Welcome back fellow MMA fight fans to a Saturday Night of UFC action. This time we have a 15-fight card taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are several very close matches on this card which will make for some interesting choices in your tournament builds. But, that’s not what this article is about. My goal is to help navigate you through this interesting card and find some solid fighters to begin your cash game construction with.
For your 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!
MMA UFC 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 259 Cash Core Plays
Petr Yan (-115) 8.4k vs Aljamain Sterling (-105) 7.8k
For those of you new to the sport of MMA and cash games in particular, often times we are looking to target a fight to stack in cash games because the fight has a high likelihood of producing a high score from the winner. The problem is you don’t want to pick a side and get the winner wrong, especially with this being a 5 round fight. Of the 3 championship fights on this card this is the only fight I think you need to stack. All you have to do is look at the DraftKings scores of both fighters in their previous wins. Yan has scored 78.4+ DraftKings points in all 7 of his UFC wins and Sterling has 81+ DraftKings points in all 7 of his as well. Bottom line the winner of this fight is going to post a solid score alone and both fighters are good enough strikers that I could see them getting at least 20-40 in a loss. To sum this all up, the stack should produce a 125+ score, if not higher. This is a great way to start your cash game builds on this card and it’s what I am personally doing in my own builds.
Amanda Nunes (-1000) 9.6k
Nunes is the biggest favorite on the entire card and the most expensive fighter on this 15 Fight Slate. Don’t let her high price tag scare you off her in cash games. Not only does she carry a massive -365 odds to win Inside The Distance, but in all of her UFC wins that she has ended via stoppage she has produced 106.8 DraftKings points in all of them. Bottom line Nunes is a a lock in my cash games period and if you like winning money I think you should as well.
Kyler Phillips (+140) 7.4k
In order to fit the higher-priced favorites on this card you are going to have to punt with an underdog or 2 on this card. Phillips is my favorite cash punt on the entire card. This fight is expected to go into the late rounds with a fight starts the 3rd round prop of (-255). I see no reason Phillips doesn’t reach 30-40 DraftKings points in this scenario considering he lands 5.76 SS’s per minute. That’s all we need from him at this salary and by using him in your cash builds it allows more flexibility with the rest of your lineup construction. This is the route I am taking on this card and I think you should entertain the thought as well.
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MMA UFC 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.
Casey Kenney (-130) 8.1k vs Dominick Cruz (+110) 8.1k
This fight carries a Fight Goes To Decision prop of (-245). Typically I look to target fights with a high ITD prop, but this fight is an exception. Both fighters are priced the exact same and there should be plenty of grappling exchanges here (DraftKings newer scoring favors this) At both their salaries the winner of this fight should be on the optimal lineup. I will personally have a good amount of exposure to this fight in tournaments (north of 60%). Overall this fight will score well for DraftKings purposes. My preferred play is Cruz because he will be the lower owned of the 2 since he is the underdog. If you plan on playing multiple lineups in tournaments this is a great fight to target both sides of in my opinion.
DFS MMA UFC Standing 8-Count
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