This week, Draftkings has some really nice GPP tournaments and cash games for UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne, Australia. As always, we have 3 plays for you, 1 from each tier and one fight to avoid. Best of luck this week in your Daily Fantasy Sports MMA!
Spooky Express Top Tier Draftkings Play
Alex Volkanovski $9,200
Our top tier play this week for Draftkings this week is also our top play over on our handicapping article. Make sure you check that out! Alex Volkanovski will be making his UFC debut and if you watch his previous fights, you know he is a takedown machine and has power to score you points with knock downs. He will be taking on Yusuke Kasuya, who has a decent chin but has many holes in his game that sets up perfect for Volkanovski. I am looking for a minimum of 4 takedowns and 2 knock downs in this fight from Volkanovski and I am also looking for a early finish! This should get you a minimum of 120 points!
Spooky Express Mid Tier Draftkings Play
Marlon Vera $8,000
Our mid tier play this week is Marlon Vera. Vera will be taking on Ning Guangyou, who has not fought since November 2015. Vera finishes 86% of his opponents and the nice part is his ownership should be relatively low because he has only scored 20, 83 and 39 Draftkings points in his past 3 fights. This will drive casual players away from him and in a GPP, that is exactly what you are looking for. Vera has a very good takedown defense and with the new Draftkings scoring for advancing, he should be in for a very nice score even if he doesn't get a 1st round finish.
Spooky Express Low Tier Draftkings Play
Tyson Pedro $7,500
Our low tier option this week is Tyson Pedro. If you read our handicapping article, you know that we also gave out Pedro on our flat play as well. Pedro is making his UFC debut and has a 100% finish rate in his 4 career fights. Some may say he is too young to play and with limited experience, he is a risky play but this kid is fighting on the main card for a reason! He is the home town kid and is fighting Khalil Rountree, who is the perfect opponent for Pedro. I am looking for a 1st round finish and a minimum of 100 points.
Spooky Express Fight to Avoid
Seohee Ham vs. Danielle Taylor
Seohee Ham will be stepping in the octagon for the 4th time (16-7 overall/1-2 UFC). In her 3 prior UFC fights, she only scored 51, 66 and 29 points. That is not a safe cash game play and definitely not what you want on your GPP team.
Daniel Taylor is making her second fight in the UFC after taking her debut back in August on short notice against Maryna Moroz. In that fight, we saw a very undersized fighter that was very mobile but EXTREMELY limited on the amount of landed strikes. She only landed 17 of 102 strikes and landed 1 takedown. That scored her a total whopping 14 DK points!
Needless to say, this is why I think you should totally avoid this fight!