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FanDuel UFC Fantasy Picks for UFC 261: Usman vs Masvidal

UFC 261 FanDuel fantasy picks, including Kamaru Usman.
UFC 261 FanDuel fantasy picks, including Kamaru Usman. | Handout/Getty Images

Saturday night brings another major UFC pay-per-view card, with a UFC 261 fight card that is headlined by a Welterweight title rematch between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal.

Here's a look at the top FanDuel UFC picks for UFC 261 on Saturday.

UFC 261 Fantasy Picks

Kamaru Usman ($23): Kamaru Usman may be the most expensive fighter on the slate, but he's well worth it. He racked up 106.4 fantasy points the first time he faced off with Masvidal, and followed that up with 123.8 against Gilbert Burns in his last outing. He's even averaging 132 fantasy points per fight across his UFC career. Since this is a 5-round title fight, there's also less risk of a low score in a decision, given he gets an extra 10 minutes to work with.

Jessica Andrade ($15): If Valentina Shevchenko has a weakness, it's pressure and grappling from her opponents. That's how Amanda Nunes beat her, and that's how Jennifer Maia kept things surprisingly competitive in Shevchenko's last outing. Jessica Andrade has the second-most takedowns landed (38) for any woman in UFC history, so she has the grappling chops to make this a fight. Andrade is also incredibly aggressive, averaging 6.38 significant strikes landed per minute, giving her a ton of fantasy upside here.

Stefan Sekulic ($9): If we're playing Usman, we also need some cheap value options, and that's where Stefan Sekulic comes in. At $9, he's the third-cheapest fighter on the slate. When you're playing someone priced this low, all you really need is a win, and that's something he gives you a decent shot at, with +184 moneyline odds from FanDuel Sportsbook. Even better, 75% of his pro MMA wins have come by KO/TKO or submission, so you have a solid chance of getting an early win bonus if he does score the upset.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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