The ESL Pro League resumes on Wednesday with games from Europe and North America. We break down DraftKings’ four-game CS:GO slate with picks to consider for Captain and the flex position for your roster.
Zywoo has been one of the best players this year. His form has been unparalleled and unmatched for any team in the professional circuit. Impressively, he has managed to replicate his LAN form in online tournaments, which isn’t easy to do. Despite Vitality losing 3-0 to Heroic in the final of the European competition of ESL One Cologne, he still had 56 kills and 50 deaths, an indicator of his consistency irrespective of result.
Other to consider: Niko ($14,100)
High-priced flex options
Niko (Faze, $9,400)
Niko is now slowly adjusting to the pace of online play. His fantasy value is also now reflective of that regained momentum. He has been Faze’s best player for a while now, with any weapon. In the previous game, Faze was beaten 2-0 by Vitality, but Niko still had 54 kills and 50 deaths. Racking up over 50 kills in two lost maps is not new to Niko.
Kscerato also found some of his lost proficiency at ESL One Cologne. He had a solid tournament right through. In the win against 100 Thieves in three maps, he put on one of his finest performances in the last few months, which included 61 kills, most of which came with the M4A4, at an ADR of 87.8 and a K-D of +22.
Stavn was in unstoppable offensive rhythm at ESL One Cologne last week. Heroic continued to beat opponents ranked higher in a dream run to the title. That stunning efficiency was led by Stavn. He capped a fantastic tournament with a game-leading K-D of +23 in the final (69 kills and 46 deaths) with an ADR of 92. He even had one round in which he had a quad made up of AK kills.
Other to consider: Coldzera ($7,800)
Value flex options
ENCE has not played too much competitive CS:GO in the last few weeks. That could leave the team refreshed for the Pro League. It felt like a break was needed in a crammed schedule. Allu will be a big beneficiary of that break. He has been spectacular right through the year, particularly with the AWP, but his form had dropped off a bit recently. He currently averages 52 DKFP per game.
oSee’s consistency has been one of the major reasons for Cloud9 holding a decent position in the CS:GO rankings despite some topsy-turvy games. His effectiveness with the AWP makes him a crucial fantasy target because the kill rate usually crosses 0.70 per round with a strong handler. He led Cloud9 in the 2-0 defeat to Liquid, with 43 kills and 39 deaths. He was also the only Cloud9 player to have a positive K-D in that game.
Other to consider: Plopski ($6,800)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.