for participating in a Contest are pretty simple and almost the same with the rules of other sites.
A total of $50.000 must be allotted to 8 slots: 5 Players (Top, Jungle, Mid, ADC and Support) plus 2 “Flex” slots and 1 Team slot.
You have to pick Players from two different matchups in order to be eligible for participation, with no more than four players from the same team.
The Team slot does not count as a Player slot, so you can pick 4 Players from “X” Team plus “X” Team.
Before entering a Contest in DraftKings, 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.
In DraftKings, all players (including the “Flex” positions) get 3 Points when they score a Kill, 2 Fantasy Points when they get an Assist and the lose 1 Point for each Death they have during a matchup.
Every player also gets 0.02 Fantasy Point for every minion they slay (Creep Score).
If a Player selected in your Lineup has more than 10 Kills/Assists in a single matchup, they get a bonus of +2 Fantasy Points.
In addition to the Players, a Lineup consists of a Team slot, where a Daily Fantasy bettor can pick a Team that will score the most Fantasy Points, which are calculated according to how they did on that matchup: Teams get 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.
On top of that, a Team that scores the First Blood (the first Kill) in a matchup gets 2 Fantasy Points, 2 Fantasy Points are awarded to the Team that wins the matchup and if they manage to win before the 30 minute mark, they get a 2 Point bonus.
What is truly great in DraftKings is that you can earn more Fantasy Points when one or more Players from your Lineup win earlier than expected.
There are Contests where matchups are played in a BoX (Best of X) format. When a Team or Player(s) win in fewer matches than the maximum number allowed for this particular matchup, they get bonus Fantasy Points.
For every game not played by the winning Players of your Lineup you get +20 Fantasy Points and for every game not played by the winning Team you get +15 Fantasy Points.
Bear in mind that, Fantasy Points are summed up each time a Player or the Team picked for the Lineup, participates in a game.
Another thing to watch out for is that you are not able to trade players at any point after the Contest starts. The Salaries of the Players being available in the pool are stabilized when a Contest becomes available, so that you can minimize the risk.
The Points Breakdown gives you a clean direction on what to look for when drafting a Lineup.
You actually need players that get involved in Teamfights, score Kills and Assists, and they never die (or die least times possible).
On the other hand, when searching for a Team, you should take into consideration the possibility of an early victory, which means bonus Fantasy Points in DraftKings.
The positions that are crucial in terms of Fantasy Points in DraftKings are ADC, Mid and sometimes Top and Jungle positions.
ADC and Mid Laner are the main damage outputs for their team; they score a lot of Kills and Assists and have great numbers in Creep Scores.
They must survive no matter what the course of a teamfight in order to do what’s expected of them: raw damage.
Value is also 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 the Team, not scoring Kills and Assists.
Salary Cap Strategy
You obviously want your team to have the best players in each role, but this is not possible in Daily Fantasy eSports.
What you can do is to simply predict your Players, either due to intuition or by deciphering their long term statistics and general play style of any given Player.
I suggest you to be rather careful when deciding to follow your intuition, even if you are very aware of the aspects associated with League of Legends.
You already know, that Mid and ADC Players are the main source of Fantasy Points to our Lineup.
This means that you have to focus on these two positions and have the best players possible drafted in it.
Besides them, 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” positions offer great flexibility in your Lineup, so pick players that are undervalued or you have a feeling that their Teams can make something out of nothing.
An ADC or a Mid Laner, who is ready to step up and show their true potential, could be a wise choice for the “Flex” positions.
The least crucial positions in a Lineup could be the likes of Support and Team.
Support players almost never contribute in Kills and CS, but they can do great in Assists, especially if a matchup is going to last long enough for them to make an impact.
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, or emerging victorious with the least possible number of games at a Best of 3 or a Best of 5 series, you have a viable choice for your Lineup.
Bargains – Where Are You?
Knowing the ins and outs of League of Legends’ competitive scene comes in handy when trying to find that “wonderkid”.
A rookie or an underperforming (yet heavily experienced) Player could be your savior, or… your curse!
Try to compare each player’s salary, with the Average Fantasy Points per Game in order to have a clear view whether a player is undervalued.
Do your own research, visit websites that offer high quality and up-to-date statistics, watch a handful of games from the competitive scene and hope for the best.
Good luck to you all!