The final UFC pay-per-view of 2022 – UFC 282 – goes down this Saturday from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight lineup has gone through some drastic changes – especially at the top – but hopefully we’re set now and no last-minute cancelations mess up my UFC 282 DraftKings lineup.
UFC 282 DraftKings Picks, Fantasy UFC
Magomed Ankalaev – $9,200
We start in the main event, a battle for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. I’m going with Magomed Ankalaev in this one, as I think he’s going to be a better striker – with more finishing power – than former champ Jan Blachowicz. And Anakalev has been very consistently solid when it comes to fantasy points, averaging 90 points over 10 UFC fights.
Dricus Du Plessis – $8,800
We stay on the main card portion of the PPV and grab middleweight Dricus Du Plessis. He’s up against Darren Till, who has been on the sidelines for over a year and hasn’t won a fight since December 2018. But this isn’t solely a fade of Till – DDP is really, really good and really, really dangerous. He’s finished 16 of his 17 pro wins (seven knockouts, nine submissions), and averaged 99.3 fantasy points over his first three UFC fights. There’s a good chance he finishes Till on Saturday.
Billy Quarantillo – $8,600
We jump to the early prelims and pick up featherweight Billy Quarantillo next. He averages a crazy-good 98 fantasy points over his six UFC fights, including massive 131- and 141-point performances. He’s coming off of a loss, but he still put 76 points on the board in it. I expect him to beat Alexander Hernandez this week in a striking battle. But if it does hit the mat, Billy Q is a very solid grappler as well.
Ilia Topuria – $8,400
Ilia Topuria battles Bryce Mitchell in Saturday’s main card opener to determine which fighter goes forward with a 0 in their career loss column. Topuria is another fighter who just kills it in fantasy MMA, averaging 97.5 fantasy points over four UFC fights. This includes triple-digit outputs in his last three fights – 112, 100, and 100 points – all knockout wins.
Chris Curtis – $7,700
Let’s wrap things up with a couple of live dogs, starting with ‘The Action Man’ Chris Curtis. His middleweight fight against Joaquin Buckley is sure to be fireworks – a slugfest, if you will. Curtis dropped his last fight – a short-notice fight against the toughest opponent of his career, Jack Hermansson. But before that, he put up 109, 106, and 78 points in his first three UFC fights.
Jay Perrin – $7,400
Jay Perrin is up against highly-touted 18-year-old Raul Rosas Jr on Saturday, in the youngster’s UFC debut. I don’t think Rosas looked that great in his Dana White’s Contender Series fight, and I think Perrin can exploit his inexperience and the holes in his game. And the veteran Perrin seems highly motivated to do so.