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DFS considerations for Kai Kamaka vs. Tony Kelley

Kai Kamaka and Tony Kelley battle at featherweight during UFC 252 in Las Vegas on August 15th. We break down what to consider in setting your DFS lineups.

Opponents Kai Kamaka and Tony Kelley face off during the UFC 252 weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

It’s a pair of featherweights making promotion debuts opening the card at UFC 252 in Kai Kamaka and Tony Kelley. For two guys that have never been in this octagon before, is there DFS value to be had?

DraftKings DFS Salaries

Kai Kamaka: $8,900
Tony Kelley: $7,300

Kamaka is favored on the money line at -230, which makes Kelley a +180 underdog.

Kamaka is 7-2, but with only one stoppage in his career. Kelley is 5-1, but hasn’t fought since May of 2019 when he earned a guillotine choke in the first round. It’s one of four stoppages in his five wins.

Here’s Kelley’s highlight tape, it’s not very long. Here’s Kamaka’s, it has better production value and music.

We don’t have the ability to put the shrug emoji here, but paying over par value for a fighter that doesn’t end people isn’t usually a great DFS strategy. If you think Kelley can get a win in any form however, with a $7,300 salary you’d be able to save salary cap for a better spot somewhere else.

If you know something beyond what’s above, put it in the comments below. Otherwise we’ll just watch the fight and see what happens without a DFS interest.