Pick and Avoid: Week 9

What is Pick and Avoid?

We find you the top 5 and a team players to pick for Week 9, while recommending 5 players and a team that you should definitely avoid! Who will make this weeks pick and avoid list?

TOP LANE

Team: Origen

Cost: $290,000

Opponents: XL & MAD

Reasoning: Week 8 was a big disappointment if you paid up for Alphari… But do you really think there will be another game this weekend where he finishes with a 8.3% Kill Participation?! No way. He will have his nose in all the scrums and rack up the points along the way.

Team: MAD Lions

Cost: $260,000

Opponents: FNC & OG

Reasoning: Orome was a cute pick in Week 8 as MAD completed a sneaky 2-0 weekend. Well that is 2 more wins than I expect them to get this weekend. Orome is matched up against Alphari AND Bwipo this week… glhf.

JUNGLE

Team: Rogue

Cost: $260,000

Opponents: SK & S04

Reasoning: The ‘19 Summer Rookie of the Split is looking to finish this season strong, and what better way to do that than facing 2 of the bottom 3 teams. Even in the disappointing 0-2 Week 8, I was encouraged watching Inspired to toe-to-toe with Jankos in the jungle, finishing with a strong 4/4/6 line in the losing effort.

Team: Golden Guardians

Cost: $240,000

Opponents: CLG & FLY

Reasoning: I wanted to write about Broxah again, but am going to stop driving that into the ground. Closer has grown a lot this split and it a much better player than his fantasy numbers show. However, we aren’t in the moral victory or ‘grow as a person’ business… We are in the fantasy business and we want points!

MID LANE

Team: Golden Guardians

Cost: $230,000

Opponents: CLG & FLY

Reasoning: It has been an up and down season for GG. GG (now referring to Goldenglue) has been a bright spot though. He hasn’t shined every week, but established himself as the main playmaker on the team and now has 2 beatable opponents to stake the claim against as the season closes.

Team: Cloud9

Cost: $330,000

Opponents: EG & TL

Reasoning: Nisqy has a few things going against him. He is expensive. I don’t love his schedule. But over them both, I just feel like he won’t take this week as serious since C9 has nothing to play for. Due to that, there is a large risk he might even sit out a game! I ain’t messing around with that.

BOT LANE

Team: Team SoloMid

Cost: $330,000

Opponents: 100 & DIG

Reasoning: On a per game basis, Kobbe does not blow you away. That can be attributed to some absolute stinkers of games he has had. But those mainly came back when TSM buried themselves in the standings. If TSM goes to their successful strategy of having Bjergsen take a more tank role, Kobbe will be relied up heavily and has the perfect schedule to match.

Team: MAD Lions

Cost: $320,000

Opponents: FNC & OG

Reasoning: Carzzy top 4 last week? Beating out Zven? Well that won’t be happening against this week as he is matched up against Upset and Rekkles… FeelsBadMan

SUPPORT

Team: Golden Guardians

Cost: $60,000

Opponents: CLG & FLY

Reasoning: Tell me if you have heard this before. “A bot-laner-switch-to-support GG player has underwhelmed in terms of fantasy points, but is cheap enough with an okay schedule to use.” Hear that before? Huhi can be okay this week, but this is more of an endorsement of what you can do financially at other positions if you only spend $60k on support.

Team: Immortals

Cost: $130,000

Opponents: DIG & EG

Reasoning: Every week, Hakuho has just been a solid, safe option that can save you a bunch of money. Well I don’t think he fits that role this week. We have seen him have negative point games in the last couple weeks and IMT would be lucky to just find a single win this week.

TEAM

Cost: $260,000

Opponents: C9 & IMT

Reasoning: Hottest team in the LCS right here! IMT should be a good win and maybe EG can keep their hot streak going and take down C9, especially since pretty much everyone of their players knows C9 very well.

Cost: $260,000

Opponents: MVIT & G2

Reasoning: What a roller coaster of a season it has been… At this point, I actually questions the outcome of the VIT game more than the G2 game, which is sad. Don’t play this guessing game.

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