Draft Ops is the exclusive partner of Bellator Fantasy MMA, and 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 Draft Ops 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 $100,000 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; +1 for significant strikes, +0.5 for advancing position, +2 for takedowns, +3 for reversals or sweeps and +4 for knockdowns. Then there are fight conclusion bonuses; +150 for a first round win, +100 for a second round win, +75 for a third round win, +50 for a fourth round win, +50 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 Bellator 137: Halsey vs. Grove.

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 of the Week

At just $14,000, welterweight Fernando Gonzalez is a great play here. Since coming to Bellator, Gonzalez has turned the corner as a fighter and he has consistently taken out top competition. Millender is a solid talent, but Gonzalez’s experience will prove to be the difference.

Tip of the Week

At $35,000 Julio Cesar Neves Jr. comes with a huge cap hit but the youngster is worth every penny. An incredible 30-0 at just 21-years-old Neves is a beast. All but three of his wins have come by stoppage – 19 KOs and 8 Submissions. This kid is scary good and incredibly explosive.

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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.