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Lineup advice for DFS contests around UFC on ESPN 13 and $500K Throwdown Special

UFC on ESPN 13 kicks off a 12-fight card starting at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+. We’ve got picks and lineup strategy to help you in DraftKings contest where someone goes home with $100,000.

Tonight’s UFC on ESPN card has lots of contests to choose from via DraftKings, but there’s only one with a $15 entry fee can send you home with a guaranteed $100,000. The Throwdown Special guarantees at least a $500,000 prize pool, and all that’s separating you from six figures are the right six fighters in your lineup tonight.

All contestants will select six MMA combatants and must not exceed the salary cap of $50,000. The points system below puts a premium on stopping your opponent early, so picking fighters that can end things in one round or less is 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

Here are our best bets for Draft Kings Throwdown Special for UFC on ESPN 13 tonight.

Abdul Razak Alhassan: $9,200

Can we just buy this guy five times, and get a sandwich with the change? The 34-year-old has a record of 10-1, with all 10 wins by KO or TKO. In the UFC he’s 4-1 with all four victories coming via first round knockout, and his only loss a split decision to Omari Akhmedov. He’s averaged 4.59 strikes per round in the UFC, and he’s facing a fighter based in Abu Dhabi who apparently Dana White just saw a tape of from a guy in a restaurant and hired.

We cannot spend our salary cap dollars on Alhassan fast enough. He’s the second-priciest fighter on the card, but he needs to be on your roster. His KO power is astonishing and has something to prove after two years of his life taken away after being found not guilty of sexual assault at trial.

Jared Gordon: $8,300

“Flash” Gordon is just 3-3 in the UFC, but averages 71.4 DFS points per outing anyway. His 6.26 strikes per minute landed as well as 2.98 takedowns per 15 minutes of ring time show real activity that scores in DFS. But when you throw in his opponent tonight Chris Fishgold is 1-2 in the UFC, gets back in the octagon after 410 days off tonight, and missed weight by three pounds even after that long a layoff? Gold, Jerry. Fantasy gold.

Molly McCann: $8,200

She’s yet to stop an opponent in a UFC octagon, but her activity gives her an average of 84 points per outing, and she’s averaging 111 in her three wins. She’s getting a fourth tonight, as her opponent Talia Santos isn’t of her quality. Santos lost to a sub-pedestrian fighter in Mara Romero Borella, and hasn’t faced an opponent of McCann’s talent. McCann should get her first stoppage in the UFC tonight, and score plenty of fantasy points at par salary value before doing so.