February 23, 2020

UFC Auckland DraftKings Fantasy Recap

The UFC Fight Night 168 was nothing but fireworks and everything that we expected from an international event in Auckland, New Zealand. It was a phenomenal night of mixed martial arts at its best which ended with an epic lightweight bout between Dan Hooker and Paul Felder.

Here, we will do a recap of the UFC Auckland event from a fantasy DraftKings point of view and find out which was the winning optimal lineup this past weekend.

Speaking of myself, I played 10 different DraftKings lineups in a $4 tournament with 5945 entries. This time, I didn’t do as well as I’ve done in the past but I still made a nice little profit which will allow me to play a few more lineups in next week’s MMA DraftKings daily fantasy UFC Fight Night 169.

My best lineup in UFC Auckland earned 570.50 DraftKings points. In this lineup, I had Felder (55 points), Rogerio de Lima (109.5 points), Riddell (70 points), Crute (143 points), Kara-France (69 points), and Tukhugov (124 points). I was bummed that Felder didn’t earn a victory in such a close fight but it wasn’t a horrible choice considering Felder was a cheaper option at $7500 on DraftKings. Felder had a 62.7 Draftkings FPPF heading into this fight.

I also had a chance to score higher with this particular lineup but the last minute I took out Song and choose a more reliable Kara-France instead. Well, Kara-France, the most expensive fighter in MMA DraftKings at UFC Auckland, did get a win but only earned 69 fantasy points. A cheaper option, Song, won his fight in the 1st round and earned 108.5 points. That’s what happens when you change your mind and don’t trust your instincts.

If we look at the ownership numbers, the highest-owned fighter on the draft card was Dan Hooker. He was selected in almost half of the drafted teams – 49.7% ownership. Hooker ended up getting 99 fantasy points which weren’t the best value on the table.

A key to being in the money in this event was drafting Jimmy Crute at $8000. Crute had the best fantasy value at UFC Auckland – he earned 143 points and was owned by 33.4% of players. Another great play was the Russian fighter Zubaira Tukhugov. He was priced at $8100 on DraftKings and he brought 124 fantasy points thanks to the dominating win in the first round. Tukhugov’s ownership percentage was lower at 21.1%. I, personally, looked at Tukhugov as a big favorite in his matchup against Aguilar and picked the Russian in every lineup I played.

What was interesting is that we didn’t see any big upsets at UFC Fight Night 168. Basically, all favorites won their fights beside Shana Dobson (priced at $8600) and Magomed Mustafaev ($8400). The biggest surprise of the night in terms of DraftKings fantasy was Cachoeira knocking out Dobson early in the 1st round which earned her 104 fantasy points. Cachoeira’s ownership percentage was low at 9.8%.

In the end, let’s take a look at the winning optimal lineup.

Cachoeira – $7600, 104 FPTS, drafted by 9.8%;

Crute – $8000, 143 FPTS, drafted by 33.4%;

Rogerio de Lima – $8500, 109.5 FPTS, drafted by 34.8%;

Song – $9000, 108.5 FPTS, drafted by 36.3%;

Tukhugov – $8100, 124 FPTS, drafted by 21.1%;

Turner – $8800, 109.5 FPTS, drafted by 37.8%.

What did you guys think of the UFC Auckland? How did your lineups do in the MMA Draftkings daily fantasy?

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