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Fantasy Esports Picks: CS:GO (IEM): Top DraftKings DFS Targets for December 17

Nikhil Kalro shares his targets for Thursday’s CS:GO (IEM) DraftKings DFS action, which locks at 10:00 a.m. ET.

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Group B action of the IEM Global Challenge resumes on Thursday. Two games constitute DraftKings main CS:GO slate. Here is a look at the players to consider to make up your roster.

Set your DraftKings lineup here: CS:GO $35K Quickscope [$10K to 1st] (IEM)


s1mple ($15,000 CP)

With many of the big teams missing from this slate, s1mple is not a hard decision as Captain. He was the best player in the world for a while but has now been overtaken by Vitality’s ZywOo. In Monday’s game against Furia, he was his usual self, adding a game-high 56 kills with just 32 deaths at an average damage per round of 97.4. He is averaging 81.5 DKFP for a reason.

Others to consider: yuurih ($12,000 CP)

High-priced FLEX Options

yuurih ($8,000)

While yuurih had a quiet game against Natus Vincere on Monday, he has not had a poor year by any means. He has been in explosive killing form on the pro circuit, which has seen his DraftKings salary rise considerably. He had just 34 kills with 39 deaths against Na Vi, but he should have a significantly better K-D day against Heroic.

stavn ($8,600)

stavn is coming into this matchup on the back of a horrendous performance against Liquid on Monday. He had 24 kills, but also 43 deaths. However, he is one of the best offensive players for this Heroic team, especially with the AK. He is averaging 65.4 DKFP per game. I don’t think he’ll match that here, but there is still value in his selection.

HEN1 ($7,600)

If I had to pick one team to stack from on this slate, it would be Furia. The team has made rapid strides up the CS:GO rankings in the last few months. HEN1’s substantial improvement, defensively in particular, has been a major reason for the team’s rise. He is averaging 64.1 DKFP per game, which is not easy to maintain considering Furia has played against the best teams in the world on a regular basis.

Others to consider: electronic ($9,000)

Value FLEX Options

KSCERATO ($7,400)

KSCERATO’s loss of form is mysterious. He has all the skills: a strong defensive game, long-range proficiency even with the AWP and an ability to keep a steady in-game economy. That hasn’t worked well for him in the last few months. As a result, he has slipped into the value category. It’s still a good idea to back skill alone in fantasy CS:GO. He returned to some semblance of form with a team-leading 36 kills in a tough matchup against Na Vi.

EliGE ($6,600)

Even though Liquid’s opponent is a rejuvenated Natus Vincere, this price is far too low for a player of EliGE’s quality. That provides you with an opportunity to differentiate your roster by picking Liquid’s best offensive player for a fraction of the price. He had 39 kills and 35 deaths against Heroic in the previous game on Monday.

Others to consider: NAF ($6,800)

Set your DraftKings lineup here: CS:GO $35K Quickscope [$10K to 1st] (IEM)

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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.