It doesn't matter if your Fantasy LCS season wound up looking like TSM or Envy, FlyQuest or Dignitas. Week 9 provides one last chance to move up in the standings and earn bragging rights over your friends.
As this will be the final week of the split for fantasy purposes, it's time to totally sell out to get the best matchups possible. No one is undroppable, and everything is on the table.
Here are our picks and passes to help you earn one last win.
Erlend "Nukeduck" Vatevik Holm, Mid lane, Team Vitality
Nukeduck's continued eligibility as a support means he is a top option for Fantasy LCS when he's on a two-match week. Although games against Splyce and H2K aren't particularly easy, at least he avoids Misfits and G2 Esports (the toughest matchups in Europe) and has low expectations if you're using him as a support. Don't replace Soren "Bjergsen" Bjerg in the mid lane with Nukeduck, but if you're starting Alex "Xpecial" Chu at support, consider swapping in Vitality's Norwegian mid.
Literally everyone on Team Envy
It is not possible to get a better week of Fantasy LCS matchups than the ones presented to Team Envy in Week 9. Echo Fox and Counter Logic Gaming are the two best matchups for top laners, junglers and AD carries, and they make up two of the top three spots for fantasy matchups at the mid and support spots. Jungler Nam "LirA" Tae-yoo and bot laner Apollo "Apollo" Price have shown the most consistency and fantasy value this split, but any other NV options can be considered to be due to just how strong the matchups are in Week 9.
However, if you're looking for a mid laner and Choi "Huhi" Jae-hyun of CLG is available, pick him over Noh "Ninja" Geon-woo. Huhi has a great set of matchups and should do well against Ninja, who really struggled against Cloud9 in Week 8.
Cody "Cody Sun" Sun, AD Carry, Immortals
If you bailed out on Cody Sun following back-to-back weeks under 40 fantasy points (Weeks 2 and 3), I can't blame you. But you would have missed out on his best week (Week 4) and a few more solid weeks after. The IMT bot lane has improved drastically over the course of the season, and Cody has hovered around the middle of the pack among ADCs in NA, from a fantasy perspective, since those two terrible outings. He had great performances against his Week 9 opponents in previous matchups and is a solid choice if he's still sitting on waivers in your league.
Juan "Contractz" Garcia, Jungle, Cloud9
Yes, Contractz had a huge game during the weekend of Week 8 and is a member of one of the top teams in the NA LCS. If you don't have a viable replacement, don't bench him just because this article says he's a "pass." However ...
Contractz faces the two teams that allow the fewest fantasy points to junglers in the league this week in Dignitas and Phoenix1. It just isn't a great situation for the young C9 star, who will be a top pick in summer split drafts but might belong on your bench if you have better options for Week 9. Lira is a better option if he's out there in your league, while any other top-tier NA talent at the position can justify a bump into your starting lineup over Contractz. Don't dig into the EU options this week to replace him, but don't be too stubborn to bench him, either.
Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng, AD carry, Team Liquid
It's the curse of the fantasy "expert." Whenever you're right, you have a very hard time not letting people know about it. As such, I offer this advice with a humbling admission to go with it: I recommended benching Doublelift last week, and then I started him in our ESPN staff league anyway. That was a mistake.
In deeper leagues, it's hard to bench an ADC who has more kills in his LCS career than a lot of people do in solo queue. But DL and his TL teammates just have not delivered anything resembling strong fantasy performances, and you almost certainly have better options. If you have Doublelift and can't get Apollo or Cody Sun or literally any other NA bot laner, I guess you're stuck hoping for a TSM-like week out of the Liquid carry.
Every other EU option outside of Nukeduck
The matchups in EU this week just aren't favorable, and with so many low-profile NA options in strong matchups, it just isn't worth going across the Atlantic. If you're in the deepest possible league and really, really need an EU player, consider the Unicorns of Love, even in a one-match week, as they'll face the struggling Origen. Otherwise, you should find Envy or Immortals or CLG players on waivers who can help you win this last matchup.