Every week, Draft Ops 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 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 140: Lima vs. Koreshkov.

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 $19,000, welterweight Michael Page is a no brainer. A long, lean and explosive kickboxer out of England, Page is one of the most dynamic strikers on the Bellator roster today. Rudy Bears will surely be a game opponent, but the veteran has been finished 11 times in 13 career losses. Between his diverse striking and his ability to finish, Page will score a lot of points this week.

Lock of the Week

At $24,000, welterweight knockout artist Paul Daley is my lock of the week. With 26 career wins by knockout and a host of experience against tougher competition, Daley should have no trouble taking out Dennis Olson. I almost feel bad for Olson heading into this fight because he is the quintessential sacrificial lamb.

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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.