Each week, I will look at the overall winning lineup for the main tournament on DraftKings. I will list key takeaways and any notable information that we can use going forward.

This lineup used just $46,400 in salary and solo shipped! Big congrats to Cyrbritt on this unique build that I’m excited to break down.

The first thing that jumps out to me is the big leverage play in Waldo Cortes-Acosta. I talked about this in my GPP Leverage column this week as Robelis Despaigne was projected to be the highest owned fighter on the slate and came with some unknowns regarding his defensive grappling and cardio.

What made this lineup so unique is that he didn’t stop with just one big leverage spot but he also played a second ultra-leverage play in Diego Ferreira. I also wrote up Ferreira as a potential leverage play in GPP Leverage but I’ll be honest – even I didn’t have the balls or thought process to play them both in the same lineup. Ultimately, this is what gave Cyrbritt the potential to solo ship among other factors.

Because they were fading the two most popular spend up options in Despaigne and Rebecki, it made sense to pivot up top with Carlos Ulberg which provided some added leverage. Additionally, they targeted the more obvious chalk fighters who were among my highest DraftKings rankings in Chase Hooper and Esteban Ribovics.

They added leverage with Joaquin Buckley who, my ownership projections predicted to be lower owned than his opponent, Nursulton Ruziboev despite being the favorite in the matchup. Lastly, they faded the main event which quickly eliminated nearly 3/4 of the entire field.

Key takeaways:
Leverage play against the most popular fighter
Leverage play against the second most popular fighter with lowest owned fighter
Added leverage with the lower owned favorite
Pivot play up top
Faded the main event
Left good amount of salary on the table

This was a great team and construction using many of the strategies we discuss each week in an effort to avoid duplications but still give yourself a chance to win.

Big congrats to Cyrbritt and GL to everyone next week!