SquirrelPatrol's Takedowns: UFC Fight Night: Moreno vs. Royval 2

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John Breslin (squirrelpatrol) is one of the best DFS players in the game, having amassed over 100 Live Final seats. Get a glimpse into his process by checking out some of his contrarian MMA DFS picks for the upcoming UFC event.

Welcome to the weekend and to SquirrelPatrol’s Takedowns for UFC Fight Night: Moreno vs. Royval 2. This card is being held at the Mexico City Arena, and with an elevation over 2,000 feet higher than Denver and a large home crowd, the fighters competing out of Mexico could have a big home octagon advantage on this card. We have a solid thirteen fights on the slate, with a pair of fighters, Edgar Chairez and Daniel (da Silva) Lacerda, missing weight, but their fight against each other is going on at a higher weight. We have two five-round fights on the card, highlighted with the Main Event between Brandon Moreno and Brandon Royval, and the Yair Rodriguez – Brian Ortega matchup is also scheduled for five rounds. Let’s dig into the slate and see if we can find some overlooked picks to help us take down a GPP this weekend.

MMA DFS Picks: SquirrelPatrol’s Takedowns for UFC Fight Night – Moreno vs. Royval

Victor Altamirano
DraftKings: $7,000
FanDuel: $10

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Victor Altamirano was born in Mexico City and now fights there as a UFC fighter, and he’ll likely have the home crowd behind him in a fight that has strong odds of going to the judges’ scorecards. Altamirano is a +240 underdog in this fight, giving him 28% implied odds of a victory, and with some grappling upside, he should score well enough to land on the winning lineup in a win. I’ll look to roster him at a rate closer to his implied win odds than his current 19% projected ownership.

About the Author

John Breslin (squirrelpatrol)

John Breslin (aka squirrelpatrol) is a consistent top-ranked Grinder and one of the best tournament players in the entire DFS industry. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and graduated with an MBA from prestigious New York University. John is a Live Final specialist who has won 100+ Live Final seats. He took home 1st place at the 2018 FanDuel World Fantasy Baseball Championship ($300,000 prize), both 1st ($500,000 prize) and 2nd place ($200,000 prize) at the 2021 FanDuel World Fantasy Basketball Championship, 2nd place at the 2022 FanDuel World Fantasy Baseball Championship ($250,000 prize), and 2nd place at the 2023 DraftKings Fantasy Baseball World Championship ($600,000 prize). And most recently, he took down the NFL Milly Maker ($1,000,000 prize) in Week 2 of the 2023 season. John has been playing fantasy sports since 1996 and is still scarred from being on the losing end of James Stewart’s 5-TD performance in 1997. Follow Squirrel on Twitter – @jbresl