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 63:Mendes vs. Lamas.

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.

Value Pick

At just $8,700, take undercard heavyweight Timothy Johnson. Johnson is 8-1 as a pro with all eight of his wins coming by way of stoppage. His opponent Shamil Abdurahimov wouldn’t be a bad play either, but Johnson is definitely the better value of the two.

Tip of the Week

At just $10,100, Dustin Poirier is a great play this week. This will be Poirier’s first lightweight bout since November of 2010, but he is a bad matchup for Carlos Diego Ferreira. Ferreira needs this fight to take place on the ground, but Poirier’s takedown defense will be too much for Ferreira. On the feet, Poirier will pour it on the Brazilian and will have a great opportunity at becoming the first fighter to finish Ferreira.

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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.