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.

UFC 188: Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum

This Saturday, from Mexico City, Mexico, we will see the unification of the UFC heavyweight championship and the UFC interim heavyweight championship when Cain Velasquez faces Fabricio Werdum.

Value Pick

Looking for value picks on this card was not hard, but the biggest bang for the fantasy buck is Fabricio Werdum at $7,500. I normally would stay away from championship fights because there tends to be no value with either combatant.   That being said, Werdum has the lowest fantasy cost on the entire card. Werdum has been on a tear in the heavyweight division amassing a 8-1 record in his last nine bouts. Over that stretch, he has stopped Fedor, Hunt and Nogueira just to name a few. With his improving striking and world class ground game, the $7,500 fantasy price tag is worth the risk when filling out your fantasy line up.

Lock of the Week

With at fantasy price tag of $11,900, Henry Cejudo is my “Lock of the Week”, with his world class wrestling, outstanding cardio, and improving striking, Cejudo will control Chico Camus from the first round to the third. The downside of Cejudo is that he is not a finisher; he is a control fighter, which means he dominates his opponents and wins by decision.  I hope to see Cejudo move outside of his comfort zone and work on stopping his opponent with strikes or submissions, which would greatly increase his fantasy value.

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.

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