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The Spring Split of the League of Legends Championship Series regular season is coming to an end, and in Europe, it’s going to be intense.
All the teams in the EU LCS have a chance to make it to the playoffs, even the last-place H2k Gaming and Unicorns of Love who are just one game away from a playoff tie breaker. The final week in Europe will be explosive, and that means there will be plenty of action for fantasy esports.
If you want to top the fantasy standings this week, you need to know who to start and who to sit.
EU LCS Week 9—Friday
Friday’s games will likely produce high fantasy scores and have big implications for the playoffs.
Fnatic vs. Giants Gaming
Fnatic is the most consistent team in the EU LCS with a 12-4 record. Giants Gaming plays aggressive games. While Fnatic should score well in this match, there is a risk since they have already secured a top two playoff spot. It’s up to you if you want to take that risk.
FC Schalke 04 vs. H2k Gaming
FC Schalke 04 is a team on the rise after a strong 2-0 week. They have a favorable matchup against H2k Gaming, who has given up the most deaths in the league. However, H2k Gaming has been performing better lately. Still, Schalke is a safe bet for fantasy value after their impressive performance last week.
Misfits vs. ROCCAT
Neither of these teams produce or give up high fantasy numbers. This match may be uneventful and can be ignored unless you’re a fan cheering for playoff chances.
Sit — Fnatic Top Lane
Last week, Bwipo made his LCS debut for Fnatic and performed well. With a top two playoff spot secured, it’s uncertain who Fnatic will start, making a Fnatic pick risky.
Sit — Jonas “Kold” Andersen, Jungle, Unicorns of Love
Kold, the most expensive jungler, is not a good pick this week due to a tough game against G2 Esports.
Start — Luka “PerkZ” Perkovic, Mid, G2 Esports
G2 Esports’ mid laner, PerkZ, has a favorable matchup against Unicorns of Love’s mid laner, Exileh, who has the most deaths in the league. PerkZ should perform well in this game.
Start — Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, ADC, Fnatic
Rekkles is one of the most consistent fantasy performers in League of Legends history. He is a great bet to put up big numbers this week against a vulnerable Giants Gaming team. Spend big to have Rekkles in your lineup and assign him as the captain for even bigger rewards.
Sit — Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle, Support, Misfits
Mikyx is one of the top-scoring supports this season, but Misfits’ match against ROCCAT may not generate many kills. You can likely find a better support pick for Friday.
EU LCS Week 9—Saturday
Saturday’s matches may not have any standout fantasy matchups, but there will be close games to end the LCS season. Even though favorites like Fnatic and G2 Esports are playing against Schalke and Vitality, respectively, it’s hard to predict strong results due to recent performances and the playoff race context. So, finding strong value will be the key to making successful picks.
Misfits vs. Unicorns of Love
This match has the potential to produce high scores. Misfits have the second-best KDA in the league, and the Unicorns of Love tend to give up kills. Mikyx and Hans Sama from Misfits, particularly, are strong picks, with Hans Sama being a solid choice for captain.
Splyce vs. Giants Gaming
Splyce should have an advantage against Giants Gaming. While Splyce doesn’t rack up many kills, they should still provide solid fantasy numbers in this matchup.
Start — Martin “Wunder” Hansen, Top, G2 Esports
Wunder may be the most expensive top laner, but it’s justified. He has a 6.2 KDA this season, surpassing the competition by far. He’s the safest bet to put up numbers, regardless of the matchup, so make sure to have him on your roster on Saturday.
Sit — Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, Jungle, Fnatic
Broxah may have a good day against Schalke, but his kill participation is one of the lowest among junglers. Even on a good day, he doesn’t contribute much to the action. Since Fnatic’s playoff destiny is already secured, starting Broxah is a risky move.
Start — Jin “Blanc” Sung-min, Mid, ROCCAT
Despite being on a less consistent team, ROCCAT’s mid laner Blanc has had a surprisingly strong season. They have a favorable matchup against H2k Gaming, the team that gives up the most deaths in the league. Blanc will give you flexibility to fill the rest of your lineup and should provide positive numbers on Saturday.
Sit — Samuel Fernandez “Samux” Fort, ADC, Unicorns of Love
Samux usually performs consistently, but he may struggle against Misfits and their strong bottom lane. It’s better to look for ADC production elsewhere.
Start — Raymond “kaSing” Tsang, Support, Splyce
KaSing is very affordable, almost free. If you want to include high-priced stars from G2 Esports and Fnatic in your lineup, kaSing is a solid pick. He may not provide many assists, but he won’t hurt your chances either. When Splyce secures the win over Giants, his scoreline won’t matter.