Looking for the best guide to take down our champion mode contests? We got you covered! Before we get into it, learn about what champion mode contests are here. Let’s get to it!
1. Star Duo Considerations
We sometimes discuss player groups & rules. For example, the idea that we don’t want to play Russell Westbrook & Brad Beal in the same lineup. This is because there is risk that Westbrook & Beal split fantasy production relatively evenly, such that as a pair they underperform two players from two separate teams who take on larger shares of their teams’ fantasy production. In single-game formats, these types of rules are less relevant – as there is no other game from which players that share away fewer fantasy points can leapfrog star players that equitably share fantasy production to the point that neither puts up massive fantasy numbers. As such, playing combos like Bradley Beal & Russell Westbrook in the same lineup are more feasible for Champion Mode lineups than they are for Multiplier Mode lineups (particularly for large slates).
2. High Multipliers vs Low Multipliers
For cash game purposes, high-floor + low-multiplier players make for fine Champion plays. In having high multipliers, the range of outcomes for high-multiplier players is inherently wider: their floors are lower (they are high multipliers because they can be unproductive players), but their ceilings are also higher (because of the high multiplier). Low multiplier players are similar to quarterbacks in single-game NFL contests given their high floor/low ceiling distribution profile. It is common to see quarterbacks over-owned (relative to their likelihood of being the highest scoring) at the Champion slot. They have to put up such massive production that they outscore every low-multiplier player. Take The Warriors/Mavs game on 4/27/21 for example: Luka Doncic (1x) had a massive 39-6-8-2 stat line last night with 59.5FP. It is hard to envision games in which he could have done much better, yet he was beat out massively by high-multiplier players like Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins put up 15 points, 5 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 69.35 FP. While these low-multiplier plays make for fine plays, seeking out a mix of high-multiplier players at the Champion slot might be a high-leverage, positive expectation approach.
It can be helpful to roster players from different line rotations. If you roster players all from the starting lineup (of both teams), you’re simply expecting teams to be wildly efficient when bench players are on the floor. Unlike e.g. baseball, where sometimes the bottom half of the order doesn’t record a single fantasy point, bench units will score fantasy points. It can be detrimental to be overly leveraged to a single starting/bench unit as there are realistic fantasy ceilings that can’t be eclipsed in a fixed amount of time.
The Champion multiplier is 50% more than players’ Superflex multiplier (or 1.5*SFLX Multiplier). For players whose multipliers end in x.x5, understand that the true 50% increase of e.g. 1.35x is 2.025x, which gets rounded up to 2.05x. It is a small nuance, but players whose multipliers end in x.x5 due get a little extra boost as Champion selections.
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