Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Must-haves are our most highly recommended fighters for any given slate. Our experts select these picks above the rest and have determined they are most likely to reach or exceed value. These are the foundational fighters that we advise building your lineups around.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (DK: $8,400): Our Must-Have comes into this fight with a 26-0 record and is 10-0 in the UFC. In his 26 wins, he’s gone to decision 10 times, won by submission eight times and won by (T)KO eight times as well. Khabib comes into this fight against Conor McGregor as a -175 favorite and +125 to win this fight inside the distance. Khabib is a former sambo world champion and the current 155 lbs lightweight champion. When Khabib isn’t training in Russia, he trains at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) which is one of the best UFC gyms in... Read More
Charles Oliveira (DK: $9,400): Our daily fantasy MMA Must-Have comes into this fight with a 23-8 record, 11-8-1 in the UFC, and has only gone to decision three times in his 31 career fights. He’s a big favorite at -400 and -245 to win this fight inside the distance. He has elite submission and grappling game and if he can get an arm around your neck or chin, he is likely going to make you go to sleep. Oliveira finished 15 of his 23 career wins by submission and averages 2.83 takedowns per 15 minutes. His opponent, Christos Giagos, has... Read More
Merab Dvalishvili (9,200): Our daily fantasy MMA Must-Have comes into this fight with a 7-4 record and is one of the biggest favorites on the card at -500. He averages 8.5 takedowns per 15 minutes which is insanely high and helps rack up DraftKings points quickly. He’s averaged more than 20 takedown attempts in his 2 UFC fights and this is a stylistic matchup that favor Merab. His opponent, Terrion Ware, is a striker with a takedown defense of 47%. All of Merab’s previous opponents had good wrestling and takedown defense and he was still able to take them down... Read More
Jessica Andrade (DK: $9,100): Our daily fantasy MMA Must-Have comes into this fight with a 18-6 record and is 9-4 in the UFC. 12 of her 24 victories have come by finish with five by (T)KO and seven by submission. Andrade comes into this fight as a -440 favorite and +240 for her to win this fight inside the distance. Andrade is a beast of a fighter for the women’s straw-weight division. She has non-stop energy and is always moving forward, pressuring her opponents. On the feet she throws an impressive 6.42 significant strikes per minutes and every single one... Read More
Bryan Barbarena (9,500): Our daily fantasy MMA Must-Have comes into this fight with a 13-5 record (4-3 in the UF ) with 11 of his 13 victories coming by finish, nine by (T)KO and two by submission. He’s one of the biggest favorites on the card (-400) and an inside the distance line of -170 which is one of the best on the card. He averages 4.89 significant strikes per minute which is high for a fighter. Bryan is tough as nails; he’s never been knocked out in 18 pro fights and has only been submitted once. He has a... Read More