Welcome to The Takedown, UFC fans. Today we are back at the UFC Apex, with an interesting strawweight main event between Mackenzie Dern vs. Marina Rodriguez. Here I offer some of my favorite MMA DFS picks for DraftKings and FanDuel UFC lineups with the help of Awesemo’s expert MMA DFS projections. So, let’s dig into some MMA DFS picks and analysis for UFC Vegas 39.
DraftKings & FanDuel MMA DFS Picks for UFC Vegas 39: Dern vs. Rodriguez
Alexander Romanov | DraftKings: $9,200, FanDuel: $23
Romanov has a clear path to victory with his elite grappling. That said, I expect Romanov will look to take Jared Vanderaa to the mat early before taking any significant damage. We should see Romanov drag Vanderaa to the ground and wear him down with his heavy top control, and unleash his nasty ground-and-pound. Romanov will dominate this fight on the mat and eventually seal his ninth submission win. For DFS purposes, Romanov is a solid play in all formats and should easily pay off his lofty salary. Awesemo’s UFC DFS DraftKings and FanDuel projections give Romanov 85% win odds with a 69% change for a knockout.
Luptia Godinez | DraftKings: $8,600, FanDuel: $18
Godinez is coming into this matchup off a super-tight spilt-decision loss against Jessica Penne. I expect Godinez will dictate the tempo with her pressure and overwhelm Silvana Gomez Juarez with her volume. Godinez should be able to take Juarez to the mat with relative ease. I expect Godinez will find the takedowns early, making it a long night for Juarez and could end in a late finish for Godinez. For DFS, Godinez is a solid mid-priced play, due to her high volume and takedown upside. Awesemo’s UFC DFS projections give Godinez 72% win odds.
Mackenzie Dern | DraftKings: $8,200, FanDuel: $20
Dern is coming into this matchup off a spectacular display of grappling against Nina Nunes, locking in a first-round submission to seal the victory. Dern will need to keep her reckless striking under control against Rodriguez, who could have some great opportunities to win the fight if Dern comes out with reckless abandon in this fight. That said, I expect Dern will look to take this fight to the mat early and often. For DFS, if Dern can get this fight to the mat early and lock in a first-round submission, she will land in the optimal lineup. Awesemo’s UFC DFS projections give Dern 63% win odds.
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Jared Gooden | DraftKings: $7,400, FanDuel: $12
Gooden is coming into this matchup with a vicious straight right knockout victory over Niklas Stolze in July. He is a big and powerful guy and should be able to stuff Randy Brown’s takedown attempts. Gooden can get the knockout on the feet, and I expect this fight to be much closer than Vegas anticipates. For DFS, Gooden is a risky value play, but Gooden has the potential to score well and be in the optimal lineup with an early knockout. My prediction is Gooden with a second-round knockout. Awesemo’s UFC DFS projections give 32% win odds.
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