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Bargain Shopping: Playoffs Week 1

Bargain Shopping in Playoffs

Be prepared, the LoL Fantasy Bargain Shopping Playoffs 1 Spring 2020 is insane! Since the player pool is smaller and features less cheap players, we will instead find two bargain players under $250,000 ($200k for Support). Now, because the LCS playoffs have a slightly different format, there are 4 NA teams that will have an opportunity to play in a 2nd series this weekend if they lose the first one (EG, FLY, C9 & 100). This gives these teams an extra layer of safety, we can call it “Guardian Angel” and I would snag them when you can!

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TOP LANE BARGAINS

There aren’t a lot of consistent and strong options at the top role, but fortunately you don’t have to break the bank to secure somebody solid at the position. The options that do remain have been amongst the most consistent options, so there is value at all price points here.

≤ $250,000

Player: Kumo (Evil Geniuses)

Cost: $240,000

Opponent: FLY (& GG if they lose)

Reasoning: Kumo has really noticeably grown throughout the split, and he has shown he is capable of producing high scoring games. Aatrox has been a comfort pick for him, but he has looked pretty impressive on Mordekaiser and Jayce as well. He will have no shortage of opportunities to provide some good performances, since he will get to play in a 2nd series if he (and EG) struggle too much in the first one.

≤ $250,000

Player: Hauntzer (Golden Guardians)

Cost: $160,000

Opponent: Loser of FLY/EG

Reasoning: Hauntzer has been remarkably inconsistent this split, but he was a big part of GG’s surge to the playoffs. If they are to keep that hot streak going, Hauntzer will again have to play a big part. Their next opponent will have just lost a series and will have the opposite momentum that GG does, so I think there is a perhaps underrated chance that GG pulls off an upset, or at least a contested series. Getting Hauntzer at a lower price than either of Flyquest’s top laners (currently sharing the starting spot) feels like a steal.

JUNGLE BARGAINS

Similar to the top role mention in our LoL Fantasy Bargain Shopping Playoffs 1 Spring 2020, there seem to be a lot of strong options at the jungle role. Jankos reigns supreme the top producer far and away, but the strength of the opponents will likely play a bigger factor here than the individual player ability, though both are important.

≤ $250,000

Player: Svenskeren (Evil Geniuses)

Cost: $240,000

Opponent: FLY (& GG if they lose)

Reasoning: Sven is a playoff veteran. I would go as far as to say he is the strongest and most accomplished jungler in the LCS playoffs this split. His fantasy success will likely depend on the synergy he finds with Jiizuke, who is absolutely locked in at the moment. However, Svenskeren seems like a safe, high-reward, inexpensive pick to me, and those are rare.

≤ $250,000

Player: Razork (Misfits)

Cost: $230,000

Opponent: RGE

Reasoning: Rogue looked absolutely lost last week, and they gave up some really good opportunities for better seeding. Misfits haven’t exactly been on fire coming into the playoffs themselves, but they at least still look competitive. While Febiven deserves plenty of credit, I think Razork has been the proactive playmaker that led Misfits to the playoffs to begin with. And while Rogue has plenty of talent on their roster, I feel confident picking Razork to lead Misfits past Rogue as well if they continue to play anything like the way they did last week.

MID LANE BARGAINS

Mid lane has been rather volatile this season, and that likely won’t change in the playoffs. There will almost certainly be very high scoring games from players at lower costs, but the more expensive options are far more consistent. Jiizuke is perhaps the player streaking the hardest in the West, at any position.

≤ $250,000

Player: Nukeduck (Origen)

Cost: $230,000

Opponent: FNC

Reasoning: Fnatic has incredibly high skill ceilings, but you never really know how close they will be to reaching them. It’s hard to take too much stock in their latest loss against Vitality, given the nature of the game that it was. However, Origen have been consistently very strong. Nukeduck is one of the hardest players to try to strategize against, and I think his opponent (Nemesis) is Fnatic’s most susceptible laner. It’s not exactly an easy series ahead, but this could still be productive for Nukeduck.

≤ $250,000

Player: Goldenglue (Golden Guardians)

Cost: $210,000

Opponent: Loser of FLY/EG

Reasoning: Goldenglue has been absolutely essential for the Guardians in what has been a career split for him. While he still has been well short of dominant, he has found consistency as a smart player and damage threat all split, even when GG lose. He should be able to turn in a good series, and if GG keep their newfound map aware playstyle, perhaps even a great one.

BOT LANE BARGAINS

The bot lane is easily the most expensive lane, given that it is also the most productive. Unfortunately, with the exception of the 3 or 4 best options, most of the bot lane players in the playoffs are unproven. This position reaps the most benefits from team fights of any role, so finding the right bot laner is the most important step in building your roster, in my opinion.

≤ $250,000

Player: Wildturtle (Flyquest)

Cost: $250,000

Opponent: EG (& GG if they lose)

Reasoning: This Bot lane meta hasn’t exactly been kind to Turtle, as he hasn’t looked as comfortable with Aphelios and Senna as we are used to seeing him play. Nonetheless, he’s largely made it work, and he’s found lots of success on the fringes of the champion meta with Xayah. He, like Svenskeren, is a veteran with some notable accomplishments, and a “Guardian Angel” schedule this week as well.

≤ $250,000

Player: Bvoy (Misfits)

Cost: $230,000

Opponent: RGE

Reasoning: Bvoy hasn’t been a very proactive player, but he’s had good enough decision making to be able to contribute to the leads his teammates occasionally create. I don’t really like his matchup against Hans Sama & Vander, but I do think Misfits do look like clear favorites, and I think Bvoy can turn in 3 strong games from the series as a result.

SUPPORT BARGAINS

Because it is so much harder to find productive games from the support role, I think there is an even greater emphasis on finding players who will have as many opportunities as possible to provide them. Players that have an opportunity to play a 2nd series really stand out here.

≤ $200,000

Player: Zeyzal (Evil Geniuses)

Cost: $190,000

Opponent: FLY (& GG if they lose)

Reasoning: Zeyzal has turned into one of the most solid support producers this split. He was looking a little shaky at first, which is understandable coming from a relatively new player on a new team. However he has found his role on the team and has been practically elite the 2nd half the split. Fear the beard in the LoL Fantasy Bargain Shopping Playoffs 1 Spring 2020!!

≤ $200,000

Player: Stunt (100 Thieves)

Cost: $140,000

Opponent: C9 (& TSM if they loss)

Reasoning: This is a perfect situation for Stunt. He has not been a very productive player this split, from a fantasy standpoint, but he had a decent fantasy performance in the final regular season games while making some clutch plays, and was pretty strong in the tiebreakers. While neither C9 nor TSM are “easy” opponents, the “Guardian Angel” schedule may really help Stunt find his way to 3 strong games in a series (or two) that 100 Thieves will be pulling out all the stops in.

TEAM BARGAINS

I have a strong feeling that the 6 teams that will find (at least) 3 wins this weekend will all lead the Team role in scoring. If your friends think you’ve got Miss Cleo on speed dial any time you join their Pick Em league, this is your time to shine! 

≤ $250,000

Player: Flyquest

Cost: $240,000

Opponent: EG (& GG if they lose)

Reasoning: Though they are limping into the playoffs, this is a team that looked like the 2nd best team in the LCS for most of the split, and comes into the weekend with 2 strong players in the top lane to complement different playstyle options. While there may be *some* cause for concern, I think there is plenty on the table for Flyquest to achieve.

≤ $250,000

Player: Misfits

Cost: $220,000

Opponent: RGE

Reasoning: Ok, at the risk of being redundant– Rogue didn’t just have an unfortunate week last week, they imploded. They had a red carpet rolled out for them to start the playoffs in the winner’s bracket and they lost to SK AND Schalke. While losing to G2 and Fnatic are more understandable, that adds up to a 4 game losing streak for them. I think all Misfits have to do is recapture their early season cohesiveness for one BO5. They don’t really have to play above themselves or anything to get past Rogue.

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