UFC Daily Fantasy Helper: UFC Vegas 59

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The strategy behind this fantasy sport is intriguing. With two fighters going head-to-head and some fights ending in seconds, choosing which side to support is crucial, and there is a wide range of outcomes. However, getting the winning fighter isn’t all that matters. They must also land enough strikes, takedowns or submission attempts to score points!

numberFire is still the best place to prepare for any UFC card. If you prefer to bet on fights, our betting guide is excellent for finding value on Saturday’s card. In addition to this introduction, I dove deeper into the slate for this week’s UFC edition of The Heat Check Daily Fantasy Podcast.

Without further ado, let’s break it down UFC Vegas 59: Santos vs. Hillwhich takes place this weekend at the UFC Apex premises in Las Vegas.

MVP Considerations

The trio of MVP candidates this weekend is the reason to participate in the everyday fantasy of the UFC.

Terrence McKinney ($23) sitting like an absurd -1100 favorite on Erick González. The UFC offered him a lopsided matchup to continue building the fun, athletic star who delivered fastest knockout in lightweight history. Gonzalez was one step behind 37-year-old veteran Jim Miller in his first knockout loss, so color me skeptical he’ll rival McKinney toward the fringe of the standings.

In the main event, Jamahal Hill ($22) is only one -310 favorite, but his salary pays the piper for two potential extra rounds of volume. Hill’s style is the perfect one to potentially benefit from; his 7.06 significant strikes per minute with 51% accuracy is currently the gold standard for a light heavyweight.

While Hill has shown weakness in grappling, his opponent Thiago Santos (0.54 takedowns per 15 minutes) is simply not likely to develop that skill at 38.

Behind him, Michal Oleksiejczuk ($21) is another comfortable choice. It is a -670 favorite on Sam Alvey, who likely fights in the UFC for the last time on Saturday after an 0-7-1 slip. Enduring veteran Alvey still hasn’t finished in four of his last six fights, so while Oleksiejczuk’s end result is far below McKinney or Hill, he’s arguably a safer proposition than either. another given that Gonzalez is still fairly unknown himself.

These three are in quality positions relative to the pitch that it’s hard to see one not emerge with nuclear fantasy performance.

Other Highly Paid Fighters

On any other card, Vicente Luque ($19) is one of those default MVP candidates.

He has completed 13 UFC fights with solid fantasy volume (3.66 FanDuel points per minute excluding bonuses). However, he will come up against a defensive pillar Geoff Neal ($13) This weekend. Both are viable options in a co-main event that should be a fun, back-and-forth hitting affair.

After finishing off another one-dimensional attacker last time, Sergei Spivac ($20) can do the same to Augusto Sakai. Sakai’s last encounter with a wrestler was a fifth-round loss to Alistair Overeem where “The Reem” kept him down and showered his elbows from top position. With 60% takedown accuracy, Spivac is a more efficient wrestler than Overeem, and he once made it to top five heavyweight Tai Tuivasa.

Bryan Battle ($17) makes it onto the UFC normal roster for the first time on Saturday, but I still like his chances as -310 favorite on Takashi Sato. Quick knockouts aside, Sato just hasn’t been able to pull it off at this level. It has a striking hit rate of -1.88 and “Pooh Bear” has a +2.52 rating in the same category.

Averaging just 0.35 kills per 15 minutes historically, I don’t think Sato can fight despite Battle’s spotty 55% kill defense.

Two other women with a danger of submission are also present in this higher salary level. Stephanie Egger ($16) and Juliana Miller ($16) have more upside to finish the fight and put on a memorable fantasy day, so pay the extra dollar in wages over their opponents.

Valor fighters

There is no doubt that this week’s level of value is tough.

For starters, Neal’s strong defense should keep him the full term at $13. Neal’s historic punching rate (4.63 significant strokes per minute) was also above average.

The highest advantage belongs to Kamaru Usman’s brother, Mohammad Usman ($11). Nepotism tends to cloud the sport, but Usman earned his place with two decision wins over The ultimate fighter 30. By all accounts, his opponent Zac Pauga should have the technical advantage, but Pauga is a light heavyweight by trade and much smaller. Usman’s big right hand has finished two of his last three pro wins.

The best process set is Miranda Granger ($12). While I’m not picking her outright to win this fight against Cory McKenna, she’s much more likely to finish it. Granger has completed six of his seven pro wins and “Poppins” McKenna has just a 50% career completion rate. This fight is -260 to go the full distanceso it’s not too likely to be relevant to fantasy.

Apart from the desperate swings at Priscilla Cachoeira ($14) finding another win from behind, the closet is predictable in this area given the impressive favorites on this map.

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