UFC 218 – Daily Fantasy Picks

Day 1

This Saturday’s card is a throw-back of sort as UFC 218 is stacked from top-to-bottom full of compelling match ups, despite the fact that it does not have a “money” fight. The main event rematches featherweight champion Max Holloway against former champ Jose Aldo, while the co-main pits heavyweight KO artists Alistar Overeem and Francis Ngannou against each other.

And let’s not forget about Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje…

The main card starts at 10pm on pay-per-view, while the prelims start at 8pm on Fox Sports 1. The early prelims start at 6:15 on Fight Pass.

I use DraftKings for my UFC daily fantasy fix, so if you don’t have an account you can sign up here (and get a 50% bonus on your initial deposit). Also, you can check out the scoring criteria here.

Now let’s get down to business.

This would not be a legitimate daily fantasy article without Justin Gaethje ($8,700) in the lineup, especially with a price tag south or $9K. Gaethje’s action-packed style is built for DFS, so build your lineup accordingly.

The price tag for Charles Oliveira ($7,700) makes no sense to me. I understand that he can have frustrating mental lapses at times, but he can conversely look like a world beater. This fight pits two finishers against each other, and Oliveira has the price tag and skill to find his way into a DFS lineup.

There are two Oliveira’s fighting on the card, so I will make it easy by picking both of them. Alex Oliveira ($8,900) has the easier match up of the two in that he fights Yancy Medeiros who has frequent defensive lapses. Against of finisher like “Cowboy” Oliveira that is bad news.

Felice Herrig has been on a nice run of late, but Cortney Casey ($7,900) is here to say enough is enough. Casey is the bigger and stronger of the two women, and has the fighting style to match. I expect her to start strong and not allow Herrig to get into any groove whatsoever.

Dominick Reyes ($9,400) is the most expensive fighter on the card for a reason. He is fighting someone who should be a weight class lower, and his size and length compliment is own kickboxing skills extremely well. A head kick KO sounds like it is in order as soon as Reyes wants it.

I have spent a lot of money so far, and need an inexpensive fighter. Enter Allen Crowder ($7,400) who entered the UFC through an upset win on Dana’s “Tuesday Night Contender Series”. He looks to push an aggressive pace for a heavyweight, and his record is full of first round finishes (granted, against non-UFC talent). His opponent, Justin Willis, does not seem to push the same pace, which makes Crowder an intriguing pick.



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