MMA Fantasy Picks for UFC 251

Jason Schandl
MMA fantasy picks for UFC 251, including Kamaru Usman.
MMA fantasy picks for UFC 251, including Kamaru Usman. / Steve Marcus/Getty Images

The major sports are starting to put together their gradual plans to return to action, but the UFC continues with business as usual. Following a fun night of fights at UFC Vegas 4, they're back on Saturday with a fight night card headlined by a huge Welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal.

The return of sports also means the return of fantasy sports, so let's look at the top fantasy picks for this week's UFC card.

UFC Fantasy Picks

Kamaru Usman
A late-notice replacement opponent shouldn't be much of a concern for Usman. Masvidal is certainly dangerous, but he has a mediocre 78 percent takedown defense rate for his career. The last time an opponent attempted at least 3 takedown against Masvidal was when Demian Maia got him to the mat 4 times back in 2017. Usman is one of the best offensive wrestlers in the UFC, averaging 3.44 takedowns landed per 15 minutes with a 50 percent accuracy rate, and he's likely to impose his will in this one. Usman also averages 4.60 significant strikes landed per minute, landing at least 130 in each of his last three fights. That's a recipe for a big fantasy score.

Alexander Volkanovski
Alexander Volkanovski is a sizable -215 favorite against Max Holloway in this rematch. The last time they fought, Volkanovski landed 157 significant strikes in a 5-round decision win, which would have been good for 114.2 fantasy points. This is another five-rounder, and with an elite pace of 6.15 significant strikes landed per minute over his UFC career, Volkanovski is a good bet to score big if he defends his title.

Marcin Tybura
On FanDuel, Marcin Tybura has the lowest salary ($14) for any fighter who is not an underdog, as FanDuel Sportsbook has him at -110 against Alexander Romanov, and he's priced $2 below anyone with better win odds than he has. With an expensive pick like Usman offering so much appeal, getting that kind of value on Tybura is easy to like when picking up a win is a key factor in a strong fantasy score.

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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.