UFC 223 Daily Fantasy Picks

Damn… this UFC 223 ride has been something.

On Sunday, April 1st, news broke that half of the headlining event, Tony Furguson, had to pull out due to a freak tripping accident. Thankfully, featherweight champion Max Holloway agreed to step up on a week’s notice to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight belt.

Then, 48 hours before arguably the biggest UFC PPV of the year so far, Conor McGregor decided to crash the party, throw a dolly threw a bus window, and by doing so removed three more fights from the card.

AND THEN, doctors deemed Holloway medically unfit to fight, due to the complications of trying to make championship weight in six days.

But despite all of this, I’m still here to help you wade threw the noise to set that optimal daily fantasy lineup.

The main card kicks off at 10pm eastern on pay-per-view, while the prelims start at 8pm on Fox Sports 1.

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

  • So Al Iaquinta is stepping in for Furguson/Holloway on 24 hours notice to take on the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov ($9,100). And I don’t think that DraftKings has updated his price tag to match the actual betting odds of this fight. Is $9,100 a lot? Yes, but it’s worth it. Don’t be a chump.
  • The first fight of the evening pits Devin Clark against Michael Rodriguez ($7,800). Clark is solid, and a good wrestler, but Rodriguez has shown excellent takedown defense so far, and has also shown some pretty special offensive skills. Add in Rodriguez’s long frame, something that Clark has had trouble with in the past, and we have an excellent cheap option to fill out your lineup.


  • Ashlee Evans-Smith ($8,900) is fighting Bec Rawlings on Saturday. Why is Evans-Smith almost as expensive as Khabib? I don’t know. She does seem to have talent, but also makes head scratching decisions in basically every fight. Don’t waste your money.
  • I mentioned above that Khabib’s price tag has not been updated, and the same goes for his new opponnet, Al Iaquinta ($8,200). That price reflects Ragin’ Al’s previously scheduled fight against Paul Felder, and not his new fight against arguably the most dominant lightweight on the planet. An upset would be crazily awesome, but I’m not paying that price for it.

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