UFC 221 Daily Fantasy Picks

THE FANTASY GURU’S FANTASY IS BACK!!!!

That’s right, it is I, your lovable mixed martial arts daily fantasy guru, back with YET ANOTHER advice column for my loyal readers. The UFC just will not give us a weekend off, and so this Saturday we travel down under for an interim middleweight title fight between Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero. Get better soon, Bobby Knuckles!

The main event starts at 10pm eastern pay-per-vier, while the prelim fights start on 8pm on Fox Sports 1. The Fight Pass early prelims start at 6:30pm.

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.

Value Picks

  • Daichi Abe ($8,200) opens up the night against Luke Jumeau, and should do so in vicious fashion. Abe made quite the statement in his UFC debut his last time in the octagon by putting a beating on Hyu Gu Lim over the course of three rounds, and Jumeau, while solid, does not pose the same level of threat as the tall Korean fighter. Abe should have his way in this one, and end the fight early.
  • The last fight on the FS1 pre-lims is always designed to hype the fans for the PPV main card, and the UFC got the matchmaking right here. Damien Brown ($7,700) and Dong Hyun Kim both eat as many shots as they land. The rub here, is that Kim likes to pressure his opponents, which works beautifully for Brown’s preferred style of countering incoming fighters. This will be back-and-forth, but I like Brown’s ability to land that hard counter off of his back foot and put Kim on the mat, especially at that below average price tag.

Avoid

  • Jose Quinonez ($8,700) is seriously lacking in the striking department for a UFC fighter. He has gotten by on his ability to take his opponents down. While Taruto Ishihara has a history of being taken down relatively easily, he has recently been training at Team Alpha Male, so you would think that that defense must’ve improved at least a little. Taruto has a very wide striking advantage, so Quinonez will have to land upwards of five takedowns for his price tag to be worth it.
  • Since when was a fighter on a four fight losing streak given a price tag of $8,600? Ross Pearson got it, probably because his opponent, Mizuto Hirota, is on a similar downward slide. Pearson is the favorite here, but his physical decline is hard to ignore. I’m not risking that much of my salary cap on him.
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