Players to Pick & Avoid: Week 8

What is Pick and Avoid?

We find you the top 5 players and a team to pick for Week 8, while recommending 5 players and a team that you should definitely avoid! Who will make this weeks pick and avoid list?

TOP LANE

Team: Flyquest

Cost: $260,000

Opponents: IMT & 100

Reasoning: It does not feel good at all to run back to V1per after the pitiful 11.31 performance he had in Week 7… but holding grudges will only lead to more regret. His matchups are much safer this week as he should be able to lead FLY to a 2-0 week to get back on track

Team: 100 Thieves

Cost: $240,000

Opponents: C9 & FLY

Reasoning: We finally saw Ssumday put together a full weekend and he came out as a top 5 player at the position. But don’t let TSM’s Week 7 explosion fool you; C9 and FLY is not a weekend schedule you want. Both teams are primed for a bounceback 2-0 weekend and it will come at Ssumday’s expense.

JUNGLE

Team: Misfits

Cost: $280,000

Opponents: S04 & MAD

Reasoning: Remember wayyyy back when Misfits were the trendy new ‘hottest team in the LEC?’ Well the brutal stretch of their schooled humbled that title very quickly. However, the MSF schedule softens up now, reminiscent of the 3 week stretch where Razork was top 6 at the position every week. Time to bounce back.

Team: Team Liquid

Cost: $240,000

Opponents: EG & GG

Reasoning: I’m going to keep warning you until I feel like the whole world knows; this is not the TL you knew and this is not the Broxah you knew. This team is as tumultuous as DoubleLift’s Twitter feed and you do not want to invest in it.

MID LANE

Team: Evil Geniuses

Cost: $270,000

Opponents: TL & DIG

Reasoning: I type this recommendation with extreme caution… EG has done exactly what you would NOT expect every single week. However, as you were all scratching your heads in befuddlement in Week 7, Jiizuke was making plays! A second straight top 3 finish is not off the table.

Team: Rogue

Cost: $260,000

Opponents: G2 & FNC

Reasoning: Larssen was AMAZING in Week 7! Omg so good! That will not happen this week though… G2 and Fnatic on the slate is not what you want to see. FeelsBadMan.

BOT LANE

Team: Misfits

Cost: $330,000

Opponents: S04 & MAD

Reasoning: You want a bot laner that has top 5 ability and a clear path for racking up points. Well Bvoy is priced at #5 and has a very easy route to a 2-0 week where you can expect him to be the carry. Misfits are back, baby.

Team: Flyquest

Cost: $260,000

Opponents: IMT & 100

Reasoning: It is unusual to recommend picking and avoiding players from the same team, but that is just the nature of FlyQuest. On a sad 0-2 week, it was only the Support that scored less than the Bot laner (the position which is supposed to score the most). FLY just doesn’t lean on their bot laner like the normal team.

SUPPORT

Team: Cloud9

Cost: $270,000

Opponents: TSM & GG

Reasoning: Who tied for the team lead in kills in C9’s win over the weekend? Yup, their Support. After that 27+ point game, Vulcan has proven that he is one 1 or (maybe) 2 Support able to consistently score 30+ a week. He is pricey, but that is because there is so much safety baked into the cost.

Team: Rogue

Cost: $150,000

Opponents: G2 & FNC

Reasoning: What an amazing Week 7 for Vander! Really pummeled Vitality and MAD Lions. Well what is the opposite of VIT & MAD? G2 & FNC! Shut it down.

TEAM

Cost: $250,000

Opponents: IMT & 100

Reasoning: A strong strategy to use for picking a team is to see how low in price you can go with still feeling confident in a 2-0 week. Well ‘confidence’ is a tricky word for Flyquest after last week, but this week is even less threatening.

Cost: $260,000

Opponents: EG & GG

Reasoning: Do the opposite of what Steve Perry and Journey tells you to do; Please Stop Believing.

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