Tonight’s UFC 250 card has plenty of ways to get down action, but if you can figure out who is going to win, and how, you’ll be a big winner in DraftKings MMA Million, which has a $1 million guaranteed prize for first place, and a $2.5 million pool overall, for just a $25 entry.
Each fighter has an assigned salary, and a will have six fighters and must not exceed the salary cap of $50,000. And with a premium on stopping your opponent early, picking some strikers that can end things in one round or less would be a great way to advance to the top of the table.
Here’s how the scoring works, and notice how heavily it leans towards winning big and early:
Significant Strikes: +0.5 Pts
Advance: +3 Pts
Takedown: +5 Pts
Reversal/Sweep: +5 Pts
Knockdown: +10 Pts
Fight Conclusion Bonuses
1st Round Win: +90 Pts
2nd Round Win: +70 Pts
3rd Round Win: +45 Pts
4th Round Win: +40 Pts
5th Round Win: +40 Pts
Decision Win: +30 Pts
So with that knowledge, here are our best bets for UFC 250’s MMA Million at DraftKings:
Alonzo Menifield ($9,000)
Menifield is 9-0 as an MMA fighter, all nine have been by stoppage, and eight of those are by TKO. He had an eight second win over Dashawn Boatright in Dana White’s Contender Series. Yes, they touched gloves. He lands 8.39 significant strikes per minute, with two first-round knockouts in his only fights on the main roster. He’s yet to see the second minute of a second round in his career. He’s a pure terror, and he’s fantasy gold. With apologies to Devin Clark, a good fighter, there’s a strong chance he gets run over tonight.
Gerald Meeschaert ($7,800)
The fight that was on-then-off-then-on again because of a Covid-19 test from Ian Heinisch’s corner team might all lean in the slight underdog’s direction. Meerschaert has a 31-12 record, with a whopping 23 of his wins via submission. He’s got a 43% takedown accuracy mark since joining the UFC in December of 2016, and will have a five-inch reach advantage on Heinisch.
If there’s fantasy value to be had in this fight, it’s for sure in Meerschaert. He’s +105 to win on the moneyline, and if he does win it will very likely be by submission. Finding a stoppage win from someone on the bottom half of the salary cap roster is always a good thing in MMA DFS.
Herbert Burns ($8,900)
He’s 10-2 in his career with eight stoppages, seven by submission, and his only career knockout came via first-round knee strikes against Nate Landwehr in his first UFC bout in January. Burns now can commit to the sport full-time with his brother Gilbert’s training camp and team in his corner, and it seems to be terrific for his development. He can finish this one against an active Evan Dunham early.