Worlds Knockout Stage – Weekend Daily Fantasy Esports Lineup

Published: Oct 14, 2016 - Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020

[toc]After an exciting group stage filled with heartbreaks and upsets, the only certainty is that this tournament is wide open.

No team went unscathed in group stage, with every squad dropping at least one game. This will be the week that decides who will move on to the semifinals.

We’re here to get you set on the right path toward your daily fantasy esports lineup. We’ll be doing a top two for each position (top, mid, jungler, ADC, and support).

A few quick notes about our daily fantasy esports projections:

Top Lane

Smeb – ROX Tigers (23.1 FPPG/$7600)

Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho has been everything we expected during the group stage of Worlds.

His 3.8 KDA is second among top laners, and his 25 kills set the bar.

His dominance in the top lane is a big reason why ROX Tigers are moving on to the knockout stage.

Smeb’s talent is unquestioned, and ROX Tigers will need his 570 DPM in the quarterfinals (third highest among top laners).

Every team looked beatable during the group stage. ROX Tigers needs to step it up and show they have the resolve to win this entire tournament.

For DFS impacts, Smeb will have a challenging matchup against EDward Gaming, and his price tag reflects that. However, he’s widely considered the best top laner in the world, and he’ll prove it here.

Get a great player for a great price.

Impact – Cloud9 (21.3 FPPG/$7000)

Cloud9’s performance during group stage was as surprising as it was inspiring. This team looked well-prepared in Week One.

Can they carry this momentum over into the knockout stage?

Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong’s lane dominance is a primary reason why Cloud9 went 3-3 in group stage. Impact will have to go toe to toe with Samsung’s Lee “CuVee” Seong-jin, a formidable opponent but one he can handle.

Impact’s 69 percent KP through the group stage was second best among top laners. That included 21 solo kills, second to only Smeb’s 25. His 571 DPM is actually more than CuVee’s 532 DPM.

The greatest significance here is Impact’s value in correlation to his price. At $7,000, there’s great upside here and allows owners to splurge in other positions.


Peanut – ROX Tigers (24.3 FPPG/$7700)

When I look at the performance of ROX Tigers so far at Worlds, one player keeps popping up: Yoon “Peanut” Wang-ho.

His 8.1 KDA and 35 solo kills are leaps and bounds better than the rest of the jungler field.

Peanut may have benefitted from a weak group, but we are still talking about 16 of the best teams in the Worlds.

His 380 DPM is second to only Alexander “PvPStejos” Glazkov’s 413 for Albus Nox Luna.

Peanut appears to be the best jungler at Worlds, but this week will prove it. He has an extremely high ceiling and requires serious consideration.

Jankos – H2K (19.3 FPPG/$7800)

So much of what H2K wants to accomplish as a team revolves around their star jungler, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski.

Despite his team’s inconsistency at times, Jankos is still statistically performing as a top jungler here at Worlds. His 5.3 KDA and 73.6 percent KP are both top four among junglers.

H2K thrives in a methodical, slow-paced, and carefully calculated style of play. Their 1.58 KDA as a team is actually tops at Worlds, slightly edging out SKT and ROX.

H2K’s style of play is something Albus Nox Luna has not experienced yet at Worlds. I expect Jankos to take full advantage of that and expose some of their weaknesses.


Faker – SK Telecom T1 (21.4 FPPG/$8300)

Here is one of those players on whom you should splurge.

Lee “Faker” is still arguably the best player here at Worlds, and one of the most mechanically gifted players we’ve ever watched.

Faker’s deep reservoir of champions has allowed him to continually evolve as a player and his enemies are often left guessing at what he’s going to play.

This is one of the main reasons that SKT are defending champions.

If you have the budget, expect big things from Faker in the first week of the knockout stage.

Ryu – Counter Logic Gaming (19.5 FPPG/$8100)

Ryu “Ryu” Sang-wook should see some play here because of his lane opponent.

His 29 kills are the most among the mid laners left at Worlds. His laning phase will cause issues for Michael “Kira” Garmash.

Ryu’s 7.1 CS@10 is nearly three points higher than Kira’s, so expect Ryu to have a clear advantage in lane. There’s pretty good value here for the price.


Bang – SK Telecom T1 (22.9 FPPG/$8200)

With the way Bae “Bang” Jun-sik has played so far at Worlds, it’s clear why SKT is strongly favored to repeat as champions. His stats are just insane, setting himself apart from a very strong field of ADCs.

Bang has only died five times through 12 games (only H2K’s Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou can boast the same).

His 12.2 KDA is almost double every other ADC at Worlds, besides FORGIVEN. Certainly there is some risk here with Bang playing RNG’s Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao, but it’s hard to ignore the dominance so far.

FORG1VEN – H2K (17.8 FPPG/$8000)

FORG1VEN’s new lease on professional play has seemed to elevate his game here at Worlds. He’s always been a mechanically gifted player, but to go through group stage 21-5-26 is truly impressive.

FORG1VEN’s true value this week lies in his opponent. Vladislav “aMiracle” Scherbyna from Albus Nox Luna isn’t considered in that group of top ADCs. Statistically, he’s performed near the bottom in what was a weak group stage.

The early game will be crucial here. Currently, FORG1VEN has a 8.1 CS@10, top three among ADC. aMiracle currently has a -13.0 CS@10, second worst among 16 ADCs.

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Wolf – SK Telecom T1 (16 FPPG/$7600)

The second part of that dynamic duo for SKT at Worlds this year has been Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan.

His individual contributions have been plenty, scoring 55 assists in group stage while posting a 6.8 KDA, highest among support players.

But his real impact has been on SKT’s macro play. When comparing teams, one great statistic to use is Gold Percentage Rating.

Essentially this is a point-based system that averages the amount of the total game’s gold held by one team. A GPR of 1.0 means that team has held roughly 51 percent of the gold.

SKT currently has a 1.97 GPR, tops here at Worlds by more than 0.6 points. That’s quite an astonishing dominance in gold compared to every other team at Worlds so far.

With Wolf manning the macro game, it’s a large reason why SKT has this lead.

GorillA – ROX Tigers (18.8 FPPG/$7300)

The matchup may not be great here for Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon, but he certainly has been so far at Worlds. His 18.8 FPPG is third only to RNG’s Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong and EDG’s Tian “meiko” Ye for support players.

Gorilla plays for a team that loves to push the action, and that can mean a lot of kills and assists. His 80 percent KP is third among support players, and his 99 assists is almost 30 more than the next player.

GorillA will have to face off against meiko, another great support player. That does bring some concern, and DFS players may lean toward meiko. But I feel that ROX Tiger’s playstyle will lead to more points for GorillA.

Rachel Perry

Since: March 30, 2016

Rachel is an avid gamer whose insatiable desire for all things gaming related has been augmented by the inconceivable growth of eSports and how competitive gaming is viewed. When she’s not busy writing about her favorite games, Rachel can be found playing League of Legends, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, or watching too much

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