MMA Fantasy Picks for UFC Vegas 3

Jason Schandl
MMA fantasy picks for UFC Vegas 3, including Curtis Blaydes.
MMA fantasy picks for UFC Vegas 3, including Curtis Blaydes. / Dylan Buell/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 Eye vs Calvillo, they're back on Saturday with a fight night card headlined by Curtis Blaydes vs Alexander Volkov.

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

Curtis Blaydes (vs. Alexander Volkov)
We saw last week just how valuable high takedown numbers can be for fantasy scoring when Merab Dvalishvili broke the slate with his 13-takedown performance. It may not be realistic to expect 13 takedowns from Blaydes, but he's the UFC all-time Heavyweight takedown leader with 45, and he ranks second in the division with a 55.6 percent takedown accuracy rate. Blaydes has averaged 6.63 takedowns per 15 minutes over his UFC career, and he's a huge -380 favorite here.

Shane Burgos (vs. Josh Emmett)
Shane Burgos' average of 7.09 significant strikes landed per minute is the fourth highest in UFC history. He has landed over 100 significant strikes in each of his last two fights, and his fight before those was a first-round submission win. A -136 favorite, Burgos is expected to extend his win streak to four in this one, and that should come with a strong fantasy score.

Tecia Torres (vs. Brianna Van Buren)
You'll always need some underdogs in your fantasy lineup, and Tecia Torres is the cheapest fighter on the slate despite being a relatively small +160 underdog. If she does score an upset, it's likely to come with plenty of fantasy production. One of her last four wins was a second-round submission, and each of the other three saw her land at least 77 significant strikes.

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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.