UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Waterson - A Contrarian Take

Happy weekend everyone! We’re back with A Contrarian Take on UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Waterson. Unfortunately, we’re down to a 10-fight card for this slate, with a five-round matchup between Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson in the Main Event, and while this card may not have the biggest names the money we can win on this card is as real as any other. Cancellations have taken out four fighters in the $8700 – $7500 range ($18 – $13 range on FanDuel) so we have some unique lineup possibilities mixing more expensive fighters with fighters at the bottom of the salary range. Let’s take a look at the card and see if we can find some under-owned fighters who can help our GPP lineups:

Rong Zhu: We have an interesting card to say the least for this UFC Event, with five fighters having a 20% or greater chance of a first-round finish, but due to three five-round title fights on the card, none of those fighters are projected as the highest-owned (or even second-highest owned) fighter on the slate. Rong Zhu carries the highest odds of a first-round finish (+230/28%) and could go overlooked and under-owned at $9100 on DK. Both the title fights and the unfamiliarity with Rong Zhu making his UFC debut at this event should suppress his ownership below what it should be according to the odds, giving us a leverage opportunity.

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  • John Breslin, aka squirrelpatrol, is a consistent top-ranked Grinder and RotoGrinders contributor. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and graduated with an M.B.A. from prestigious New York University. He followed that up studying abroad at the London School of Economics. He’s been playing fantasy sports since 1996 and is still scarred from being on the losing end of James Stewart’s 5-TD performance. John beat out the competition to take home first place in the 2018 FanDuel World Fantasy Baseball Championship and has numerous other six-figure finishes to his name.

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