Guess who's back again, Maniacs?
The mixed martial arts (MMA) fantasy website Kountermove is back with another freeroll for MMAmania.com readers. If you're not familiar with how the site works, here's a brief snippet from the site owners, themselves.
Kountermove brings the traditional fantasy format to MMA. Accumulation of points and a salary cap make fantasy MMA more intriguing than your basic "pick 'em" contest. With other industry pros on the site it is the place to be if you know your MMA.
The game is fairly simple on its face, games are played over a single night during one event. Prior to the event, players get a total of $25,000 fantasy dollars to pick five fighters for your team. Each fighter is given a specific salary by Kountermove. Kountermove assigns a value for each fighter based on how we believe the fight will go.
Points are scored if a fighter scores a finish, wins a round, lands significant strikes, knocks an opponent down, scores takedowns, secures dominant positions or attempts submissions. The more dominant your fighters'performance, the more points you're going to score. If you score more points than your opponents, then you win the money.
To enter the free $250 tournament for MMAmania.com readers, just click the link right here:
If you don't have an account, don't worry, you can create one for free, but do it quickly, spacing is limited!
If you're interested in a few pointers on potential fighters to pick, I'll be offering my analysis and potential picks to click. In case you have your doubts, I have a very nice track record of success with the website, having won plenty since it's inception
Before I get to my picks, remember that to get the best value out of your team, you have to try to get an average of $5000 per fighter with your team of five fighters and your $25,000 salary cap. That means if you want to pick a big favorite from UFC on Fox 8 like Julie Kedzie ($6000), you have to balance it out by picking some underdogs that you think will perform above and beyond. Sometimes it's not worth it to pick the overwhelming favorite.
Without further ado, here are some of the picks that stand out for me:
Ed Herman ($5600): Herman hasn't put on great performances the last two times we saw him against elite grapplers Jacare Souza and Jake Shields, but his upcoming opponent Trevor Smith is much, much further down the food chain. It's far more likely we see the type of performance that saw him score quick finishes against the likes of Kyle Noke, Tim Credeur or Clifford Starks this time around. It's worth the extra money to have Herman on your team.
John Albert ($4600): Albert is the type of fighter that goes 100 percent all the time. He's lost three straight fights, but he was facing top 10 bantamweights like Scott Jorgensen, Ivan Menjivar and Erik Perez. When Albert is on, he's downright nasty and his upcoming opponent Yaotzin Meza is nowhere near the caliber of his recent opposition. If Albert wins, it'll be early in the fight and you've got a good chance of picking up a big first round finish bonus. $4600 is a steal in my opinion.
Underdog Pick of the Night
John Moraga ($3800): This is a bit of a gamble, but it's pure value. Having Moraga on your team will allow you space to pick up favorites like Rory Macdonald ($5300) or Liz Carmouche ($5500) and still have room left over. The MMA Lab fighter gets finishes when he wins which would be great for points, but it's also a value bet because even if Moraga loses, Demetrious Johnson almost certainly won't be finishing him so he'll still have five rounds to accumulate points since this is a title fight. Moraga has the tools to at least steal a round or two and he should dish out enough damage to score you some points regardless of if he wins or not.
Thanks for reading and good luck!
If you want to know more, here's my initial review of the fantasy MMA website from last yearl.