LCS Fantasy Week 5: Who To Start/Bench
Here is a list of three players to target either in order to start them in your fantasy line-up or bench them if they have a tough schedule.
In this column, I will point out possible fantasy players that you can pick up or play off your bench that could help out your team for the week if you are in need of a flex option or your current player is facing tough opponents and might not bring in too many points.
Obviously players such as Huni, Sven, Bjergsen, etc… will be left off this list as they are players you should start 100% of the time regardless of their matchup.
Who to start for week 5:
Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett
Dardoch once again came up with a brilliant week posting up 40+ points for the second consecutive one. If he is still available in your fantasy, PICK HIM UP NOW. This week, Team Liquid have a tough first match against a red hot Cloud9 and an easy one versus Renegades who are struggling as of late. I expect the jungler to continue on his stream with a 3rd consecutive 40+ point week.
Felix “Betsy” Edling
Betsy has so far averaged only 13.54 points per week and only hit the 30-point mark once in week 3. But I expect him and Roccat to perform well this week against Element and Giants Gaming ending the week with a 1-1 record.
Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi
This pick might come as a surprise since UOL are facing one of the best team in EU LCS right now H2K and another powerhouse Fnatic this week, but the Unicorns of Love and Fnatic have a history of having bloodbath matches with tons of kills for everybody involved and I don’t expect it to change to change. This match alone should be able to cover what points he might not get against H2K in case they lose.
Who to bench for week 5:
Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema
Shook’s play has been inconsistent this entire split aside from a good week 2 performance, but somehow the team still finds a way to win. I do not however think Vitality will have a good week 5 against opponents G2 Esports and Origen.
Thomas “Kirei” Yuen
Dignitas are facing Immortals this week, which is never a good thing for fantasy points. Their second opponents are also a revamped Impulse team playing with their full roster and looked good this past week. I would not recommend playing Kirei who’s been struggling as of late posting 20+ points once in the last three weeks.
An “Balls” Le
Cloud9 are playing good right now, but Balls has been the weakest link so far on the team, and with a matchup versus the best team in the LCS so far, it would be wise to bench him and not risk it. Other members of Cloud9 can get some points, but I doubt the top laner will be able to do much.