Top Five Reasons Why You Should Be Playing MMA Daily Fantasy
If you enjoy either DFS or MMA, you should bring those two worlds together and begin playing MMA daily fantasy on DraftKings. UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare is tomorrow and it is not a pay-per-view event, so it’s a great time to start as all the fights will be on free television. Now, why should you playing?
DFS is a form of entertainment, and MMA might be the single most enjoyable DFS sweat there is. You assemble a lineup of five fighters, and they all fight the same night, and all fight one at a time. You get to watch every single one of your picks individually, and at any moment in time their fight can end. It’s a hard, defined result of your picks winning or losing, decision or finish, and you get to watch every second of every one of your fighters’ performance.
2) No Frustrations
There are no late scratches. There are no “injuries”, as we know them in other sports. There is no coach taking away your pick’s minutes or snaps. There are no challenges overturning your touchdowns. There are no unexpected blowouts that result in your picks sitting the 4th quarter. When you make your lineup, you absolutely know that every single one of your fighters will get the full opportunity to score a maximum number of points.
3) Hours of Research Not Required
MMA is the “easiest” DFS sport. Now I obviously don’t mean easy in terms of winning or losing, I mean easy in terms of the amount of work you need to accomplish in order to field a competitive lineup. Salaries are strictly based on fight odds, which generally means that any lineup at or near the salary cap will have a relatively similar chance at a respectable score once the event begins. There are only 18 or 20 fighters to choose from, which means you can build a thorough understanding of every single potential pick’s strengths and weaknesses in a very short amount of time. Note that “short slate” rules always apply for GPPs, any “chalk” lineup you enter in a GPP will always have duplicates.
4) Conventional Media Coverage Applies to DFS
Unlike other sports, any event preview articles on ESPN, Yahoo, or the MMA specific sites like Sherdog are perfectly applicable to making your daily fantasy lineup. For example, a traditional “NFL Preview” article will focus on which team will win the game and whether or not they will cover the spread, which has a very limited use in daily fantasy. However, traditional preview coverage of UFC events is composed of analysts and/or experts (not always the same thing!) not only picking the winners for each fight, but their method of victory and the round in which it will occur. This is 100% translatable to fantasy points! DraftKings’ scoring system for MMA is heavily based on finishing a fight, and finishing it as early as possible. Thus, there is already plenty of free quality information out there by experienced, knowledgeable MMA experts that you can use to help guide you in making your lineup.
5) MMA is Wild Wild West of DFS
MMA daily fantasy began in January of 2015. It is not a game that has been “solved”. There is no standard approach to making cash or GPP lineups. You will never be going up against someone who has been playing this game for years. For now, the sharks and the casuals are on equal ground! It is a brand new market, and the time is ripe for you to build an edge prior to the flood of new money that will come in when DraftKings launches their big marketing push for the start of the NFL season. Start playing now! Start building your approach and your strategy! There is a great opportunity here to sharpen your skills and to be prepared for September when the player base will undoubtedly expand if not outright explode.
I wish you all the best of luck! MMA is one of the few sports that runs 12 months of the year, so it’s a great way to stay engaged in DFS during your favourite sports’ offseasons. Lastly, there is quality content available here on Rotogrinders from users such as bbbomb, Jasen777, Pug_ca and myself, so be sure to check it out.
I’ve tried to make a compelling case, and I hope to see more of you playing in the near future!
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