Thurday’s CS:GO main slate brings us five more matches from the Road to Rio, headlined by a clash between Astralis (world ranking No. 3) and NiP (world ranking No. 13). Evil Geniuses are currently the heaviest favorite on the slate, listed -900 against Movistar Riders.

CS:GO DFS Notes for Thursday, April 30

DraftKings

  • Gen.G is the most interesting team to look at from a price action perspective. Their opponent, Cloud9, is no slouch — Gen.G is ranked only one spot above Cloud9 in the world rankings as the two teams check in at No. 23 and No. 24 respectively — but Gen.G is currently listed as the -150 favorite in Thursday’s clash. Despite the favorable game environment, koosta, BnTeT, and autimatic have all seen their salaries decrease by at least $1,000 since the team’s last match against Triumph.
  • Even more surprising is the pricing on G2. Two members of the team — jaCkz and AmaNeK — saw their salaries decrease by $400 and $600, while huNter-, kennyS, and nexa saw modest price increases of $200, $200, and $400. G2 is coming off a 2-1 victory over Copenhagen Flames on Wednesday and they are listed as -400 favorites Thursday. G2 currently has three players listed among the top eight overall projections and they look like an ideal stacking option.
  • Sticking with G2, AmaNeK makes a case for the best value play on the slate at $5,400. While he doesn’t inflict much damage, he also keeps a low death rate and we already hit on the positive game environment.
  • At $7,200, Xyp9x is underpriced for what feels like the fifth match in a row. His fantasy point per game average of 59.6 ranks 10th on the slate and I’m not sure what else he needs to do in order to be priced in the $8,000-$9,000 range. Of course, I’ll be happy to take the savings on him once again.

FanDuel

  • Xyp9x’s value is not limited to DraftKings — at $10,500 on FanDuel, he checks in with the second-highest value rating on the slate. In fact, three members of Astralis — Xyp9x, device, and Magisk — rank within the top-seven values, making Astralis the top team to stack on FanDuel.
  • We have to mention Evil Geniuses, whose -900 moneyline odds propel several of its players to the top of the value ratings on Thursday. Ethan and CeRq are both attractive buys at sub-$10,000 price tags, while top-fragger Brehze is a reasonable play even at $11,000.