UFC Fight Night 149 DFS: Best DraftKings daily fantasy MMA picks for Makhachev vs. Tsarukyan, Overeem vs. Oleinik

The UFC travels to Russia on Saturday with Alistair Overeem vs. Aleksei Oleinik and Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan headlining the UFC Fight Night 149 card. The 12-fight card takes place from Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The preliminary bouts start at 10 a.m. ET, followed by the main card at approximately 1 p.m. ET. DraftKings is running a $100K Throwdown tournament that awards $25K to first place. And before entering that UFC DFS tournament or any other daily Fantasy contest for this huge event, first be sure to see the top UFC 149 DFS picks and advice from daily Fantasy expert Mike McClure.

McClure is a predictive data engineer and a DFS pro with almost $2 million in career winnings. He's crushed his DFS selections in multiple sports recently, including producing multiple tournament rosters that have cashed huge in other sports this year. 

At UFC 236 in Atlanta, McClure was all over Dustin Poirier. The result: Porier defeated Max Holloway in a fifth-round decision, and anybody who had him on their roster was well on the way to a profitable day.

For UFC Fight Night 149 in Russia on Saturday, we can tell you McClure likes Makhachev at $9,400 on DraftKings. Makhachev (16-1) is the heavy favorite against Tsarukyan in this co-main event lightweight fight. Makhachev is known as one of the most dominant wrestlers in his class, and he'll use that skill to his advantage on Saturday. He has a great chance to get the unanimous decision in this matchup, so confidently lock him in as a top DFS pick for UFC Fight Night 149.

Part of McClure's optimal UFC DFS strategy includes targeting Marcelo Golm at $7,000 as he looks to upset Sergei Pavlovich in a heavyweight matchup. Golm comes at a significantly lower price than his opponent, but certainly has the power to end this fight early via TKO. If that happens, he'll return huge value, all while leaving plenty of room on your roster for other big names. 

McClure is also targeting a value fighter who is a must-play because his fight is a huge mismatch. This pick could be the difference between cashing huge in UFC DFS or going home with nothing.

So what is the optimal DraftKings lineup for UFC Fight Night 149 in Russia? And which value fighter needs to be on your roster? Visit SportsLine now to see DFS millionaire Mike McClure's complete optimal tournament lineup for DraftKings, and cash in big on MMA DFS.

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