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Fantasy Leaders Through Week 5: Support Edition

Fantasy Overwatch has been an overall success through the first five weeks of the season. There are multiple platforms updating their product every week, and players are slowly but surely getting familiar with the concepts and strategies. But with hero pools finally implemented and schedules being a bit disjointed, it has been tough to grasp which players are performing well and which are struggling. Luckily, the team at TGH is here to help readers conceptualize fantasy leaders in each position.

Top 3 Supports in Fantasy OWL Through Week 5

Breaking down fantasy performances is quite the tricky issue this season. The new stats lab has been an amazing tool to help provide stats to fantasy platforms, but the nature of the OWL’s schedule makes fantasy scoring a mess. For this breakdown, the formats that will be discussed are HIGHNOON.GG’s top two formats (Top-3 and Best) as well as DraftBuff’s default bi-weekly scoring. To account for the mismatched playtime, the players below must have appeared in a minimum of three matches – even if they played just a single map. League ranks are also based on a minimum of 115 minutes of playtime according to OWL’s stat lab. All values of healing done, deaths, and hero damage are based on a “per 10” measurement – with the deaths value in ascending value. For example, Taesung “Anamo” Jung would rank 1st in deaths, as he has the lowest amount of deaths per 10 minutes.

3 .Young-seo “KariV” Park, Toronto Defiant

Fantasy Performance                                                        League Rank
HNGG Top-3 Average: 85.52                                             Healing Done: 2nd

HNGG Best Average: 111.56                                             Deaths: 22nd
DraftBuff Bi-Weekly Average: 149.55                              Hero Damage: 52nd 

If there is one thing any fantasy team can rely, it is KariV to perform well when Ana is around. In weeks 1 and 3, KariV just missed the century mark scoring 99 and 98 points respectively. The following weeks were not as impressive (82 and 62), but those “rough” weeks could be attributed to some lackluster performances from the supporting cast. As the 2nd best healer in the league, KariV’s performance will remain steady as a top-5 flex support in the league.

Photo: Stewart Volland For Blizzard Entertainment

The only issue going forward with KariV is his high death total. If KariV can’t stay out of the spawn, his performance will have a ceiling that doesn’t quite correlate with his skill. When KariV’s rookie front-line gains a little experience peeling for their flex-support, expect a big bump to his fantasy performance.

2. Kyungbo “Alarm” Kim, Philadelphia Fusion

Fantasy Performance                                                        League Rank
HNGG Top-3 Average: 91.86                                             Healing Done: 6th

HNGG Best Average: 106.83                                             Deaths: 12th 
DraftBuff Bi-Weekly Average: 169.41                               Hero Damage: 44th

What an incredible start from the Fusion University star. Alarm has not skipped a beat transitioning from Contenders to OWL. The Philadelphia Fusion have been red-hot, starting 4-1 this season thanks to the stellar play of Alarm. Although his OWL debut did not feature any true highlight-reel plays, Alarm was the best performing flex-support in weeks 2 and 3.

Photo: Stewart Volland For Blizzard Entertainment

Alarm’s real test begins when he faces the tougher Pacific conference later on in the season. There is little doubt he is up to the task, especially as he held his own against former-mvp Sung-hyeon “JJonak” Bang. Drafters who took the risk on the rookie are certainly feeling good now. Alarm can certainly grab that 1st overall support soon enough, but only time will tell if he will.

1. Min-seok “AimGod” Kwon, Washington Justice

Fantasy Performance                                                        League Rank
HNGG Top-3 Average: 96.27                                             Healing Done: 5th

HNGG Best Average: 132.16                                             Deaths: 14th 
DraftBuff Bi-Weekly Average: 169.76                               Hero Damage: 43rd

AimGod certainly seems to be enjoying himself on his new team. Even though some people doubted him at the start of the season, AimGod has shown to be the most valuable flex-support in fantasy so far. His stats are eerily similar to that of Alarm, but that isn’t a bad thing in any scenario. With a season-low of 70 points, the floor for AimGod is the ceiling for some other struggling flex-supports.

Photo: Robert Paul For Activision Blizzard

If there was a reason why some teams would draft a flex-support in the first round over some DPS, use AimGod as the prime example. With an average of 96 points, AimGod beats out the top-performing DPS by almost 20 points. The combination of healing and damage is far too valuable to pass up in early rounds. AimGod’s value is only rising from here, as the team has had more time to practice and gel as a unit. Once the team around AimGod matches his playing ability, his fantasy value will be unmatched.

Rounding out the Top 10
4. Daniel “FunnyAstro” Hathaway, Philadelphia Fusion
5. Sung-hyeon “JJonak” Bang, New York Excelsior
6. Damien “Hyp” Souville, Paris Eternal
7. Nam-jin “Gangnamjin” Gang, Florida Mayhem
8. Brice “FDGod” Monsçavoir, Paris Eternal
9. Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty, Houston Outlaws
10. Kristian “Kellex” Keller, Toronto Defiant
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