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.
Demetrious Johnson (DK: $9,400): Our daily fantasy MMA Must-Have Demetrious Johnson is considered by many to be the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. Johnson comes into this fight with a 27-1-1 record and is 17-1-1 in the UFC. 16 of his 27 victories have come by finish with 11 by submission and five by (T)KO. Johnson comes into this fight averaging 106 DK points per fight and has scored more than 160 DK points three different times. This is a five-round championship fight which leads to DJ being able to rack up tons of points. He averages 3.54 takedowns... Read More
Gadzhimurad Antigulov (DK: $8,600): There is one thing that Dagestani fighters love to do; get takedowns which lead to high scores on DraftKings. Our daily fantasy MMA Must-Have this week, Gadzhimurad Antigulov, averages 8.65 takedowns per 15 minutes. Antigulov comes into this fight with a 20-4 record and is 2-0 in the UFC. 19 of his 20 victories have come by finish, with 15 by submission and four by (T)KO. He has great single-leg takedowns and when he gets you on the ground, the fight is likely over. He is very strong and is always looking to get the finish.... Read More
Bartosz Fabinski (DK: $7,800): As we stated in the past, fighters who get takedowns score highly on DraftKings. This week’s Must-Have averages eight takedowns per fight in his UFC career. Fabinski comes into the fight against Emil Meek with a 13-2 record and 2-0 in the UFC, 62% finish rate with eight wins by KO/TKO. He comes in as the betting underdog at +125. Fabinski is a grinding and suffocating fighter that will look to get the fight to the ground early and often. He is a powerful striker and will go for ground and pound over submissions when he... Read More
Alexander Volkanovski (DK: $9,200): As we have stated in the past, takedowns are DraftKings gold and Volkanovski has some of the best takedowns in the UFC. Volkanovski comes into this fight against Darren Elkins with a 17-1 record (4-0 in the UFC). Volkanovski comes in with a 76.5% finish rate with 10 wins by KO/TKO and three wins by submission. He is also the biggest betting favorite coming in at -245. Volkanovski is an all-around good fighter with crisp boxing and striking at a high 5.91 significant strikes per minute. His takedown and wrestling are top notch averaging 4.46 takedowns... Read More
Paul Felder (DK: $7,400): DraftKings doesn’t often make big pricing mistakes for MMA, but for UFC 226 they priced a favorite, Paul Felder (-150), at $7,400. This is great odds value for Felder. He comes into this fight on eight days notice, taking on a slugger in Mike Perry. Felder has a record of 15-3 and 7-3 in the UFC. He’s a technical striker with 10 KO/TKOs on his record. He throws 3.49 significant strikes per minute which is average for the division. His opponent Mike Perry just pushes forward at a high pace and wings looping power punches. As you... Read More