DraftKings.com is one of the largest and most recognizable fantasy sports sites on the web. Every day DraftKings offers a slew of daily fantasy sports games for real money and now that MMA is part of action fight fans have been flocking to the site to try their hand at fantasy MMA.

As such, we here at The MMA Corner want to help our readers finish in the money, so every fight week we will offer up tips and advice for putting together your DraftKings Fantasy MMA contest lineups.

Before we get into this week’s guide, let’s review the basics of Fantasy MMA.

For each contest participants will be given a $50,000 salary cap to select a five-fighter lineup. The fighter pool will consist of all fighters expected to be competing in the upcoming event. Fighter salaries are determined by their past performances and they have nothing to do with what fighters are actually making.

Fighters score points in two ways. First there is move scoring; +0.5 for significant strikes, +1 for advancing position, +2 for takedowns, +2 for reversals or sweeps and +3 for knockdowns. Then there are fight conclusion bonuses; +100 for a first round win, +70 for a second round win, +50 for a third round win, +40 for a fourth round win, +40 for a fifth-round win and +25 for a decision win. Fight scoring will be based on FightMetric statistical data.

Winning/placing is based on the total score of your five fight lineup.

On tap for this week’s Fantasy MMA contests is UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver.

First and foremost the most important key to putting together a winning Fantasy MMA lineup is understanding the true value of win bonuses. When you are selecting your fighters always make sure to take fighters you believe will win the fight. At the end of the contest those win bonuses add up and they separate the contest winners from the losers.

Stay away from Conor McGregor

McGregor is an attractive fighter for Fantasy MMA players for obvious reasons. First off, he’s popular and no matter how analytical and stats driven fantasy players are there is a level of fandom that comes into the selection process. Second, he is a dynamic striker with solid power so he is going to score early and often. Lastly, he is a finisher so he is going to get you the fight conclusion bonus.

While all of those are great reasons to put him on your line up remember that you only have $50,000 to spend and five slots to fill. At $12,700, McGregor is valuable but selecting him hinders your ability to go out and get another top tier fighter.

Play the Undercard

Most casual fight fans and fantasy players are only going to know fighters on the main card, so undercard fighters are less likely to be picked. While they may not be household named fighters on the undercard, they tend to put on a better show than the main card fighters because they are all trying to make a statement. The majority of finishes in the UFC come during undercard fights so this is a great opportunity to earn fight conclusion bonuses.

Tip of the Week

Rather than pick McGregor take little known Chris Wade. At $11,800 he is $900 cheaper than McGregor and he is better scoring option to boot. Wade has a very favorable matchup against Lipeng Zhang who has been submitted five times in his career.

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About The Author

RJ Gardner
Content Coordinator

RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.