Draftkings is full of some great tournaments and cash games this week's UFC Fight Night 98. This week, we are going to give you 2 plays to get in your lineups and give you 2 fights we recommend you avoiding.
Sam Alvey $9,100
The first fighter I am looking at on Draftkings is also my top play in my handicapping article. Sam Alvey is the 3rd most expensive fighter on the card but for good reason. He has finished 18 opponents by KO/TKO and is taking on Alex Nicholson who has a very suspect chin and limited striking. In Nicholson's last fight, his striking was VERY predictable and against someone the likes of Sam Alvey, that is a very bad!
He was getting dominated in that fight and ended up striking his opponent, Devin Clark, with a groin shot that neutralized Clark's advantage. Clark then landed a strike that floored Nicholson but he was able to stall and get out of trouble. Nicholson then countered a single overhand right that floored Clark and ended the fight with seconds to go in the 1st round. Nicholson was losing the fight badly and got the finish with seconds remaining. I can't see any way possible that this happens again against an opponent the caliber of Sam Alvey. I look for a very early finish by Sam Alvey.
Marco “Polo” Reyes $8,900
The second fighter I am giving out this week is Marco “Polo” Reyes. Reyes is 2-0 in the UFC, not counting his stint on TUF Latin America. He won both of his fights in the UFC by KO/TKO and he has a 100% finish rate in his (6) six total professional fights. He has NEVER gone the distance and will be taking on Jason Novelli, who in his last fight was knocked out in the 2nd round by David Teymur.
Novelli started to gas out in the 2nd round but it is hard to tell if that was an adrenaline dump or if he legitimately got tired. In his fight before his UFC debut, he went to a draw with former UFC fighter Yosdenis Cedeno. Reyes striking is pinpoint accurate and his head movement is very good. I look for him to pressure Novelli early and finish him by KO late in the 1st round.
Diego Sanchez $7,200 vs. Marcin Held $9,000
If you read my UFC Handicapping article on Monday, you know that I gave Diego Sanchez out as a bonus play for this week. If you haven't read the complete article, make sure you give it a read. I do not see Marcin Held or Diego Sanchez being very profitable on Draftkings this week. As I explained in my article, I don't see Held making an easy UFC debut and definitely can't see him stopping Diego Sanchez.
I think that Diego Sanchez will keep this fight on the feet as he will not want to go to the ground with Marcin Held. Therefore, this fight is expected to be one of Diego Sanchez's more boring fights. I see this fight going the distance and mostly a boxing affair. I strongly recommend you AVOID this fight!
Beneil Dariush $7,800 vs. Rashid Magomedov $8,400
This is another fight I am recommending you totally avoid. For starters, Rashid Magomedov is a very low scoring, low output fighter, mainly due to his lingering knee injuries that keep putting him on the shelf and his constant reserved game plan. His finish rate is one of the lowest in the UFC overall and the lowest on this card at 47%.
His knee injury forced him to withdraw from his last fight with Chris Wade and in March, he is quoted in a interview saying he could barely stand up. Add in the fact that Beneil Dariush also has a very low finish rate of 69% and I recommend you AVOID this fight!
Just making you aware, there are also a ton of UFC 205 Draftkings tournaments that already have salaries released! This is a HUGE historical event for the UFC, as it will be the first Mixed Martial Arts event held in the State of New York and at the world famous Madison Square Garden. We will release our Draftkings article for this event early, on Monday of next week. Plan ahead and reserve your spot in your DFS UFC 205 tournaments!!!