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DFS considerations for Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos matches up with Muslim Salikhov in a welterweight bout at UFC 251 from Fight Island on July 11th. We break down what to consider in setting your DFS lineups.

Opponents Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos of Brazil and Muslim Salikhov of Russia face off during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum at UFC Fight Island on July 10, 2020 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

A pair of unranked welterweights looking to increase their profile square off at UFC 251 tonight when Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos takes on Muslim Salikhov from “Fight Island.” But in a pretty equal fight, is there a DFS advantage to be had?

DraftKings DFS Values

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: $8,000
Muslim Salikhov: $8,200

Zaleski dos Santos is a +108 underdog on the money line, while Salikhov has been bet up to a -134 favorite from -124.

Neither of these guys have been fantasy gold in their UFC careers so far, with Zaleski dos Santos averaging just 73.2 DFS points in the octagon, and Salikhov a mere 71.3. But Salikhov is likely worth the extra two Franklins, and here’s why:

He’s won three in a row, two of them by KO’s that scored 93 and 105 points respectively. Even in his decision win over Laureano Staropoli last time out, he squeezed out a 77 DFS score. Plus 14 of his 16 wins have been by stoppage, as opposed to 17 of 22 for his opponent.

This is certainly a skippable fight on your roster, but if you go with it Salikhov would seem to be the play.