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MMA DFS Picks Today for UFC 274: Oliveira vs. Gaethje




Welcome UFC fans, the stage is set at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Ariz., with an exciting headlining lightweight fight — UFC 274: Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje. Oliveira missed weight and was stripped of the lightweight title, so this means the main event is a vacant title only for Gaethje. Below are some of my favorite MMA DFS picks today for DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy UFC lineups. With the help Awesemo’s expert UFC DFS projections, let’s dig into some UFC picks for UFC 274: Oliveira vs. Gaethje.

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UFC 274: Oliveira vs. Gaethje MMA DFS Picks

Top-End UFC Picks

Brandon Royval | DraftKings: $9,300, FanDuel: $20

Royval pushes a high pace and moves forward aggressively. He will unload nasty head kicks working behind his jab. Once the fight hits the mat, Royval’s strength is his grappling chops, always rotates looking for submissions. His cardio is solid if the fight goes into deeper water. The one issue with Royval’s game is leaving opening for his opponents to tag him cleanly once planted on the feet. For UFC DFS lineups today, Royval is a solid play due to his finishing abilities. Awesemo’s MMA projections give Royval 70% win odds with a 46% chance for a knockout.

Royval was the top fighters popping in the Awesemo MMA DFS optimizer projections today. He’s a top UFC Pick for this slate. Check out all of our free fantasy MMA DFS Picks and projections in our DraftKings UFC DFS Cheat Sheet and FanDuel UFC DFS Cheat Sheet.

Mid-Range UFC Picks

Donald Cerrone | DraftKings: $8,800, FanDuel: $18

Cerrone is currently riding a six-fight losing streak. However, this matchup with Joe Lauzon could get Cerrone back on track and in the win column. They both are veterans, with nothing to prove in this odd matchup. That said, if Cerrone can weather the fast start of Lauzon and get this fight to the second round, I expect we could see a Performance of the Night bonus, with a lights-out head kick from Cerrone. For UFC DFS purposes, Cerrone is a risky play due to his recent decline, although he can play off his salary nicely with a finish. Awesemo’s UFC projections give him 62% win odds with a 43% chance for knockout.

Charles Oliveira | DraftKings: $8,500, FanDuel: $21

Oliveira missed weight and was stripped of the lightweight title. That said, I expect Oliveira will be even more motivated for this fight with Justin Gaethje. He will have to withstand Gaethje’s power and high pressure in the first round. Moreover, if Oliveira gets this fight to the mat after the first round, I expect Oliveira’s jiu-jitsu skills will dominate Gaethje. Should that happen, Oliveira could likely find a submission in Rounds 2 or 3. For MMA DFS lineups, Oliveira is solid play in al formats. Awesemo’s UFC projections give Oliveira 61% odds with a 46% chance for a knockout.

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UFC Value Picks

Melissa Gatto | DraftKings: $7,500 , FanDuel: $14

Gatto is coming into this matchup on a two-fight winning streak, with knockout vicrtories over Victoria Leonardo and Sijara Eubanks in the span of four months. She is a Brazilian BJJ fighter that is extremely slippery in her scrambles on the ground. Gatto’s striking is solid with nice 1-2 combinations down the middle, and she will mix in nasty kicks to the body that can damage her opponents. For UFC fantasy lineups today, Gatto is a strong value play due to her finishing abilities. Awesemo’s MMA projections give 41% win odds.

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