To help provide some insight on the thought process that goes into building a lineup, I am (so graciously) sharing my actual lineup with you and talking through my decisions. There are many factors and strategies to consider when filling each slot, so hopefully, my perspective can help shed some light on your own! And besides, talking lineups with other fans is one of the best parts of E1 Fantasy! GLFH!
Top: RGE Finn vs FNC & SK ($240k)
I could easily poke a hole in every Top laner that costs more than Finn this week. Finn won’t lead the position in scoring, but I just want him to keep up his 5-game streak of 15+ points. I believe in Rogue’s chances at a 2-0 and think Finn is better than both his opposing Tops. Kryze was a close option here, but his 5 point performance in a win last week gives him risk, something I don’t see in Finn. Wunder at the same price is the opposite of Finn; no safety but tons of upside. If I’m feeling risky and frisky Friday morning, I can make that swap.
Other considerations: XL Kryze $200k, G2 Wunder $240k, SK Jenax $250k
Jungler: C9 Blaber vs GG & TSM ($340k)
Three factors encouraged me to spend up for Blaber (not including the fact that the stud is the LCS MVP). 1) I hope/expect to see C9 run the Sona/Lux Bot Lane again this week, a combination that ends up removing the Kill potential from Zven and instead leans more on the Jungler. 2). This is the best Fantasy schedule C9 has had in a while, maybe all year, as it shapes up to be very competitive without a high risk of losing. That is the perfect formula for creating extra scoring opportunities. 3) See Captain pick below.
Captain Pick: With the new patch complicating the ADC pool, I wanted a player that would make an amazing captain with a Champion pool I know and trust. I fully expect Olaf to be permabanned against him, choosing Volibear over Hecarim as the 2nd Champ.
Other considerations: FLY Santorin $280k, S04 Gilius $200k, G2 Jankos $260k, TL Broxah $220k
Mid: IMT Insanity vs DIG & 100 ($210k)
This is my spicy pick of the week! I wouldn’t say I like going budget on Mid because it is such a premier scoring position, but Insanity is a rare case. I think this week will be more similar to his Week 6 performance (14 Kills) than his Week 7 performance (3 Kills) as his schedule softens up. I also don’t feel like I am passing up on any amazing Mid options this week. Surprisingly, ZaZee was the other Mid I am very high on this week, opting out of paying for the safe options of POE & Jensen.
Other considerations: SK ZaZee $260k, FLY PowerOfEvil $330k, S04 Abbedagge $220k, TL Jensen $310k
Bot: XL Patrik vs S04 & MSF ($280k)
Even though I am very high on Patrik this week, I didn’t expect to go budget here to grab him. It was just what was needed to afford studs like Blaber, Ignar, and TL Team. However, I seem to be the #1 Patrik fan this season and think XL has another amazing shot at a 2-0 week. Tactical was my first choice, but I am a little concerned that TL only averages 12 Kills in wins. Perkz is enticing, but I’m not ready for that risk right now…
Other considerations: TL Tactical $330k, G2 Perkz $300k, FLY WildTurtle $270k
Support: FLY Ignar vs 100 & EG ($140k)
This position came down to 3 options for me. 1) Like I said, I expect some Sona/Lux on C9, which benefits Blaber but also Vulcan. He was my top choice, but I didn’t feel like I had the cash. 2) Do I go ultra-budget on Support and take Dreams and try to recreate some of the magic from last week? I decided not to because ultimately, I do believe S04 loses to XL, and I really want a Support with a 2-0 week. 3) I ended up landing on Ignar. He has been an absolute fantasy stud for over a year now and has a super high upside schedule. If you are going to take a risk, take a risk on one of the most skilled players in the league.
Other considerations: C9 Vulcan $180k, S04 Dreams $80k
Team: Team Liquid vs DIG & CLG ($290k)
All these upsets lately have me shaken up… So for my team, I ignored the price and took the team I think has the best chance of a clean 2-0. Well, obviously, I didn’t ignore price, I’m too poor to do that, but TL was by far and away my favorite at the position. I considered leaning into my XL and FLY 2-0 predictions and grab them, but ultimately I paid up for safety.
Other considerations: XL $250k, FLY $260k