Fantasy owners rejoice, for the Overwatch League is in full swing! Well, at least last week was in full swing. This week has a whopping 4 teams playing at the Philadelphia homestand. With only 4 options to choose from, fantasy lineups are pretty much decided for a ton of players. There are still some decisions to make for all those in Highnoon.gg’s Unlimited leagues, so make sure to check whose starting and whose benched
Anyone not on a bye. This week is rough for both fantasy owners and casual OWL fans. Start any player if they are on the Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, Washington Justice, or the Philadelphia Fusion. If there was a take away from last weekend, anyone could play if the map and meta call for it.
Matt “coolmatt” Iorio, Houston Outlaws
No this isn’t some really mean joke about a player retiring. Coolmatt is on this list because he is still currently in the DraftBuff system. Do not hang onto coolmatt on any roster in any format, it is sadly a waste of a roster slot.
Lukas “LullSiSh” Wiklund, Washington Justice
This is just one of those weeks. LullSiSH should stay out of lineups, because he is in what professionals call “Visa Hell”. LullSiSH cannot play in the league just yet, until his work visa is approved. The Justice let fans know on February 10th the bad news.
Due to extenuating circumstances with his Visa, @LullSiSH is expected to miss the start of the season.
We're continuing to work hand in hand with him, his agent, and our immigration attorneys to get him here as quickly as possible.
— Washington Justice (@washjustice) February 10, 2020
Until any further update, consider LullSiSH a drop candidate in all formats.
Last week featured a few suggested picks, but thanks to the limited offerings this week, each option gets a little more explanation this time around.
Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee, Philadelphia Fusion
The headlining DPS for the Fusion is back with an absolute monster of a roster behind him. No longer stuck playing Zarya, Carpe is primed and ready for a resurgence this season. His fantasy outlook is bright, and fantasy owners would be making a mistake to not put him in a lineup for this weekend. Carpe is a surefire start from here on out.
Corey “Corey” Nigra, Washington Justice
Corey made a gigantic leap in the second half of last season thanks to the shift in metas. He continued his dominance throughout the Overwatch World Cup, and begins this season with immense amounts of promise along with him. Surely this Washington team will depend on Corey’s stellar play to get anything going, and fantasy owners should see this as an absolute win. With his teammates feeding resources into his play, Corey’s fantasy numbers will keep fantasy owners happy.
Jun-ho “Fury” Kim, Philadelphia Fusion
A new place but a familiar face. Fury looks to bring his talents to the City of Brotherly Love in hopes to get back to the Grand Finals. Even with Gael “Poko” Gouzerch looming on the bench, Fury is ready to have a stellar fantasy performance. Florida and Washington don’t appear to be tough opponents at first glance, so Fury has the opportunity to truly take over a game on D.Va.
Tae-hong “MekO” Kim, Houston Outlaws
No introduction necessary as MekO is a “set and forget” kind of player. Incredibly solid for the past 2 seasons on the NYXL, MekO aims to prove to the league that he can produce results without an all-star team helping out. Whether Houston can gel together at the start of the season still remains a mystery, but MekO’s ability to play excellent Overwatch is no myth. Put him in the starting lineup and expect a great performance.
Kyung-bo “Alarm” Kim, Philadelphia Fusion
The highly anticipated Fusion University product is finally getting his OWL start. Alarm shined during Contenders and is ready to make a case for “Rookie of the Year”. Surrounded by all-star talent, Alarm has all the necessary tools to become a fantasy star. Alarm is an excellent “captain” option for HNGG’s unlimited leagues, and should be highly regarded as an every-week play.
Nam-jin “Gangnamjin” Gang, Florida Mayhem
The other highly touted rookie does not have the same cast of stars around him. Gangnamjin joins the struggling Florida Mayhem in what hopes to be a turnaround season. The benefit of being a flex-support on a weaker team is that they have the bonus of healing more and being needed to deal more damage. Look no further than William “Crimzo” Hernandez on the Dallas Fuel. Despite the Fuel’s terrible start, Crimzo’s fantasy performance was phenomenal. Take a shot on the rookie from Florida.
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