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 Fight Night 70: Machida vs. Romero

This Saturday the lands in Hollywood, Fla., for UFC Fight Night 70: Machida vs. Romero. After such an exciting event last weekend, which saw many finishes one of which being a dominant title defense by Joanna Jedrzejczyk over Jessica Penne; UFC Fight Night 70 will look to build on the success. This card is headline by two middleweights Lyoto Machida and Yoel Romero, who will be looking to climb the standings with a win and get in line for the next shot at the title.


Value Picks

The value picks on this card are quite bountiful and just from a quick look at the matchups, I like Steve Bosse who is making his UFC debut (finally) and Eddie Gordon.

Bosse has been scheduled to fight on multiple UFC cards in the past but at this Saturday’s card he will finally step through the door and into the Octagon for the first time. Bosse favours a striking match to a grappling exchange and his opponent Thiago Santos leans towards a striking battle as well. For his first matchup in the Octagon, Bosse will need his opponent to engage with him and Santos is going to do that on Saturday. As a value pick you cant go wrong, Bosse is valued at $8,700 and for that you will get a potential first round KO/TKO victory along with a number of points from the significant strikes that he will rack up. I see Bosse’s UFC debut going very well with a first round KO/TKO.

This weekend Gordon will be taking on Antonio Carlos Junior and is coming of two straight defeats the last one being a split decision loss to Chris Dempsey. The Serra Longo Camp is very high on Gordon and rightfully so, he has good striking and grappling, but he has not been able to put it all together and live up to that potential in the Octagon yet. As a value pick this weekend, Gordon is costing $8,400, but gives you KO/TKO potential in the early rounds as well as good point production throughout the fight with significant strikes, takedowns and submission attempts. I see Gordon winning late in the third round by KO/TKO, but throughout the fight, he should be dominant with striking and grappling.


Lock of the Week

This weekend I see the most guaranteed win being Lyoto Machida over Yoel Romero. With a cost of $10,500, Machida is not the most expensive fighter on the card, but I feel he gives you the best chance to win. Machida is going to win this fight on the feet with his unorthodox striking and he sumo background is going to help him keep on his feet and out of the grasp of Romero. With this being scheduled for five rounds, I see Machida ending it in the fourth by getting a KO/TKO stoppage over Romero. Machida will be able to rack up those significant striking points through the four rounds and he will get the bonus for stopping the fight in the fourth round.

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.