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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS) - ZOZO Championship

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! Jason Kokrak took down an elite field at Shadow Creek to claim his first victory on the PGA Tour. Kokrak, as well as many of the other CJ Cup contenders, were highlighted in this column last week, so I hope you some of you guys had a nice payday on FanDuel!

This week's ZOZO Championship shares lots of similarities to the CJ Cup. It's an elite, limited field with just 78 players in a no-cut format. We're also dealing with a golf course in Sherwood Country Club that we don't regularly see on the PGA Tour's schedule. In this article we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the ZOZO Championship. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges, breaking the groups down into "High", "Mid", and "Low" price options.

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ZOZO Championship @ Sherwood - PGA DFS Overview

Sherwood Country Club

7,006 Yards - Par 72 - Greens: Bent - Designer: Jack Nicklaus

Sherwood Country Club is a beautiful Jack Nicklaus layout that contains both breathtaking views and difficult decisions for the players. It's a strategic golf course with several risk/reward holes, including the drivable Par-4 opener and FIVE Par-5s that can be played either aggressively or conservatively. In true Nicklaus fashion, this is a layout that places emphasis on position off the tee and requires a precise second shot. The length will be no problem for the players in this week's field, but Nicklaus' routing - that includes multiple doglegs - will prevent an all-out "Bomb & Gauge" assault. We already mentioned the layouts unique number of Par-5s (five) and Sherwood will also throw five Par-3s at this field...which will force me to weight both Par-5 and Par-3 scoring fairly heavily. Like last week, players will face Bentgrass green surfaces.

Despite Sherwood's lack of length on the scorecard, I look for it to provide a fairly stern test for the field. I'll be leaning accuracy and total driving over sheer distance when considering off the tee stats, while attempting to target sharp ball strikers with hot irons. I never give too much weight to putting, but I'll glance at splits on Bent, while also sneaking a peek at scrambling/bogey avoidance.

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat Sherwood CC Tour Average
Driving Distance N/A 281
Driving Accuracy N/A 62%
GIR Percentage N/A 65%
Scrambling Percentage N/A 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round N/A 0.55

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Par 5: Birdies or Better Gained
  • Par 3: Birdies or Better Gained
  • SG: Putting (Bent)
  • Driving Accuracy
  • Scrambling

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Justin Thomas ($11,800)

Justin Thomas demonstrated some frustration by tossing his ball in the water as he walked off the 72nd hole at Shadow Creek last week. I imagine JT's anger continues to grow as he just can't seem to put it all together as of late. Thomas by no means played bad at the CJ Cup en route to a T12, but the putter continually failed him, as he gained six strokes T2G yet lost nearly a stroke on the greens. At some point in the near future, JT will have everything clicking and there's a strong chance that happens this week at the ZOZO on a Sherwood layout that rewards accuracy off the tee, strategic thinking, and sharp iron play...all tools that Thomas possesses in spades.

Xander Schauffele ($11,600)

Xander was one of our favorites in this column last week and he rewarded us by nearly winning at Shadow Creek, eventually settling for a runner-up position in spite of a final-round 66. There are some rumblings that Schauffele isn't closing out golf tournaments, but I find that argument to be pretty thin, as actual wins can sometimes be flukey (Jason Kokrak shot 64 Sunday, not much you can do about that). Rather than nitpicking the fact that he lost, I'm focused on the positive that Xander continues to reliably offer great DFS returns for us by giving himself chances in tons of tournaments. There is a tiny concern of a "hangover" this week, but we have to believe that his rock-solid tee-to-green abilities will once again put him in great position at Sherwood.

Webb Simpson ($11,300)

I don't remember ever feeling bad about rostering Webb Simpson. The dude is just always consistent. Since missing the cut at the Charles Schwab in the first event of the restart, Webb has posted a win, four top-10s, and two top-25s, against just one missed cut over 10 starts. The only layouts that I'm somewhat reluctant to roster the light hitter are long ones, but this week's 7,000-yard Sherwood course is certainly nothing to worry about. The Jack Nicklaus-design will actually play right into Webb's strengths...accuracy off the tee, great iron play, and the ability to scramble & make putts. Simpson logged a top-five on this course in 2013 at the World Challenge charity event and he's perhaps my favorite play on the board this week due to his ever-consistent form and the course fit.

Collin Morikawa ($11,100)

Morikawa has been rather quiet since his huge PGA Championship win, but there are some signs that he's emerging from the post-major-win haze. He posted a that's-more-Morikawa-like mark of +5.8 strokes on Approach last week at the CJ Cup - his best iron performance since the PGA. We also have to believe that Sherwood CC is tailor made for his game with its demand for precision. The youngster emerged victorious on a Jack Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village layout earlier this year at the Workday Open and has the tools needed to get the job done this week. He stands just 51st in this field in Driving Distance over the last 24 rounds, but ranks fifth in Fairways Gained...the aspect off the tee that I'm targeting on this golf course.

Tyrrell Hatton ($10,900) 

The Englishman heads to the ZOZO in the midst of an absolute heater. Hatton captured the BMW Championship in Europe two weeks ago and followed the victory up with an eye-opening performance last week at the CJ Cup. He gained a MASSIVE 9.2 strokes on Approach at Shadow Creek to lead the field in that category en route to a T3 finish. Like some of the other players we've already discussed, Hatton isn't a bomber, which won't be a huge detriment to him this week. My only concern is "narrative based" and I worry that he might simply run out of steam at some point after flying to Las Vegas and contending on the heels of a win in Europe. Mental and physical fatigue is something that we just can't accurately predict for DFS purposes, but we have seen it happen with these guys before, so I feel that it is worth a mention. All that said...Hatton is a terrific play on paper.

Tiger Woods ($10,300)

Call me sentimental, but I'm gonna at least give the Big Cat a look this week. Tiger's play hasn't exactly been encouraging in the limited starts he's made this year, but this week's situation seems to be the best one for him in quite awhile. He's won on this Sherwood layout FIVE times and finished runner-up FIVE times over the 13-year period that it played host to his charity World Challenge event. This is a second-shot golf course that requires strategic thinking and - while he's struggled in many ways this year - he's still gained strokes on Approach in every start he's made in 2020. We have to imagine that Woods is gearing himself up for a title defense and - if he's physically able - will be competitive at his old stomping grounds this week.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Matthew Wolff ($10,200)

If you guys read this column last week, then you know that I was in on Matthew Wolff. That decision proved to be disastrous on what was an otherwise awesome week at the CJ Cup. Wolff played shockingly-bad at Shadow Creek - so bad that I was actually apologizing to people in the RotoBaller PGA Premium Slack thread - posting an opening-round 80 and never improving much. So, the emotional side of me wants to avoid Wolff in every way possible this week due to him tanking many lineups for me last week, BUT the analytical side of me says this is actually a sharp bounce-back spot for the youngster.

He literally grew up at Sherwood CC, living just seven miles away from the course. Wolff says that he's played it "1,000's of times", which should give him a leg up on this week's field with many competitors that have probably never seen the course. It doesn't seem like a great fit on paper for the "Bomb & Gauge" specialist, but - prior to last week's debacle - he had been trending up both with his iron play and his around the green game. Despite the frustration I feel from his "performance" at Shadow Creek, I'll keep an eye on his ownership projections and will use him in GPPs if he's going underowned.

Viktor Hovland ($10,100)

This kid just continues to impress me and remains one of my favorite young players on the PGA Tour. Hovland stumbled out of the gate a bit last week with an opening-round 75, but played the rest of the week in 11-under par to snag a share of 12th place in the CJ Cup. His strength lies in his world-class ball striking and he heads to Sherwood ranked second in this field in both Good Drives & Greens In Regulation Gained over his last 12 measured rounds. Yes, the short game is still a work in progress, but the youngster has actually gained strokes both around and on the greens in his last two starts, both of which were on very difficult golf courses (Winged Foot & Shadow Creek), and Bent has been by far his preferred putting surface. The only drawback with Hovland is that he's struggling to put four rounds together, but I love his explosive tee-to-green ability on tough layouts and like getting four guaranteed rounds out of him in these no-cut events.

Bubba Watson ($9,900)

We were ahead of the curve on Bubba last week, as he was one of our favorites at Shadow Creek. We snagged him at $8.4k in the CJ Cup, but FanDuel has bumped him all the way up to $9.9k on this slate. Can we stick with him? The ball-striking numbers indicate that we probably should, even at this higher price point. Bubba has been a machine as of late and leads this field in SG: T2G, Good Drives Gained, and GIRs Gained over his last 12 rounds. We can also consider that he's one of the few players in the field that has some actual competitive rounds at Sherwood under his belt. Watson went 6th/9th/3rd over his last three appearances in the World Challenge charity event that was held here from 2000 to 2013. The putter is the big concern here, as he managed a T7 last week despite once again losing strokes putting (-1.7) at Shadow Creek.

Joaquin Niemann ($9,700)

Yet another player that we liked at the CJ Cup, Niemann has also received a FD price bump on the strength of a sixth-place finish last week. As with Bubba Watson, the numbers indicate that we can stay the course with the young Chilean. He gained 7.6 strokes T2G at the CJ Cup and his irons were especially sharp, as a mark of +4.7 SG: Approach indicates. Niemann checks multiple boxes for us at Sherwood...he stands 17th in the field in Good Drives Gained, ninth in GIRs Gained, and fourth in Scrambling Gained. As a bonus, Bentgrass is traditionally his best putting surface. Overall, just a lot to like tee-to-green for the youngster this week.

 

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Russell Henley ($9,200)

Man...Henley was sooo close last week. We loved his ball-striking ability going into the CJ Cup and - while he certainly performed in that area, gained 3.4 strokes on Approach - we were lucky enough to have his spotty putter wake up and get him into contention. His ridiculous mark of 9.0 SG: Putting is undoubtedly an outlier that he won't be able to repeat this week, but he's still a very solid DFS option on a Sherwood layout that caters to ball strikers. Henley has quietly been the best iron player on the PGA Tour since the restart and grades out first in this field in SG: Approach over the last 36 rounds. We're hoping the putter stays at least warm this week, as his irons should once again give him plenty of scoring opportunities.

Sebastian Munoz ($8,700)

He's been easy to overlook with all the star-studded fields we've seen over the past couple of months, but Sebastian Munoz has been under-the-radar excellent since late summer. His T9 last week at the CJ Cup was his THIRD top-10 finish since August. Munoz is getting it done by being solid in all facets of the game and he's now gained strokes T2G in seven of his last 10 starts. There's a strong chance that he'll go overlooked again this week, but he's one of the stronger value options available on this slate.

Cameron Smith ($8,600)

As long as the DFS sites continue to price Cameron Smith too cheap, I'm going to continue going to the well with the Aussie. FD has raised his price tag this week, but $8.6k still feels like a value for what we're getting with him. Smith's usual downfall is his often-inconsistent ball striking, but he's now gained strokes on Approach in seven consecutive starts, including last week at the CJ Cup, where he posted a very solid T11. In addition to his trending iron play, Smith boasts one of the best short games in the world and grades out seventh in this field in SG: Short Game. He's posted top-25 finishes in five of his last six starts and feels way too cheap here.

Brian Harman ($8,300)

Speaking of too cheap...Brian Harman feels like a he's on the clearance rack here at $8.3k. Harman managed a decent T28 last week on a Shadow Creek track that was very long. He should find Sherwood's 7,000-yard scorecard much more manageable. Harman is by no means a statistical beast, but he's very accurate off the tee (10th in the field in Fairways Gained) and has been a consistent performer over the last couple of months, posting top-15 finishes in half of his last six starts.

 

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS) - CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! Veteran Martin Laird held off Matthew Wolff and Austin Cook last week to win the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open for the second time in his career.

We stay in Las Vegas this week, but the CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek certainly has a different vibe than the Shriners. It's an elite, limited field that will be teeing it up at legendary Shadow Creek Golf Course. With a no-cut format and zero course history to evaluate, this will be an interesting PGA DFS week. In this article we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the CJ Cup. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges, breaking the groups down into "High", "Mid", and "Low" price options.

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CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek - PGA DFS Overview

Shadow Creek Golf Course

7,527 Yards - Par 72 - Greens: Bent - Designer: Tom Fazio

Shadow Creek is legendary. A spare-no-expense project of Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn to lure high rollers into town, Shadow Creek is what it would look like if you could pick up and move a lush Georgia golf course and then plop it right down in the middle of the Nevada desert. We can expect beautiful and pristine conditions this week. Considered one of America's best golf courses, this Tom Fazio layout is shrouded in mystery. A longtime home for Vegas' resident high rollers and visiting celebrities, Shadow Creek is a tough nut to crack when trying to determine how the best players in the world will fare.

Now owned by MGM resorts, the course was renovated by Fazio in 2008 and lengthened to a more-modern 7,500-plus yards. Since the redesign, Dustin Johnson holds the course record at 66, which is kind of incredible considering the number of pros that routinely play here. If we adhere to the legend that Shadow Creek is unbelievably tough, we would want to target "grinders" this week. However, with the course playing at this yardage - and with four Par-5s on the scorecard that will probably only be reachable by the longest players in the field - we must also consider those with plenty of distance to their game. Anytime we're dealing with an unfamiliar layout, I tend to fall back towards leaning on overall Tee to Green ability as my default "go to" stat. That will once again be the case for me this week and I'll also give a bump to distance, as well as players that have traditionally been successful at major championship venues and/or "tough" golf courses. You can also glance at putting splits on Bent if you give much weight to putting.

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat Shadow Creek Tour Average
Driving Distance N/A 281
Driving Accuracy N/A 62%
GIR Percentage N/A 65%
Scrambling Percentage N/A 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round N/A 0.55

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Strokes Gained: Off the Tee
  • Par 5: Birdies or Better Gained
  • SG: Approach
  • SG: Putting (Bent)
  • Driving Distance
  • Scrambling

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Dustin Johnson ($12,000) *W/D - PIVOT TO JUSTIN THOMAS*

No hesitation with going straight to the top of the salary scale with Dustin Johnson this week. I expect DJ to get a lot attention in the DFS industry this week. With such little to go on as it pertains to Shadow Creek, Johnson holding the course record is at least something tangible. Even without that nugget, I would be all over DJ in this spot, as he's basically "course proof". He's the guy I always want on long, tough layouts. Johnson frustratingly only has one major championship, but his track record in golf's biggest events is pristine, as he's posted six top-10s in majors since winning the U.S. Open in 2016. We also know that DJ slays it in elite, limited-field events, as he has six career WGC victories. Johnson leads this CJ Cup field in SG: Total, T2G, Ball Striking, and Approach over the last 24 rounds.

Jon Rahm ($11,900)

Jon Rahm is kind of a "Next Gen" DJ in that he's basically "course proof" at this point. We've seen the Spaniard win on two of the PGA Tour's toughest stops recently with victories at Muirfield Village and Olympia Fields, so if we expect Shadow Creek to play difficult, Rahm has the ability to grind it out due to his length and surprisingly-sharp touch around the greens. We know that the course will play long this week, which is right in his wheelhouse. Rahm ranks third in the field in Driving Distance over recent rounds and also pops in at sixth in Good Drives Gained.

Xander Schauffele ($11,500)

Whenever "plays well on hard golf courses" is a focus for me, Xander Schauffele immediately pops on my radar. Schauffele is a player that I've relentlessly targeted in majors over the past couple of years and he's responded with fabulous performances on golf's toughest stages by posting a ridiculous seven top-10s in 13 major starts since 2017.

The California native is making his first start since another impressive outing at a major championship, a fifth-place finish in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot. It was just the latest in a long streak of quality outings for Schauffele. Since the PGA Tour's restart, he's made 11 of 11 cuts with 10 top-25s! Those results have came on many layouts that we can consider "difficult",  like the aforementioned Winged Foot, East Lake, Olympia Fields, TPC Harding Park, and Muirfield Village. I don't have any knowledge of Xander's familiarity level with Shadow Creek, but it's a good bet that the tougher it plays, the better it is for his prospects this week.

Matthew Wolff ($11,200)

Matthew Wolf was highlighted in this article last week, but I'm going right back to the well with the young bomber. Wolff came up just short in a sudden-death playoff at the Shriners, but it was after overcoming a "sluggish" opening-round 68 to shoot 66-61(!)-66 over his last three rounds at TPC Summerlin. The dude is perhaps the most explosive player in the game at the moment and - while we don't expect super-low scoring at Shadow Creek this week - the 21-year-old has demonstrated the ability to take it deep on even the toughest of layouts, dropping rounds of 65 at both Winged Foot and TPC Harding Park over the last couple of months.

Tony Finau ($10,600) *W/D - PIVOT TO HIDEKI MATSUYAMA*

Really love Tony here, with my only concern being any lingering effects from his positive COVID-19 test of a week ago. It's something I'll monitor as the week progresses and hopefully we can get some reports as to just how serious it was for him. Strictly talking golf, Finau appears to be a tremendous fit on paper. His major championship track record is impeccable and he always pops for me on these types of long layouts. He handles long Par-4s with ease and is one of the players in the field that should be able to take advantage of these stretched-out Par-5s.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Viktor Hovland ($10,100)

In the absence of concrete stats from the week's golf course, I'm gonna lean on tee-to-green ability and ball striking. My guy V-Hova checks those boxes in neon Sharpie. The youngster is a player that I'm quickly learning to target on long, difficult layouts. After coming out of the restart blazing, it seemed like Hovland it a bit of a wall, as his normally-excellent ball striking became a bit spotty for about a month. However, the youngster looked recharged at Winged Foot, gaining 8.5 strokes T2G and 4.3 on Approach en route to a T13...his second finish inside the top-13 in two career U.S. Open starts. The short game is always the concern with Hovland, but he's actually gained strokes putting in three of his last four starts and Bent is statistically his best surface.

Louis Oosthuizen ($9,700)

As we move into what we normally consider the "mid range", there's honestly not a lot that I'm crazy about, as I find myself more interested in taking a "Stars & Scrubs"-type of approach in this no-cut event. One of the players that does stick out at this price point is Louis Oosthuizen. Oosthuizen's classic swing is something that I'll trust on just about any type of layout. Oosty not only has a history of playing very well on major-championship golf courses, but he's also been in razor-sharp form, posting top-25 finishes in five of his last six starts while gaining strokes T2G in each. As the course difficulty gets cranked up, so does the South African's average strokes gained per round. Oosthuizen averages gaining .82 strokes per round on "Difficult" courses, versus marks of .61 and .53 on layouts classified as "Average" and "Easy".

Sergio Garcia ($9,500)

I probably won't personally play Sergio Garcia (there's bad history there), but I can understand the thought process behind rostering the Spaniard. Similar to Louis Oosthuizen, Garcia is a veteran that has seen every type of golf course in the world and can handle pretty much any layout that you throw at him thanks to his historically-good tee-to-green ability. Most of the buzz surrounding Sergio's win at Sanderson Farms was on his unique "putting with his eyes closed" routine on the greens, but his recent ball striking shouldn't be overlooked. He gained a massive seven strokes on Approach in Jackson (+12 T2G) and follow the victory up with another strong iron demonstration last week at the Shriners, where he gained just over four strokes on Approach.

Joaquin Niemann ($8,800)

Niemann is an elite, young ball striker that I've started targeting on long, tough layouts. He popped up for a near-win in the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields at the end of August, eventually finishing in third place. Niemann followed that outing up with a top-25 finish at Winged Foot and he sufficiently knocked the rust off with a T13 last week at the Shriners. Tee to green, the Chilean is as talented as perhaps anyone on the PGA Tour, but his downfall often comes with the flat stick. The silver lining is that Niemann's only positive putting splits come on Bentgrass greens, which is what he'll be dealing with this week at Shadow Creek.

 

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Russell Henley ($8,500)

I'm really digging the "low" end of the salary scale this week and we'll kick things off with Russell Henley. Henley is a player that I was invested in heavily last week and he posted a ho-hum T27 at the Shriners thanks to losing over a stroke putting for the week. However, I'm willing to reload with him this week on a Shadow Creek layout that we expect to demand great tee-to-green performances from the players in this field. The Georgia Bulldog has been on a ball striking tear and has gained strokes with his irons in eight straight starts, which has resulted in three top-10s since July.

Jason Kokrak ($8,500)

Some may see Jason Kokrak's missed cut at the Shriners last week and run the other way. I'm willing to bet on a Kokrak rebound though, as the guy didn't play bad at Summerlin in his first start since the U.S. Open, falling short of the weekend despite a pair of 68's. Shadow Creek should be a better fit for him, as he routinely brings his best game at "big ballparks". Kokrak ranks 14th in the field in Driving Distance, while standing 25th in Good Drives Gained.

Bubba Watson ($8,400)

Bubba Watson is a player that I usually only give serious DFS consideration to on a handful of select layouts (Augusta, Riviera, River Highlands), but I'm intrigued by some seeming similarities between Shadow Creek and Augusta National, as both are tree lined with sprawling, slopey Bentgrass greens. In addition to that narrative based line of thinking, Watson has been striking the ball beautifully as of late, but just hasn't been able to putt it into the ocean. He's gained strokes T2G in each of his last seven starts, including a very impressive performance with his irons at Winged Foot, where he gained just over six strokes on Approach. This one makes my stomach a little queasy, but I'm willing to take the risk in this no-cut event.

Cameron Smith ($8,100)

Like the aforementioned Bubba, Cameron Smith is a guy that I rarely roster. However, I was on Smith last week at the Shriners a bit and I'm willing to go back to him for the CJ Cup. Smith's short game is one of the best in the world, but he's often undone by spotty ball striking. The Aussie has settled into a nice groove with his irons as of late. He gained 2.8 strokes on Approach last week at the Shriners, which was his sixth straight start with positive Approach numbers. Also, in a nugget that's totally devoid of statistical reasoning, Smith has always been in beast mode during the month of October for some reason.

 

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS) - Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! If only Sergio Garcia had started putting with his eyes closed 20 years ago! The ball-striking Spaniard rode a very unique putting routine to a surprise win at the Sanderson Farms Championship last week.

We go from a solid field in Mississippi to a borderline elite one this week in Las Vegas, as the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open boasts a very strong entrant list and will be the first of back-to-back tournaments in Sin City. In this article we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the U.S. Open. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges, breaking the groups down into "High", "Mid", and "Low" price options.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open - PGA DFS Overview

TPC Summerlin

7,255 Yards - Par 71 - Greens: Bent - Designer: Bobby Weed/Fuzzy Zoeller

Fairly short by modern standards at just over 7,200 yards, this Las Vegas track has reachable Par-5s and a driveable Par-4 - which allows players to rack up birdies - but is short enough to bring every player in the field into the mix. The fairways are wide and firm with huge Bentgrass green complexes that generally roll on the slow side. Summerlin routinely ranks as one of the easiest courses on the PGA Tour schedule, but we have seen wind and weather occasionally play a factor on this layout that sits at high elevation. While this course is on the shorter side, we haven't traditionally seen bombers have a huge advantage here, as the past winners of the Shriners have mostly been sharp ball strikers or been on fire with the putter...like last year's winner, Kevin Na. I'll be targeting ball striking and Strokes Gained: Approach this week, as well as players that can rack up birdies.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat TPC Summerlin Tour Average
Driving Distance 295 281
Driving Accuracy 59% 62%
GIR Percentage 72% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 54% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.53 0.55

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Birdies or Better Gained
  • Par 5: Birdies or Better Gained
  • SG: Off the Tee
  • SG: Putting (Bent)
  • SG: Approach

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Bryson DeChambeau ($12,200)

There aren't any bad options at the top of the salary scale, as the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is truly loaded with elite options. It's probably not a bad idea to start with Bryson DeChambeau, a guy that is fresh off an ultra-impressive win at the U.S. Open and has a pristine track record at TPC Summerlin. DeChambeau has been an absolute BEAST in previous trips to TPC Summerlin, sandwiching a win in 2019 between a T4 and a T7. His Strokes Gained: Total number for this event trails only Patrick Cantlay by a sliver and he carries a 67.44 scoring average over his four Shriners appearances. Yes, there are other very legitimate options at the top of the salary scale this week, but DeChambeau might be the only player that has the ability to truly run away with this tournament if things are clicking.

Webb Simpson ($11,900)

Webb Simpson's style is basically on the other end of the spectrum than Bryson DeChambeau's, but it is perhaps no less effective on "regular" PGA Tour layouts. Simpson has certainly been bulletproof at TPC Summerlin, as he's posted a win, four top-10s, and never missed a cut in eight Shriners starts since 2010. While DeChambeau unquestionably has the ability to dominate with his power, Simpson's fairways-and-greens attack is more consistent, which is why he's only missed three cuts since November of 2018. He brings lots of stability to roster builds, while still possessing an amount of win equity that shouldn't be ignored.

Patrick Cantlay ($11,700)

Patrick Cantlay hasn’t necessarily played bad since the restart (he’s consistently gained strokes T2G), but he also hasn’t been the type of good that we’ve come to expect...logging just one top-10 in eight starts since the COVID-19 layoff.

Cantlay heads into a massive “get right” situation this week at the Shriners. He’s been downright dominant at TPC Summerlin, posting a win and two runner-up finishes over the last three years. His 66.67 scoring average on this layout is the best in the field and Bent is historically his best putting surface. Despite his lack of strong recent results, Cantlay's DFS price tag hasn't really budged, which might make him something of a contrarian play at the top of the board this week.

Tony Finau ($11,400)

It's frustrating to see Tony Finau not winning golf tournaments, but his consistency of late can't be ignored. Finau has posted top-10s in five of his last eight starts. He brings that strong form to a TPC Summerlin track where he's made six cuts in six career starts with four top-16 finishes. Like Webb Simpson, Finau brings a feeling of stability to the table this week, which makes him perfect a perfect core piece to build around.

Matthew Wolff ($11,100) 

I could make the argument that Matthew Wolff and Cantlay's salary should be flip-flopped this week, as Wolff has undoubtedly been in better form. He heads to Vegas off an impressive runner-up finish at the U.S. Open - his second top-five finish in a major in two months. However, TPC Summerlin is far from a major-type layout. It's a good thing for us that Wolff has proven himself adept on birdie-fest tracks as well as tough ones. The 21-year old finished runner-up in a shootout earlier this year at the Rocket Mortgage and his lone PGA Tour victory was a 21-under par victory at the 3M last year. He's one of - if not the most - explosive player in golf at the moment.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Cameron Davis ($9,900)

The young Aussie just continues to impress. Cameron Davis was featured in this write-up last week and didn't disappoint, posting a T6 at the Sanderson after holding a share of the 54-hole lead. Davis has now ran off five-straight made cuts with three top-15s among those. He heads to Vegas ranked first in the field in Birdies or Better Gained and third in SG: Par 5s over recent rounds. In his lone career start at TPC Summerlin two years ago he posted a T28 and there's a great chance that he improves on that finish this week.

Russell Henley ($9,700)

Henley hasn't teed it up in over a month, so it might be easy to forget that he closed out the 2019-20 season on a legit heater, going T25-T8-T9 in his last three starts. So while it might be a case of "out of sight, out of mind" with Henley for some DFS players, I'm interested in jumping right back on him despite his recent inactivity. His iron play has been a revelation and he stands first in this rather elite field in both SG: T2G and Approach if we stretch back 24 rounds. Of course, there's a downside in the form of his putting stroke, though he has looked better on the greens in his more recent starts.

Will Zalatoris ($9,700)

After a T8 at the U.S. Open and a T6 at Corales, the Willie Z bubble finally popped last week at the Sanderson. The youngster finished at even par after 36 holes to miss the cut at Country Club of Jackson. Despite last week's underwhelming performance, I see this week's Shriners as a nice bounce-back opportunity for Zalatoris, a player that ranks 12th in this field in Birdies or Better Gained over the last 12 rounds. He's very familiar with these types of birdie-fest-layouts from his time on the Korn Ferry Tour and has a great chance to rebound at reduced ownership this week.

Denny McCarthy ($9,200)

I've been in on Denny McCarthy lately and he’s popping for me again this week. His track record at TPC Summerlin is strong - T9/T15 last two years - and he’s a tremendous Bent putter (McCarthy is great on every surface). The concern with him is always his ball striking, though we have reason to believe that he’s in a nice groove T2G, as he heads to Vegas off an outing at the Sanderson in which he gained strokes on the field in every statistical category. There aren't many events on the schedule where a guy can just blatantly putt his way to victory, but last year Kevin Na proved that it is possible on this track. I'm giving McCarthy a bump this week, as these huge greens are easy to hit, but difficult to navigate...and McCarthy is the best putter on the PGA Tour.

Cameron Smith ($9,100)

I rarely find Cameron Smith in my lineups because he's so tough to put a finger on statistically and his ball striking is routinely poor. However, the Aussie is something of a "gut" play for me this week, as he heads to Vegas with an intriguing blend of good recent form and strong course history. Smith has posted top-25s in three of his last four starts (gaining strokes on Approach in all four) and he's went T10-T13 in his last two starts at TPC Summerlin. I'm not letting him anywhere near my core builds, but I love him as a "boom or bust" GPP play.

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Kristoffer Ventura ($8,800)

The youngster has been a popular DFS value option over the last couple of weeks. Ventura fell short at Corales, but responded nicely last week with a T6 outing at the Sanderson. This week's Shriners field is undoubtedly stronger, though Ventura still feels underpriced at just $8.8k. He grades out 10th in this field in SG: Putting on Bent and has gained strokes T2G in five of last six starts on the PGA Tour. Couple that recent form with a solid T18 result in last year's Shriners and Ventura tops my list of value plays this week.

Lanto Griffin ($8,700)

Lanto is a player that's easy to overlook in DFS because he doesn't really standout in any particular statistical area. What he does manage to do is be "pretty darn solid" in every facet of the game (14th in this field in SG: T2G), which makes him the type of guy that you don't see on TV all week, but at the end of the tournament he's posted a sneaky T12 or something. True to form, he logged a quiet T18 in last year's Shriners.

Stewart Cink ($8,600)

I don't know what's gotten into Stewart Cink lately, but the 47-year-old is partying like it's 1999. We've seen the veteran play well in short spurts over the last couple of years, but Cink's irons have been firing like never before as of late. He's gained over five strokes on Approach in each of his last two starts...a win at the Safeway and a T12 last week at the Sanderson. This TPC Summerlin track is manageable for veterans due to its relative lack of length, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see Cink continue to play well this week if he keeps the irons going.

Tyler McCumber ($8,000)

Our "What the hell, let's roll with it!" play of the week is Tyler McCumber at $8k. After missing seven straight cuts, McCumber has exploded for a runner-up finish (Corales) and a T6 (Sanderson) in his last two starts. Golf is a weird game, so chances are this is an unsustainable level of play for the son of PGA Tour-lifer Mark McCumber. However, he's been doing it with amazing ball striking both with his driver and his irons, rather than just an insanely hot putter, which makes me more willing to gamble on riding the wave with him this week.

Justin Suh ($7,200)

I'm reaching deep into my bag of tricks for you boys this week. If you have read this column all the way to the end, THANK YOU! A fun little dart throw this week is Justin Suh at just $7.2k. The class that included Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, and Matthew Wolff was supposed to produce four superstars, as Suh was just as decorated in college as those other three. While that trio has found instant success on the PGA Tour, Suh has struggled mightily to find his way. We can chalk a lot of his troubles up to a nagging wrist injury that has finally healed. Couple reasons to keep an eye out for Suh this week...he lived in Las Vegas for a time after college and spent a huge chunk of his practice time playing at TPC Summerlin and he reunited with his college golf coach during the COVID-19 downtime, which has helped him to finishes of T21 at the Barracuda and T14 at Corales in his only two PGA Tour starts since the layoff.

 

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS) - Sanderson Farms Championship

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! Playing on a major-medical exemption, Hudson Swafford bagged a much-needed victory at the Corales Puntacana Championship last week.

We go from a lackluster field in the Dominican Republic to an intriguing one in Jackson, Mississippi for the Sanderson Farms Championship. In this article we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the U.S. Open. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges, breaking the groups down into "High", "Mid", and "Low" price options.

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Sanderson Farms Championship - PGA DFS Overview

Country Club of Jackson

7,421 Yards - Par 72 - Greens: Bermuda - Designer: John Fought

This will mark the seventh time the Country Club of Jackson has hosted this event. Yes, this course is long at just over 7,400 yards, but I'm not necessarily putting all my eggs in the 'bomber' basket this week, as a ton of that yardage is accounted for by the layouts four Par-5s. So, while I won't be strictly targeting length off the tee, I will definitely be focused heavily on a player's ability to score on the Par-5s. It seems like ballstriking is always important, and that is once again the case this week, as CCJ presents players with lots of approach shots from 200-plus yards. There will be plenty of birdies this week (Munoz won at 18-under par last year, Champ won at 21-under par two years ago), so I'll give a long look to birdie makers when constructing rosters.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat CC of Jackson Tour Average
Driving Distance 281 281
Driving Accuracy 54% 62%
GIR Percentage 69% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 61% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.55 0.55

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Birdies or Better Gained
  • Par 5: Birdies or Better Gained
  • SG: Off the Tee
  • SG: Putting (Bermuda)

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Scottie Scheffler ($12,300)

After being forced to miss the U.S. Open due to COVID-19 exposure, Scottie Scheffler is set to make a knock-the-rust-off start at the Sanderson this week, a tournament where he’s posted a T16 and a T45 in starts the previous two years. The layoff is slightly concerning, but Scheffler is undoubtedly the class of this week’s field, grading out first in SG: Total, T2G, Ball Striking, and Approach over the last 24 rounds. He sits atop the FD salary scale this week, but sticks out in this field for those of you that are paying up.

Sungjae Im ($11,700)

It's been a rocky road for our guy Sungjae this summer, however, our hero appears to be headed in the right direction now, as he’s gained strokes on Approach in each of his last two starts (+4.5 & +5.7) en route to strong finishes at both the Tour Championship (11th) and the U.S. Open (22nd). In addition to his trending iron play, the young Korean returns to his favorite putting surface this week at the Country Club of Jackson. His putting splits on Bermuda greens are stark when compared to other surfaces and he gained 4.4 strokes putting on these greens en route to a runner-up finish in last year’s Sanderson.

Will Zalatoris ($11,600)

After a strong showing at the U.S. Open, lots of us were excited about Korn Ferry Tour stud Will Zalatoris last week at Corales. The Wake Forest alum didn't disappoint, overcoming a sluggish start with a final-round 65 that vaulted him into a tie for eighth place. Luckily for us, the finish earned him entry into this week's Sanderson, so we can continue to fire away with the young buck. He's extremely long off the tee, a great ball striker, and a competent putter. Has a great chance to make some noise this week on CCoJ's four Par-5s!

Sam Burns ($11,200) 

One of my favorite plays last week, Sam Burns was right on track at Corales before a head-scratching 78 in the third round took him out of serious contention. Burns rebounded to shoot a Sunday 66 and ultimately finish T28, so perhaps he takes a little bit of positive momentum from that final-round performance. Not really sure what happened in that third round collapse last week, but I'm willing to continue riding Burns at the Sanderson. He's a Louisiana native that is very familiar both with this golf course and Bermuda greens. Logged a T3 in this event two years ago. His length, ability to score on Par-5s, and sweet putting stroke make him a favorite in this spot.

Doc Redman ($10,800)

Last seen absolutely torching the leaderboard at the Safeway Open, Doc Redman dropped a final-round 62 at Silverado Resort to finish in a share of third place. That's the kind of explosive scoring ability that makes Redman such a tempting option this week on a course where birdies will be needed to contend. He grades out fifth in this field in Birdies or Better Gained over his last 12 rounds, while ranking third in SG: Ball Striking. There's a little more volatility that comes with rostering Doc when compared to some of the other "high priced" options, but there's certainly tons of upside as well.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Carlos Ortiz ($9,600)

A pure course history play, Carlos Ortiz is a "bet on a spike week" option here at the Sanderson, an event in which he's posted top-five finishes in each of the last two years. Ortiz is what I refer to as a “spike” player, meaning we’ll see a ton of missed cuts from him, but then - seemingly out of nowhere - we’ll see a strong “spike” in his play and results. Obviously, these guys are tough to predict - and even harder to trust in DFS - but they are the type of “boom or bust” players that can help us take down large-field GPPs.

Cameron Davis ($9,400)

A talented young Aussie that closed out the 2019-20 season in rock-solid fashion, Davis has made five-straight cuts with two top-15 finishes. He averages 308 yards off the tee and has the firepower to wreak havoc on the Par-5s this week. Davis finished last season ranked 21st on the PGA Tour in Par-5 Scoring Average and 11th in Total Eagles. The 25-year-old grades out second in this week's field in Birdies or Better Gained using recent measurements and scored a T28 in last year's Sanderson.

Patrick Rodgers ($9,400)

Like Sam Burns, Patrick Rodgers is another "ride the hot hand" play for us this week. Rodgers performed well at the Corales last week, posting a T11. He now heads to a Country Club of Jackson layout on which he's made the cut in all three of his career starts with two top-20 finishes. He's a bomber that has the length needed to score on the Par-5s and he ranks third in this week's field in SG: Putting on Bermuda.

Denny McCarthy ($9,200)

McCarthy didn't pop quite like we'd hoped last week at Corales, but he's an intriguing rebound candidate this week. He's something of a "Course Horse", as he's went T18-T7 in his last two starts on this golf course. He lives and dies by the putter, but grades out second in the field in SG: Putting on Bermuda and has led the PGA Tour in SG: Putting for two straight seasons. In addition to his well-known putting prowess, McCarthy has been surprisingly prolific on Par-5s as of late, grading out 10th in the field in Par-5 Efficiency over the last 12 rounds.

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Brian Stuard ($8,900)

We've spent a huge chunk of this write-up talking about young, bombers. Brian Stuard definitely doesn't fit that mold (though he surprisingly ranks eight in this field in Par-5 Efficiency over the last 12 rounds), but the veteran has still has a chance to be effective on this layout. He's made three of four cuts at the Sanderson since 2016 with a T4 coming in 2018. Stuard heads to Jackson in solid form, posting an impressive T3 at the Safeway and a respectable T33 at the Corales over his last two starts.

Cameron Percy ($8,600)

Another veteran that isn't going to blow us away statistically, Cameron Percy possesses a nice blend of course history and recent form. The Aussie is 4/4 in made cuts at the Sanderson since 2016, with two top-15 finishes among those starts. He heads in this week on the heels of some nice recent results at both the Safeway Open (T23) and last week at Corales (T8). The 46-year-old should be able to lean on his CCofJ experience this week and bang out a made cut for us at this discount price.

Adam Schenk ($8,500)

Schenk was a popular DFS option last week at Corales, but after blazing out of the gates in the opening round, he slid into a T56 finish. I'm willing to go back to him here at a vastly different price point. His results haven't been particularly great, but Schenk has made seven consecutive cuts and has also fared well at the Sanderson, making the cut in all three of his career starts with a T7 two years ago.

JJ Spaun ($8,100)

I locked in on JJ Spaun late last week and he posted a ho-hum T56 at Corales. Spaun is a streaky player that showed some nice signs at the Safeway a few weeks ago en route to a top-10 finish. He's went T36-T34 in his last two Sanderson starts. His irons looked extremely sharp at Silverado and he grades out 28th in the field in Birdies or Better Gained over recent rounds. This feels like a nice value option for those of you that elect to go with "Stars & Scrubs" builds.

 

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS) - Corales Puntacana Championship

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! Bryson DeChambeau impressed with a huge victory at the U.S. Open last week, taking down his first major championship and dominating Winged Foot Golf Club!

We go from a star-studded field at the U.S. Open to a less-than-stellar list of entrants in the Corales Puntacana Championship. In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the U.S. Open. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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Corales Puntacana Championship - PGA DFS Overview

Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales Course)

7,666 Yards - Par 72 - Greens: Supreme Paspalum - Designer: Tom Fazio (2010)

A typical resort course designed by Tom Fazio in 2010, Corales hosted a couple of KFT events before moving up to the PGA Tour schedule and is set to host the "big boys" for the third time. Like most "resort" layouts that caters to guests for 51 weeks out of the year, Corales plays easy for these professionals. This week's field will especially need to take advantage of the front nine, which has traditionally played much easier than the back.

Players will face Paspalum putting surfaces this week, which is a unique grass that isn't seen much on the PGA Tour schedule (here, Mayakoba, and Puerto Rico Open).

This is a coastal course, so there are some days where the wind could possibly play a factor, but overall this layout is gonna be a cakewalk, which forces us to target birdie makers this week. I'll look for players with a solid Birdie or Better Percentage, as well as those that can take advantage of this layout's four Par-5s.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat Corales Tour Average
Driving Distance N/A 281
Driving Accuracy 71% 62%
GIR Percentage 64% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 62% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.54 0.55

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Birdies or Better Gained
  • Par 5: Birdies or Better Gained
  • Scoring Average
  • Ball Striking

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Will Zalatoris ($11,800)

If you thought the Safeway Open from a couple of weeks ago was sick, wait until you get a look at this week! I was hoping that we might be able to sneak under the radar with Will Zalatoris, but nope, the sites are on to us, as Zalatoris comes in as the second-highest priced player on FanDuel this week (he's the highest on DraftKings!).

Despite the sticker shock, I'm still in on the young man out of Wake Forest. He's been dominant on the Korn Ferry Tour this year, leading the KFT in the points standings and in scoring average. Zalatoris showcased his game to the uninitiated last week at Winged Foot by posting a T6 in the U.S. Open. This is a player that we will see lots of on the PGA Tour for years to come and I'm always a fan of jumping on these types of guys early, rather than taking a "wait and see" approach like many will do.

Sam Burns ($11,600)

Burns is a player that we've been rostering frequently with great results since the restart. I'm gonna continue riding the wave this week, as he seems on the cusp of his first PGA Tour victory. He's sort of the prototypical "modern" golfer...he hits it a mile (eighth on the Tour in Driving Distance last year), devours Par-5s (21st Par-5 Scoring Average), and is a fabulous putter (24th Total Putting).

His iron play can come and go - and it is the only thing holding him back at this point - but Burns' ball striking has looked sharper over the last couple months and he's gained strokes on Approach in four of his last five starts. This would be a likely spot for a breakout win for him.

Mackenzie Hughes ($11,500)

Not only is Mackenzie Hughes coming off a "career year" on the PGA Tour, but he also has some history on this week's course, as he posted a T2 in last year's Corales Puntacana Championship. The Canadian has been in terrific form and logged top-15 finishes in all three legs of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Diving into Mac's stats reveal that he relies heavily on his putter and he ranks first in this Corales field in SG: Putting over both long and short-term measurements. Doesn't pop in statistical models like some of the other players in this price range, but I'm actually giving a bump to putting this week due to all the birdies that will be needed on this track, and I like Hughes' chances of turning in a solid outing.

Luke List ($11,000) 

While I am interested in putting this week, I'm not willing to completely throw ball striking out the window. Luke List is perhaps the best pure ball striker in this field and grades out first in the field in SG: T2G over the last 24 rounds. His struggles do surface once he reaches the green - which is a concern - but he's built to handle these type of events and emerged victorious in a KFT event earlier this summer. Not in love with this price tag, but there's definite upside here if List can get anything at all going with the flatstick.

Denny McCarthy ($10,500)

He doesn't have the name recognition of some players or get much publicity, but McCarthy is perhaps the best putter on the PGA Tour. He's finished the last TWO seasons ranked FIRST on the PGA Tour in SG: Putting and he wields the flatstick like Biggie rocked the mic.

While I normally don't give a ton of weight to putting - unless I'm targeting bad putters with great ball-striking numbers - my outlook changes a bit during some of these swing season events. These things normally devolve into pure birdie-fests and we need guys that can consistently fill it up with the flatstick. McCarthy (and Hughes and Burns) fits that description.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Thomas Detry ($9,900)

Thomas Detry comes into this week as something of an unknown to most PGA fans. The young man from Belgium is a Euro Tour regular and has played very well on that circuit since the restart, notching two runner-up finishes in six post-layoff starts. He squeezed out a T49 last week at Winged Foot and the Corales Puntacana is actually the only other PGA Tour on his resume (he logged a T33 in this event last year). Don't let his lack of credentials in the U.S. fool you, he's a strong player that ranks fifth on the Euro Tour in SG: T2G this season.

Rob Oppenheim ($9,700)

A veteran that displayed some solid form as of late, Rob Oppenheim should be on our mid-range radar this week. Oppenheim posted a T15 at the Wyndham and a T36 at the Safeway Open in his most recent starts. Those finishes were powered by sharp iron play and a warm putter. The 40-year-old also has some Corales experience under his belt and posted a T35 in this event two years ago.

Chris Baker ($9,500)

I really like the ball-striking form that Chris Baker brings to the Dominican Republic this week. Weirdly, his strong play tee-to-green hasn't resulted in great finishes - outside of a T20 at the Wyndham - but we can likely chalk that up to spotty play around the green. We're not too worried about scrambling ability at Corales, which puts Baker firmly on our target list. He's gained strokes T2G, OTT, and on Approach in five-straight starts. Despite ranking seventh in this week's field in both SG: T2G & Ball Striking, Baker is the 27th man on the FD salary scale and presents maybe the best price-considered value on the slate.

Patrick Rodgers ($9,300)

Patrick Rodgers is kind've a pet player of mine, but I like targeting him on specific types of layouts. This Corales course qualifies as one of those and Rodgers should be able to flourish this week...he's long off the tee (18th on Tour in Driving Distance), plays Par-5s very well, and is a tremendous putter (11th SG: Putting). Scored a T22 in his lone trip to Corales in 2018.

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Keith Mitchell ($8,900)

When you play PGA DFS every week, you become a fan of some of these guys. That's the case with Keith Mitchell for me, as "Killa Keith" has produced lots of great results for me over the last few years. Unfortunately, his huge breakthrough win at the Honda Classic in 2019 hasn't really kick-started his career like I'd hoped. Instead, we've actually seen Mitchell regress and he heads to Corales in slumping form. There's no statistical reason to roster him this week, but he's an explosive player with a dirt-cheap price tag in a very weak field. Posted a runner-up finish on this course in 2018. It's the type of layout that will allow him to relax a bit and just try to make a bunch of birdies.

J.J. Spaun ($8,600)

Like the aformentioned Keith Mitchell, JJ Spaun is a player that I've had some DFS success with over the years, but that has struggled mightily over the past year. However, Spaun heads to the Dominican fresh off his best outing in ages...a T9 at the Safeway Open. He gained a massive 8.1 strokes T2G at Silverado and his irons looked crispy. Spaun is a notoriously streaky player, but we've seen some high finishes from him when he finds the groove. I'll try to catch him with a hot hand this week.

Will Gordon ($8,400)

Gordon has consistently disappointed since a breakthrough T3 at the Travelers. Despite his underwhelming results, I'm still a believer in the young man that's fresh out of Vandy (my neck of the woods). Gordon ranks fourth in the field in Birdies or Better Gained over the last 24 rounds and this is a Korn Ferry-like layout that should offer him a chance to attack. There is volatility that comes with rostering him, but there is sneaky upside at this price tag.

Akshay Bhatia ($8,200)

The 18-year-old (yes 18!) finally showed glimpses of his potential at the Safeway Open when he posted a T9 after dropping rounds of 66-72-66-68 at Silverado. Bhatia is a phenom that has almost unlimited upside. Like many that have come before him, he's struggled a bit in the early stages of his career and had missed the cut in all seven of his previous PGA Tour starts before breaking through at the Safeway. He's playing this week on a Sponsor's Exemption and this Corales layout will be - by far - the easiest course he's faced since turning pro. Obviously, this is a "GPP Only" play that is boom/bust, but I always enjoy jumping on these young guys early while their DFS price tag is still low.

 

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS): U.S. Open

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! Stewart Cink proved that age is nothing but a number by winning the Safeway Open at 21-under par last week.

The Safeway Open was cute and all, but we've got a big-boy field on a big-boy golf course this week, as the world's best head to Winged Foot Golf Club for the U.S. Open! In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the U.S. Open. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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U.S. Open - PGA DFS Overview

Winged Foot Golf Club (West)

7,467 Yards - Par 70 - Greens: Poa Annua

If you are a fan of golf, you are probably already familiar with this A.W. Tillinghast classic, as it's considered one of the finest golf courses in the world. Gil Hanse freshened the place up a bit in 2015, with designs that brought some of Tillinghast's original designs back to the forefront.

This week's world-class field will face a brutish challenge, as the glorious New York layout is stretched out to over 7,400 yards with narrow fairways and very penal rough. The adventure is just beginning when players reach the green, as these Poa Annua surfaces have legendary contours that slope front to back with many having false-front runoffs. These challenges will force me to give more weight to around the green ability than I normally do.

With only two Par-5s and many of the Par-4s coming in at over 450-yards, scoring opportunities will be scarce, making par a very good score this week. We want to focus on good total drivers of the ball, players that play long Par-4s well, have rock-solid short games, and can avoid bogeys.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat Winged Foot Tour Average
Driving Distance N/A 283
Driving Accuracy 50% 61%
GIR Percentage 52% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 40% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 1.00 0.54

As the graph illustrates, Winged Foot is a beast, with both fairways and greens that are very tough to hit. On and around the greens also present difficult challenges, as the Scrambling Percentage is well below Tour Average and the Average Three-Putts per round are way above. These stats point me to players with strong short games that have the ability to scramble and avoid bogeys (or at least big numbers).

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Total Driving
  • Strokes Gained: Around The Green
  • Bogey Avoidance
  • Scrambling
  • Par-4 Scoring Average (450-yards Plus)

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Dustin Johnson ($12,100)

No question about it, DJ is the prohibitive favorite this week, both in my mind and in the eyes of Vegas oddsmakers. Johnson has been dominant since the restart - especially over the last two months - and heads to New York as the freshly-crowned FedEx Cup champion.

In addition to his current form, Johnson has been a monster in past U.S. Opens, capturing his lone major championship (it hurts to say that) in the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont and has also posted three additional top-fives in golf's toughest test in his career. DJ thrives on long, tough layouts, which makes it seem as though Winged Foot is tailor-made for him. He leads this field in both Good Drives Gained and GIRs Gained over his last 12 rounds, while his improved play both on and around the greens (fourth in the field in SG: Short Game) will be a huge factor on this course.

It's U.S. Open golf, so anything can happen, but it's hard to imagine DJ playing poorly this week. He has a great opportunity to grab his second major championship in this one.

Jon Rahm ($11,800)

I've been a bit critical of Jon Rahm over the past year or so, but I have nothing but respect for how the young Spaniard has played as of late. His wins at Muirfield Village and Olympia Fields in brutal conditions are great indicators that he's ready to contend for a U.S. Open victory.

We know the length and power is there for Rahmbo, however, I'm most impressed with his touch around the greens. Over recent rounds, Rahm stands first in this elite field in Bogeys Avoided and seventh in SG: Short Game. He'll need every ounce of that short-game magic this week at Winged Foot.

The knock on him has been his temper and mental toughness, but I love how he's silenced those critiques over the last few months and feel as though he will be in the mix this week. He's a strong pivot/alternative to DJ at the top of the board.

Xander Schauffele ($11,400)

Xander is priced with the big boys this week, but it is really hard to argue against this price tag. Outside of Brooks Koepka, Schauffele has been the best player in the game in U.S. Opens over the last three years, going T5-T6-T3 in golf's toughest test since 2017. He's openly discussed his affinity for playing challenging courses and has already proven himself to be a player that shows up on golf's biggest stages. Xander stands out as one of the best plays at the top of the board due to his solid ability in all facets of the game. He's proven that he can handle the rigors of U.S. Open setups and is a tremendous Poa putter. The only downside here is his rather stiff price tag.

Hideki Matsuyama ($10,600) 

Not over the moon with Matsuyama's recent form, but his U.S. Open track record is impossible to ignore. He's shined in this event, recording five top-25s in seven career U.S. Open starts against just one missed cut. His recent ball-striking hasn't been bad, it just hasn't really been Hideki-like, as he's gained strokes on Approach in each of his last three. Perhaps more importantly when focusing on this Winged Foot layout, the Japanese star has sparkled around the greens on some of the schedule's toughest recent tests, leading the field in SG: Around at brutal Olympia Fields and ranking third at TPC Harding Park. The win equity is always a concern with Matsuyama, but there is lots of value in safety this week.

Tommy Fleetwood ($10,400)

Curious to see how ownership shapes up with Tommy Fleetwood at this price, as it feels like his recent form might deter some of those that usually roster him in majors. Despite his mediocre outings of the past month, I'm intrigued by Fleetwood's ability to go low on tough golf courses, an ability that has translated to U.S. Open success and allowed him to post back-to-back top-four finishes in 2017-18. He had a really nice ball-striking outing at the Portugal Masters last week, so he might head in with some sneaky trending form. I won't hesitate to pounce if it looks like he's going to be underowned.

Tony Finau ($10,200)

Despite being a Tony Finau truther, I won't deny that his win equity is questionable. However, Big Tony once again proved that he comes to play in major championships with a strong top-five outing at the PGA. It was his fourth top-five finish in his last nine major-championship starts. He plays well in "big ballparks" and his length should once again be a big asset this week. Finau EATS on Par-4s of 450+, while his once-questionable short game has turned into a true strength as of late. Love the consistency and I feel comfortable making him a key building block this week.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Patrick Reed ($10,000)

Patrick Reed is always a statistical mystery to us DFS junkies, and he heads to New York having lost strokes with his irons in his last three starts, but it is very tough to take him out of consideration, because we know how well he plays in major championships and on hard golf courses. His short game is one of the best in the world and he led the Tour Championship field in Fairways Gained. For what it's worth, Reed has played very well in this part of the country, with wins at Bethpage and Liberty National. His stats say "no", but his history of solid play in U.S. Opens says "yes". My best advice is go with your gut on him.

Adam Scott ($9,900)

The Aussie is one of the few players in this week's field that actually teed it up at Winged Foot the last time it hosted a U.S. Open...he logged a T21 in '06. He's experienced, great on tough courses, and a tremendous ball striker. The concern is always going to be how his putting stroke holds up over 72 holes in this atmosphere. His major-championship pedigree and experience puts him in serious consideration this week.

Tyrell Hatton ($9,800)

The Englishman has put together a beautiful season, with a win in Europe in the fall and in the U.S. at the API in March. He eased back into competition after the restart, but picked up where he left off with a couple of top-fives in his first two starts. However, Hatton fizzled a bit at the WGC and PGA Championship - though he gained strokes T2G at the PGA - which has probably helped to keep his price tag moderate. He doesn't have a ton of U.S. Open experience, but has played well, going MC-T6-T21 in three career starts. Really like how is game sets up for this week, as he ranks inside the top quarter of this field in both Good Drives and GIRs Gained, and though his relative lack of length is a slight concern, I'm in at this price.

Matthew Wolff ($9,600)

It's really easy to forget that Matthew Wolff is just 21-years-old. The youngster made his major-championship debut at the PGA Championship and did pretty well...posting a T4. The lack of experience is always a concern in U.S. Opens, but in a vacuum, Wolff is intriguing. He has nice combination of length and accuracy (at least as of late), ranking 11th in this field in Driving Distance and 24th in Fairways Gained over his last 12 rounds, while standing seventh in GIRs Gained in the same timeframe. I could see this play going either way...meaning both a missed cut and a top-10 are in play for Wolff. He's a classic high-risk, high-reward GPP option.

Louis Oosthuizen ($9,300)

Louis Oosthuizen is perhaps my favorite price-considered play of the week. He heads to New York having gained strokes T2G in each of his last five starts and he's made the cut in five-straight U.S. Opens...all of them top-25s! Poa is his best putting surface and he profiles as a great fit for Winged Foot thanks to his major championship experience and ability to navigate difficult layouts (led the BMW field in scrambling at Olympia Fields). "Safe plays" are basically non-existent in U.S. Opens, but Louis sure feels that way and comes at a great price.

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Martin Kaymer ($8,800)

I'm perhaps more interested in Martin Kaymer than I should be this week, but there are some positive indicators for the "Zeee German". The 2014 U.S. Open champ pops up to win a major about once every five years, so we are right on schedule. He flashed in the opening-round of the PGA before busting out in the second and he heads to New York on the heels of back-to-back top-three finishes in his most recent European starts. Diving into his stats won't get you anywhere because he tees it up in the U.S. so infrequently, but he's a "gut" play that I'll have some exposure to.

Si Woo Kim ($8,700)

As we work our way down the salary scale we have to be willing to embrace some volatility. Si Woo is a great example of that, as I believe he does carry enough upside to warrant consideration, but he's also extremely inconsistent. After a horrible stretch of play over basically the past year, the young man has really found his game since the restart, and heads to New York having made nine-consecutive cuts with especially noteworthy outings at the PGA (T13) and Wyndham (T3). He's averaged +6 strokes T2G over his last five tournaments and feels like a high-upside bargain at this price tag, as long as we go in knowing there's a good chance of a missed cut as well.

Jason Kokrak ($8,400)

Not a name that immediately jumps to mind in majors, but I like where Kokrak's game has been over the past month. He's gained strokes T2G in each of his last five starts for an average of +5.1 and showed a lot of mental toughness at the BMW Championship by battling back after a horrible first round to log a T8. Plenty of length and solid ball striking with positive momentum.

Sebastian Munoz ($8,000)

Munoz is a player that had a tremendous Swing Season - that included a win at Sanderson Farms - but faded in the middle part of the season. However, he's apparently been rejuvenated since the FedEx Cup Playoffs got underway and heads to Winged Foot off back-to-back T8 outings at the BMW and Tour Championships. The performance at the BMW especially sticks out, as Munoz gained over five strokes Around The Green at a very difficult Olympia Fields layout, a course that in many ways is something of a precursor to what he'll face this week at Winged Foot. Listen, we're in dart throw territory down here, but Munoz is a sneaky bet to make the cut this week.

 

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS): Safeway Open

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! Dustin Johnson pulled off a huge win at East Lake, capturing both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup with the victory.

While last week's event only had 30 entrants, basically all of them can be called "stars". This week's Safeway Open has a full field, but you'll be hard-pressed to find many stars outside of just a few recognizable names at the top. In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the Safeway Open. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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Safeway Open - PGA DFS Overview

Silverado Resort & Spa North

7,166 Yards - Par 72 - Greens: Poa Annua

A small group led by Johnny Miller purchased this Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed property in 2010. Miller quickly orchestrated a fairly extensive re-design which has been well received. This is a classic layout with tough-to-hit, tree-lined fairways that places an emphasis on accuracy off the tee. Elite ball striking is required at Silverado and will be an area that I will target heavily, while iron play will also take its usual prominent place in my research process. Recent winners here are players that I would largely place in the "ball strikers" category, with most being known for their length and ability off the tee. I'll also glance at scrambling and around-the-green ability this week, as this tournament definitely isn't a "birdiefest", with the average winning score at around 15-under par. For the first time in a while, we'll see true California Poa Annua greens. Poa is notoriously tricky, so I'll definitely be keeping an eye on players that have positive putting splits on Poa.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat Silverado North Tour Average
Driving Distance 284 283
Driving Accuracy 52% 61%
GIR Percentage 67% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 59% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.45 0.54

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Strokes Gained: Off the Tee
  • Birdies Or Better Gained
  • SG: Putting (Poa Annua)
  • Par-5 Scoring Average

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Phil Mickelson ($11,800) & Si Woo Kim ($11,700)

I'm listing these two together as they - wildly - sit atop the FanDuel salary scale together this week. This Safeway field is #NotGood and the DFS sites have to put somebody at the top of the board, so I suppose Phil and Si Woo make as much sense as anyone else in the field. Phil has elite course history in this event and recently won on the Champions Tour, while Si Woo has been on a bit of a heater as of late. At the end of the day, they are both "fine" plays in a vacuum, but it is really tough to swallow these price tags due the inherent volatility that comes with rostering either or both.

Brendan Steele ($11,400)

A two-time winner of the Safeway Open, Steele's price can be somewhat justified by his course history and recent solid play. He's gained strokes both T2G and on Approach in each of his last six, making the cut in all of those tournaments with two top-25s and a top-10. However, even though Steele won this event back-to-back in 2017-18, he's posted just a T53 and a T60 in his last two starts at Silverado, though his form at the time was terrible. All in all, Steele is a player that I would like to get some exposure to this week, but despite a couple of things being in his favor, he's simply not dependable enough to be considered an "All In" type of play at this price.

Harold Varner III ($10,500)

HV3 just feels like a really solid play here. He's made five-straight cuts at the Safeway - with three finishes inside the top-17 among those - and heads to Silverado in fine form. Varner has gained strokes T2G each of the last three times he's teed it up and posted impressive results in both the PGA Championship and the Wyndham. Obviously, the price tag is inflated, but HV3 is perhaps my favorite play at the top of the board this week.

Cameron Davis ($10,300) 

The young Aussie is coming in hot this week, as Davis has looked extremely sharp over the last six weeks. He's went T12/T32/T15/T29 in his last four starts and posted a T17 at Silverado two years ago. Davis is both an explosive scorer - first in this field in Birdies or Better Gained - and a great driver of the ball - 13th in SG: OTT - both qualities that should translate well this week. He's streaky and could certainly disappoint here, but I like the course fit and his upside.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Sam Burns ($9,900)

A lot to like with Sam Burns here. The young stud's game has been trending in the right direction since the restart. He's made the cut in five of his last seven, with top-25s at the Travelers, Workday, and Wyndham. Burns bombs it off the tee (remind anyone of Cam Champ?) and ranks seventh in this field in both SG: Par 5s and Driving Distance. In addition to his length, he's also an exceptional putter that can get extremely hot on the greens. He's just 24-years-old, so there's naturally still some volatility with his output, but I really like the way he's played over the last couple months.

Mark Hubbard ($9,700)

One of the biggest surprises since the restart has been the consistent play of Mark Hubbard. He's teed it up nine times since play resumed and has made the cut in eight. Hubbard's game isn't flashy, but he's been rock-solid as of late. Though he's not exceptional in any one statistical category, he has been very good on Par-5s and stands tied for seventh in this week's field in SG: Par 5s. In addition to his steady form, Hubbard has played well at Silverado, logging a T13 in last year's Safeway.

Luke List ($9,500)

List fits the "Brendan Steele, Emiliano Grillo mold" that has worked on this layout before...great ball striker, horrible putter. The Vandy product nabbed a win on the Korn Ferry Tour after the restart and also posted a top-10 finish at the Memorial. He's found some success at the Safeway, scoring a T4 in this event two years ago and making the cut in three of his last four starts at Silverado.

Cameron Tringale ($9,500)

Tringale has been remarkably consistent in this event, making four of five cuts at the Safeway since 2016. He hasn't teed it up much since the restart, but a T3 at the 3M was a highlight in his post-layoff results. Tringale stands third in this field in SG: Approach and profiles as a nice, sturdy option on a wild week.

 

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Patrick Rodgers ($9,400)

I'm not interested in Patrick Rodgers every week, but I'm always intrigued with him on certain types of layouts. Rodgers' strength lies with his driver (16th in Driving Distance) and putter (seventh in SG: Putting - Poa). He can bomb away on the Par-5s and will make tons of putts. This Silverado layout has proven to be a nice fit for his game, as he's made the cut in four of his last five Safeway starts with a T6 coming in 2016.

Wesley Bryan ($8,600)

Not a lot of starts for Wesley Bryan since he returned from shoulder surgery, but the former RBC Heritage champ has looked sharp when he's had the opportunity to tee it up. Bryan has been lights out with his irons, gaining an average of just over five strokes on Approach over his last four starts. The sharp iron play has resulted in some solid finishes and he heads to Silverado with top-25s in two of his last three starts. In this field, at this price, I'm happy to take a flier on Bryan and his hot irons.

Adam Schenk ($8,600)

Adam Schenk is a player that my RB colleague Spencer Aguiar has written up a few times recently with great success. I'm willing to go back to the well with him at $8.6k this week, as he has a nice enough blend of recent form and course history (a T14 here two years ago) to consider as a value option. Schenk ranks fifth in this week's field in SG: Par-5s and is an interesting option for those of us that might be forced to punt our sixth roster spot.

Wyndham Clark ($8,400)

We're getting down into pure dart throw territory now. Wyndham Clark has been scuffling as of late, but the young man has demonstrated some upside in the past. Clark fits the mold that we're looking for this week...he's long off the tee and an excellent putter. We can look for him to score well on this layouts four Par-5s and - hopefully - have a decent week with his irons.

 

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS): Tour Championship

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! It is great to be back with you for the finale of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. This week we head to East Lake Country Club in Atlanta for the Tour Championship!

Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson put on one heckuva show at the BMW Championship, with Rahm prevailing in a playoff on a tough Olympia Fields layout. This week's event presents us with some unique challenges, as we're dealing with a field of just 30 players in a no-cut format, in addition to a staggered scoring start that will be in effect for the second-straight year in Atlanta. In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the Tour Championship. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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2020 Tour Championship - PGA DFS Overview

East Lake Country Club

7,346 Yards - Par 70 - Greens: Bermuda

There is tons of history at East Lake. The Donald Ross design is where Bobby Jones perfected his game and has been the permanent host of the TOUR Championship since 2004. East Lake isn't really tricky, but it does play fairly tough for these guys. Players will need to be strong both off the tee and on approach to have a chance this week.

Something to consider this week when constructing your DFS lineups is that this isn't a course where players are (usually) going to go crazy low, with the winning score typically coming in at 10 to 12 under par prior to last year's scoring format change.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat East Lake Tour Average
Driving Distance 290 283
Driving Accuracy 54% 61%
GIR Percentage 64% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 56% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.45 0.54

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Driving Accuracy
  • Birdies Or Better Gained
  • Par 4 Scoring (450-500 Yards)
  • Bogey Avoidance

Tour Championship Starting Leaderboard Positions

  • Dustin Johnson -10
  • Jon Rahm -8
  • Justin Thomas -7
  • Webb Simpson -6
  • Collin Morikawa -5
  • Daniel Berger -4
  • Harris English -4
  • Bryson DeChambeau -4
  • Sungjae Im -4
  • Hideki Matsuyama -4
  • Brendon Todd -3
  • Rory McIlroy -3
  • Patrick Reed -3
  • Xander Schauffele -3
  • Sebastian Munoz -3
  • Lanto Griffin -2
  • Scottie Scheffler -2
  • Joaquin Niemann -2
  • Tyrell Hatton -2
  • Tony Finau -2
  • Kevin Kisner -1
  • Abraham Ancer -1
  • Ryan Palmer -1
  • Kevin Na -1
  • Marc Leishman -1
  • Cameron Smith E
  • Viktor Hovland E
  • Mackenzie Hughes E
  • Cameron Champ E
  • Billy Horschel E

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Dustin Johnson ($14,400)

DJ is the elephant in the room this week and the decision you make on him will be the most important one that you'll make for the Tour Championship. Johnson is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world and has played like it as of late, logging two wins and two runner-up finishes since the restart.

As if his game isn't enough on its own, DJ will start this week at 10-under par thanks to his position atop the FedEx Cup points list. As a result of this advantage, FanDuel has bumped his price up to a MASSIVE $14.4k for the Tour Championship.

Rostering DJ will severely limit what you can do throughout the rest of your lineup this week, so by clicking his name you are basically betting on him to win the tournament, as that's what you'll need him to do in order to return value on this expensive price tag. Can he do it? Certainly. He's playing better than anyone in the world and leads this week's field in multiple statistical categories over recent measurements. His history at East Lake is strong - three top-six finishes since 2015 - however we saw last year that starting out with the lead doesn't guarantee victory, as Justin Thomas slid from the top spot to third place.

The bottom line on DJ...only roster him if you believe that he's going to win this tournament.

Jon Rahm ($12,500)

Jon Rahm just continues to impress. His victory last week at the BMW Championship was his second since the restart - with both coming on tough courses against elite fields. Sound familiar? That's exactly the situation that the Spaniard will face again this week at East Lake.

Rahm has performed admirably in three prior starts in the Tour Championship, going T12-T11-T7. He'll need to improve on those marks this year, but does start the week at a cushy total of eight-under par...just two strokes behind DJ.

The young star's game is a beautiful blend of explosiveness and scrambling, and he heads to Atlanta ranked seventh in this field in Birdies Gained while standing fourth in Bogey Avoidance. This will be the type of play that's needed on a tougher-than-you-think East Lake layout this week. While Rahm signature his is power, he's quickly proving that he can handle tougher layouts that require patience and precision.

Justin Thomas ($12,000)

JT has been rather quiet since winning the WGC in Memphis, but he heads to East Lake in wonderful position and will be starting the week at seven-under par, just three back of Johnson. Thomas' recent "funk" can be attributed to a cold putter...he's lost strokes putting in three of his last four, despite gaining strokes T2G in each.

His record at East Lake is sterling, as he's basically done everything except win on this Ross layout. JT himself was in the catbird's seat in this tournament last year before ultimately settling for a T3 result, so he's well aware that both DJ and Rahm aren't invulnerable due to their starting advantage. He's one of the most explosive players on the PGA Tour and is a nice pivot from the two players priced above him.

Collin Morikawa ($10,800) 

There are several reasons that DFS players might overlook Collin Morikawa this week - he hasn't looked great in his two post-PGA Championship starts, he's never played East Lake, and he'll start this week with a five-shot deficit - but I'm still very interested in the rising star despite those strikes against him.

Morikawa has never played East Lake, but the Ross layout is tailor made for his game on paper, as he's very accurate off the tee and one of the best iron players in the world. The 21-year-old was out of things early at the BMW last week, but quietly posted back-to-back 68's over the weekend at Olympia Fields, and perhaps heads into this event with more positive momentum than people realize. I'll keep an eye on ownership as the week progresses, but in a spot where we desperately need to differentiate our lineups, Morikawa is shaping up to be my favorite contrarian play at the top of the board.

Rory McIlroy ($10,200)

There are lots of risks that come with rostering Rory this week, with his seven-shot deficit and pregnant wife Erica due with a child at anytime being the most obvious. This will be the couple's first child and we know that Rory is the type of person that focuses on more than just golf, so I believe the W/D risk is a very legitimate concern with him this week. As for his starting position of three-under, if feels as though it's right on the borderline of being too far back to win, though we saw McIlroy overcome a five-shot deficit to win by four (!) in this event last year.

His record at East Lake is impeccable and he's won this tournament twice in three starts since 2016. He's not been sharp since the restart, but flashed some form last week at the BMW Championship. He's an intriguing, "if you're feelin' frisky" GPP play this week.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Harris English ($9,800)

It's been a long time between Tour Championship starts for Harris English, as the UGA Bulldog will make his first trip to East Lake since 2015. English has been unbelievably consistent not only throughout this season, but especially since the restart, as a T40 in Chicago last week snapped a string of six consecutive top-25 finishes. His game isn't flashy, but should be a nice fit for this week's layout. He ranks 11th in the field in Good Drives Gained, while coming in fifth in GIRs Gained. English is a Georgia native that is very familiar with this layout and he is one of the best Bermuda-grass putters in the field.

Xander Schauffele ($9,500)

Xander's course history at East Lake is second to none, as he's went 2nd-T7-Win in his three career starts in the Tour Championship. Schauffele heads to Atlanta in rock-solid, if unspectacular, form...having posted seven-straight top-25's while compiling an average of +5.7 SG: T2G over his last five tournaments. The X-Man will start the week at three-under par, which puts him within shouting distance of a victory with a very good performance, though at this price we're simply searching for strong DFS-point production, which Schauffele has a great chance to provide for us. His 67.75 career scoring average at East Lake is the best in the field and it feels as though a breakout performance has been on the horizon for weeks.

Tony Finau ($9,000)

Finau is another player that might not be able to actually win this tournament, but despite starting the week at three-under par, still has the firepower needed to get himself into contention by the time the weekend rolls around. We've repeatedly seen his ability to make up ground against the field on tough golf courses, with the latest example coming last Sunday at Olympia Fields when a final-round 65 vaulted him into a fifth-place finish. Finau EATS on long Par-4s and has a nice blend of length and accuracy off the tee that's allowed him to post two seventh-place finishes over his last three trips to East Lake.

 

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Brendon Todd ($8,900)

The best Cinderella Story of the season has fought his way all the way to the Tour Championship. It wasn't that long ago that Brendon Todd had completely lost his game, but the veteran rebuilt his swing well enough to take down back-to-back events earlier this season. He's also played well down the stretch, posting five top-25 finishes since the restart. Todd rolls into the ATL on the heels of a sharp T8 showing last week in Chicago and his precision off the tee (first in this field in Fairways Gained) will be a huge advantage this week. His lack of length is a concern on this long layout, but Todd has proven himself adept at navigating even the longest of venues with accuracy off the tee, sharp iron play, and great putting.

Kevin Kisner ($7,100)

As we work our way to the bottom of the salary scale, we're simply looking for guys that can post DFS points and improve upon their starting position. Despite starting the week at just one-under par, I'm honestly a little surprised to find Kevin Kisner this cheap. Kiz has been on a nice little tear as of late, sandwiching two top-fives between three top-25s over his last five outings. He has some nice experience at East Lake, and after a couple of rocky outings in his first few Tour Championship starts, Kisner has settled in nicely by posting a T9 and a T3 in his last two starts at East Lake. He ranks third in this week's field in Fairways Gained and first in Good Drives Gained, while also hitting his irons at a clip that comes in seventh in GIRs Gained. A win is out of touch for Kisner this week, but there's lots of upside at this price.

Billy Horschel ($7,000)

Rounding out the week with a player that I expect to be very popular, but it's with good reason, as Billy Horschel has proven himself to be a beast in previous trips to East Lake. Horschel captured the Tour Championship title in 2014 and posted finishes of 7th & 2nd in his other two Tour Championship starts. His East Lake scoring average of 67.83 trails only Xander Schauffele and Horschel recent form has been good enough to indicate he's capable of making some noise this week. As I mentioned, the combination of his course history and dirt-cheap price tag will most likely make him a popular option this week (especially for those rostering DJ), so if you do pull the trigger on Billy Ho try to differentiate your lineups in other spots where possible.

 

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS): BMW Championship

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! It is great to be back with you for the FedEx Cup Playoffs and this week we head to Olympia Fields Country Club for the BMW Championship!

Dustin Johnson destroyed the competition last week at the Northern Trust and will square off against another elite field this week in Chicago. The BMW field contains only 70 players and there will be no cut in this event, so we'll want to approach it in similar fashion to WGC events. In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the BMW Championship. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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2020 BMW Championship - PGA DFS Overview

Olympia Fields CC (North Course)

7,366 Yards - Par 70 - Greens: Poa w/ Bent

We're always guessing as to what will happen when these classical layouts play host to modern Tour pros. Though Olympia Fields has a long and storied history, we haven't seen it host PGA Tour players since the 2003 U.S. Open that was won by Jim Furyk at eight-under par. At least on the scorecard, the old girl is a beast, stretching nearly 7,400 yards with seven Par-4s that will play over 450 yards, not to mention two Par-5s that measure in at over 600 yards. However, length alone is no longer a defense in and of itself, as we saw Justin Thomas dismantle a 7,600+ yard Medinah layout in last year's BMW Championship. What we do expect to be tough this week is the rough at Olympia Fields, with reports coming in that we could see rough of over five inches by the tournament's end.

We'll have to give a bump to those players that are long and accurate off the tee this week, while also specifically targeting those that perform well on Par-4s of over 450 yards and excel on approach shots longer than 175 yards. Anytime we're forced to guess on what skills to target, I always lean on SG: Tee To Green and Ball Striking.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat Olympia Fields CC Tour Average
Driving Distance N/A 283
Driving Accuracy N/A 61%
GIR Percentage N/A 65%
Scrambling Percentage N/A 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round N/A 0.54

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Strokes Gained: Off the Tee
  • Proximity: 175-200 Yards & 200+ Yards
  • Par 4 Scoring (450-500 Yards)
  • Bogey Avoidance

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Dustin Johnson ($12,000)

Dustin Johnson logged a performance for the ages last week at the Northern Trust. DJ posted a ridiculous four-round total of 30-under par and it served as a great reminder that he has a different gear than almost any other golfer on the planet.

It is tempting to continue riding DJ this week after watching his dominant performance last week, but there is the age-old DFS question of should we take a golfer the week following a win? The answer is "it depends". DJ's performance at the Memorial following his Travelers win earlier this year was ridiculously bad. However, his other recent results following wins are impressive:

  • Win 2019 WGC-Mexico, T5 Players Championship in his next start three weeks later
  • Win 2018 Canadian Open, T3 WGC-Bridgestone the following week
  • Win 2018 St. Jude, T3 U.S. Open the following week
  • Win 2018 TOC, Runner-up AT&T Pebble Beach three weeks later

These are just a few examples over the last two years, but it illustrates the point that DJ can definitely play well in bunches and that a win last week shouldn't make you abandon ship in and of itself. When we focus on course fit for Olympia Fields, Johnson should be well suited for this classic layout, as he destroys long Par-4s and ranks first in the field in Proximity from 200+ yards over the last 24 rounds.

Bottom line...DJ is a tremendous play in a vacuum this week and you shouldn't be overly influenced by the fact that he won last week. Some DFS regulars will never play a guy coming off a win - and it is true that DJ likes to... ahem..."celebrate" at times - but we might even be able to gain some leverage in GPPs by being willing to go back to Johnson in this spot.

Justin Thomas ($11,700)

A couple of underwhelming performances from JT following his win in Memphis last month, with a T37 at the PGA and a T49 last week at the Northern Trust. We can pinpoint the root of the problem fairly easily, as Thomas has lost strokes putting for three straight weeks (yes, he lost strokes putting in victory at the WGC!).

His putting and finishes have been pedestrian, but the ball striking is still there - SG: T2G totals of +6.7 & +4.5 in his last two starts - which makes JT a tremendous breakout candidate for me this week. Poa is traditionally his best putting surface, so there's a strong chance that he can improve on the greens at Olympia Fields. He destroyed a very long Medinah course in last year's BMW Championship and will have no problem with the stretched-out nature of this week's layout. So despite a couple of weeks worth of underwhelming performances, JT is perhaps my favorite elite play of the week.

Daniel Berger ($11,200)

Call me a "Daniel Berger Truther" if you like, but those of us that believe in "Boog" have been laughing all the way to the bank this year. Berger heads to Chicago fresh off yet another strong outing - a 3rd at last week's Northern Trust - his fourth in top-three finish in six post-layoff starts.

Berger has gained strokes T2G in every start of 2020 - minus a knock-the-rust-off start at the Memorial - and has to be in the conversation as the most consistent player of the year. We're not sure exactly how this Olympia Fields layout will play, but we have to feel good about Berger's "really good at everything" style this week. It feels like the secret is finally out on him, so I do expect him to garner some ownership this week, but there's no way I can abandon ship now.

Collin Morikawa ($11,100) 

Collin Morikawa heads to Chicago looking to rebound from just the third missed cut of his career. Morikawa lost strokes on approach last week in his first start since winning the PGA Championship at Harding Park. I'm willing to chalk it up to an outlier-type "knock the rust off" start, as the youngster has been one of the most consistent iron players in the game since he turned pro last year.

Anytime we're facing a course setup that we're unsure of, I lean on T2G and Ball Striking statistics. Morikawa has those in spades, as we expect that both Total Driving (second in the field in Good Drives Gained) and long-iron play (12th in field Proximity from 200+ yards) to be key areas of importance this week.

I'm honestly comfortable rostering Morikawa on a weekly basis, as I feel like his game translates to any type of golf course. He's familiar with Olympia Fields through the NCAA's Illini Invitational and I expect him to dramatically improve on his result of a week ago.

Scottie Scheffler ($10,600)

Not crazy about the price tag, but it is hard to ignore the way Scottie Scheffler has played of late. The former Texas Longhorn dropped a little 59 at TPC Boston last week en route to a T4. That performance came on the heels of a gritty and impressive T4 outing at the PGA Championship earlier this month.

Scheffler heads to the BMW ranked second in this elite field in recent SG:T2G metrics and since sputtering initially after the restart, he's now ran off four straight top-25 finishes - gaining strokes T2G in each of those starts. I always like to target explosive scorers in no-cut events and Scheffler certainly fits the bill, as he stands fourth in this field in Birdies Gained over the last 12 rounds.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Harris English ($10,300)

Poor old Harris English. We always complain about his inability to actually win golf tournaments, but when he finally shoots a tournament-winning type of score (19-under par last week) he runs into the absolute freight train that was DJ at TPC Boston.

English has been a top-25 machine throughout the year, especially since the restart, and has posted top-25 finishes in every post-layoff start since missing the cut at the Schwab. We think of him as something of a "vanilla" type of player, but he's actually been scoring at an impressive clip recently and ranks seventh in this elite field in Birdies Gained over the last three tournaments. Despite the runner-up finish last week, the questions about his win equity are still legitimate, but English is a great core building block this week and has proven himself to be a rock-solid option this season.

Viktor Hovland ($10,000)

Hovland hasn't had his best stuff as of late, but his stats indicate that his ball-striking was back last week at the Northern Trust and a final-round 66 sends him to the BMW with great positive momentum.

I keep reiterating that we're only guessing as to how this Olympia Fields layout will play, but my position is that I always want Hovland on courses that are playing long and/or hard. His ability both off the tee and on approach - especially with long irons - is world class. Yes...the short game is an obvious concern, however, he's actually gained strokes putting in two straight starts...which is kinda scary. I love his explosiveness in this week's no-cut format and he's the type of player that can string together four low rounds for us.

Matthew Wolff ($9,800)

A lot of the points made above about Viktor Hovland also apply to Matty Wolff. His explosive scoring ability is a key selling point for me this week. We know that he has more than enough length to handle any golf course and his combination of both distance (4th in field Driving Distance) and accuracy (23rd in field Fairways Gained) makes him a legitimate tournament-winning threat on any layout.

On top of his sharp recent form (he was undone by one bad round last week and played much better than his finish indicates) we can also sprinkle in a little course-history narrative, as Wolff won individual honors at the 2018 Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields while in college at Oklahoma State. We don't know how similar the course will be setup this week, but it shoves me into a direction that I was already leaning with Wolff as one of my favorite plays on the board.

Louis Oosthuizen ($9,300)

Listen...I'm the first to admit that sometimes things can go terribly wrong when rostering Louis Oosthuizen. That said, I'm intrigued with his recent form, as well as his pedigree on "championship caliber" golf courses. Shrek has played his best golf of 2020 in August and has gained strokes T2G in three straight starts. He also happens to be an excellent Poa putter that has a knack for popping up in "big" events such as this week's BMW.

 

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Russell Henley ($8,800)

Lots of great value plays this week, as the DFS sites are basically forced to price some guys cheap due to the field only having 70 players. Perhaps the most noticeable beneficiary of a price tag that's too cheap is Russell Henley, a player that heads to the BMW on the heels of back-to-back top-10 outings at the Wyndham and Northern Trust. Henley has perhaps been the best iron player on the PGA Tour since the restart and stands first in this field in SG: Approach. His putting often holds him back, but tons of upside with him at this price.

Jason Kokrak ($8,400)

I actually rostered Kokrak a lot in 2019, but his play steadily declined to the point that I've been off him for some time now. I'm interested in hopping back on this week, as Kokrak has been trending in the right direction over his last couple of starts, posting back-to-back top-15 finishes at the Wyndham and Northern Trust. His iron play has been especially sharp as of late and he gained 7.8 strokes T2G last week in Boston - a mark that was sixth in the field. Kokrak's inconsistency is frustrating, but we don't have to sweat a missed cut this week and he brings sneaky upside to the table at a very reasonable price point.

Talor Gooch ($7,800)

Full disclosure: I've been burned by Talor Gooch several times in the past. However, I keep going back to the well because he can pay off his price tag in spades on good weeks. That's the nature of the game when discussing value play options that can help you to win large-field GPPs...we basically have to be willing to embrace the volatility that comes with rostering these type of players. I'm in on Gooch at the BMW, as he heads in off two solid outings and surprisingly grades out third in this ultra-elite field in Par-4 scoring on holes of 450-500 yards, of which there are seven on this Olympia Fields layout.

Mark Hubbard ($7,700)

Another player that just feels too cheap this week. Hubbard has been sneaky-good since the restart being a W/D at the Workday. The 31-year-old is another player that pops in a couple of key statistical areas this week, as he grades out second in the field on Par-4s of 450-500 yards and stands third in Proximity from 175-200 yards. I definitely acknowledge win equity concerns about a guy like Hubbard in this type of field, but we don't need him to win at this price and he opens up tons of flexibility in roster construction.

 

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS): Wyndham Championship

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! We had a great week with our selections last week, as Collin Morikawa captured his first major title at the PGA Championship!

There's always a bit of a hangover after a major championship, but we get a fun event this week with the Wyndham Championship. In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the Wyndham Championship. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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2020 Wyndham Championship - PGA DFS Overview

Sedgefield CC

7,127 Yards - Par 70 - Greens: Bermuda

This little Donald Ross gem has been a presence on the professional circuit since the 1930's and has now played host to this event for 13 consecutive years. At just over 7,100 yards, length won't be an issue for the players this week (Henrik Stenson won here three years ago without hitting his driver one time. Literally never hit driver all week!). Fairways and greens are the order of the day at Sedgefield. In true Ross fashion, these greens are some of the smallest on the PGA Tour schedule and do have tricky undulations, but this track routinely ranks as one of the easiest on the PGA Tour schedule.

It seems like we emphasize ball striking every week, but it is without a doubt crucial at Sedgefield. It's a bit of an outlier event in that I'm paying absolutely no attention to distance. I'll be focusing on ball strikers that are both accurate off the tee and precise with their irons on approach. J.T. Poston went bogey-free for the tournament last year and Sneds dropped a 59 here a couple of years ago. The winners over the past four years have been at least 21-under par and lots of birdies will be needed this week, so I'll also be searching for players that can go low.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat Sedgefield CC Tour Average
Driving Distance 280 283
Driving Accuracy 62% 61%
GIR Percentage 71% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 58% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.69 0.54

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Greens In Regulation Gained
  • Proximity
  • Birdies or Better Gained
  • SG: Putting (Bermuda)

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Brooks Koepka ($12,200)

Brooks is going to go overlooked this week. Most people are going to target Webb Simpson (who we'll touch on in just a sec) at the top of the board, which opens up a unique leverage opportunity with Koepka.

The concerns that come with rostering him this week are valid...he's heading to Sedgefield off a huge final-round letdown at the PGA last week, this course takes away his greatest strength (OTT), and he never seems to care about "regular" PGA Tour events. I share those concerns myself and view Koepka largely as a way to be contrarian in roster construction this week.

It's very possible (likely) that he mails it in this week, but there's an outside chance that he uses last week's disappointment and all the negative publicity that he gained at the PGA as motivation at the Wyndham. We know that Brooks is wired a little differently than most golfers and takes almost a Michael Jordan-esqe approach to any perceived slights, which means there's a chance that he heads into this week feeling he has something to prove...and he did post a T6 on this course in his last appearance at the Wyndham in 2015.

Webb Simpson ($11,900)

You're gonna see Webb Simpson's name in a lot of PGA DFS articles this week. The guy has a daughter named Wyndham for crying out loud! He's a North Carolina native, a former winner on this course, a two-time winner this year, and he hasn't finished outside of the top-three in this event since 2016.

It all adds up to Webb being a no-brainer type of play this week. This Sedgefield layout is tailor made for his game - length off the tee isn't a factor, great iron play and putting are emphasized - and his track record here reflects the tremendous fit.

The only reason to not be on Webb this week are ownership considerations. Our PGA Research Station for RotoBaller PGA Premium subscribers currently has Simpson projected at 30% ownership (the highest on the slate), so from a leverage perspective a calculated fade of Webb makes sense in large-field GPPs, but from a pure play standpoint, Webb is the strongest on the board.

Paul Casey ($11,500)

It's been a roller-coaster few weeks for Casey backers, as the Englishman logged back-breaking missed cuts at the Memorial and 3M, looked horrid at the WGC, and then nearly won the PGA Championship last week! Such is the enigma that is Paul Casey...a tremendous player with a shaky putting stroke that hasn't won nearly as much as he should have throughout his career.

The veteran heads to Sedgefield with tons of positive momentum after a runner-up finish at TPC Harding Park on the strength of a fabulous ball-striking performance and a decent week with the putter (that's all we're ever looking for from him). His performance on the greens is a hugely positive sign, as that's been the root of his recent struggles. Despite ugly finishes, Casey actually gained strokes both off the tee and on approach at the Memorial, 3M, and WGC...and he gained a MASSIVE 7.2 strokes on Approach last week at Harding Park.

He's teed it up in the Wyndham twice since 2015, posting a T13 last year and a T3 in '15, so we have to feel that he'll be very comfortable on this layout. I never seem to get Casey right in my personal lineups, but personal biases aside, there's a lot to like about him this week.

Harris English ($10,900) 

Harris English enters the week as perhaps the most consistent player in the field. The UGA alum has been a top-25 machine in 2020, notching three-straight top-25s prior to the COVID-19 layoff and four more finishes inside the top-25 in five outings since the restart.

English has ran off five-straight made cuts at the Wyndham since 2015 and should once again play well in his current form. He's basically doing everything well at the moment and stands second in the Wyndham field in SG: Total over short-term measurements.

It's fair to question the win equity here, though I could definitely see English emerging victorious from this type of field. On a week where things get shaky quickly as we move down the salary scale, English is a rock-solid foundation on which to build your lineups.

Billy Horschel ($10,400)

I've found myself rostering Billy Horschel quite a bit lately and the Florida Gator (YUCK! GO VOLS!) has produced solid results. Horschel is an extremely streaky player and is in the midst of a hottish streak right now. He's went T7/T13/T25/T43 over his last four starts and now heads to a Sedgefield track where he's three finishes of T11 or better since 2016.

Horschel loves Bermuda greens and stands ninth in this field in SG: Putting on Bermuda over long-term measurements. His ball striking can be spotty, but he's gained strokes on Approach in three of his last four starts and also comes in ranked fourth in the field in Birdies or Better Gained over his last 12 rounds.

I wish we were getting a little more consistency at this price tag, but that's the cards we're dealt this week. Horschel is a guy we want to pick our spots with, but his recent form and course history indicates this is a great week to fire him up!

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Si Woo Kim ($10,100)

Speaking of consistency - or lack thereof - Si Woo Kim is the poster boy for players that run hot and cold. Kim has reached some amazing highs in his young career - with a victory at the Players Championship in 2017 and in this event in 2016 - but the Korean has also went on months-long stretches of missed cuts over the last couple of years. To say the least...he's tough to figure out.

The signs are point towards a "Good Si Woo" this week. The course history is present on this Sedgefield layout (a missed cut sandwiched between a win in '16 and a 5th last year) and he's also exhibited some hot form as of late, gaining strokes both T2G and on Approach in three-straight starts, including a mark of +8.7 T2G last week en route to a T13 at the PGA Championship. He's definitely not for the faint of heart, but there's legitimate tournament-winning upside that comes with his volatility. Kim's an intriguing GPP option.

Russell Henley ($9,700)

We're betting on potential rather than actual results here with Russell Henley. A three-time winner on the PGA Tour, Henley has been striking the ball beautifully this year, well enough to lead this week's field in both SG: Approach and SG: T2G using most recent 24 round measurements.

Henley's downfall has been an unbelievably-bad putter. He's lost strokes putting in eight of his 10 2020 starts and stands an abysmal 132nd in this field in SG: Putting. On the bright side, Bermuda is historically his best putting surface by a wide margin and he's made the cut in two of his last three starts at the Wyndham. His iron prowess brings tremendous upside into play, but we're simply hoping for the best on the greens.

Ryan Moore ($9,600)

Ryan Moore does some head-scratching things with his schedule. He played in the recent 3M Open and Barracuda Championship, logging back-to-back T12s, but then elected to skip the PGA Championship after getting in with alternate status...

Moore will tee it up this week in North Carolina on a Sedgefield track where he won the 2009 Wyndham and has been consistently good in subsequent years. The Las Vegas native has made four cuts in four Wyndham starts since 2015 with two top-10s among those outings. He heads to Greensboro in good form, having gained strokes both T2G and on Approach in his last four starts. A sharp iron player that knows this layout very well, Moore is a standout sub-$10k option this week.

Charl Schwartzel ($9,400)

I can't honestly remember the last time I had Charl Schwartzel in serious DFS consideration, but I'm interested in the South African this week. Schwartzel has most definitely been down in the valley with his game over the last couple of years, with some weird equipment choices being just one of the problems. However, he's shown some signs of life recently, with a T3 at the 3M Open and a made cut at the PGA Championship. He gained strokes on Approach in both of those starts. The 2011 Masters champ posted a T3 in his last visit to Sedgefield back in 2015 and I like the way the short layout sets up for his game. Schwartzel won't garner any ownership this week, which makes him an interesting option in large-field GPPs.

Sepp Straka ($9,100)

Those of you that read this article regularly are probably familiar with Sepp Straka, as he's been a pretty solid DFS value option for us since the restart. Straka has made six of eight cuts post-layoff with three top-20s among those finishes. He's kinda all over the board statistically, which makes him somewhat unpredictable from week to week, but he played well on a Donald Ross layout at the Rocket Mortgage last month (T8) and posted a T39 in his Wyndham debut last season. When taking the relative weakness of this field into account, it feels like we're getting a lot of bang for our buck with Straka this week.

 

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Patrick Rodgers ($9,000)

We've learned to sorta look over Patrick Rodgers' mediocre Approach statistics because the guy just keeps getting it done in 2020. Rodgers has made the cut in 13 of his 17 starts this year with seven top-25s among those outings, including top-20s in two of his last three at the Memorial and Barracuda. He's made the cut in all three of his Wyndham starts since 2015 with a top-25 two years ago. Rodgers is a tremendous putter that has the ability to go low when he finds a ball-striking groove and is a nice value option for those searching for a cut maker.

Sam Burns ($8,800)

Sedgefield doesn't jump out as a great course fit for Sam Burns, but I'm still interested in the young bomber this week. We need guys that can make birdies in this tournament and Burns comes in ranked fourth in the field in Birdies or Better Gained over his last 24 rounds. While he won't be able to unleash his driver this week, Burns also wields a very dangerous putter and stands fourth in this field in SG: Putting on Bermuda greens over long-term measurements. No course history for him at Sedgefield, so this is truly just a "gut" call, but he feels underpriced in comparison to his talent.

Henrik Norlander ($8,800)

I've been really impressed with Henrik Norlander this season. At 33, he's not a youngster anymore, but he's having his best season as a pro. The Swede has posted four top-10s this year, with his most recent one being an impressive T6 at Memorial. Norlander has ran off five-straight made cuts since failing to make the weekend at the Charles Schwab and is averaging a strong 4.5 SG: T2G over his last five. His iron play has been sharp and Bermuda is his best putting surface. Really like the upside here.

Brice Garnett ($8,500)

We'll close out the week with Brice Garnett, a player that flies under the radar on the PGA Tour. Garnett isn't a guy that we're gonna target very often, but there are some stops on the schedule where I'll give him a look. Sedgefield definitely qualifies as one of those layouts and he's ran off three consecutive top-20 finishes at the Wyndham with a strong T6 last year. Garnett has gained strokes with his irons in each of his last four starts and has a great shot to knock out a made cut for us this week at a dirt-cheap price.

 

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS): 2020 PGA Championship

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! We had a great week with our selections last week, as Justin Thomas walked to a victory in Memphis at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

If you are a PGA DFS player or just a fan of golf in general, we have a huge week on tap, as we head to San Francisco for the year's first major...the 2020 PGA Championship! In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the PGA Championship. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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TPC Harding Park

7,234 Yards - Par 70 - Greens: Bent

At one time a municipal gem that had fallen into disrepair, TPC Harding Park was revitalized thanks to massive renovations just after 2000. The course hosted the 2005 WGC Championship (won by Tiger Woods) and the 2015 WGC Match Play (won by Rory McIlory). Other than that, we don't have a lot to work with outside of some Champions Tour and college events. One notable change to Harding Park came in 2014, when the course decision makers ripped up the Poa Annua greens that are fairly standard on California courses and replaced them with Bentgrass.

While we're not uber familiar with this layout, we have a fairly good idea of how it will play. The quick answer is...long. At 7,234 with just two Par-5s, players will face multiple Par-4s that stretch over 450 yards. Throw in fairways that are lined by Cypress trees, multiple doglegs, rough that is reportedly 4-inches-plus, and cool, damp San Francisco mornings...and this field should have its work cut out for it.

All that said, I don't think this week will be "U.S. Open tough" and players that hit great shots should be able to score. We'll also have a couple of fun, short, Par-4s that will probably be driveable on at least a couple of days by several players. It's probably silly to say that we want to target players that are long and straight off the tee - because that's what we're always looking for - but that will be what's needed on this layout, in addition to sharp iron play, and competency both on and around the greens. It all adds up to me targeting players that are efficient tee-to-green rather than guys that fit into a "type" like "bombers" or "accuracy".

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat TPC Harding Park Tour Average
Driving Distance 284 283
Driving Accuracy 48% 61%
GIR Percentage 60% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 57% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.59 0.54

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Strokes Gained: Off the Tee
  • Greens In Regulation Gained
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Good Drives Gained
  • Par 4 Efficiency: 450-500 yards

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Rory McIlroy ($12,000)

It feels weird as I type this, but is Rory something of an underdog this week? With all the pre-tournament hype surrounding Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka, it feels as though McIlroy heads into the PGA Championship in the very unfamiliar position of being out of the spotlight.

Maybe that's just my impression, as FanDuel certainly respects Rors this week and has him atop their PGA Championship salary scale. Things haven't been fully clicking for McIlroy since the COVID-19 layoff, though he's gained strokes both T2G and OTT in every one of his outings since the restart. He won the 2015 WGC-Match Play at TPC Harding Park and his elite ability with the driver (not to mention his right-to-left ball flight) should once again give him an excellent chance to succeed on this layout.

Obviously, I'd like to see Rory heading into this week in sharper form, but I'll keep a close eye on ownership projections as we inch closer to Thursday. I won't hesitate to go overweight on McIlroy in GPPs if it looks as though he's going to be underowned this week.

Justin Thomas ($11,600)

Last week in this article I ended my Justin Thomas writeup by saying "give me all the JT this week (and next)". Well, here we are and I'm still smiling!

JT came through for us with a win at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude and - as promised - I'm riding the Kentucky native once again this week. Thomas is the exact type of player that I want to target on this TPC Harding Park layout...a player that is excellent in every facet of the game from tee to green. He leads this field in SG: T2G in both long (50 rounds) and short (12 rounds) term measurements and has no real weaknesses in his game at the moment.

Some might be reluctant to roster him the week following a win, but Thomas has been known to play well in bunches, including going for back-to-back wins in 2017 (TOC & Sony Open). I wouldn't be surprised to see him replicate that feat this week.

Brooks Koepka ($11,400) 

The switch has been flipped! Brooks Koepka is another player that we were on in this article last week and Koepka provided just the type of performance that we were looking for as we head into the year's first major championship.

Brooks will be in search of his third-straight PGA Championship win at TPC Harding Park and every indication is that he'll be right in the thick of things. His opening-round 62 in Memphis last week was a thing of beauty and perhaps a statement round to the rest of the PGA Tour. He drove the ball well and his length will be a big advantage on this layout. Koepka's irons were also sterling at TPC Southwind and his mark of 8.4 SG: Approach was his best statistical week since he won last year's PGA Championship at Bethpage.

Intimidation isn't often a word we use in golf, but I believe Koepka is the first player since Tiger Woods that can actually intimidate other players in the field. I expect the Big Game Hunter to be firmly in the mix come Sunday.

Xander Schauffele ($11,100)

We've routinely seen Xander Schauffele in major-championship contention over the last couple of years. The 26-year-old has recorded an impressive five top-five finishes in majors since 2017 and I expect the X-Man to once again give himself a great opportunity to win this week's PGA Championship.

Schauffele lost strokes with his irons at the WGC last week, but made up for it by gaining over six strokes around the greens. This is a common theme with the young star, as his proficiency in every facet of the game can often overcome a bad week in another. He ranks sixth in this elite field in SG: T2G both over long and short-term measurements. One of my favorite plays this week.

Collin Morikawa ($10,700) 

I suppose a lack of major-championship experience is a knock on Collin Morikawa this week, but the young man is so talented that I don't really care about that. He's perhaps the best iron player I've seen since Tiger Woods and his ability to find fairways (second in field in Fairways Gained) and greens (first in field in GIRs Gained) feels like a recipe for success on this Harding Park track.

Morikawa is a native Californian that attended Cal-Berkeley. He logged a T5 in 2018 during a college event at TPC Harding Park and is on the record discussing his familiarity with the layout. As if the two-time PGA Tour winner needed an edge, his previous experience on this course might give him a legit leg-up on the majority of the field this week.

Tony Finau ($10,000)

Tony Finau's inability to close out tournaments over the last few weeks is both well-documented and frustrating. However, we shouldn't let that recency bias take us off Big Tony this week.

Yes...Finau hasn't been able to win, but he's still played excellent golf over the past month, as he produced SG: T2G marks of +4.4 at Memorial and +9.5 at the 3M Open. His career track record in majors is pristine and he's missed just 3 cuts in 15 career major-championship starts with three top-five finishes.

His length helps him to navigate tough layouts well and I expect that to once again be the case on this TPC Harding Park track that will require both distance and accuracy off the tee. Don't count on a win, but look for Finau to be an excellent source of fantasy production this week.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Tyrrell Hatton ($9,900)

It feels like there might be a little recency bias at play here with Tyrrell Hatton, as basically his worst performance of the year came last week in Memphis. The result is a little less buzz for the Englishman around the PGA DFS industry and an utterly reasonable price tag on FanDuel.

Hatton lost strokes in every area at TPC Southwind last week, but it was really his first stumble of 2020, as he's been a top-five machine every time he's teed it up this season. He captured the API earlier this year - on the heels of a strong performance at the WGC-Mexico - and scored top-fives in both of his post-layoff starts at the RBC Heritage and the Rocket Mortgage. Sure, we'd feel a bit better about things this week if he'd looked better in Memphis, but it gives us a chance to "buy low" on a player that's been consistently great throughout this season.

Jason Day ($9,900)

Man...it really feels like we're getting into the sweet spot of the salary scale as we dip below $10k. We're really hard-pressed to find a bad option at the top of the $9k price range this week.

We'll keep things rolling with Jason Day, a player that I've basically quit cold turkey over the last couple years. Day committed to playing more in the aftermath of the COVID-19 layoff, and after a sluggish start, is playing his best golf in years. The Aussie has ran off three straight top-seven finishes against elite fields on the strength of impressive tee-to-green play. Day has went +7/+6.2/+6.2 in SG: T2G over his last three starts.

He's been a beast in majors throughout his career with just six missed cuts in 37 career starts in major championships. Day won the 2015 PGA Championship and also has an unreal FOUR runner-up finishes in majors over his career. He's long off the tee, has gained strokes with his irons in four straight tournaments, and his one of the best scramblers in the world. Day is always a player I like on tough layouts and I'm more interested in him this week than I have been in years.

Viktor Hovland ($9,800)

One of the most exciting young players in golf, Hovland was impressive even before he turned pro and it's been more of the same since he earned his Tour Card. He picked up his first win earlier this year at the Puerto Rico Open and has been in straight beast mode since the restart. Hovland ran off five-straight top-25s in the first five post-layoff tournaments and nearly grabbed a win at the Workday Open. He ranks first in this elite field in SG: Ball Striking and second in SG: T2G over 24 round measurements and has only been held back by putting that's been comically bad at times. His short game is a work in progress, but he's made some strides recently (though there's still the occasional hosel rocket). Some will point to his youth and inexperience in major championships, but Hovland played extremely well in two major starts as an amateur last year (T32 Masters & T12 U.S. Open). If we think tee-to-green ball striking is important this week - and I certainly do - then we have to give this young man very serious consideration.

Gary Woodland ($9,800)

I'm never over-the-moon-in-love with Gary Woodland because he has proven himself to be inconsistent over the years, but this still feels like a great value on a player that has elite ball-striking skills. We all know that Woody is uber-talented, we just never really know when it's all gonna come together. It certainly did at Pebble Beach in last year's U.S. Open, when the Jayhawk took down the first major championship of his career. There was an understandable "hangover" for Woodland after that victory, but he's put together some nice outings this season, with a top-10 at the Schwab and a top-five at the Workday being the most recent. Length and ball-striking ability will be paramount this week and - while there's some inherent volatility that comes with rostering him - Woodland has proven himself to be elite in those areas.

Daniel Berger ($9,700)

When I first scrolled through FanDuel pricing this week, I honestly thought I had missed Daniel Berger my first time through the salary scale. I rechecked the $10k price range...no Berger. I was basically shocked to eventually find him at $9.7k, as you can make the argument that Berger has been the most consistent player in the world this year.

After almost two years of battling a wrist injury, we saw signs that the former rising star was beginning to get fully healthy during the Swing Season. Any doubts were completely erased as we rolled into 2020, as solid performances in January led to a T9 in Phoenix and back-to-back top-fives at the AT&T Pro-Am and the Honda. Berger then came out of the restart firing with a win against an elite field at the Charles Schwab and top-three finishes at the Heritage and last week in Memphis.

He's been dazzling tee-to-green and shown mental toughness, as well as grit around the greens. The only knock I can level against Berger is his lack of success in major championships to this point.

 

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Abraham Ancer ($9,400)

After an interesting experience (and beatdown at the hands of Tiger Woods) in last year's President's Cup, Ancer has appeared ready to insert himself into the conversation as one of the best players in the world. The pint-sized Mexican logged runner-up finishes both pre-layoff (The AmEx) and post-layoff (RBC Heritage) on the strength of his world-class iron play. He's also proven himself to be accurate off the tee, as he ranks ninth in this week's field in Fairways Gained over short-term measurements. He only has four career starts in major championships, but this could be a nice breakout spot for Ancer.

Matthew Fitzpatrick ($9,300)

Matthew Fitzpatrick is too cheap. Yes, I have concerns about his lack of length off the tee...but he's still too cheap.

Fitz has been an extremely consistent performer since the restart, missing just one cut in six post-layoff starts with no finishes worse than T32. The Englishman has also proven himself to be solid in major-championship settings, as he made the cut in all four majors last year with three top-25s. I don't know that this is terrific course fit for Fitz, but he's used to being one of the shorter players on Tour and plays long Par-4s surprisingly well (ranks 23rd in the field on Par-4s: 450-500 yards) thanks to his solid long-iron play.

Shane Lowry ($9,100)

More of a "gut" play for me than anything, I'm intrigued with the defending Open champion this week as a sneaky dark-horse. I think Lowry was basically lost in a maze of pubs for about six months after his win at Royal Portrush, but the Irishman appears to finally be coming out of the fog as we head into major season. He had logged four career top-10s in major championships before taking down the Open last year and I think that ability to navigate tough courses will translate well to TPC Harding Park this week. Lowry gained 7.2 strokes T2G in Memphis last week - his best numbers T2G in a tournament since the Open - and he just might be rounding into form at the right time.

Chez Reavie ($8,500)

Am I taking crazy pills or something? How is Chez Reavie only $8.5k this week? Yes it's an extremely deep field, but our boy Chez is striping it right now. He was a favorite value play in this article last week and paid huge dividends with a T6 in Memphis against...an extremely deep field. Last week's finish was his third-straight top-25 result and he stands third in this ultra-elite field in SG: T2G over the last 12 measured rounds. Reavie might not have a major championship "pedigree", but his record in majors is surprisingly good...he's went T12-T14 in the last two PGA Championships and scored a T3 in last year's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. His putting could undoubtedly derail him this week, but I'm more than willing to take that chance at this price.

Tom Lewis ($7,600)

We're closing out the week with an intriguing punt option. At $7.6k, Tom Lewis is an intriguing value option in GPPs, as the Englishman heads to TPC Harding Park with some impressive recent form. A former phenom, Lewis won in Europe shortly after turning pro, but basically lost his game for a few years. He earned his PGA Tour card for this season by qualifying through the KFT Finals and has played very well since the restart with solid outings at the Rocket Mortgage (T12) and 3M Open (T32). That run of good play culminated with a T2 at last week's WGC event. Lewis gained over five strokes T2G in Memphis - his second straight start bettering five SG: T2G - and looked especially sharp with his irons.

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS): WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! You guys probably don't want me to bring it up, but last week's 3M Open was a bloodbath for many DFS players, with roughly as many 0/6 lineups as 6/6 lineups!

It shouldn't be a problem to get 6/6 through this week, as we head to Memphis for the no-cut WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. This is a small, elite field, and we'll have to be creative in order to avoid duplicate lineups. We'll also want to target players that can produce solid scores for all four rounds. In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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TPC Southwind

7,237 Yards - Par 70 - Greens: Bermuda  

Doglegs, bunkers, and water hazards...oh my! That's what awaits players at this former Memphis dairy farm. TPC Southwind winds through lakes, streams, and ponds with the danger of water always lurking...especially on the par-3 11th hole that is almost a 'baby brother' to the famous 17th island green at TPC Sawgrass. Many of Southwind's par-4's have dogleg tendencies, which forces the bombers to throttle down a bit, though we have seen long hitters like Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka play very well here. Precise ball striking will be key, as the water hazards and almost 100 bunkers in play demand accuracy. Southwind is a long-ish Par 70 and ranked as one of the tougher tracks on the PGA Tour last season.

Both these fairways and greens are tough to hit, so I will primarily be targeting ball strikers with sharp iron games. Since this is a WGC event with no cut, I'll be willing to sacrifice consistency a bit in order to target players that can rack up birdies. We have eight par-4s that are 450 yards or longer, so I'll lean towards guys that fair well on long par-4s.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat TPC Southwind Tour Average
Driving Distance 286 283
Driving Accuracy 54% 61%
GIR Percentage 59% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 59% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.44 0.54

 

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Greens In Regulation Gained
  • Strokes Gained: Ball Striking
  • Bogey Avoidance
  • Par 4 Efficiency: 450-500 yards

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Jon Rahm ($12,000)

The world's new No. 1 player after a win at the Memorial, Jon Rahm sits atop the salary scale this week. The young Spaniard initially looked sluggish coming out of the COVID-19 layoff, but has steadily found his groove. We thought there were signs that things were coming together after a final-round 64 at the Workday, and sure enough, Rahm played flawlessly at Memorial, gaining a ridiculous 15.5 strokes T2G en route to the biggest win of his young career.

He doesn't have much experience on this layout, but recorded a top-10 in last year's WGC-FedEx. Rahm historically feasts on long Par-4s and ranks sixth in this week's field in Par-4 Efficiency on holes measuring 450-500 yards (he'll see eight of them this week) over long-term measurements.

As evidenced by his performance at Muirfield Village, Rahm is rounding into form nicely and will be a formidable presence both this week and during the upcoming major championships.

Justin Thomas ($11,700)

JT may very well be the most popular DFS play on this week's slate, but he's a scary fade in his current form. Outside of a random missed cut on cold putting weeks, Thomas has been immaculate throughout 2020, winning the Sentry TOC early in the year and narrowly missing another victory at the Workday a few weeks ago.

He ranks third in this field in SG: T2G over his last 12 rounds and that mastery of every facet is what makes him so enticing this week on a TPC Southwind layout that will test every area of a player's game. JT doesn't really have any weaknesses at the moment and also brings his unbelievable birdie-making ability to the table in a no-cut format. Give me all the JT this week (and next).

Collin Morikawa ($10,900) 

It's kind of shocking to see Collin Morikawa starting to become routinely priced with all the "elite" players on the salary scale, but that's the reality of this kid's talent. The only knock you can level against Morikawa this week is his lack of experience on this layout, though that hasn't been a problem for him since turning pro, as he's already recorded two victories in about a year's time.

He has a chance to be a truly generational iron player and that sort of sharp ball striking is just what this TPC Southwind layout demands. I've been a believer since Day One and I'm not gonna start doubting the kid now.

Brooks Koepka ($10,700)

Trying to peg Brooks Koepka in non-major events has proven to be something of a fool's errand, but this ol' fool is getting back into the Brooksy business for the next two weeks. Koepka is one of the few players in the field that actually regularly played this event prior to it being bumped up to WGC status and he's on record saying that he's very comfortable on this layout. His history at TPC Southwind reflects that, as he won this event last year and also has two additional top-three finishes on his FedEx St. Jude resume. It's a fair question to ask if Brooks is physically "right", but after a much-improved ball striking display in Minny last week, it feels as though he's beginning to "flip the switch" with the year's first major championship on the horizon.

Viktor Hovland ($10,600) 

Fair or not, Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa, and Matthew Wolff are often mentioned in the same breath...so I didn't want to write-up Morikawa this week without talking about my guy V-Hova. After a brilliant post-layoff run in which Hovland ran off five-straight top-25 outings, he finally ran out of gas over the weekend at Memorial and tumbled into a T48 finish.

Hovland finally had a week to rest and should head into this week feeling ready and recharged. His numbers have been phenomenal since the restart and he ranks first in this super-elite field in SG: Ball Striking over short-term measurements. Like Morikawa, the knock is that he doesn't have any course experience, but his elite ball striking should translate perfectly to TPC Southwind and his birdie-making ability (third in the field in Birdies or Better Gained) is hard to ignore when he's guaranteed four rounds.

Daniel Berger ($10,500)

Many will quickly throw Berger in the "Course History" category this week because he's won on this course twice (2016 & '17). That's obviously some nice background, but I'm actually more on the Berger train due to his current form. Yes, he missed the cut his last time out at Memorial after taking a well-deserved multiple week break, but he actually gained ground both off the tee and on approach at Muirfield Village, and he still stands second in this elite field in both SG: Total and Birdies or Better Gained over his last 12 rounds even with that lackluster outing factored in. Some will be turned off by that missed cut and his price tag, but I look for Berger to resume what has been a tremendous 2020 at his old stomping grounds this week.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Matthew Fitzpatrick ($10,200)

The Englishman is another player that's been in excellent form since the restart, having made the cut in four of five post-layoff starts, with a third-place finish in his most recent outing at the Memorial. Fitzpatrick is a player that relies heavily on his putter, but his ball striking numbers have been trending in the right direction. He gained 5.6 strokes T2G at the Memorial and has been on the positive side with his irons in four of his last five tournaments. He gained five strokes T2G en route to a T4 on this layout in last year's WGC St. Jude and is a tremendous Bermuda-grass putter that could go a bit overlooked this week.

Tony Finau ($10,100)

Shewww...Tony 🙁

No one is more frustrated with Finau's inability to win than me and he let another one slip away in Minnesota last week. While his failure to close is kinda soul-crushing from a pure fan standpoint, he's still a very nice DFS option this week. He heads to Memphis in razor-sharp form and leads this week's field in both Birdies or Better Gained and SG: Approach over his last 12 rounds. If we want to take a positive outlook on his last couple of weekend debacles, we can at least say that he's playing well enough to put himself in position consistently.

Tommy Fleetwood ($9,900)

We didn't expect much from Fairway Jesus in his first post-layoff start in Minnesota last week and it's a good thing we took the wait-and-see approach, as the Englishman did look a bit rusty en route to a missed cut at the 3M Open. We can view that disappointment as a nice knock-the-rust-off outing and I expect Tommy to look much sharper this week in Memphis on a TPC Southwind layout that suits him perfectly as evidenced by his T4 outing in last year's WGC St. Jude. Fleetwood is always extremely popular with DFS players, but we might see his normally-high ownership slip a bit due to his lackluster outing last week. Great bounce-back spot.

Billy Horschel ($9,500)

Rostering Billy Horschel always brings with it a certain level of anxiety, as he undoubtedly runs hot and cold. We're catching Horschel in what appears to be the beginning of a warm stretch, as he heads to Memphis on the heels of two strong performances at Muirfield Village that resulted in impressive finishes at both the Workday (T7) and the Memorial (T13). It would makes sense for him to keep that positive momentum going on a TPC Southwind layout where he's historically played well. Horschel posted a T9 in last year's WGC St. Jude to go with two additional top-10's from back in the old St. Jude Classic days. He's a terrific Bermuda-grass putter and has a sneaky amount of upside, even in this elite field.

Matthew Wolff ($9,000)

Matthew Wolff doesn't seem like a great fit for this course on paper, but I'm intrigued by his explosive scoring ability over four guaranteed rounds. He squeaked out a top-25 finish in last year's WGC St. Jude and comes to town on the heels of some strong recent outings, including a near-miss at the Rocket Mortgage and top-25s at both the Memorial and 3M Open. The rising star has gained strokes T2G in each of his last four starts and stands 14th in this field in Birdies or Better Gained over his last 12 rounds. If this were a standard event with a 36-hole cut, I'd be a little leery of Wolff's volatility, but the no-cut nature of this week gives us a chance to shoot for some high-upside fantasy points with the youngster.

 

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Paul Casey ($8,800)

His recent results are very poor by his standards, but man, Paul Casey feels cheap here. The Englishman logged a semi-shocking missed cut at the 3M last week thanks losing a comically-bad 6.1 strokes putting. Casey actually gained strokes both OTT and on Approach for the second-straight week in Minnesota, so things aren't really as bad as they appear on the surface. Obviously, he'll have to figure the flatstick out to some extent in order to succeed this week, but I'm willing to gamble on a player that is a reliable ballstriker and has gained strokes T2G in six of his last eight starts dating back to January...especially at this price.

Joaquin Niemann ($8,800)

What can I say? I'm a sucker for good ball strikers! I'm willing to fall for the trap with Joaquin Niemann this week, as - like the aforementioned Paul Casey - he's routinely turning in crisp ball striking performances only to be undone by bad putting numbers, such as his -5.7 mark on the greens at the Memorial. In a field full of stars, Niemann grades out second in SG: Approach over his last 12 rounds and comes in fifth in the field in SG: Ball Striking over the same time frame.

Corey Conners ($8,400)

The ball-striking parade continues with Corey Conners at $8.4k. The Canadian has morphed into one of the most dependable iron players on the PGA Tour to the point that he's only lost strokes on Approach twice in this calendar year. He heads to Memphis on the heels of gaining 5.1 & 4.8 strokes T2G in back-to-back events at Muirfield Village. Conners held his own against the big boys on this layout last year by recording a T27, while gaining strokes T2G. I expect him to once again be sharp from tee to green and we'll simply cross our fingers for a decent putting week on these Bermuda greens that are historically his "least worst" surface.

Bubba Watson ($8,400)

Bubba is never a go-to DFS play for me, but I'm willing to fire him up under the right circumstances. This layout - at this discounted price tag - feels like a decent spot to consider the mercurial lefty. Watson disappointed his backers with a missed cut at the 3M last week, but he actually gained strokes in Minnesota...and looked extremely sharp en route to gaining an impressive 7.8 strokes on Approach at the Memorial two weeks ago. Bubba posted a top-10 in this event last year and Southwind's many doglegs suit his ability to work the ball in all directions.

Chez Reavie ($8,200)

A very nice blend of course history and recent form with Chez Reavie this week. He heads to Tennessee off back-to-back top-25 finishes at the Workday and Memorial, and has now gained strokes T2G in three-straight starts. Reavie posted a T27 in this event last year, as well as a T6 ('18) and a T4 ('17) prior to the tournament being bumped to WGC status. We've seen the veteran post some strong results against elite competition (a T3 in last year's U.S. Open) when his putter cooperates and his putting stroke has look much-improved over the past month.

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS): 3M Open

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! A signature win for young Jon Rahm at the Memorial in what were U.S. Open-like conditions. With the victory, the Spaniard ascends to the top of the OWGR as we head into some huge PGA events.

After a mini-major caliber field at Muirfield Village, we come tumbling back down to Earth a bit for the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities. In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the 3M Open. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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TPC Twin Cities

7,481 Yards - Par 71 - Greens: Bentgrass  

This TPC Twin Cities layout was a longtime host of a PGA Tour Champions event, but finally got its shot at the big time last year. The Arnold Palmer layout (with tons of input from Tom Lehman) opened in 2000 and was long considered one of the best tracks on the Champions Tour schedule. The course was lengthened to just over 7,400 yards in prep of last year's inaugural 3M Open.

The addition of yardage didn't slow down the PGA Tour pros however, as we saw three players reach the 20-under par mark in 2019. There are 27 bodies of water in play on this course that takeadvantage of its natural contours and rolling landscape, but players will be able to swing away with drivers as the fairways at TPC Twin Cities are VERY WIDE. This fact - coupled with the players that did well last year - makes me give a significant bump to driving distance and strokes gained: off the tee

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat TPC Twin Cities Tour Average
Driving Distance 290 283
Driving Accuracy 66% 61%
GIR Percentage 74% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 55% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.39 0.54

While distance is always an advantage, that rings especially true this week, as the bombers can fire away at TPC Twin Cities' very generous fairways. Like the fairways, these greens are easy to hit and we'll need to target golfers that can rack up birdies in bunches.

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Strokes Gained: Off The Tee
  • Greens In Regulation Gained
  • Strokes Gained: Ball Striking
  • Driving Distance
  • Birdie Or Better %

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Dustin Johnson ($12,400)

We're always a little reluctant to roster DJ off a multiple week layoff, but I actually had high hopes for him at Memorial. They were quickly dashed, as DJ wasted no time blowing up Thursday morning en route to shooting 80-80 for the week. Not pretty.

However, I'm not opposed to rostering DJ off a missed cut, as he's followed up a missed cut with a win three times in his career (credit to @JustinRayGolf for that nugget). This will be Johnson's first look at TPC Twin Cities, but it should be right down his alley, as he'll have the opportunity to hit it as far as he can and rack up birdies.

Yes...DJ looked horrible last week, BUT he is undoubtedly the class of this week's field on a track that is tailor made for him in theory. It almost feels like you have to have some exposure to him in DFS formats.

Brooks Koepka ($12,100)

Brooks isn't a "pick" for me this week, but I felt he deserved to be touched on, because he is an elite player in a very weak field. We know that Koepka can "flip the switch" better than any player in golf, but you have to wonder if that's gonna come next week at the WGC in the lead-up to the PGA Championship. He hasn't shown much recently and didn't exactly light this course up in his 3M appearance last year, so a bet on Brooks is a bet that he is ready and able to turn it on. I'm not there myself and will be more interested two weeks from now.

Tony Finau ($11,600) 

Another agonizing near miss for Finau last week at the Memorial, as he once again failed to step on the throat of the field in a tournament that he was leading. The hangover from his horrible weekend at Muirfield Village is a concern, but Finau's ability both off the tee and to make birdies should help him to thrive on this golf course. He leads this week's field in Birdies or Better Gained over the last 24 rounds, despite not really playing his best golf since the restart.

Another factor that has be leaning in Tony's direction is his familiarity with this layout - he notched a top-25 finish in the inaugural 3M Open last season - an advantage that not many in this field have. I'm hopeful of a Finau bounce-back this week, but I recognize that we could get burned here. Normally reliable, I would almost classify him as a boom-or-bust option in this spot.

Paul Casey ($11,200) 

The word "reliable" doesn't come to mind when discussing this field, but Paul Casey feels like perhaps the most steady option on the board this week. The Englishman missed the cut last week at Memorial thanks to carding an 8 on a Par-3, though outside of that one-hole meltdown he played well, gaining strokes both off the tee and on approach.

Casey's weakness is his short game, but I'm not at all concerned about that area on this TPC Twin Cities layout that should present a low-stress environment when it comes to scrambling. He's a world-class ballstriker and should find this layout very much to his liking. We will need Casey to make some putts however, and bent is by far his best surface historically. He'll be popular, but there's a lot to like here.

Matthew Wolff ($10,900)

The defending 3M Open champion has been a study in volatility over his first year on the PGA Tour, as we've seen highs - his win in this event last year - and lows - he's missed half the cuts since the restart.

So, while getting Wolff right is kinda like hitting a moving target, we do have to be encouraged as he heads to Minnesota this week. He's displayed some signs that he's finding his form - a near-win at the Rocket Mortgage a few weeks ago and a very strong ball striking week at the Memorial - and we know that he's comfortable on this layout.

The young bomber will be freed up to swing away off the tee this week and we know that he can bomb it - sixth on the PGA Tour in driving distance this season. His length will help on this layout and it wouldn't be surprising to see him in the mix Sunday afternoon.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Erik Van Rooyen ($10,200)

My buddy Nagels Bagels calls them "Ball Striking Bastards" and we can definitely put EVR in that category. The South African used to be something of a hidden gem that we could fire up in major championships at low ownership, but he's been playing more and more in the U.S. this year and the secret is now one that everybody knows.

Van Rooyen was second in last week's elite Memorial field in SG: Approach, gaining a MASSIVE 8.3 strokes with his irons. Like the aforementioned Paul Casey, EVR's short game can be extremely hit or miss, but that's not something we are concerned with this week.

Another narrative you can consider with him this week...he played his college golf at the University of Minnesota, which often uses TPC Twin Cities' facilities for practice, so EVR is not only coming off a tremendous ball striking performance last week, but he should be extremely comfortable and familiar with this golf course.

Sam Burns ($10,000)

This is the portion of the salary scale where pricing starts to get a little gross this week. However, we just have to power through it in this fairly weak field. I'm not crazy about Sam Burns' $10k price tag, but I do really like him as a play in this spot.

Burns is a young bomber out of LSU that is averaging just over 311 yards off the tee this season. The 23-year-old has been under-the-radar solid since the restart, making three of four cuts with two top-25s. He logged a T7 in last year's 3M Open and checks all the boxes on this TPC Twin Cities layout. His length allows him to devour Par-5s, he'll have plenty of room to operate off the tee, and he's actually a tremendous putter that stands 27th on the PGA Tour this season in SG: Putting.

Henrik Norlander ($9,800)

Another price tag that triggers my gag reflex, but sometimes you just gotta ride the hot hand. Henrik Norlander has been a value-play mainstay for us over the past month and he's rewarded us by going T6-T31-T12 over his last three starts. We can't expect him to replicate his +8.4 SG: Putting numbers from last week at the Memorial, but his +4.1 mark on approach from Muirfield Village should be repeatable and is really what we're targeting here. He ranks inside the top-25 in this 3M field in every major ball striking metric over his last 24 rounds.

Patrick Rodgers ($9,800)

Patrick Rodgers fits into the Sam Burns "bombs it off the tee and makes tons of putts" mold, and it's a formula that I'm willing to lean on this week. Rodgers' approach numbers aren't as strong as we normally like to see, but I'm willing to make some exceptions on a week such as this. He's 16th in this field in Driving Distance and seventh in SG: Putting over the last 24 rounds, tools which should help him to succeed on this layout.

Will Gordon ($9,500)

The youngster fresh out of Vandy popped up a few weeks ago with a T3 at the Travelers and promptly missed the cut the following week at the Rocket Mortgage. He hasn't teed it up since, which might help him fly under the radar a bit this week. Gordon is an explosive young player that is very long off the tee and can make birdies in bunches. He only has 22 qualifying rounds, but stands fifth in this field in Birdies or Better. We must be willing to accept a certain level of volatility this week, and while Gordon is still a bit of an unknown, early stat indicators point to him bringing lots of upside to the table.

 

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Troy Merritt ($9,100)

I had some interest in Troy Merritt last week and he totally hung me out to dry. However, I'm willing to try again with Merritt in this spot, as he has strong Minnesota ties and played well en route to a T7 in last year's 3M Open. He's a "jack of all trades" type of player and we never really know where to put him statistically, as some weeks he'll get it done with the irons and some weeks it's with the putter. More of a gut play than a statistical one, I wouldn't be surprised to see him play well.

Sam Ryder ($8,900)

This week's theme seems to be "embrace the volatility" and Sam Ryder is a player that truly embodies that, as some weeks the 30-year-old looks like a top-50 player in the world and some weeks he looks as though he should be playing on the Korn Ferry Tour. He's extremely tough to predict, but he gained over four strokes both OTT and on Approach two weeks ago at the Workday which is very encouraging.

Richy Werenski ($8,800)

On a week where everyone feels overpriced, Werenski is actually a player that feels somewhat underpriced in comparison to the field. He's made the cut in all four of his post-layoff starts and most recently logged a T35 (Workday) and a T21 (Rocket Mortgage) the last two times he's teed it up. Werenski gained an impressive 6.3 strokes on approach in his last start at the Workday. On what's a shaky week, he passes for a stable option - especially at this sub-$9k price tag.

Chase Sieffert ($8,600)

Another player that appears cheap at first glance, Chase Sieffert is coming off the best result of his young career in his last start, a fourth-place finish at the Workday. The FSU alum is a great bentgrass putter, but he's starting to raise the level of his iron play. Seiffert has gained strokes on approach in his last EIGHT starts on the PGA Tour, dating back to November of last year. Outside of the Workday top-five, it hasn't necessarily translated into great results, but his game is on the upswing right now.

Seamus Power ($7,600)

We're closing out the week with a bargain-basement special in Seamus Power. The Irishman - and East Tennessee State University alum - hasn't been teeing it up much lately, but looked extremely impressive in his only post-layoff start at the Rocket Mortgage when he scored a T12. He hits it a long way with the driver, which give him explosive scoring ability. Power ranks 28th in this field in Birdies Gained and seventh in Eagles Gained.

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS): The Memorial

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! The Workday Charity Open was a new event played on a familiar course and it was perhaps the best Sunday we've seen since golf's return. A ridiculously-talented final group of Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, and Viktor Hovland battled throughout the day, with Morikawa eventually prevailing over JT in a playoff. Great stuff!

We have another great tournament on deck this week as the PGA Tour stays at Muirfield Village for the second of back to back tournaments at Jack Nicklaus' place! In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the Memorial. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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The Memorial - PGA DFS Overview

Muirfield Village

7,456 Yards - Par 72 - Greens: Bentgrass w/ Poa  

We can always count on a Nicklaus-designed course to force the players into strategic thinking and Muirfield Village doesn't disappoint. 'The Golden Bear' built this course from the ground up in the 1970's and he continually updates it as needed. It's lengthy, but isn't a 'bomber's track'. Difficult, but not impossible to score on. In other words, Muirfield is a very high-quality golf course. The emphasis this week will be on accuracy and ballstriking, with players being required to hit both tree-lined fairways and undulating greens. Water is in play on 11 holes, with bunkers also causing trouble for the players. The closing stretch is one of the toughest in golf, with 16, 17, and 18 presenting players with a challenging close to their rounds. We'll also see slightly thicker rough and noticeably faster greens than we saw last week at the Workday. I'll be heavily weighting Strokes Gained: Approach, SG: OTT and bogey avoidance/scrambling this week at Muirfield.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat Muirfield Village Tour Average
Driving Distance 283 283
Driving Accuracy 68% 61%
GIR Percentage 62% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 53% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.52 0.54

Muirfield's fairly generous fairways are rather easy to hit, but you'll notice that the GIR % on this layout is below the Tour average due to the comparatively small size of these greens and the (normally) thick rough. Players that are great scramblers and bunker players will have a leg up on the field, as will those that thrive on long Par-4s. Of course, the best way to score is to hit the greens on approach, which makes sharp iron players the targets on this "second-shot golf course" this week.

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Par 4 Efficiency (450-500 yards)
  • Greens In Regulation Gained
  • Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
  • Bogey Avoidance
  • Sand Saves Gained

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Bryson DeChambeau ($12,000)

"Bryson's Blistering Bombs Tour" (maybe I should trademark that?) took a week off for the Workday, but DeChambeau will be back in action this week at the Memorial, a tournament that he won two years ago.

We all know that what Bryson is doing off the tee is unbelievable, but there are two legitimate questions that haven't been answered: 1) Is it sustainable? and 2) Will this style translate to every golf course?

The sustainability issue is one that only time can answer, but I think the question of Bryson's new-found style working at Muirfield Village is an interesting one. There's plenty of room off the tee on this layout - and certainly some holes where DeChambeau's length will be a big advantage - but we know that this is a second-shot golf course. Bryson has had some amazing approach numbers in a couple of the events since the restart, but his iron game (really wedge for him) was pedestrian in his last two starts at the Travelers and the Rocket Mortgage, with his results being aided by fabulous putting weeks.

Saying all that is perhaps the wordy way of saying: DeChambeau's length will give him an advantage on every golf course - including this one - and he will always be in contention when leading the field in putting like he did at Detroit, but this layout will test his approach game like no other has since the restart. I continue to say that he's a "scary fade" and that is once again this case this week, even at this price tag.

Patrick Cantlay ($11,600)

The Workday proved to be a rather sluggish week for Cantlay, until he finally woke up on Sunday with a final-round 65 that shot him up the leaderboard. His light schedule is always a bit frustrating for me as a DFS player, but I always like him on the second week of a back-to-back, as it gives him a chance to find his groove. This is especially true on this Muirfield Village layout where he's been borderline dominant over the last couple of years. Cantlay gained strokes in every major category last week and I look for him to be even sharper in this spot.

Dustin Johnson ($11,500) 

Dustin Johnson reminded us just how good he can be when he won the Travelers a few weeks ago. DJ has also been known to win in bunches, which puts him smack-dab in the middle of my DFS radar this week. We can't expect or predict when Johnson will gain six strokes putting liking he did at the Travelers, but I'm more encouraged by his hot iron play. He gained six shots on approach in Connecticut - and 3.1 with his irons the week before that at Hilton Head - and that's where this event will be won or lost...on approach shots. If we do want to take a look at putting, we can see that bent/poa is historically DJ's best surface and it's translated into a T8 and solo-third finishes over his last three starts at the Memorial.

Collin Morikawa & Viktor Hovland ($11,300 & $11,100) 

Two unbelievable young players that showed us just what they are made of last week. I've said multiple times in articles here at RotoBaller that I believe Morikawa has a chance to be the best iron player that we've seen on the PGA Tour since Tiger Woods, and he certainly lived up to that last week, as he gained a massive 9.2 strokes on approach shots en route to winning the Workday Open. Hovland is perhaps a good comp to the aforementioned Dustin Johnson, as his ball striking is already elite, but he's still finding his way with the short game. He lost strokes putting at the Workday - it was the fourth week in a row - though he was right in the thick of things until the last few holes. This Muirfield layout obviously sets up perfectly for both these guys, my only reluctance is the hangover factor. Can Morikawa stay up after a win? Can Hovland overcome the mental letdown of a near miss? If their short time on the PGA Tour is any indication, they will both answer the bell this week.

 

Tiger Woods ($10,600)

I could spend this entire article talking about all the players in the "elite" price range this week, but I'm wrapping up the "high-priced plays" with Mr. Woods. Tiger has won this event five times in his career and this layout is tailor made for his game. He's perhaps the greatest course tactitian that we've ever seen and he's able to put his unbelievable golf IQ to work on this Muirfield layout. Obviously, the concern is his long layoff - Tiger hasn't teed it up in a PGA Tour event since February - and the rust factor. It's a legit worry when considering whether or not to roster him, but I stopped doubting Tiger a long time ago.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Daniel Berger ($10,200)

Hey remember this guy? Daniel Berger has been chillin' for the last couple of weeks, but he's earned that right with his amazing 2020 output, as he's went T9/T5/T4/Win/T3 over his last five starts. Berger leads this week's elite field in Strokes Gained: Total over his last 12 measured rounds (yes that even includes Bryson) and his game is firing in all areas right now. He doesn't strike me as a "rest on his laurels" type of guy and I imagine he's used the last couple of weeks to maintain his health and recharge for a very important upcoming stretch of tournaments. His iron play has been crisp and his short game very reliable. Strangely, Berger hasn't performed great in his two Memorial starts since 2015, though on paper this should be a great course for him. My interest lies in the fact that he might go overlooked this week, so I'll be keeping a close eye on ownership projections as the week progresses and won't hesitate to pull the trigger on Berger if it appears he's going to be underowned.

Abraham Ancer ($9,900)

Iron play is important this week? How about our guy Abraham Ancer, who just a few short weeks ago hit 18 of 18 greens in the final round of the RBC Heritage?

Ancer leads this elite field in SG: Approach over his last 12 measured rounds and has finished no worse that T14 in three starts since play on the PGA Tour resumed. His Memorial history is fairly pedestrian and his ability both on and around the greens (the weakest part of his game) will be put to the test this week at Muirfield. For me though, I always side with ball striking, and Ancer has been as consistently good, or perhaps better, than anyone with his irons since the restart.

Tony Finau ($9,800)

I'm sorry guys, but as Tony Finau's DFS price continues to drop, I continue to fall for it. We all know the type of quality player that Finau is, but - admittedly - something has been a little bit off with his game as of late. That said, Tony's had a week off to figure things out - and I noticed on Twitter that he shot a 59 at a local course during his break - so hopefully we'll see a re-energized Finau this week. He's played well on this course, with three finishes inside the top-13 in five Memorial starts since 2015. This is more of a gut-call/price-based play than a statistical one, but it feels like he's gonna come around at some point and pop for a top-five outing.

Joaquin Niemann ($9,700)

You can throw Joaquin Niemann in that Morikawa/Hovland bucket of young, rising stars. Just 21-years-old, Niemann is a top-flight ball striker with a short game that comes and goes. He failed to get untracked last week at the Workday, despite gaining just over four strokes with his irons, but it was another solid performance from him on this Muirfield layout (a T27 and a T6 in two previous Memorial starts) and, despite his relative volatility, he's the type of player that brings some serious upside to the table when he gets things clicking.

Kevin Streelman ($9,300)

A seasoned veteran that brings a unique combination of strong course history and hot current form with him this week. Streelman logged a T7 last week, on the heels of a runner-up finish a couple of weeks ago at the Travelers Championship. He scored a solo-fourth in last year's Memorial and has finished inside the top-18 in four of his last five Memorial starts. Streelman's been running hot with the putter, but he's also backing it up with very good ball striking, as he's gained 7.3 (Travelers) and 4.7 (Workday) strokes T2G in his last two starts.

 

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Corey Conners ($9,000)

The Canadian is another example of a superb ball striker that struggles with the short game. Conners has been extremely sharp with his irons since the restart, averaging just over 3.6 SG: Approach in his four post-layoff starts, including a +5 tally last week on this golf course. There's always a bit of "hit and hope" that comes with rostering Conners, as we're confident that the ball striking will be there, but hoping for a decent week on and around the greens. I'm leaning heavily on iron play this week (even more than usual), so I'll be happy to take a chance on his upside in large-field GPPs at this price.

Keegan Bradley ($8,500)

This one's for all you sickos out there that don't mind the swings that come with rostering Keegan Bradley. Our hero led last week's Workday field in SG: Approach, gaining a MASSIVE 10.7 strokes with his irons! Unfortunately (and predictably), Keegs was scraping the bottom of the field in putting, losing a comically-bad 6.9 strokes on the greens. So, for all you Ricky Bobby "if you ain't first you're last" types, he's a boom-or-bust GPP play that, literally, could finish first or last this week.

Talor Gooch ($7,800)

Gooch is a salary saver that I was rostering with regularity (and nice results) before play was halted on the PGA Tour. Unfortunately, he's been sluggish since the restart and has missed the cut in two of his four post-layoff starts. He did pop last week on this course, gaining an impressive 6.2 strokes on approach en route to a T17. Gooch is streaky, so I want to try to catch him while he's hot...and cheap.

Tyler Duncan ($7,600)

We meet again Mr. Duncan...I've somehow, randomly, turned into a Tyler Duncan truther over the past month or so. I've rostered him every week he's teed it up since the restart and T-Dunks has came through by going 4/4 in made cuts. He's gained strokes around the greens in all four of those starts and has been competent T2G. Duncan doesn't stick out in any one area, but is instead solid in all facets. Even though this field is strong and deep, I'll roll with him again in GPPs at this bargain-basement price tag.

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS): Workday Charity Open

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! Golf's return continued to provide tons of excitement, as Bryson DeChambeau bombed his way past the field at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

We have another great tournament on deck this week as the PGA Tour heads to Muirfield Village for the first of back to back tournaments at Jack Nicklaus' place! In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the Workday Charity Open. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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Workday Charity Open - PGA DFS Overview

Muirfield Village

7,456 Yards - Par 72 - Greens: Bentgrass  

We can always count on a Nicklaus-designed course to force the players into strategic thinking and Muirfield Village doesn't disappoint. 'The Golden Bear' built this course from the ground up in the 1970's and he continually updates it as needed. It's lengthy, but isn't a 'bomber's track'. Difficult, but not impossible to score on. In other words, Muirfield is a very high-quality golf course.

The emphasis this week will be on accuracy and ballstriking, with players being required to hit both tree-lined fairways and undulating greens. Water is in play on 11 holes, with bunkers also causing trouble for the players. The closing stretch is one of the toughest in golf, with 16, 17, and 18 presenting players with a challenging close to their rounds. I'll be heavily weighting Strokes Gained: Approach, SG: OTT (with an emphasis on accuracy), and bogey avoidance this week at Muirfield

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat Muirfield Village Tour Average
Driving Distance 283 283
Driving Accuracy 68% 61%
GIR Percentage 62% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 53% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.52 0.54

Muirfield's fairly generous fairways are rather easy to hit, but you'll notice that the GIR % on this layout is below the Tour average due to the comparatively small size of these greens and the (normally) thick rough. Players that are great scramblers and bunker players will have a leg up on the field, as will those that thrive on long Par-4s. Of course, the best way to score is to hit the greens on approach, which makes sharp iron players the targets this week.

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Par 4 Efficiency (450-500 yards)
  • Greens In Regulation Gained
  • Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
  • Bogey Avoidance
  • Sand Saves Gained

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Patrick Cantlay ($11,700)

With a tip of the cap to Justin Thomas at $12k, we'll start the Workday Charity Open writeup with Patrick Cantlay at $11.7k. Cantlay's schedule is always a bit light for my taste, but the Californian did finally come out of hibernation two weeks ago at the Travelers, where he recorded a "knock the rust off" T11 on the back of a hot putter. I expect Cantlay to be a bit sharper this week, as he heads to a Muirfield Village layout on which he won last year's Memorial Tournament on the strength of a sizzling final-round 64 (Cantlay also finished one shot out of a playoff in the 2018 Memorial). Jack Nicklaus designed this course to test all facets of a players game, which is why we've seen Cantlay's wonderful all-around skills translate into success on this layout. The only thing that gives me pause with him this week is his relative inactivity since the PGA Tour restart, but Cantlay's sharp ball striking and rock-solid tee to green ability should once again serve him well at Muirfield Village.

Hideki Matsuyama ($11,300)

Hideki Matsuyama is another former Memorial champion (2014) and has a strong history of success at Muirfield Village. Like Patrick Cantlay, Matsuyama has eased back in to competition since the restart, with a missed cut and a T21 in two starts. Matsuyama made the cut on the number at the Rocket Mortgage last week, but flashed some form with a third-round 65. His five strokes gained on approach at Detroit Golf Club indicate that his irons are starting to fire again...a great sign as he heads to Muirfield Village. His putter has been his Achilles Heel throughout his career, and that has once again been the case recently, as 'Deki has lost strokes putting in seven of his eight 2020 starts, including both post-layoff outings. We need the putter to improve, but Matsuyama's ball striking should give him lots of opportunities this week, and we've seen "bad" putters win on this track several times in the past.

Viktor Hovland ($10,900) 

Outside of Bryson DeChambeau, Viktor Hovland is the golfer that I've been most impressed with since the PGA Tour's restart. Hovland has been a ball-striking machine over the past month, posting SG: T2G numbers of 5.7/6.1/10.6/9.6 in his four outings since the restart. Unfortunately, those ball-striking performances have been somewhat wasted due to Hovland's inability to make putts. He's lost over three strokes putting in each of his last two starts. His still-developing short game is also a cause for concern at Muirfield Village, as the young star will need to get it up-and-down this week. His standing of 83rd in the field in Sand Saves Gained over his last 12 rounds takes him out of "Must Play" territory for me, but his almost supernatural ball-striking prowess over the past month puts him in GPP consideration as a high-upside option.

Justin Rose ($10,800) 

Justin Rose's post-layoff play has definitely been a pleasant surprise. The veteran opted out of an equipment deal with Honma after his played had tailed off considerably over the past year and he has looked rejuvenated after switching back to his old TaylorMade equipment...gaining over six strokes T2G in two of his three post-layoff starts. Rose very nearly won at Colonial and looked sharp at Hilton Head, before a second-round of three-over par sent him packing at the Travelers. Not only is the Englishman's recent form intriguing, but he has a superlative track record at Muirfield Village, as he has a win and two runner-up finishes in 13 career starts in the Memorial.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Marc Leishman ($10,100)

The Big Aussie has been fairly inactive since the PGA's restart, logging two underwhelming outings at the Schwab and Travelers. It's easy to forget that Leishman was actually having a great year -  scoring a win at the Farmers and a runner-up finish at Bay Hill - before play was halted due to COVID-19. He's been open about taking extra precautions during this scary time due to his wife's health history, but if he's ready to focus on golf, the veteran is a player we should consider this week at Muirfield Village. Leishman has ran off five straight top-15's at the Memorial since 2015, with a couple of top-fives mixed in. I'll want to keep an eye on ownership with him this week and will probably let those projections dictate how much exposure I'll personally have, as he's not a player I want to go overboard with if it looks like he'll be chalky.

Joaquin Niemann ($10,000)

A weirdly-bad final round at the Travelers a couple of weeks ago left a bad taste in a lot of DFS mouths, but I'm ready to go back to the Joaquin Niemann well this week. The young Chilean lost a hard-to-fathom 6.3 strokes putting at the Travelers, despite gaining strokes T2G, OTT, and on Approach for the third-straight start since the PGA Tour resumed play. His putting has nowhere to go but up, and we can also take solace in the fact that he's played well in two previous Muirfield Village appearances, logging a T27 and a T6 in his last two trips to Dublin, Ohio. We must always be willing to embrace a certain level of volatility when rostering Niemann, but his elite ball-striking ability gives him true tournament-winning upside.

Adam Hadwin ($9,900)

It feels like Adam Hadwin finds his way into other people's lineups more often than he does mine. I like Hadwin just fine as a player, but there's just not usually something that compels me to roster him. However, this week he is popping for me in a couple of key statistical categories, as he's first in this Workday field in GIRs Gained over the last 12 rounds, as well as grading out seventh in both Good Drives Gained and SG: Par 4s (450-500 yards). The Canadian's Memorial track record is pedestrian at best, but he heads to Muirfield Village off a top-five finish last week and he's gained strokes both T2G and on Approach in all three of his starts since play resumed.

Byeong Hun An ($9,700)

Ben An is the opposite of the aforementioned Adam Hadwin, as his Memorial track record is a thing of beauty, but his recent form makes you want to run away. An's recent struggles can be attributed to - as is often the case with him - a horrible putter. He lost a ridiculously-bad 6.3 strokes putting at the RBC Heritage, but did manage to turn things around a bit at the Travelers en route to a made cut. He hasn't finished outside the top-25 in four trips to Muirfield Village since 2016 and we're hoping that he finds a shot of confidence on this week's layout. His game log should help to keep his ownership low and he's a risk/reward GPP option that could pay dividends on this course.

Joel Dahmen ($9,300)

I don't know how great of a fit Joel Dahmen is for Muirfield Village - and his underwhelming T68 in a lone Memorial start doesn't help illuminate anything - but the form he's displayed over the past month puts him in GPP consideration for me this week. Dahmen has gained strokes T2G, OTT, and on Approach in his last six starts - stretching back to February - and his results since the PGA Tour resumed play have been rock-solid. I wish we had a little more of a Muirfield Village track record to work with here, but Dahmen sticks out for just how consistent he's been in every facet of the game over the past month.

 

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Ryan Armour ($9,000)

It feels like things are trending in the right direction for Ryan Armour, as the Ohio native heads home this week. The 44-year-old is coming off back-to-back strong finishes at the Travelers (T6) and Rocket Mortgage (T4). The veteran is set to tee it up on a Muirfield Village layout with which he is very familiar and has logged two consecutive top-25s since 2018. Armour won't jump off the page statistically, but has a knack for just getting the ball in the hole. He's a nice salary-saving option on this slate.

Russell Henley ($8,800)

As we head down the salary scale, we are getting into "GPP only" territory. Russell Henley is a player that I don't mind taking some large-field tournament shots with, as he's flashed some extremely hot iron play in a couple of his recent starts, including gaining a ridiculous 8.2 strokes on Approach at the RBC Heritage (he settled for a T32 due to being sabotaged by an ICE COLD putter). Henley scored a T6 in the 2013 Memorial and has made two of four cuts at Muirfield Village since then. He's an interesting Boom/Bust GPP option in this price range.

Scott Stallings ($8,700)

If you had rostered my East Tennessee homie Scott Stallings every time he's teed it up since the PGA Tour resumed play, you'd be a pretty happy camper, as he's made the cut in all three of his starts and scored a T6 at the Travelers. We can once again grab him at a reasonable DFS price this week, and in addition to the solid recent form, Stallings has a pretty decent Muirfield Village resume, as he's recorded a top-five and two top-25s over six career Memorial starts. It's one of his favorite courses on the Tour schedule and he's a legit dark horse for a top-10 this week.

Henrik Norlander ($8,000)

I absolutely loved Wesley Bryan at $8k last week, and while there's not a player that I feel that confident about this week, Henrik Norlander is a player that - like Bryan a week ago - is coming off a scorching iron performance in his last start. Norlander gained a MASSIVE 8.1 strokes on Approach at Detroit Golf Club - a mark that led the Rocket Mortgage field - not to mention finishing second last week in SG: T2G at 8.6. The drawback is his questionable short game, as he can struggle both on and around the green. However, ball striking like he displayed last week can mask a lot of issues. He has tons of upside at just $8k.

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS): Rocket Mortgage Classic

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! Golf's return continued to provide tons of drama, as Dustin Johnson outlasted another star-studded field to win the Travelers Championship.

We have another great tournament on deck this week as the PGA Tour heads to Michigan and Detroit Golf Club for the Rocket Mortgage Classic! In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the Rocket Mortgage. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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Rocket Mortgage Classic - PGA DFS Overview: Detroit Golf Club

7,340 Yards - Par 72 - Greens: Bentgrass w/ Poa 

Before its PGA Tour debut last year, we were all basically guessing as to how this layout by legendary architect Donald Ross would play. The answer was...pretty darn easy, as the pros basically had no trouble at all with Detroit Golf Club, with eventual champion Nate Lashley finishing the week at 25-under par.

It might not be fair to call this layout "cookie cutter", but that's the impression that I walked away with after last year's Rocket Mortgage Classic, as the event basically turned into a John Deere Classic-like birdie fest. There are no secrets at DGC (other than a couple of sneaky OB areas)...score on the four Par-5s, strike your irons well, and make putts. As a result, I'll be targeting players this week that have strong approach games, great Par-5 scoring ability, and can rack up birdies in bunches. I never give much weight to putting stats, but I will at least glance at some Bentgrass numbers this week.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat Detroit Golf Club Tour Average
Driving Distance 296 283
Driving Accuracy 64% 61%
GIR Percentage 73% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 61% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.55 0.54

The first thing that jumps out is the bump we see in average driving distance at Detroit Golf Club. This tells us that players are comfortable bombing away off the tee, with the increased GIR% telling us that golfers will have wedges/short irons in their hands fairly often.

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Par 5 Efficiency
  • Greens In Regulation Gained
  • Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
  • Birdies Or Better Gained
  • Eagles Gained

 

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High-Priced DFS Players 

Bryson DeChambeau ($12,200)

I keep saying it in this article every week - a win feels inevitable for Bryson DeChambeau. He was once again in the mix last week at the Travelers, recording a T6 at TPC River Highlands, despite never really appearing to hit on all cylinders.

It's hard to imagine that Bryson won't continue rolling at the Rocket Mortgage this week. This is the first layout that we've seen since the PGA Tour resumed play with four Par-5s and DeChambeau's length should allow him to take full advantage of them throughout the week. This less-than-stellar field makes it a bit tougher to pay up with confidence, as you'll be forced to take some chances on the back-end of your roster, but he's a scary fade.

 

Webb Simpson ($12,100)

Definitely slides into the Option 1A-1B conversation beside DeChambeau this week. After breaking our hearts at the Charles Schwab, Webb reminded us why we were rostering him the previous week by winning the RBC Heritage. It's been a roller coaster month for Simpson, as he followed up the MC-Win stretch with a COVID-19 scare with a family member that forced him to WD from last week's Travelers. However, if he can get himself focused on the task at hand this week, there's a lot to like about him at the Rocket Mortgage.

He's got a dominant track record at the Wyndham Championship - and that Sedgefield layout is also a Donald Ross design - so even though this is his tournament debut, it feels like we know what we're getting with Simpson this week...accuracy off the tee, sharp approach play, and tremendous putting. He's not a bomber, but ranks 12th in this field in SG: Par 5s over his last 50 rounds and stands third in Birdies Or Better Gained over the same time frame.

 

Tyrell Hatton ($11,100) 

In the past I haven't been able to pin Tyrell Hatton down from a statistical perspective, but anyone with a brain can see why he's had so much success over his past few starts: he's been brilliant (Notice how I said "brilliant" there instead of "great"? That's the fancy British way of saying stuff...shoutout England!) tee to green - especially with his irons - and has putted beautifully.

The Englishman is one of the many players in the field that will be seeing this course for the first time and he's proven himself to be very adaptable to any type of course or layoff this year. You might be able to grab Hatton at very reasonable ownership in this spot, as most people that pay all the way up will go to Bryson or Webb. He's a really interesting contrarian option in big GPPs.

 

Viktor Hovland ($10,900) 

I try not to play favorites in DFS, but man...I love this kid. He's got the perfect demeanor to succeed and - being on the PGA Tour for less than a year - his ball striking is already elite. Hovland has been sharp since the PGA Tour resumed play, logging three top-25s in three starts.

He's killing it tee to green, with SG: T2G totals of 5.7/6.1/10.6 since the Schwab...and he gained a ridiculous 7.8 strokes on approach last week at Travelers. The only thing that can slow V-Hova down is his putter and that was once again the case last week, as he lost a bad 3.3 strokes putting.

Hovland has seen this golf course, logging a T13 here last year, and its four Par-5s and ball-striking demands set up perfectly for his game. We're just a decent - not even great - putting week away from a win with this kid.

 

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Mid-Priced DFS Players

Doc Redman ($10,000)

It's kinda sick to know that I wrote Doc Redman up in this article last week at an $8.1k price tag. What a difference a week makes! Doc gets a HUGE price bump due to the combination of a strong T11 outing at the Travelers and a much weaker field for the Rocket Mortgage.

It's a little tough to swallow him at this price, but he still piques my interest due to his recent ball-striking form and the fact that he scored a runner-up finish on this Ross layout last season as a Monday qualifier. He's an explosive scorer, and I'm gonna keep a close eye on his projected ownership as the week progresses. I'll be willing to hop on board if it looks as though the masses are shying away from his price tag.

 

Rory Sabbatini ($9,900)

What a difference a week makes Part II. Last week's "Mid-Priced" range contained guys like Tony Finau, Joaquin Niemann, and Viktor Hovland...while this week we're talking Doc Redman and Rory Sabbatini.

That's not a knock on Sabbatini, a veteran player that's had a very fine PGA Tour career, but rather a reflection of the type of differences we're dealing with in strength of field when comparing the Rocket Mortgage to the first few events since the PGA Tour restart. Because of this week's weaker field, I'll happily consider a rock-solid player like Sabbs at this price tag.

He recorded a T3 in last year's Rocket Mortgage and has posted solid outings at the Schwab and the Heritage, gaining strokes both T2G and on approach in both of those starts.

 

Brandt Snedeker ($9,700)

We're certainly not targeting Sneds for his current form here, as he heads to Motown in a ball-striking funk. However, Snedeker is a Donald Ross aficionado and spoke openly about his love of Ross designs and this DGC layout last year.

He cranked out a T5 in the inaugural Rocket Mortgage and has thrived at Sedgefield, the host course of the Wyndham Championship and another Ross layout. The lack of quality iron play is definitely a concern, but Sneds' short game can often camouflage his ball-striking shortcomings, and he actually lost over two strokes on approach in last year's Rocket Mortgage while recording a top-five finish. I consider him more of a GPP option than a true cash-game/core piece due to his inconsistency, however he does have intriguing upside on this track.

 

Harold Varner III ($9,300)

HV3 is a tough player to peg due to his volatility. However, that volatility does come with some explosive scoring ability, which puts him in the GPP conversation for me this week. Varner missed the cut in last year's Rocket Mortgage, but he does head to Detroit in solid form.

The East Carolina alum gained over SEVEN strokes on approach at the Travelers last week, which resulted in four sub-70 rounds and a T32 finish. We also saw him gain 5.2 strokes on approach at the Charles Schwab Challenge a couple weeks ago en route to a T19 result. The drawback is his short game - he's lost strokes on and around the green in his last three starts - but his recent ball striking prowess makes him a legitimate large-field tournament option in this weak-ish field.

 

Will Gordon ($9,100)

This is a little ride-the-hot-hand play with Will Gordon, the newly minted professional out of Vanderbilt University. Gordon was a top-notch NCAA player and is quickly announcing his presence in the professional ranks. He earned special temporary PGA Tour status with a T3 at the Travelers last week. It would be easy to write that outing off as a fluke, but Gordon has played well in some other spot starts on the Tour, logging top-25 finishes in both the Puerto Rico Open and Farmers while playing on sponsor's exemptions, and he scored a T10 at the RSM Classic back in the fall.

He gained 6.6 strokes T2G last week and led the stacked Travelers field in Birdies Gained. He's an explosive young player, and while it's tempting to take a "wait and see approach" with these kids, I'd rather hop on early than be too late, as we've seen young players like Rahm, Wolff, Morikawa, Hovland, and Niemann do extremely well right after turning pro in the past couple of years.

 

Low-Priced DFS Players

Si Woo Kim ($8,900)

Listen...Si Woo is not a play for the faint of heart. I don't think anybody ever really knows what to expect from him on any given week. That said, he is an extremely talented young player that runs hot and cold. I'm intrigued by the ball-striking ability he displayed last week at the Travelers en route to a T11. Kim gained strokes both off the tee and approach, which resulted in a tally of 8.4 SG: T2G for the week. Who knows which Si Woo will show up in Detroit this week, but he has ridiculous upside if he can stay on the ball striking pace he displayed last week and bring something near his "A game".

 

Tyler Duncan ($8,700)

T-Dunks! Duncan was in this article last week as a Low-Priced Play and rewarded us with a solid T32 at the Travelers. His FD price has increased a bit this week due to the weaker field, but I'm willing to stay on the bandwagon for the Rocket Mortgage. Duncan gained strokes on approach and T2G at the Travelers - that marked his third straight week of accomplishing that feat - and he's a sneaky-explosive player that we can continue to feel comfortable taking some GPP shots with.

 

Patton Kizzire ($8,100)

Kizzire is another player I'm featuring this week that is capital-S, Streaky. We saw an example of this when he won two PGA Tour events over a two-month span during the 2017-18 season. Kizzire looked to have found something with his swing last week at the Travelers when he gained a sizzling 5.6 strokes with his irons. He logged a T6 last week...his best finish in over two years. Could it be a blip on the radar? Sure...but we have seen him go on hot streaks and log big finishes in bunches. I'm willing to take a shot in GPPs at his $8.1k price tag.

 

Wesley Bryan ($8,000)

Remember Wesley Bryan? He popped on the scene a few years ago with a win at the RBC Heritage, but has struggled mightily over the last few years with a shoulder injury. Bryan appears to be healthy and is trying to work his way back on to the PGA Tour. He made the cut a Harbour Town a few weeks ago in his first start of the year and LED the Travelers field in SG: Approach last week, gaining a MASSIVE 9.3 strokes with his irons at TPC River Highlands. If we get anything resembling that type of iron play out of him this week at Detroit Golf Club, he could be the DFS steal of the week at just $8k!

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS): Travelers Championship

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! Golf's return continued to provide tons of drama, as Webb Simpson outlasted a star-studded and jam-packed leaderboard to win the RBC Heritage.

We have another great tournament on deck this week as the PGA Tour heads to Cromwell, Connecticut and TPC River Highlands for the Travelers Championship! In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the Travelers. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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TPC River Highlands

6,841 Yards - Par 70 - Greens: Bentgrass with Poa Annua

The Pete Dye hits keep on coming, as we head from one Dye design in Hilton Head to another in Connecticut. TPC River Highlands is a course with Pete Dye's fingerprints all over it. Its most famous stretch of holes (#'s 15-17) are played AROUND a huge 4-acre lake. While the course is tricky, we will still see plenty of birdies this week, as TPC River Highlands relinquished the only 58 in PGA Tour history to Jim Furyk a couple of years ago, and the last two winners have finished the week at 17-under par. At just over 6,800 yards this is one of the shortest tracks on the schedule, but players won't necessarily be able to overpower this course, as the layout requires less than driver off the tee in multiple spots. I'll be targeting sharp ball strikers that can pile up birdies this week.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat TPC River Highlands Tour Average
Driving Distance 281 283
Driving Accuracy 66% 61%
GIR Percentage 67% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 57% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.48 0.54

We see that TPC River Highlands statistically lines up pretty well with PGA Tour averages with not much out of the ordinary. This is a Pete Dye layout, which - as expected - places an emphasis on second shots. Accuracy off the tee is rewarded, but these fairly wide fairways make them relatively easy to hit. Accurate approach shots are a must, as is a putter that's in working order. Birdies will be needed to contend this week.

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Par 4 Efficiency: 400-450 Yards
  • Greens In Regulation Gained
  • Strokes Gained: Putting (Bent/Poa)
  • Birdies Or Better Gained
  • Strokes Gained: Par 4's

 

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High-Priced DFS Players 

Justin Thomas ($12,000)

JT leapfrogged Rory and Bryson in FanDuel pricing this week, and leads the way at $12k. His position atop the salary scale is warranted, as he produced another top-10 at Hilton Head last week (T8 at Charles Schwab two weeks ago) that included a scorching closing-round 63.

If we're paying all the way up for JT, we're looking for a win, and I love his chances at the Travelers. He traditionally feasts on Par 4's - including those of the 400-450 yard variety - and his iron play has been off the charts since the PGA Tour resumed play two weeks ago. It feels like a win is coming soon and it's as simple as Thomas just making a few more putts throughout the week.

Bryson DeChambeau ($11,700)

Bryson actually comes in more expensive than Justin Thomas on DraftKings, but we get him at a tiny discount on FanDuel. He's a pretty bulletproof "spend up" option, as both his recent play and Travelers history look great this week. Like Colonial and Harbour Town over the last couple of weeks, TPC River Highlands doesn't seem like a great fit for what Bryson is trying to do strategically. However, his track record on this week's layout is very strong...he's recorded top-10's at the Travelers in each of the last two years.

He's looked amazing in every aspect of the game over the last two weeks (you could nitpick and say he's struggled around the greens), gaining 10.6 (Schwab) and 7.7 (Heritage) strokes tee to green. DeChambeau's combination of blazing current form and good course history make it hard to jump off the train this week. As I said in this article last week: he's a scary player to fade.

*WD Brooks Koepka ($11,400) WD*

UPDATE: Koepka has withdrawn from the Travelers. Remove him from all DFS rosters! There's a chance that the PGA Tour's layoff will ultimately help Brooks Koepka more than any other player. To put it bluntly, Koepka didn't look like himself to start 2020, appearing injured and out of sorts with his game. The break was a much-needed one for the four-time major champion, as he's emerged healthy and hungry.

Koepka flashed some of that dominant form at Hilton Head last week en route to a solo-seventh finish, by far his best result of the 2019-20 season. He now heads to a TPC River Highlands layout on which he's made three starts with a top-10 and a top-20 since 2016. It's early in the week, but Koepka's ownership projections are currently looking well below that of high-priced peers like JT, Bryson, and Jon Rahm. It feels like a win is coming at some point and I love him as a contrarian, top-of-the-board GPP play.

Patrick Cantlay ($11,300) 

Patrick Cantlay presents us with an interesting dilemma, as he's a player that we'd normally be knocking each other over to roster in this spot, but he's also one of the few "elite" players that is yet to tee it up since the PGA Tour resumed play. He was off to a rock-solid start to the 2019-20 season and has turned into one of the most dependable DFS assets available on the PGA Tour over the last couple of years.

He has some nice experience at TPC River Highlands, recording consecutive T15's over the last two years, as well as shooting a 60 on this course as an amateur in 2011. Rostering Cantlay is usually a decision that we feel great about, however there is some reason for pause with the sterling ball striker this week, as his inactivity in competitive tournaments is a considerable unknown that warrants some concern. I'm tempted to play the ownership game here with Cantlay...fade if he's chalky and go overweight if it looks like people are shying away.

 

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Mid-Priced DFS Players

Abraham Ancer ($10,600)

A very tempting ride-the-hot-hand type of play. Ancer put on a ball-striking clinic at Harbour Town last week as he hit 82.1% of the fairways and 90.2% of the greens in regulation on the Pete Dye layout. A chilly putter prevented him from walking away with the RBC Heritage title, but his tee-to-green form puts him squarely on our DFS radars this week.

In addition to the sharp form, Ancer recorded a T8 in last year's Travelers on his third go-round at TPC River Highlands. He's kinda like Bryson DeChambeau - his mind-boggling numbers will draw tons of attention this week - but he's a scary player to fade in his current beast-mode type of form.

Tony Finau ($9,900)

We're kinda used to Tony Finau being a Top-10 machine, so his two ho-hum starts (T23 Schwab & T33 Heritage) since play resumed don't exactly get our blood pumping, but Finau's price has dropped this week on FanDuel (and DraftKings) and he's cheaper than guys like Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, and Sergio Garcia.

Finau missed the Travelers cut last year, but had notched three top-25s in his each of his previous three starts in Connecticut. He's also statistically a much better putter on bent/poa than on the bermuda greens he faced at Hilton Head last week. So, we're targeting Finau here despite his middling form, because his price is right, the upside is there, and he's a better statistical fit on this layout than he was in last week's tournament.

Joaquin Niemann ($9,800)

I've been a big Niemann fan since he turned pro. This kid is uber-talented and it's easy to forget that he is still just 21-years-old. We saw the type of upside Niemann has when he can get the putter to even somewhat cooperate (he actually LOST 0.4 strokes putting) last week at the Heritage, when he recorded something of a hard-luck T5.

The young Chilean played the weekend in a ridiculous 14-under par and finished top-five in the field in SG: Approach, SG: T2G, and GIRs for the week. This is exactly the type of ball striking that we're targeting this week at TPC River Highlands and his T5 in his Travelers debut last year reflects the great course fit.

Viktor Hovland ($9,700)

Hovland came BLAZING out of the gate after turning pro last year and it looked for a while like he might never log a round above par. Things did cool off a bit during the Swing Season for the Oklahoma State product, as he dabbled in Europe and the Asia Swing, but he was able to pick up his first PGA Tour victory at the Puerto Rico back in February.

This will be Hovland's second look at this golf course (a T54 in his Travelers debut last year) and he heads to TPC River Highlands off two sizzling ball-striking performances over the last couple of weeks. He gained strokes T2G, OTT, and on Approach at both the Charles Schwab and the Heritage. His weakness is around the green, but that shouldn't be a huge issue on this golf course. Definite top-10 upside here.

Brian Harman ($9,200)

A course-history beast that's been playing well since the PGA Tour resumed play. Harman has gained strokes T2G and on approach at both Colonial and Harbour Town, notching a T23 at the Schwab and a T28 at Heritage. He has THREE finishes inside the top-eight at the Travelers since 2015. Great blend of recent form and course history makes him a rock-solid option at this $9.2k price tag. A streaky player that can record strong finishes in bunches when things are going well.

 

Low-Priced DFS Players

Patrick Rodgers ($8,800)

In PGA DFS we routinely target great ball strikers and hope to get a good putting week. However, we're doing the polar opposite with Patrick Rodgers here, as we're counting on terrific putting and hoping for a hot ball-striking week. Rodgers narrowly missed the cut at Hilton Head last week, going 67-72 to fall shot shy of the weekend. He had been hot before the PGA Tour halted play and scored a T14 at the Schwab two weeks ago. His history at TPC River Highlands is also very strong. He recorded a T3 at the Travelers in 2016 and has never missed a cut here in four starts since 2015.

Danny Lee ($8,500)

We're always trying to catch lightning in a bottle when we roster Danny Lee. He's a volatile player that brings both a missed cut and a top-10 into play on an almost weekly basis. Lee's always a GPP only type of play, but there are some things to like this week. His Travelers history is impressive. Prior to a missed cut last year, he had went T15-T3-T25 in three starts since 2015. Lee flashed some ball striking form last week at Hilton Head, but was completely thrown under the bus by his putter, as he lost a massive 3.7 strokes on the greens at Harbour Town. He's an intriguing dart throw if he can find any semblance of a putting stroke.

Doc Redman ($8,100)

The Clemson product has been floating in and out of my PGA DFS stratosphere over the past year. I'm again intrigued with Redman this week, as he put on an absolute ball-striking clinic in Hilton Head last week, gaining an elite 7.8 strokes with his irons to go with 2.2 strokes gained off the tee. His SG: Approach mark was good for third in the field at the Heritage, with his T21 finishing position the result of a faulty short game - an area that I'm not overly concerned about this week. I'm more focused on ball striking at TPC River Highlands, and though he has no Travelers experience, this layout is a good fit for him on paper.

Tyler Duncan ($7,900)

Tyler Duncan is another streaky ball striker with a DFS price tag that's too cheap to ignore this week. Duncan came out of nowhere to win the RSM Classic back in the fall and has looked solid since the restart, gaining 4.3 strokes with his irons at Colonial and 2.0 last week. He also has a bit of history at TPC River Highlands, making the cut in both of his Travelers starts since 2018. We're getting into "Dart Throw" territory in this price range, but Duncan brings some interesting things to the table this week.

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS): RBC Heritage

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! Golf returned with a bang last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge, as Daniel Berger outlasted Collin Morikawa and a host of other stars at Colonial Country Club.

We have another great tournament on deck this week as the PGA Tour heads to Hilton Head, South Carolina and Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage! In this article, we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the Heritage. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges.

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Harbour Town Golf Links

7,099 Yards - Par 71 - Greens: Bermuda

This Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus beauty is one of the shortest layouts these pros will face all year. Its lack of length is a refreshing change of pace from the stretched-to-the-max layouts that we routinely see on the PGA Tour schedule. While it may lack length, Harbour Town is by no means a pushover.

Very tight, tree-lined fairways often take drivers out of the players hands, forcing them to play strategically off the tee. In true Dye fashion, this is a second-shot golf course and players will be taking aim at miniscule greens that routinely grade-out as some of the toughest to hit on the PGA Tour schedule. These factors make me give almost no weight to the bombers this week and I'll instead be focusing on players that are precise off the tee and accurate on approach.

While it's an area that often goes overlooked, I'll also be giving weight to around the green ability this week. Harbour Town is slightly similar to Augusta National in that we often see the same players perform well here every year, while first-timers can struggle, so I'm giving an even bigger bump than normal to players with strong course history. While this Hilton Head classic is rather short by modern standards, it often keeps scores in check, with 12-under par taking home the win in each of the last two years.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat Harbour Town Tour Average
Driving Distance 268 283
Driving Accuracy 62% 61%
GIR Percentage 57% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 61% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.38 0.54

Right away, a couple of things jump out at us this week. The average Driving Distance at Harbour Town is significantly below the PGA Tour average due to players being forced to use irons and hybrids off the tee on multiple holes. We can also see the GIR Percentage is much lower than Tour average. We can attribute this stat to Harbour Town's extremely small greens.

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Strokes Gained: Par 4
  • Greens In Regulation Gained
  • Strokes Gained: Putting (Bermuda)
  • Birdies Or Better Gained
  • Total Proximity

 

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High-Priced DFS Players 

Rory McIlroy ($12,200)

With FanDuel's PGA pricing so consistently soft, we are often able to jam a couple of elite players into our lineups. Rory McIlroy sits atop the FD salary scale this week and the top-ranked player deserves at least a mention here.

McIlroy has been a top-five machine in 2020, finishing inside that mark in each of his last seven starts  prior to a T32 last week at Colonial thanks to a disastrous final round. He's the only player that's priced over the $12k threshold on FD for the Heritage, so if you are rostering him this week, you are expecting him to win. McIlroy is talented enough to win on any golf course on any given week, but there are a couple of factors working against him at Harbour Town: 1:) His last start on this golf course came in 2009 when he logged a T58 and we have to assume there's a reason he's skipped this tournament for over a decade. 2:) This course will neutralizes the biggest weapon in his arsenal - his driver.

Bryson DeChambeau ($11,900)

Like the aforementioned Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau's biggest asset at the moment is his driver. While Harbour Town will take away that advantage, DeChambeau has shown the ability to adapt on this layout, with top-five finishes at the Heritage in 2018 and 2016. Unlike Rory, he seems to like this unique design, as he's made the trip to Hilton Head for four straight years.

Bryson has quickly silenced those who doubted his "bulk up" plan by scoring top-five finishes in each of his last four starts, including a T3 in last week's Charles Schwab. Colonial also neutralizes a player's driver, but he adapted by gaining 4.8 strokes on approach and finishing at third in the field in GIR's Gained for the week. Bryson is playing with a seemingly limitless amount of confidence at the moment and has experienced success at Harbour Town in the past. The DFS price is high, but he's a scary player to fade with his current form.

Justin Thomas ($11,800)

JT entered the final round of last week's Charles Schwab firmly in the mix, but a pedestrian Sunday 71 ensured he faded into a tie for 10th. Thomas had his irons clicking at Colonial and finished second in the field in Strokes Gained: Approach (+7.0).

If JT can keep the irons hot at Harbour Town he has a great chance to get a leg up on this field. He should also fare better on this week's Bermuda putting surfaces. Thomas profiles as a tremendous GPP play in this spot.

Xander Schauffele ($11,600) & Collin Morikawa ($11,500)

I'm listing these two together because not only do they have similar games that project well on this Harbour Town layout...they also both suffered unbelievable heartbreak at Colonial last week. Both Xander and Morikawa had victory at the Schwab within reach, but each were undone by gut-wrenching misses on very short putts late in the final round.

There are two narrative directions we can go with these guys: A:) They are both excellent players with games that fit Harbour Town or B:) There will be some emotional hangover present in both guys after the brutal fashion in which their respective runs at Colonial ended.

Morikawa's iron play is verging on supernatural at this point and, despite having no experience on this track, he's a no-brainer type of fit. Xander has only been so-so in two previous Heritage starts, but he led the Schwab field in GIR's gained and he's the type of mentally-tough player that can turn last week's disappointment into this week's motivation.

 

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Mid-Priced DFS Players

Matt Kuchar ($10,400)

Speaking of heartbreak...Matt Kuchar crushed the souls of PGA DFS players last week when he double-bogeyed his final hole of the second round to miss the cut by a shot. Those that were burned by the penny-pinching, Skecher-wearing, khaki-clad veteran will probably be hesitant to go back to the Kuchar well this week at the Heritage.

However, we should leave our emotions at the door in DFS and despite the hurt that Kuch laid on us last week, he's undoubtedly a tremendous bounce-back candidate in this spot. He's been M-O-N-E-Y at Harbour Town - with a win, a fifth, a T9, and a solo second in this event since 2014. We normally think of him as a Cash Game option, but with his elevated FD price tag and the amount of people that will be abandoning ship this week, he's a sneaky-good GPP play.

Jason Kokrak ($9,900)

It's really surprising that notorious "bomber" Jason Kokrak has actually had quite a bit of success on perhaps the most "anti bomber" layout on the PGA Tour schedule, but the PXG trooper has defied expectations several times at Harbour Town by recording three finishes inside the top 18 since 2015 (there's also two MCs in there).

Kokrak's splashy final round at Colonial will probably move him to the forefront of the public's mind a bit for the Heritage, though it seems highly unlikely that he will be able to replicate last week's 5.2 strokes gained putting again at Harbour Town. He's such a volatile player - with the tournament history to match in this event - that I don't mind playing the ownership game with him in GPPs this week in an attempt to gain leverage. Fade him if he's chalky, go overweight if it looks like he'll be underowned.

Kevin Kisner ($9,800)

It's always tough predicting when "the Kiz will be lit", but Harbour Town has been known to ignite the South Carolina native. Kiz has posted some strong finishes at the Heritage, including a runner-up mark in 2015 and a T7 in '17. His game looked sharp at Colonial en route to gaining 5.4 strokes T2G, but his putter continually failed him throughout the week. This is Kisner's type of track and he's just a warm putter away from another strong finish at Harbour Town.

Ian Poulter ($9,400)

Like the aforementioned Kevin Kisner, Ian Poulter is a player with which we must carefully pick our DFS spots. Luckily for us, the Heritage is historically an event where the glossy Englishman shines brightly. For all his flash, Poults is actually one of golf's great grinders. He won't blow us away statistically, but he hits fairways and greens with consistency, and possesses a world-class short game. You can slot him in to Cash Game lineups, though he goes overlooked with regularity as a GPP play. Poulter brings some sneaky upside to the table at this event, where he's finished inside the top 11 for three consecutive years.

J.T. Poston ($9,200)

This price range is littered with players that it's easy to overlook in a star-studded field like this week's. J.T. Poston is one of those guys that probably deserves a little more GPP consideration than he will garner from the masses. "The Postman" delivered a T6 at last year's RBC Heritage (that line is sooo cheesy, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!) and looked solid while posting a noticed-by-no-one T10 at Colonial last week. His iron play can be spotty at times, but he's an excellent putter - especially on Bermuda.

 

Low-Priced DFS Players

Bud Cauley ($8,800)

Trying to author a comeback story similar to last week's winner Daniel Berger, Cauley was once touted as a rising star, but a series of unfortunate injuries and accidents have left him fighting for his PGA Tour career. He's been under-the-radar good in 2019-20 and still has one of the best short games on Tour. Cauley's went T39-T23-T9 at Harbour Town since 2017 and didn't make a bogey over his last 36 holes at Colonial last week.

Luke List ($8,800)

While everyone's attention was focused on the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas last week, Mr. Mayo's favorite punt play was busy winning a Korn Ferry Tour event at TPC Sawgrass - which also happens to be a Pete Dye course, just like Harbour Town (#TheMoreYouKnow). List is a ridiculous ball striker that's been battling for status on the PGA Tour and he's played well in previous trips to Hilton Head, making three of four cuts since 2016 with a T3 in 2018.

Emiliano Grillo ($8,000)

This isn't really a recommendation, just more of a Public Service Announcement. Emiliano Grillo is a tremendous ball striker and a God-awful putter. No, really...he's a prodigiously-good iron player and the Mozart of three jacks. However, he has found some success on this unique Harbour Town layout, going T33-T16 at the Heritage over the last two years. Maybe the greens are so small that he doesn't have enough room to three putt? I'm not sure, but if you're throwing darts in a huge GPP, he's the type of guy that could pop up for a random top-10 finish.

Sam Burns ($7,700)

Trying to nail down Sam Burns is like attempting to hit a moving target. One week he looks like one of golf's next big stars and the next he can't play dead in a western. Burns is the polar opposite of the aforementioned Grillo, in that he's one of the best young putters on Tour, but his ball striking tends to come and go. He scored a ninth-place finish in his Heritage debut last year and he's a threat to get into contention if the irons are clicking.

Bronson Burgoon ($7,100)

There's a reason these guys are priced way down here, but Bronson Burgoon feels a little too cheap this week. He looked solid at Colonial last week, gaining strokes both on approach and around the greens, but struggling with the flat stick. Bermuda is traditionally his best putting surface and he notched a T39 in his lone Heritage start back in 2016.

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