For followers of DFS, it’s been an extended few months with no skilled sports activities to place their expertise to the check. Due to Dana White, the UFC, and the state of Florida, that wait shall be coming to an finish this weekend with UFC 249.
The leaders of the DFS house, DraftKings, has arrived with a $1 million assured prize pool, with first place securing a $200,000 prize. As of this writing, the competition has over 10,000 entries with house for practically 50,000 extra.
For these new to DFS, every entry receives a wage cap (of $50,000) to then create a lineup of fighters listed within the Participant Pool, every of who’s assigned a wage, with the aim of not going over the cap. Factors then get awarded at various quantities for a wide range of profitable strikes corresponding to knockdowns (+10), takedowns (+5), and reversal/sweeps (+5). Fighters additionally obtain factors for profitable rounds, together with 90 factors for profitable within the first spherical of a struggle, 70 for spherical two, 45 for spherical three, and 40 for 4 and 5.
With every entry consisting of a lineup of six fighters, let’s check out the cardboard and some stable additions you would possibly wish to take into account for what may very well be the most-watched UFC occasion of all time.
Place Eligibility: Fighter eligibility determinations and choices round fighter inclusion into the participant pool are on the sole discretion of DraftKings.
Tony Ferguson ($8,700)
As arguably one of the best pound-for-pound fighter on the earth, this struggle is actually a stepping stone for Ferguson to get to Khabib or Conor McGregor. That mentioned, Justin Gaethje is something however a pushover, and I anticipate this struggle to go at the least three rounds. A protracted struggle with Ferguson means a ton of landed blows, and most significantly on this contest, a profitable struggle.
Henry Cejudo ($8,800)
As the one Olympic gold medalist to win a title within the UFC, Cejudo ought to take down his opponent, Cruz, early and sometimes. Cruz ought to, by all means, put up a very good struggle — however that leaves Cejudo loads of probabilities for factors. These +5 factors will add up, and if he can safe the win on this one as his odds say he ought to, he’s an excellent possibility to your DFS lineup.
Dominik Cruz ($7,400)
Whereas I hardly ever take each side of a struggle in DFS, Cruz is simply too good to go up on this spot. After one other layoff as a result of harm, Cruz ought to be as rested as he’s been in a very long time. He spent his time exterior of the octagon within the UFC commentator sales space, which I believe places him within the uncommon place of getting a productive time away. In what is perhaps his final huge struggle, I anticipate Cruz to make Cejudo work for it, going 5 rounds and amassing a ton of DFS factors alongside the way in which.
Greg Hardy ($8,600)
Identified for being a knockout specialist who likes to deal with enterprise early, I believe this is among the higher probabilities on the cardboard to attain a fast 100 factors with a knockdown and end within the first spherical. Whereas De Castro is not any slouch, Hardy ought to deal with him as he continues to advance up the rankings.