UFC 214 Draftkings Picks

UFC 214 is just upon us and its turning out to have the potential of the biggest fight card of the year. For us DK Junkies, this means bigger draws to tournaments, allowing us more experienced players to do pretty well on large fight weeks. Today, we’re going to break it all down, all the way from must haves in lineups to the serious underdogs who could be a secret weapon.

ufc 214 draftkings picks

Must Haves

This card is absolutely stacked, and trying to narrow down this list was a challenge in itself. Remember, a Must Have is a fighter that not only has one of the better chances of winning, but also is a reasonable price.

 

Okay, before we start, I’d like to put it out there that Cris Cyborg will most likely kill Tonya Evinger. However, what kept me from including her in the must haves is simply her DK price. She’s coming in at an astounding $9,600. So, that’s going to throw a lot of lineups down the drain when you take into consideration all the other prices of fighters for 214.

 

 

#1. Jon Jones= $8,900

Not only do I think Jon Jones gets his throne back in the light-heavyweight division, but I think he finishes Cormier this time around. The physical advantages Jones has are apparent, such as a whopping 12.5 inch reach advantage, and stands 5 inches taller. However, I see this boiling down to the mental aspects of the fight. Jones won the first one, recently lost his mother, and needs to get his life back on track. Some may say its pressure, I think it’ll simply be motivation to put away Cormier and end their feud once and for all.

 

 

#2. Jimi Manuwa- $8,800

Manuwa is on a tear of his own in the light-heavyweight division, owning two back-to-back KO’s over ranked contenders, OSP and Corey Anderson. He’s going up against somewhat of a hype train in Volkan Oezdemir, but I just don’t see Manuwa really losing this fight so close to title contention. His confidence is at an all-time high, and he’s a true veteran that can attack on any mistake his opponent makes. I see Manuwa landing one of his signature bombs and putting this fight away in the second round.

 

#3. Tyron Woodley- $8,700

I really like this fight against Demian Maia for a few reasons. First off, Woodley has had time to rest since his last fight at UFC 209. Maia on the other hand, is coming off of a fight just at UFC 211, where he was rocked a bit against Jorge Masvidal.

 

Also, we all know what Maia’s going to do in this fight, look for the takedown and submit Woodley. Here’s the problem with that little plan of his. Woodley is a world class wrestler and a freak of an athlete. I just can’t see where Woodley gives up his back or a limb to Maia. In the standup department, this fight isn’t close and that’s where I see Woodley finishing it in the 1st round.

 

Value Plays

 

#1. Brian Ortega- $8,000

Coming in at a steal of $8k, Ortega is in my opinion, the best value play. He’s going against a tough Jiu-Jitsu specialist, but Ortega is no rookie on the ground. However, the ground isn’t where I’m too particularly focused on this bout. Ortega’s standup is improving, and I see it being a real advantage heading into this bout.

 

Also, his opponent, Carneiro, has a rather high pace during his fights with a lot of movement. However, the success Ortega had against Guida, who carries an insane pace, gives me a lot of faith Ortega will win this fight.

#2. Aljamain Sterling- $8,400

This a little bit of a risk in my opinion. Sterling hasn’t quite proven himself in my opinion quite yet to be a top bantamweight, but a win here would certainly catapult him into contention. My only real issue here is his experience and the fact that his opponent, Renan Barao, is one of the most lethal strikers in the division.

 

So, why is Sterling a power play? Well, he’s young, athletic, has great cardio, and mixes in good striking with an excellent ground game. Barao hasn’t been impressive as of late, and his confidence is lacking severely, as it has shown. I think the former Bantamweight champ comes out timid, allowing for Sterling to have his way and grind out a submission in the 3rd round.

3. Jason Knight- $8,100

Not much needs to be said here besides the fact I think Jason Knight is a surging contender in the featherweight division, and Ricardo Lamas will serve as a gatekeeper in their bout. Knight is dynamic wherever the fight goes, and won’t stop his pace until the final bell. Lamas on the other hand has been known to fade and be a bit timid to open up his striking. For those reasons alone, I feel like Knight will overwhelm Lamas during their entire bout, and may even get the submission.

Sleeper Pick

ufc 214 draftkings fantasy picks

Donald Cerrone- $7,800

Listen, everyone is assuming that Robbie Lawler is going to go out there and knock the head off of “Cowboy”. Sure, it’s a possibility, but to me, a bit far-fetched. Both men are coming off of TKO losses and a win here would put them right back into the welterweight mix. Also, both men deal with adversity abnormally well and always come back stronger than ever.

 

Both guys have a good chance of finishing this fight, but at the low price Cerrone is at, it’s hard not to have him as your sleeper pick as his kickboxing arsenal is enough to put anyone in the division to sleep, especially a guy in Lawler, who’s chin may be on the decline.

Quick Picks

  • Jon Jones def. Daniel Cormier
  • Tyron Woodley def. Demian Maia
  • Cris Cyborg def. T0nya Evinger
  • Donald Cerrone def. Robbie Lawler
  • Jimi Manuwa def. Volkan Oezdemir
  • Jason Knight def. Ricardo Lamas
  • Aljamain Sterling def. Renan Barao
  • Brian Ortega def. Renato Moicano
  • Andre Fili def. Calvin Kattar
  •  Alexandra Albu def.  Kailin Curran
  • Jarred Brooks def. Eric Shelton
  • Drew Dober def. Josh Burkman

 

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