My hot run of winning DraftKings lineups came to an unceremonious end last Saturday in Austin. But I’ve hopped back up on the horse and have put together what is hopefully the first of many winning UFC DraftKings lineups for weeks to come. Here is my UFC Vegas 57 DraftKings roster.
UFC Vegas 57 Betting Guide
UFC Vegas 57 DraftKings Roster, Fantasy UFC
Shavkat Rakhmonov – $9,300
My top pickup this week is surging welterweight prospect Shavkat Rakhmonov. The Kazakh fighter has finished all 15 of his professional opponents, including three in the UFC. This has earned those who had him rostered for those fights 100, 98, and 112 fantasy points. This week he gets a massive step up in competition in Neil Magny, but I think Rakhmonov is going to outstrike him and finish this fight inside the distance.
Mario Bautista – $8,700
In his three UFC wins, Mario Bautista has been a great source of points – 93, 87, and finally 104 fantasy points in his last octagon appearance. I expect him to have his hand raised again this week against journeyman Brian Kelleher. Bautista is going to be just too good of a striker for him, and he’s got youth and size in his favor as well. Let’s hope for another triple-digit effort.
Chris Curtis – $8,600
I’m loving getting ‘Action Man’ Chris Curtis for only $8,600 this week for his middleweight fight against Rodolfo Vieira. Curtis has exploded on the UFC scene, scoring 109 and 106 points in his two UFC fights, which both ended via (T)KO. Vieira is a grappling specialist that is going to get pieced up on the feet by Curtis before he’s able to utilize his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.
Carlos Ulberg – $8,300
Next, I’ll take kickboxing champion, ‘Black Jag’ Carlos Ulberg to outstrike fellow striker Tafon Nchukwi. This should be a striking battle, and frankly, Ulberg is the better striker. His striking differential in the UFC is double that of Nchukwi’s, as he’s outstruck his opponents by almost five strikes per minute. Hopefully, Nchukwi keeps striking with him until he gets himself finished.
Cody Durden – $8,000
Cody Durden is coming off of a five-point performance, but the fight before that he got 93, so I’m looking for more of that this weekend. I think he’s capable of it, as his opponent this week, JP Buys, has yet to win in the UFC. Durden should be the better and more accurate striker, and he’s a finisher, too, stopping 10 of his 12 MMA wins inside the distance, rare for a flyweight.
Mateusz Gamrot – $7,100
Finally, to the main event we go to grab big underdog Mateusz Gamrot. I feel he is a very similar fighter as his opponent this week, Arman Tsarukyan, so $7,100 is great value. He’s a takedown machine and has finished his last three UFC opponents, earning 108, 97, and 103 fantasy points. Let’s hope the good times keep rolling this Saturday in his first-ever UFC main event.