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.


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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

Finding value picks on this card was not hard, but the most reliable is Derrick Lewis at $9,700. Looking at this matchup against Shawn Jordan, I feel the power that Lewis has is understated as he is 3-1 in the UFC and in his three victories, he has not left the first round. The value of a first round win is very important for those wanting to capture first place and Lewis gives you the best possibility of an early stoppage.


Lock of the Week

Dustin Poirier is going to be your “Lock of the Week” with a value of $10,400.   Poirier has seen much success in the Octagon and it has come in the early rounds, which is always a big bonus for Fantasy MMA. Medeiros is a new puzzle to solve for Poirier, but I think with Poirier’s solid striking skills and dominant ground game, he will stop Medeiros late in the first round by a submission, racking up a hefty fantasy score for that match up.

About The Author

Scott Bond
Staff Writer

Scott is a Sports Administration graduate from Laurentian University. He has been a fan of MMA for over 15 years following closely the impact it has had on Canada. The business side of MMA is Scott’s true passion, be it the economics of the sport or the worldwide acceptance it has received and increased revenues that have followed.