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Fantasy OWL Start/Sits: Week 4

Well, after last weeks games these start/sit updates are slowly moving away from who will have the best games, and towards who will play the most games. It has become increasingly more important to play multiple maps in order to gain more opportunities to perform well. This was something to consider going into drafts, but it was tricky to anticipate how going to 5 maps would impact fantasy scoring.

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Despite all this, there is finally some good news coming into the weekend. There is a new team playing, which means there is more to discuss for fantasy OWL owners. Week 4 brings the much-anticipated Atlanta Reign into the fold, and they are more than ready to take on the competition after sitting on the sidelines.

Start ’em

Beom-jun “Gargoyle” Lee, Florida Mayhem

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Aside from being benched at the start of their game against Philadelphia, Gargoyle has shown to be a solid off-tank for the Mayhem. Gargoyle has proven to skeptics that he is much more than a Roadhog one-trick. His D.Va play has been pivotal in their win against Washington, and his absence was certainly noticed in the one map he missed. Gargoyle sits comfortably in 2nd for final blows per 10 (6.8), as well as 3rd for hero damage per 10. Most importantly, he leads all D.Va’s with the lowest deaths per 10 at 2.3 deaths. Gargoyle is providing much more value in extended team fights by staying alive. This Florida team is still finding their stride, but Gargoyle has the ability to be the rock this team needs to build around.

Lane “Surefour” Roberts, Toronto Defiant

Even though he has been splitting time with fellow hit-scan Andreas “Logix” Berghmans for the first few weeks, Surefour’s performance against Philadelphia should cement his position as a must-start for Toronto. Surefour dragged his team to the first point of King’s Row in order to keep the overtime push alive by notching 4 of the team’s 6 final blows. His playmaking ability can’t be ignored, and it would be a surprise to see Logix steal playing time away from Surefour. Start the Canadian hit-scan with full confidence this week.

Petja “Masaa” Kantanen, Atlanta Reign
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Main supports have had a bit of a resurgence for fantasy teams in 2020. Already teams have seen amazing performances from Daniel “FunnyAstro” Hathaway and Brice “FDGod Mons├žavoir, and it is fair to assume Atlanta’s play-making Lucio should see the same amount of success. Masaa’s aggressive Lucio play last year helped propel the Reign to a 7-0 finish in Stage 4. By bringing that same play style into 2020, fans should be excited to watch Masaa put up some serious fantasy points in the team’s debut.

Sit ’em

Benjamin “BenBest” Dieulafait, Paris Eternal

BenBest has certainly impressed doubters at the start of this season, but this upcoming week does not bode well for the French main-tank. In their only match against Atlanta, BenBest may find himself having a hard time simply staying alive. The DPS core of the Reign are incredibly talented, and while the front-line is relatively new, the synergy between Blake “Gator” Scott and Xander “Hawk” Domecq is sure to cause problems for Paris. In those hectic skirmishes, sadly the main-tank is often the first focus for most teams. While dying won’t typically hurt a fantasy performance, it does lessen the time BenBest has in-game to add to his totals. If BenBest is the only tank available on the roster, don’t expect much from Paris’ Reinhardt.

Jung-woo “Sayaplayer” Ha, Florida Mayhem
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What a strange time in Overwatch to be a Widowmaker specialist. The sniper naturally serves as a good counter to McCree, but the D.Va buffs have made Widowmaker’s life horribly difficult. So in the rock-paper-scissors nature Overwatch, teams need the McCree and D.Va to battle the opposing McCree and D.Va. This leaves Sayaplayer and Florida in a super strange position. Sang-bum “BQB” Lee performed admirably so far in his first few games, leaving Sayaplayer on the bench waiting for a Widowmaker map. Sadly, one map is not enough for a strong or even decent fantasy outing, making Sayaplayer a bench player in both OWL and fantasy OWL.

Jung-keun “Rapel” Kim, Houston Outlaws

Houston needs to make a decision one way or another, and unfortunately, it does not look like they will side with Rapel. In the marathon match against Boston, Houston swapped out Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty and Rapel four times. No player is able to build a rhythm with their gameplay being interrupted over and over, and in turn, it hurts their fantasy performance. Even worse for Rapel, the maps that Houston did win had Rawkus in the lineup. Whether it be his shotcalling or some other intangible, Houston looks to be leaning towards Rawkus getting the lion-share of the playtime. Things may change in the future, but for now leave Rapel on the sidelines.

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Suggested Picks

Support: Kyungbo “Alarm” Kim, Dusttin “Dogman” Bowerman, Sang-min “Myunb0ng” Seo
DPS: Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee, Gil-seong “Glister” Lim, Surefour
Tank: Gael “Poko” Gouzerch, Han-been “Hanbin” Choi, Hawk


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