UFC 275: Teixeira vs. Prochazka DraftKings Spreadsheet
Valentina Shevchenko ($9,600) – The highest salaried fighter on the slate, the Queen of the Flyweight’s and Pound for Pound best, Shevchenko is worth every penny. Averaging 112.94 in victory, with a high of 138.7 points, it would be hard to fade one of the very best plays on the card.
Manel Kape ($9,200) – After a rough start in his UFC tenure, Kape has strung together back-to-back first round finishes. Racking up an average of 119.6 in the two fights, with a high of 131.5 points, the former Rizin Champion is a solid play at this price.
Jiri Prochazka ($8,900) – When Prochazka steps inside the octagon, you know pure violence follows him. A chaotic fighter, with 27 of his 28 victories coming via stoppage, Prochazka is a DFS dream. In two fights inside the octagon, Prochazka has averaged 106.1 points.
Andre Fialho ($8,500) – Entering his third fight in fifty-six days, Fialho is one of my favorite plays on the play. Delivering back-to-back first round finishes, Fialho is not only locked in, but a player at Welterweight. Averaging 109.9 in victory and against an opponent who has been stopped in four of five losses, Fialho will be apart of my lineup for sure.
Danaa Batgerel ($8,300) – Despite faltering in his recent fight, Batgerel is a fighter worth rostering. Averaging 114.66 in victory, the fifth highest on the slate, Batgerel is a finisher to the core. With his last seven wins coming via first round stoppages, he’s almost a guarantee to score 90 or more points.
Jack Della Maddalena ($8,200) – Since losing his first two professional fights, Maddalena has rattled off eleven consecutive victories – with ten of those wins coming via stoppage. A non-stop fighter, with an iron chin and a real knack to finish his opponent, Maddalena is a guy I can get behind. Obviously his opponent Ramazan Emeev could zap points away by wrestling, which is very feasible, the way he fights and has a motor, I feel very strongly that he can rack up enough points to satisfy anyone picking him at 8.2k.
7k and Under Range
Hayisaer Maheshate ($7,800) – After watching Maheshate’s fight on Dana White’s Contender Series, and seeing him get hurt several times, there is certainly risk in picking him. After all, Maheshate only has seven professional fights. However, in that same fight, he battled back and won the bout. Showing off dynamic striking, good takedown defense and a solid gas tank, Maheshate is an intriguing upset pick. Especially considering his opponent Steve Garcia got dropped twice in his last pick.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk ($7,400) – Other than Andre Fialho, Jedrzejczyk is one of my favorite plays. Despite being away from the octagon for a little more than two years, Jedrzejczyk brings forth a championship pedigree every time she fights. A skilled striker, Jedrzejczyk is a monster in DFS. Averaging 111.46 in victory, with five of the last six wins scoring 111.7 or more points, Jedrzejczyk is an absolute bargain.
Glover Teixeira ($7,300) – Father time certainly has never met Teixeira, as the the Light Heavyweight Champion will make his first title defense at 42 years young. Armed with crisp boxing and an excellent ground game, Teixeira has made it known that all it takes is one takedown for him to change the complexation of the fight. Averaging 103.17 in victory, with a high of 137.3 points, Teixeira is a solid play. Especially considering we’ve yet to really see Jiri Prochazka need to fend off takedowns.
Jacob Malkoun ($7,200) – A well rounded fighter, Malkoun has absolutely been racking up the points in his last two fights. A card’s best 121.95 points in victory, Malkoun offers an excellent floor at this low price tag. With fourteen takedowns and nearly 21 minutes of control time in his last two fights, the Aussie is an absolute workhorse.
Taila Santos ($6,800) – I personally, am not picking Santos. However, if anyone believes that she is the one to dethrone Valentina Shevchenko, then by all means go all-in here. Averaging 88.3 career points, which the 4th highest on the card and 103.25 in victory, there is a lot to like from a fight and statistical standpoint.
Joselyne Edwards ($8,700) – This price tag just seems egregious. Not only is Edwards 2-3 in her last five fights, but her career points average of 44 is the fourth worst on the card. That includes a victory, which scored 76.9 – the third lowest point total in victory on the card. Now, moving up the Featherweight to fight a natural 145 pounder in Ramona Pascual, and I can’t even fathom to pay up for Edwards at this price.
Silvana Gomez Juarez ($8,600) – Another tough price tag, Juarez is 0-2 inside the octagon. Losing both fights by armbar, Juarez comes into her third UFC appearance against Na Liang. A fighter, who has scored more than 4 times her point total in only one fight – which happened to also be a loss. Given Liang is a wrestler and grappler, and that Juarez has seemingly struggled with grappling thus far, at 8.6k, there is little chance I’m paying up for Juarez.
Ramazan Emeev ($8,000) – A wrestler, who uses his kickboxing to simply set up his entries, Emeev has never been someone who scored heaps of point. Averaging the second fewest points in victory at 75.88, which is from a sample of six wins, Emeev just isn’t worth picking. Hell, his highest point total in victory was 93.8 – the second lowest on the slate.