NA LCS – Fantasy Studs & Duds: Week 2 (Spring 2015)

NA Week 2 Studs

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Top Lane – CST Cris
Projected: 31.1
Points: 40.28
KDA: 4/8/19
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Gnar/Sion

Cris was ranked high after his Week 1 performance and rightfully so as he is still a solid player who is stuck on a below average team. The caveat with playing Cris in Week 3 is that he will be against the likes of Quas and Balls, and considering how Team Liquid and Cloud 9 underperformed in Week 2, expect IWDominate and Meteos to camp top and get their tops rolling as Impaler is more focused on getting Jesiz rolling. He will be ranked among the lower echelon in Week 3 so start him at your own risk.

Honorable mentions: GV Hauntzer (Proj: 25.8, Actual: 36.09 pts)

Jungle – TSM Santorin
Projected: 30.1
Points: 41.98
KDA: 0/0/24
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Jarvan IV (both games)

As a great week for all TSM players occurred this week, Santorin is a beneficiary of no major attention drawn to him to shut him down as he ends up with a great supportive jungler score of 0/0/24. He also showcased a larger champion pool in two weeks than TSM’s old jungler so he is reliable so far. As he is heavily focused on feeding Bjergsen first, he should still be a favorite in this upcoming week as they face an average TIP and a weak DIG team.

Honorable mentions: T8 Porpoise8 (Proj: 25.6, Actual: 39.27 pts)

Mid Lane – CLG Link
Projected: 39.0
Points: 40.13
KDA: 12/2/8
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Cassiopeia/Zed

After the second game of Week 1, Link seemed to be back to his old self. However, after his performances on non-utility champions this week, he may be reinvigorated along with this new CLG lineup. Although more games are needed for him to be in the talks for the best mid laners in North America, no one can take away a great second week for him as CLG moves into a tie for first place in the NA standings.

Honorable mentions: TSM Bjergsen (Proj: 39.2, Actual: 41.49 pts)

AD – TSM WildTurtle
Projected: 33.5
Points: 44.78
KDA: 11/2/10
3K/4K/5K: 1/0/0
Champs: Kalista/Tristana

Even though his Kalista wasn’t as impressive as that of Sneaky or Doublelift, WildTurtle had a very respectable performance on it. However, it was his Tristana play that rocket jumps him ahead of some other other notable carries this week, such as GV Cop. He has easy matchups next week against the weaker bot lanes of TIP and DIG so he should provide some great points once again.

Honorable mentions: GV Cop (Proj: 38.4, Actual: 45.43 pts), T8 maplestreet8 (Proj: 35.3, Actual: 43.90 pts), CST Mash (Proj: 40.1, Actual: 46.79 pts)

Support – TSM Lustboy
Projected: 24.4
Points: 38.91
KDA: 4/3/20
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Annie/Morgana

Another beneficiary of a great week for TSM, Lustboy came out big this with his Annie play. With WildTurtle’s aggressive play style, TSM’s bottom lane is sure to skirmish more than average next week as they have favorable matchups. Expect Lustboy to have another great week.

Honorable mentions:  CLG Aphromoo (Proj: 31.5, Actual: 34.92 pts)

Team – Team SoloMid
Projected: 22.5
Points: 40.00
First Blood: 2/2
Dragons: 7
Barons: 2
Turrets: 21
Win: 2/2
Fast Win: 0/2

As the majority of TSM’s players made this list, it should be no surprise to see TSM in this position. Although it was not the toughest of matchups this past week, it wasn’t the easiest either. Their easy week is upcoming in Week 3 as they face Team Impulse and Team Dignitas who is fresh out of a jungler so if you have them, it’s definitely worth starting as they will be ranked high this week.

Honorable mentions:  Counter Logic Gaming (Proj: 24.1, Actual: 39.00 pts), Team Gravity (Proj: 28.1, Actual: 39.00 pts)

NA Week 2 Duds

Team Liquid

Top Lane – TL Quas
Projected: 30.2
Points: 6.92
KDA: 0/5/3
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Gnar (both games)

As expected, Quas was not the dominant performer he was in Week 1 due to the terrible matchup of C9 and TSM this week. Western teams are still not accustomed to playing around a top laner when they play with a Gnar so we notice poor rage management from even the elite top laners in the west. Given the performance they had last week, Quas should bounce back this week as they play against CST and DIG.

Jungle – TL IWDominate
Projected: 29.1
Points: 3.18
KDA: 0/7/3
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Jarvan IV/Nunu

As a supportive jungler for Team Liquid, IWD was the worst NA jungler in fantasy this week. Not much to say as Team Liquid just gave up this week. With two fairly easy games next week against CST and DIG, IWD should lead the pack to solid fantasy outings.

Mid Lane – DIG Shiphtur
Projected: 33.9
Points: 13.07
KDA: 2/5/3
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Xerath/Azir

What is left to say about Shiphtur that hasn’t already been mentioned? As the hyper-passive mid laner of the worst team in NA, Shiphtur relies on long range poke champs and is unable to be aggressive. Don’t expect much out of him as his mechanics won’t matter if he never chooses to actually fight within a professional match.

AD – TL Piglet
Projected: 41.9
Points: 8.75
KDA: 0/4/3
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Sivir/Caitlyn

With much hype surrounding the starting Korean imports in Week 2, Piglet was the most hyped and it was a massive letdown for those who started him as his point total did not even reach double digits over both games. He should bounce back next week as he faces fairly easy bottom lane matchups so it might be worth it to actually hype up for the next outing.

Support – TL Xpecial
Projected: 33.3
Points: 1.83
KDA: 1/5/1
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Leona/Janna

Xpecial is a good support and by no means should anyone decide to move on from him. Matchups make fantasy wins and losses and if you decided to start him when he faced C9 and TSM, not much can be said as the entire team was shut down hard and shut down early. Next week should help them get back to their winning spirits as they face CST and DIG.

Team – Team Liquid
Projected: 31.6
Points: 8.00
First Blood: 0/2
Dragons: 1
Barons: 0
Turrets: 7
Win: 0/2
Fast Win: 0/2

A disappointing week for Team Liquid fans and a rage filled week for owners who started Team Liquid. As everyone underperformed at an individual level, the team score naturally illustrates that as well. With poor map control and bad engages, this was a disastrous week for Team Liquid as they averaged 4 points per game this week. It will be clear skies next week as they face off against a Coast team that has thrown games and a Dignitas team that seemed to forget how to play the game. They will be worth a start in Week 3.

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EU LCS – Fantasy Studs & Duds: Week 2 (Spring 2015)

EU Week 2 Studs

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Top Lane – SK fredy122
Projected: 29.5
Points: 44.46
KDA: 6/5/18
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Lissandra/Kennen

With SK Gaming going 2-0 this week, steady fredy does it again. But this time, he helps us all out in fantasy as he racked up over 40 points this week. His jungler has shown that he’s willing to camp for fredy to help him get ahead this split so he is a solid option for the future weeks as he will still stack up points even when he plays tanks.

Honorable mentions: FNC Huni (Proj: 23.0, Actual: 51.48 pts)

Jungle – FNC Reignover
Projected: 23.7
Points: 52.33
KDA: 11/12/21
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Rengar/Olaf

An honorable mention last but just as his top laner and team tally up big points this week, Reignover has shown that he has a diverse champion pool filled with options that can pressure throughout the entire game. He is a very talented jungler who has the potential to get better in the future and is definitely a starter in Week 3 as they face Unicorns of Love and Giants Gaming.

Honorable mentions: SK Svenskeren (Proj: 27.4, Actual: 54.45 pts), EL Shook (Proj: 33.6, Actual: 54.95 pts), Loulex (Proj: 27.7, Actual: 55.58 pts)

Mid Lane – EL Froggen
Projected: 44.4
Points: 66.67
KDA: 14/8/22
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Ahri (both games)

Elements not reliable when it comes to closing out games which is great for fantasy owners everywhere! As one of the main carries, you can count on Froggen most weeks to put up big points on the board as long as he’s not playing utility mid laners who he cannot pressure with.

AD – EL Rekkles
Projected: 41.4
Points: 71.52
KDA: 18/1/14
3K/4K/5K: 2/0/0
Champs: Graves (both games)

As the other carry of Elements, Rekkles was the other beneficiary of padded stats from the drawn out Game 2 this week against ROCCAT. As expected, Rekkles is back to what was expected of him from those who drafted him early in their leagues. Next week should be interesting as he faces SK’s immortal FORG1VENGRE but should still get plenty of points as he also faces a weak MYM team.

Honorable mentions: SK FORG1VENGRE (Proj: 41.7, Actual: 48.68 pts), H2K Hjarnan (Proj: 37.2, Actual: 54.93 pts), FNC Steelback (Proj: 39.6, Actual: 53.39 pts)

Support – FNC YellOwStaR
Projected: 30.6
Points: 56.12
KDA: 5/3/28
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Leona (both games)

As the meta is shifting back into hard engage supports, YellOwStaR is right in his comfort zone as he played Leona twice this week after getting Annie twice last week. As they face UOL and GIA next week, YellOwStaR should have another good outing as long as he gets his comfort picks.

Honorable mentions: EL Nyph (Proj: 35.3, Actual: 48.99 pts)

Team – SK Gaming
Projected: 30.3
Points: 39.00
First Blood: 1/2
Dragons: 8
Barons: 3
Turrets: 19
Win: 2/2
Fast Win: 0/2

The reason why SK won this spot over the other three teams (Fnatic, H2K, Elements) who went 2-0 this week and scored 39 points as well is because of SK’s pick and ban phase, their knowledge with regards to lane swapping properly to gain an advantage, their focus on objectives and their overall team play. Definitely not one of the sexy teams people love to cheer for but as a team, SK is currently regarded as the best team in Europe.

Honorable mentions: H2K Gaming (Proj: 24.1, Actual:  39.00 pts), Fnatic (Proj: 27.3, Actual: 39.00 pts), Elements (Proj: 31.8, Actual:  39.00 pts)

EU Week 2 Duds

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Top Lane – GIA Werlyb
Projected: 28.7
Points: 1.00
KDA: 0/11/2
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Maokai/Cassiopeia

After a dominating Week 1, Werlyb has an equally appalling Week 2 as he continually fed on champions that were not Jax. As a possible one trick pony, Werlyb is a high risk, high reward player. However, as they face ROCCAT and Fnatic in Week 3, he is mostly just high risk as they are sure to ban out Jax.

Jungle – GIA Fr3deric
Projected: 28.6
Points: 3.89
KDA: 2/10/2
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Vi/Jarvan IV

An unimpressive outing in Week 2 by the Giants jungler after being ranked high this week is a disappointment to say the least. Just as the top-jungle duo crashed and burned, so did the rest of his team. He has potential for a pick up for some weeks in the future but next week is not one of those times.

Mid Lane – GMB NiQ
Projected: 29.2
Points: 7.06
KDA: 1/11/8
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: LeBlanc/Lulu

Even as the rest of his team is starting to pick up the slack, NiQ was just as useful this week as he was last (which was not useful at all). Even though Gambit faces a weak Copenhagen Wolves team and an H2K team that can be exploited through objectives, do not expect NiQ to have a breakthrough performance as the mid laners from both teams will punish NiQ for his passive play style.

AD – GIA Adryh
Projected: 34.2
Points: 5.79
KDA: 2/8/1
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Jinx/Ezreal

Ranked in the lower echelon of the AD rankings, Adryh was unable to do much this week. Don’t expect him to bounce back next week as his schedule gets harder.

Support – GIA Rydle
Projected: 24.7
Points: 3.80
KDA: 1/6/3
3K/4K/5K: 0/0/0
Champs: Annie/Lulu

Even while trying different styles of play for each composition, Rydle was unable to make an impact this week as his team went 0-2. Let him stay in free agency for now because it won’t get easier next week.

Team – Giants Gaming
Projected: 24.4
Points: 1.00
First Blood: 0/2
Dragons: 0
Barons: 0
Turrets: 1
Win: 0/2
Fast Win: 0/2

Ranked high this week based on last week’s excellent performance but not much to say this week as four players from the team made this list as they tallied up a whopping 1 point over two games. Stay away in Week 3 as they face a hungry ROCCAT team and a Fnatic team that wants to stay undefeated.

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