UFC 222 Daily Fantasy Picks

The UFC is back on pay-per-view this Saturday (and Amazon Prime?) with another sacrificial offering to Cris Cyborg. Additionally, Frankie Edgar continues to make his case for the unluckiest UFC fighter in history as his championship match against Max Holloway got turned into a #1 contender fight against the red hot Brian “T-City” Ortega.

The main event kicks off at 10pm eastern on PPV, while the prelims can be viewed on Fox Sports 1 starting at 8pm. The Fight Pass exclusive early prelims start the night 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

  • Damn, people.  I know that Mike Pyle ($7,300) is 1-3 in his last 4 fights, and has stated that UFC 222 is his retirement fight, but still. His recent losses have been the result of power punchers landing on his depleted chin, and nobody has ever described Zak Ottow as a “power puncher”. Mike Pyle retires in style with one of his signature nasty clinch KOs.
  • Sean O’Malley ($8,000) is green, and might be a little overhyped, I get it. But this is bordering on overcorrection. His output makes him a DFS dynamo (landing over 8 significant strike per minute in his last fight), and while his opponent has the counterpunching chops to put him away, Andre Soukhamthath tends to make mind-boggling decisions in the cage. “Suger” Sean’s style is easy on the eyes, and will be easy on the wallet this Saturday as well.

Avoid

  • Yeah, so Zak Ottow ($8,900) is clocking in as the fifth most expensive fighter on the card? I don’t think so. Even if he wins, his style just simply is not DFS friendly, averaging less than 40 points per fight, and less than 70 points per win. Avoid, avoid, avoid. Besides, I’m already taking Mr. Pyle to the dance.
  • I like Stefan Struve ($8,800), I really do. But I’m also not throwing that kind of cash at a “flyer”. Struve’s matchup against Andrei Arlovski is, in my opinion, a 50/50 proposition. Could either fighter KO the other in the first 5 minutes? Definitely, with their respective chins. So spend that money elsewhere. Hell, Arlovski is going for only $7,400… maybe I should’ve listed him in my “value picks” above…
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