The UFC returns this Saturday to their home gym, the UFC Apex, with a Fight Night offering headlined by two top light heavyweights, Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker. I’ve been killing it with my UFC predictions, so let’s do the same with my UFC Vegas 38 DraftKings lineups. Let’s GOOOOOOOO!!!
UFC Vegas 38 Betting Guide
UFC Vegas 38 DraftKings Roster
Karol Rosa – $9,300
I’m spending my big bucks on the females this week, starting with Karol Rosa in her women’s bantamweight bout against Bethe Correia. This is former title challenger Correia’s retirement fight, and it isn’t going to go well. Rosa has the second-highest fantasy point average per fight (FPPF) on this card, putting up 110 points per fight. She’s been extremely consistent throughout her three-fight UFC career, scoring 112, 110, and 109 points. She should have no trouble hitting that range again this weekend.
Casey O’Neill – $9,000
The second female I’m adding to my UFC Vegas 38 DraftKings roster is ‘King’ Casey O’Neill, a very promising 23-year-old flyweight prospect. She is the top FPPF performer stepping into the cage on Saturday night, averaging 124.6 points over her two UFC fights, including 140 in her debut. She’s fighting champ Valentina Shevchenko’s sister, Antonina, on Saturday and I expect her to take care of big sis.
Devonte Smith – $8,700
We move on to the men now and pick up lightweight Devonte Smith. Three out of Smith’s four UFC appearances have been a knockout for his DFS owners, as he put up 130, 108, and 97 points on the board (we’ll ignore the six-point performance mixed in there). He’s fighting overmatched Jamie Mullarkey on Saturday, so the possibility for triple-digits is there again.
Kyle Daukaus – $7,700
Big brother Chris got the job done at UFC 266, now it’s little brother (both in age and size) Kyle Daukaus’s turn. He’s an underdog this week going up against Kevin Holland, but I think he’s a live one. Daukaus is a submission specialist, and Holland doesn’t have good takedown defense, so I think the path to get him down and tap him out is there.
Misha Cirkunov – $7,600
I’m really liking Misha Cirkunov as an underdog in his middleweight debut against Krzysztof Jotko. Cirkunov is a relentless fighter who finishes his opponents, allowing him to top 100 points five times in his UFC career. He should be the bigger and more aggressive man in this fight and I like him to finish Jotko.
Johnny Walker – $7,400
Finally, we’ll pop into the main event and grab underdog Johnny Walker. Walker is an explosive, unorthodox fighter, who has scored at least 104 points in four of his six UFC fights. He’ll be the longer, younger fighter when the cage doors close on Saturday, and I think he drags opponent Thiago Santos into a wild firefight that he should be able to win.
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