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 suchm 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 187: Johnson vs. Cormier.

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 $9,400, Anthony Johnson is an absolute steal here. Even though Daniel Cormier is coming off of a decisive loss to Jon Jones in his last outing, the former Olympian is the slight favorite against Johnson. This is where you can take advantage of that. Since rejoining the UFC, Johnson is 3-0 including back-to-back first round knockouts. But the win that should have everyone’s attention for this bout was his unanimous decision over former NCAA Division I national champion Phil Davis. Johnson was able to stuff Davis’ takedown attempts and he battered him on the feet. If he can stop Cormier from taking this fight to the ground, then Cormier will be in a lot of trouble.

Tip of the Week

At $10,900, take Rose Namajunas over Nina Ansaroff. Ansaroff is a talented striker, but she will be in over her head against Namajunas. Namajunas can win this fight a number of ways but expect a slick submission.

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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.