Brendan Steele has been consistent in making cuts over his last eight starts but has not finished inside the top 20 since The Memorial. He also has yet to finish inside the top 20 in six career starts at Shriners. In his only 2021 appearance at the Safeway Open, Steele ranked 19th in strokes gained off the tee and 25th in strokes gained tee to green. He also ranked second in greens in regulation percentage. However, he was not able to convert enough birdies to finish inside the top 20, ranking 51st in birdie average. He has a low ceiling this week with a DFS price of $7,200.
Course familiarity will not be an issue for Harold Varner III this week as he makes his sixth straight appearance at TPC Summerlin. He has just one top-20 finishing, coming in 2019 where he finished T15. Varner is still seeking his first win on the PGA Tour and has just 12 top-10 finishes in 138 career starts. In his only start of the 2021 season at the Safeway Open, Varner ranked eighth in strokes gained tee to green and 15th in greens in regulation percentage. His putting failed him, ranking 141st in the field. His DFS price is set at $7,500 and likely does not have a high ceiling this week.
Jason Kokrak had a solid start to the 2021 season with a T17 finish at the U.S. Open. Kokrak ranked 15th in the field in strokes gained off the tee and ninth in strokes gained in putting. Shriners hasn't been a place where Kokrak has fared well in the past, as he has just one top-20 finish in seven career starts there. This year could potentially be a bit different, though, considering Kokrak has four straight top-20 finishes. Momentum is important, and he is certainly playing some good, confident golf right now. His past history at Shriners is concerning, but DraftKings is not letting him fly under the radar, setting his DFS price at $8,900.
Joaquin Niemann will make his second start of the season after coming off a T23 finish at the U.S. Open. He will make his third start at Shriners, where he missed the cut last season and finished in a tie for 10th place in 2019. The 21-year-old had a strong 2020 season, qualifying for his first Tour championship. Niemann had some impressive stats at the U.S. Open, ranking 10th in the field in driving distance and sixth in the field in strokes gained in putting. A hot putting stroke is what wins tournaments, so he will have a legitimate shot at winning this week if he can carry over the momentum from Winged Foot. It is a competitive field, so he has a fair DFS price of $8,100.
Rafa Cabrera Bello is set to make his fourth start of the season this week at Shriners. Cabrera Bello has made his last two cuts, which includes a respectable tie for 23rd finish at the U.S. Open. He has putted pretty well so far, ranking 47th on Tour in strokes gained. He is still seeking his first PGA Tour win, and this will be his debut at TPC Summerlin. Cabrera Bello did not have a great 2020 season, making just 10 of 16 cuts. Already playing in his fourth tournament of the season suggests that he is trying to build some momentum in hopes of having a bounce-back season. His iron play is concerning, so he will need to fix that part of his game to have a chance at competing this week. He may have good value at $6,600 if your DFS lineup is against the cap.
Tony Finau has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Shriners Hospitals For Children Open. Finau tested positive for COVID-19 during the PGA Tour's pre-tournament screening program. The 31-year-old had posted top-10 finishes in five of his last eight starts and was considered one of the favorites in this week's tournament. Finau will have to pass PGA Tour several protocols before he is allowed to tee it up again and it is unknown how long he will be out of action.
Kevin Na will make his second start of the 2021 season when he looks to defend his 2020 victory at Shriners. In his last two starts at Shriners, Na has a win and a T2. Na had a poor U.S. Open performance in his last start when he struggled in virtually every aspect of the game. Na has Tour wins in three consecutive seasons, and Shriners is a great opportunity for him to make it four in a row based on past success in this tournament. It is a fairly competitive field, and he is not flying under the radar with a DFS price of $8,600. Na will have a real shot at winning this tournament again, so he comes with great value this week.
Louis Oosthuizen had a great start to the 2020 season with a third-place finish at the U.S. Open. He was able to overcome his driving-accuracy issues by ranking 10th in the field in strokes gained in putting. Oosthuizen has been consistent over the past few months, making every cut since the end of June. He has become a household name over the years but has not notched a win since his only PGA Tour victory at the 2010 Open Championship. He has four top-25 finishes in his last five starts, with three of those coming inside the top 20. He ranks 10th in the field this week in fantasy points per game, so he could be a solid pick at a DFS price of $8,800.
Abraham Ancer is set to make his second start of the 2021 season and fifth appearance at the Shriners. He's coming off a T56 finish at the U.S. Open. Ancer notched a T4 finish at Shriners in 2019 but missed the cut in his other three appearances. Ancer had a good 2020 campaign, qualifying for his third straight Tour Championship. Ancer does not stand out in any key metric, good or bad. He ranked 20th in total strokes gained in 2020 but was fairly average in all other metrics. His past missed cuts at Shriners are a bit concerning, but he did see some success in 2019. His DFS price is $8,700 this week.
Paul Casey had a solid start to the 2021 season with a T17 finish at the U.S. Open. Shriners sets up well for good iron players, and Casey was one of the better iron players in 2020, ranking ninth in strokes gained while approaching the green. However, Casey ranked 165th in strokes gained in putting. Casey has been a consistent player throughout his career, and he is looking for his first win since 2019 at the Valspar Championship. This will be his first start at TPC Summerlin, so he does not have any familiarity with this course. He has a DFS price of $9,200, which may be a bit expensive in a fairly competitive field.
Collin Morikawa will make his second start of the season after missing the cut at the U.S. Open. Morikawa had a tremendous 2020 season with two wins, one of them being the PGA Championship where he captured his first major championship. Morikawa is a great iron player, ranking second in strokes gained approaching the green in 2020. He also ranked ninth in total birdies. This will be his second appearance at Shriners, where he finished in a tie for 42nd last season. It is a competitive field this week, and Morikawa will certainly be one of the favorites. He has a DFS price of $9,800 and should definitely be considered for a DFS spot.
Stewart Cink heads to Las Vegas for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open as one of the hottest players in golf. Yes, you read that correctly, the 47-year-old has been on a legitimate tear in his last two starts. Cink recorded his first win in over a decade at the Safeway Open last month and followed up with a strong T12 last week at Sanderson Farms. He's impressively gained over five strokes on approach in each of those starts. The veteran posted a T15 in his last appearance at TPC Summerlin in 2017. Believe it or not, he should be in serious DFS consideration this week.
Cameron Davis posted yet another impressive result last week in Jackson, finishing in a share of sixth place at the Sanderson Farms Championship. It was the young Aussie's fifth consecutive made cut and his third top-15 finish since July. Davis has one of the prettiest swings in golf and has started to produce noteworthy results over the last three months. He'll be a popular DFS option for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an event in which he logged a T28 in his lone appearance two years ago. His skill set and recent form should put him on your fantasy radar this week.
Sam Burns disappointed his many DFS backers with a missed cut at last week's Sanderson Farms Championship. Burns will try to rebound at the upcoming Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The LSU alum has missed the cut in his last two starts at TPC Summerlin, so this isn't a slam-dunk bounce-back situation. However, Burns' ownership should be dramatically reduced after his poor outing last week. Despite the ugly course history, he's an intriguing contrarian option in GPP formats.
Matthew Wolff heads to Las Vegas for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open riding a hot streak of good play. Wolff recorded an impressive runner-up finish at the U.S. Open in his most recent start. He's one of - if not the most - explosive players currently on the PGA Tour and his ability to go low is hard to ignore, not just on a weekly basis, but especially on this TPC Summerlin track that will require tons of birdies. There's some volatility that comes with rostering the young star, but his DFS upside is off the charts.