Another week of Pro League of Legends is fast approaching, and it’s time to finalize Fantasy LCS rosters for Week 6. After an eventful Week 5, it may be time to make some changes. Here are a few tips for who to start, who to sit and who to snag for later.
Noh “Arrow” Dong-hyeon – ADC for OpTic Gaming
Opponents: Golden Guardians and Team Solo Mid
After a very productive Week 5, Arrow looks primed to continue racking up points in Week 6. He starts by facing Matthew “Deftly” Chen and Matthew “Matt” Elento of the Golden Guardians. Nothing about this GGS team is working this year, and their Bot Lane is no exception, which should give Arrow a strong early lead. Arrow will also face Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez this week. In the past, that would be much more intimidating than it is currently. Zven is having a decent, but not outstanding season so far, and Mithy is one of the poorest performing supports in the league. Arrow’s support, Daerek “LemonNation” Hart is admittedly also having a tough split, but it doesn’t seem to have slowed Arrow down yet. His 33 kills have earned him an average of 16.37 points per game.
Opponents: Team SoloMid and Team Liquid
This may seem too obvious to be included in this list, but somehow that is not the case. Despite having the most wins, most towers taken, and highest average game score in the LCS by more than a full point per game, only 51.6% of fantasy leagues are currently starting them. Their opponents this week should provide games with plenty of Barons and Dragons, and two solid wins for Echo Fox.
Eric “Licorice” Ritchie – Top Lane for Cloud9
Opponents: 100 Thieves and Clutch Gaming
Also only starting in about half of fantasy leagues is the Cloud9 Top Laner. Ranking third in Average Points per Game as well as Assists, Licorice also has the most kills of anyone in his role in the LCS with 36. If that isn’t enough, he is also going against two of the poorest performing Top Laners in the league this week. Colin “Solo” Earnest and Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho are both averaging just above 12 points per game, and the two combined have fewer kills than Licorice. Add to this a 9.4 CS per minute and a top-tier Jungler in Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, and Licorice looks ready to put up major points this week.
Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu – Top Lane for Splyce
Opponents: Unicorns of Love and FC Schalke 04
Splyce is currently 5-5, tied for fourth in the EU LCS. Despite this, Top-Laner Odoamne is having a terrible fantasy season. He is averaging only 9.45 points per game, and his 1.3 KDA is currently the worst for a Top Laner in the LCS. Though his opponents are not particularly strong this week, that has proven not to matter. Splyce beat both Unicorns of Love and FC Schalke O4 earlier this season, and in each of those games Odoamne scored less than 12 points. His starting rate of 36.5% is much too high, considering his consistently low fantasy scores.
Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen – ADC for Team SoloMid
Opponents: Echo Fox and OpTic Gaming
Everyone knew it might take some time for Zven and Mithy to adjust to playing with a new team on a new continent. Unfortunately for the owners in the 82.7% of fantasy leagues that Zven is starting in, the wait isn’t over. He has 19 kills so far this season, which is tied for last in the NA LCS. Zven has also been exceptionally inconsistent, with two high scoring weeks and three that were very low. Fifteen of his 19 kills came in Weeks 2 and 4, along with most of his fantasy points. Up against the dominant Echo Fox and the cool head of Arrow, this week will likely be another low one.
Nam “LirA” Tae-yoo – Jungle for Clutch Gaming
Opponents: Counter Logic Gaming and Cloud9
Since coming to the NA LCS last year, there has been hype around LirA. The mechanically skilled LCK veteran was frequently touted as one of the most talented Junglers in the LCS. While that may or may not be true, it never translated to much success on the standings or in fantasy leagues. While Clutch Gaming is performing better than Team EnVyUs did last year, the fantasy points still just aren’t there for LirA. Averaging just 12 points per game with 11 kills and 21 deaths, he sits in the middle of the pack in the LCS. Up against Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin and Svenskeren this week, it may be safer to keep him on the bench.
Marcin “Selfie” Wolski – Mid Lane for H2K
Owned in 1.1% of Fantasy Leagues
Last week was a huge one for H2K. With Selfie in his second week starting at Mid, and Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema making his debut in the Jungle, they went 2-0 including a victory over first place Team Vitality. In Week 4, Selfie only had a total of 5.38 points. With the changes in Week 5, that score jumped to an astounding 51 – second highest among all players in the LCS for the week. It might be worth waiting another week to make sure it wasn’t just a fluke, but most agree that it looked like the real deal.
Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent – Support for Clutch Gaming
Owned in 16.9% of Fantasy Leagues
Hakuho has been having an impressive Spring Split. He has the highest KDA of all supports in the LCS, and is second in Kill Participation. With a current average of 12.29 points per game, he is the fifth highest scoring Support in all of the LCS. After a few low scoring weeks early on, it seems that Hakuho and Clutch have figured things out. They have gone 4-0 in their last 4 games, and Hakuho has only died three times in the past two weeks. While you still may want to sit him when they face Echo Fox and Team Liquid in Week 8, the rest of the season looks good for Hakuho owners.
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