UFC 225 Daily Fantasy Picks

We’ll, it’s finally here. We’ve suffered through the past several weeks of sub-par fight night lineups to be rewarded with a UFC 225 card where basically every fight could be a headliner (except for you, Phil Brooks and Mike Jackson…)

Will Romero solve the Bobby Knuckles problem the second time out? Will Colby Covington have an opportunity to shit talk Brazil yet again? Why the F is Joseph Benevidez on the Fight Pass undercard? All these questions will be answered this Saturday.

The main card kicks off at 10pm eastern on pay-per-view, while the prelims start at 8pm over on Fox Sports 1. The early prelims kicks off the festivities at 6:15pm on FightPass.

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

  • Andre Arlovski ($6,900) is old. Arlovski has a weak chin. Arlovski’s opponent dispatches everyone in the first round. But Arlovski is still a crafty vet who knows how to fight, and he poses quite the step up in competition for Tuivasa, who definitely has gas tank issues if he’s not able to KO his opponent immediately. At a price of less than $7K, ride with the Bulldog.
  • I know that I poked fun at the main card opener in my intro, but I’m rolling with Mike Jackson ($8,600) in my lineups this weekend. Sure, Gall made him look stupid, but he actually has professional combat experience, and is six years the junior of Brooks. I see a brutal KO of Punk in the cards here.

Avoid

  • I’m not sure why anyone would include Holly Holm ($8,900) in their DFS lineups. She is clearly a top female fighter, but her counter fighting style does not lend itself to action, and consequently, DFS points. Megan Anderson is a good matchup for her, but even the probably of a Holm win isn’t going to make me drop that kind of cash on her.
  • As I mentioned above, Tai Tuivasa ($9,300) has been destroying his opponents within the first few minutes of his fights. However, Arlovski presents a huge improvement in both competition, both in terms of skill and experience. Might Tai flatten Arlovski in the first minute? Yeah, but I think the odds are that Arlovski avoid the kill shot for the first round, and then proceeds to style on the gassed Australian for the rest of the fight.
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