When searching for high upside targets in the low salary range on Draftkings, it is important to remember that we must operate on an IF/THEN basis. IF (Fighter A) wins THEN I expect him to score well. To take down a large-field GPP, you need to be unique and score a ton of points. In this column, I will be focusing on fighters who will be saving you salary, are projected to be lower owned in our ownership projections, and most importantly have high upside in a victory.

Court McGee $7,000         

    At 39 years old and coming in as a sizeable betting underdog, it is easy to overlook Court McGee on this slate. However, I actually think he has two paths to victory in this specific matchup against Alex Morono.

    I have gotten burned fading Morono a few times in the past, but I have also had a fair share of success against him as well. In general, I think that Alex Morono has dramatically overachieved during his tenure in the UFC and I will be going be looking to fade him again this weekend.

    At only $7,000, I think that McGee’s most likely path to victory is through grappling. Morono defends takedowns at just 50% and is susceptible to getting stuck on his back for extended periods of time.

    My hot take for this fight is that I think Court McGee is also capable of knocking Alex Morono out. This is much more an indictment on Morono’s chin than it is an endorsement of McGee’s power and I do not think it happens at a very high percentage, but a McGee knockout certainly would not shock me. Alex Morono has been brutally knocked out three times in the UFC and was also badly hurt by Anthony Pettis. While Court is certainly not known for his striking repertoire or punching power, stranger things have happened, and durability typically doesn’t improve over time.

    Trevor Peek $7,200

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    This matchup between Trevor Peek and Charlie Campbell is going to be insane. Both of these guys love to come forward and throw hands with reckless abandon. I favor Campbell’s skill set a good bit, but he is certainly capable of being knocked out, as we saw in his DWCS fight against Chris Duncan.

    This fight projects to be a car crash from the very beginning as it is currently lined -150 to end inside of 7.5 minutes. If Peek wins this fight, I expect that he wins by knockout within that timeframe and puts up a massive score, while saving a ton of salary. This is a great fight to target overall and I plan on having about equal exposure on both sides in tournaments.

    Christos Giagos $7,100

    Christos Giagos is a guy who I think is capable of winning early this week and probably draws less ownership than both Trevor Peek and Chris Curtis who are priced slightly above him. Giagos has quietly had ten UFC fights to this point in his career and has actually fought some very quality opponents.

    He has also proven that he is capable of defeating a certain lower level of competition and has put up at least 92 points in each of his five UFC victories. His opponent, Ignacio Bahamondes, is 3-2 in the UFC and has some obvious physical advantages over Giagos, which certainly are baked into his (-330) betting line.

    While I am definitely picking Bahamondes to win the fight, I think that Christos Giagos is more than capable of picking up a knockout within the first two rounds. Bahamondes was badly hurt in round one of his fight against John Makdessi a couple of years ago. For a guy who cuts as much weight as he does, there is definitely a cause for concern with respect to his durability going forward.

    Best of luck to all of the DFS players this weekend!

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