UFC DFS Strategy | UFC On ESPN Hall vs Strickland Cash Picks | DraftKings & Fanduel (FREE)

UFC On ESPN DFS MMA cash picks and strategy for Hall vs Strickland on July 31st starts here!  This time we have a 13-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 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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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.

July 26, 2020; Abu Dhabi, UAE;Niklas Stolze (blue gloves) of Germany punches Ramazan Emeev (red gloves) of Russia in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via USA TODAY Sports

DFS MMA UFC On ESPN Cash Core Plays

Rafa Garcia (-310) 9.5k

Garcia finds himself the the biggest favorite on this card and the 2nd most expensive fighter on DraftKings.  He is one of my favorite 9k plays on this slate and I am fairly confident in him getting the win.  I think he has the advantage where ever this fight goes.  My only concern is this might go into the later rounds, which does limit his ceiling some.  That’s not something we need to be concerned about in cash games though.  I think he is a solid play to start your cash lineup builds with and I personally have him in mine.

Nicco Montano (-245) 9.1k

Nicco is the other 9k play I really like on this slate, especially in cash games.  In her 2 UFC fights this far she has landed 3 TD’s in both of them.  Montano should be looking to throw with volume (5.6 Significant Strikes in her 2 fights) and has the ability to to accrue some ground Control Time if she chooses to take the fight to the mat as well.  Her floor is safe in a win and ceiling is even higher especially, when you consider she scored 146.7 DraftKings points in her lone UFC win that she won via decision.  She is worth consideration in your cash game builds (I like how she fits in my own builds nicely).

Niklas Stolze (-195) 7k

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.  Stolze is my favorite cash punt on the entire card and he will be the chalk in cash games.  He is facing an opponent taking this fight on less than a weeks notice and he is now the favorite, but priced as an underdog.  I see no reason Niklas doesn’t reach 30-40 DraftKings points in a decision loss and I wouldn’t be shocked if he got the win.  Anybody that understands cash games will have him in their lineups as well.  Don’t get cute here, just lock him into your cash game lineups and move on.  This is the route I am taking on this card and I think you should follow my lead. 

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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.

Ronnie Lawrence (-145) 8.7k vs Trevin Jones (+125) 7.5k

This fight carries a Fight Ends Inside The Distance Prop of -125.  Both fighters have paths to putting up strong DFS scores and the winner of this fight has a strong chance to 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 Lawrence because of lands 4.86 TD’s per fight and averages just over 2 minutes of Control Time a round based on his UFC debut.  Having said that, be sure to hedge with some Jones exposure though because it will likely be an early stoppage.  If you plan on playing multiple lineups in tournaments this is a great fight to target both sides of in my opinion.

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