Rickie Fowler is in the field for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The fan favorite has struggled mightily with inconsistent play this year. Fowler has tweaked both his swing and his equipment in 2020 with largely unfavorable results. The normally-reliable ball striker ranks just 63rd in this week's field in that statistical category. Despite his shaky recent form, Fowler has been successful in previous visits to TPC Summerlin and he posted a T4 in his last Shriners start two years ago. He's a risky DFS option this week.
Matt Kuchar has been one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour for years, but the veteran has struggled mightily as of late. Kuchar's last top-10 finish came in February and he's managed just two top-25 outings since the COVID-19 restart. The 42-year-old heads to this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on the heels of a disappointing missed cut at the U.S. Open. Kuchar isn't a Shriners regular and posted a T57 in his last start in the event two years ago. His discounted DFS price tag is tempting, but his recent form makes him nothing more than a GPP dart throw.
Tony Finau got off to a sluggish start after the PGA Tour's COVID-19 layoff, but he's found a nice groove as of late. Finau has posted top-10 finishes in five of his last eight starts. He brings that sharp form to Las Vegas for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an event in which he logged a T9 last year and has ran off five consecutive made cuts. A low score will be needed to contend at TPC Summerlin and Finau ranks eighth in the field in birdies or better gained over recent rounds. He's a top-flight fantasy option this week.
Bryson DeChambeau is set to make his first start since winning the U.S. Open this week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. DeChambeau shocked the world by overpowering legendary Winged Foot Golf Club last month. He has a great chance to nab another victory this week, as his record at TPC Summerlin is sterling. DeChambeau has a win and two top-seven finishes over his last three Shriners starts. The Mad Scientist is worth paying up for in all DFS formats.
Brian Harman will make his second start of the season, coming off a T38 finish at the U.S. Open. Harman has been reliable in making the cut as of late, not missing one since the middle of June. Harman is a good scrambler, ranking 15th in strokes gained around the green during the 2020 season. He also ranked eighth on the Tour in putting average in 2020. Harman has been around for a while now and is one of the more experienced players in the field. DraftKings likes him this week, setting his DFS price at $9,400.
Emiliano Grillo is off to a solid start, finishing in a tie for 29th place at the Safeway Open and a tie for 21st last week at Corales. He is currently driving the ball and hitting his irons well, ranking 24th in strokes gained off the tee and 12th in strokes gained approaching the green. However, he likely hasn't seen better results due to ranking 204th in strokes gained in putting. He will need to improve that aspect if he wants to place in the top 10. He has a fair DFS price of $8,800 and is definitely worth considering.
Dylan Frittelli will make his first start of the 2021 season at Sanderson Farms. He saw success at this tournament last season, finishing in a tie for sixth place. Frittelli had a solid 2020 season with three top-10 finishes. He was particularly good around the greens, ranking 29th in strokes gained. This is his first start since the BMW Championship at the end of August, so it is possible he comes into this week a bit rusty. This is a good tournament for Frittelli to start the season when you consider last season's success. DraftKings sees him as a fairly popular choice with a price of $9,300.
Sergio Garcia continues to struggle, missing the cut at the Safeway Open and U.S. Open. This marks three missed cuts in Garcia's last four starts. He has been good at driving the ball far, ranking 15th in driving distance, but that is about it. His ball-striking, scrambling and putting have all been bad through the first two events of the season. It is difficult to find relevance when you're below average in every facet of the game. He enters the week as undoubtedly the biggest name in the field, but that does not mean a whole lot when his performance is lacking. He has a DFS price of $8,600 and there's nothing to warrant him being a lineup consideration if you're looking at his recent play.
Stewart Cink had a perfect start to the 2021 season by winning the Safeway Open. The story behind Cink's win was that he ranked fourth in total strokes gained. He was not great with the putter until Sunday when he was eighth in the field in total putts. He also ranked first in scrambling, so he was clearly able to save all the necessary pars. It was an impressive win for Cink, being one of the older players in the field, and it was his first win since 2009. Back-to-back victories on the Tour are incredibly rare, so it is unreasonable to expect Cink to win in his second straight start. DraftKings doesn't see him as a valuable play this week with a price of $7,600.
Corey Conners will make his third consecutive start this week at Sanderson Farms after missing cuts in his last two starts. Conners has really struggled around the greens so far, ranking in the bottom 200 in around-the-green metrics. Therefore, hitting greens in regulation will be vital to his success this week. Conners missed the cut at Sanderson Farms last season but finished second in 2019. There were a couple times in 2020 where Conners was in the final pairing on Sunday, so he is clearly capable of bouncing back and finding his game. He has a DFS price of $9,200 this week.
Sam Burns has two strong starts to the season, with a tie for seventh at the Safeway Open and a tie for 28th at Corales. Burns has struck the ball well through the first couple of tournaments, ranking 15th in greens-in-regulation percentage and 24th in strokes gained from tee to green. Burns also ranks 21st in putting average through the first two tournaments of the 2021 season. He is definitely one of the better players in the field this week and has momentum on his side. His DFS price is $9,800, and he has as good a shot as anyone to win this week.
With two top-eight results in his previous three events, Zach Johnson enters Sanderson Farms as the eighth-highest priced player at DraftKings with a salary of $9,600. Johnson's 14th-place showing here last season could provide even more optimism for those looking to back the American, but it is important to note that he ranks outside the top 80 compared to the field in both par-five birdie-or-better percentage and overall birdie or better rate. One could argue that he is better suited for a challenging test than a birdie fest, but that is a decision you will have to make. Johnson is currently projected to be around 10 percent owned on DraftKings.
We do not have much data on Wesley Bryan, so it is difficult to say what value he carries this week at Sanderson Farms. He has played in just five tournaments since June, and his best finish was a tie for 21st place. There's nothing that really makes him stand out other than how low he is in the official world golf rankings at 651st. One of the positives is that this is not a strong field, so it leaves it wide open to a vast array of players. He has a DFS price of $6,300 and is a cheap risk if you are looking to take a chance on someone well under the radar.
After putting together a dazzling display during last year's Sanderson Farms Championship, Sebastian Munoz will look to repeat this weekend in Jackson, Mississippi. Munoz has provided five straight made cuts since the Wyndham Championship, which includes three top-20 showings throughout the FedExCup playoffs. The 76th-ranked player in the world should be considered one of the favorites to find the winner's circle on Sunday, and DraftKings agrees by placing him as the fifth option on the slate.
It has been a slow restart for Sungjae Im, who has only cracked the top 10 twice in his last 13 events. While all of that could be viewed as a potential problematic situation for the 22-year-old, Im has shown flashes of brilliance over his previous two starts, gaining 10.2 shots with his irons at the Tour Championship and U.S. Open. The 24th-ranked player in the world will look to keep that positive momentum rolling on his preferred Bermuda surface, however, he will still be a volatile GPP option at $10,500 at DraftKings.