Daily Fantasy Golf: An Introduction to FanDuel PGA
One of the best parts of daily fantasy sports is right there in the name.
You don't have to wait all year to win or lose: your contests are decided within the same day.
Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that a multi-day sweat isn't fun, but generally, you can only get that multiple-day excitement in the form of the NFL.
That's not the case anymore.
With FanDuel's brand new offering of daily fantasy golf, you can track your teams for four full days, from the opening tee time until the final golfer hits the clubhouse.
Daily fantasy PGA -- if you don't know the difference between a birdie and a bogey -- does require a significantly new outlook on DFS, but we're here to help.
Here are some of the overarching points you need to know as you venture into one of the most fun DFS sports imaginable.
Usually we don't need to go over how the games themselves are played, like with football or basketball, but the PGA is a bit of a unique situation.
So, in case you're a little fuzzy, PGA tournaments begin on Thursdays, with golfers teeing off at staggered times throughout the day, and run through Sunday when the winner is determined.
But -- and this becomes vitally important when building your FanDuel lineups -- in most tournaments, half the field or so gets eliminated after Friday's round (that's known as the "cut"). There's never a predetermined, score-based cut line before the tournament begins, and it depends on how many golfers are above or below an arbitrary cutoff by the end of the day on Friday.
This isn't always the case, but the top 70 golfers (including those tied) make it through to Saturday and Sunday.
FanDuel Roster Construction
If you've played PGA DFS on other sites like DraftKings before, the roster construction process won't be totally foreign, but it's certainly a new way to play PGA DFS.
On FanDuel, you'll have $60,000 to make a lineup of eight different golfers, ranging generally from $5,000 to $11,000. Remember when I said the cut is important? Well, that's especially true on FanDuel because you'll be rostering four golfers for Rounds 1 and 2 and four golfers for Rounds 3 and 4.
That's going to change things from your usual process, and it's going to make missed cuts for your Rounds 3 and 4 group even more crucial (they'll result in zeroes).
And even though you won't be accruing fantasy points for your post-cut golfers (your Rounds 3 and 4 selections) early in the tournament, you'll certainly be sweating their performance all the same before the cut.
FanDuel PGA Scoring
The PGA scoring on FanDuel is pretty instinctual and straightforward.
|Eagle (or Better)||7|
|Double Bogey (or Worse)||-3|
|Streak Bonus (Two Consecutive Holes Under Par)||0.6|
|Bounce Back (Hole Under Par After Hole Over Par)||0.3|
|5+ Birdies (Round with 5+ Holes Under Par)||4|
|Bogey-Free Round (Round With No Holes Over Par)||5|
|1st (Overall Position on Leaderboard)||20|
|2nd-5th (Overall Position on Leaderboard)||12|
|6th-10th (Overall Position on Leaderboard)||8|
|11th-25th (Overall Position on Leaderboard)||5|
So, you're gaining points on pars, birdies, and eagles and losing points on bogeys of all kinds. There is also, as you can see, a bonus for players running hot (an extra 0.6 fantasy points for par-breaking streaks) and a bounce-back bonus for following an over-par result with an under-par result.
With a useful boost, you'll want to give extra consideration to players who can reel off birdies in a row, as they can help eliminate the penalty of the inevitable bogey. Plus, three birdies in a row counts as two separate streaks, totaling 1.2 extra points.
Now, the final finishing position means that, while you won't be getting fantasy points for your Rounds 1-2 golfers after the cut, you certainly want to have your early-round choices finish in the top 25.
FanDuel's PGA offering is intuitive and easy to learn for the newcomer to PGA DFS. And as for the seasoned PGA DFS player, the new setup offers a new spin on a fun daily fantasy sport.