UFC 243 Daily Fantasy Picks

The undercard of UFC 243 says all you need to know about how awesome the main event should be. This is a PPV for that headliner alone, and you wouldn’t be blamed for skipping everything until getting to the main card (or even the co-main event). But that is where DFS comes in – now you care about fights you otherwise wouldn’t even watch!

But hey, Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya? Yes please! And Ragin’ Al Iaquinta and Dan Hooker can always be counted on for a fun scrap.

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

  • Yorgan de Castro ($7,900) is a debuting heavyweight. He has KO power (duh), and faces another debuting fighter in Justin Tafa. de Castro looks to be the more polished of the two, and carries the lesser price tag.
  • Robert Whittaker ($8,200) is the champ, and is cheaper than the challenger. This is arguably a pick’em fight, but it is generally my MO to have at least one fighter from the main event in my roster (2 extra rounds means the chance of more DFS points). And besides that, Whittaker is an elite talent.


  • Ji Yeon Kim ($8,700) is the kind of fighter who should hardly ever be rostered. She is not a finisher (despite the awesome nickname of “Fire Fist”), but just good enough of a fighter to usually be the favorite. Slow-paced decision wins aren’t good for your lineup.
  • Jake Matthews ($9,100). I hate listing Matthews here, as he is a really talented fighter (and still just 25 somehow?!?!?). However, he recently has shown a tendency to drift away from his wrestling, which is his strength. If he does that here, Rostem Akman can beat him on the feet.

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