Welcome back fight fans to another Saturday of UFC fights. We have a 13 fight card taking place across the pond in London, England. We have a ton of live dogs on this card which, will make building tournament lineups very interesting. That’s not what I am here for though. I of course am a to offer guidance in your cash game builds.
For you 1st time readers, welcome and I hope you enjoy the article. For all you regular readers, you will notice a change. Moving forward I am going to gear this article for cash games. If you want my full thoughts on the entire card, you can find them in our MMA coaches notes Yes, I know everyone wants to win that big tournament win! But a major point we make here at DFS Army is proper bankroll management. A major part of that is, of course, cash games. It may not be the sexiest way to build your bankroll but, over time it can be the most consistent. I would love to hear any feedback on this new format, and I look forward to helping everyone learn the art of creating a solid cash game lineup.
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As always have some fun in tournaments this week. Just remember the Golden Rule! While chasing after the big payout is enticing always remember bankroll management. I am a firm believer in the 80-20 rule. Which is 80% of your allocated bankroll for the night in cash games and 20% in tournaments. Remember to take advantage of our Research Station and Domination Station. Plus check out the podcast, and follow me on Twitter (@MMACashAssassin) for the latest MMA and DFS Army news!
For those of you new to MMA here is a breakdown of the scoring used on Draftkings.
MMA Cash Game Basics for DFS
In cash games, unlike tournaments, we are trying to build a solid floor with our lineups. Many times that may mean using a fighter with great odds to win a match or taking someone who is severely mispriced in a solid spot. Cash games are often times card dependent. For example, if a fighter is expected to be chalky in cash games and I feel they are in a good spot I have no problem eating the chalk and just rostering him. After all, he’s chalky for a solid reason. One major difference between cash and tournament play is getting past your aversion to play the chalk. Often times, the chalk makes a lot of sense. (I’m going to use the word “chalk” a lot, if new, chalk is slang for “popular player.”) If, you ever have any questions pertaining to cash games feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or if you are a VIP shoot me a dm.
DFS MMA UFC On ESPN+ 4 Cash Core Plays
Jorge Masvidal (+200) 7k
Masvidal in my opinion is way too cheap to avoid in cash games. Vegas is split on if this fight goes to decision or not. I personally think we should get at least 4 rounds of action here if, not a decision. Masvidal has scored 40+ draftkings points twice in decision losses. I don’t think we have to worry about him getting finished quickly. He has shown his toughness in previous fights and he has the cardio to go the distance. In addition he also has upside through his takedowns (1.13 per fight) as well as his striking (4.1 Significant Strikes per minute). I think Jorge is a great option to start your cash lineup with because he opens up so much value up top.
Mike Grundy (+120) 7.3k
Obviously, in any lineup it’s not possible to roster only favorites in our lineups. For that reason, you need to take some calculated risks on 1 or 2 underdogs in your lineup depending on your overall roster construction. Welcome to the chalk cash punt on the card. Often times you hear the word chalk and you want to look to avoid it in tournaments. In cash games that’s a different story. Sometimes you need to learn to embrace it. That’s exactly the case with Grundy. Most of the sharp players will have him in their cash builds. The best thing to do in this instance is to just eat the chalk and be different in your lineup elsewhere. The match up here is pretty much a coin flip. As long as Grundy can avoid getting hit with the big shot here he has a distinct advantage on the ground.
Nathaniel Wood (-260) 9.4k
Wood is the most expensive fight on the entire card. With the value plays listed above that shouldn’t be an issues fitting him in your lineups. Wood has a distinct advantage wherever this fight takes place. I also think he is the most likely of the 9k fighters to get a win. He may not be the sexiest play for tournaments but, in cash games I think he has safe floor.
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Fight To Target In Hybrids/Tournaments
Now that we covered some cash plays. Let’s breakdown 1 fight I really think you should get exposure to in your hybrid and tournament lineups.
Jack Marshman (-140) 8.8k vs John Phillips (+130) 7.4k
May I present to you the fight with one of the best odds to end Inside The Distance (-225) on the entire card. This fight should stay standing for as long as it lasts. Both are solid strikers and exhibit knockout power. If I had to take a lean in this fight it would be Phillips. He has the better chin and is also the cheaper fighter. All in all this is a fight I am going to have close 100% exposure to in tournaments.
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