Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the Puerto Rico Open
By now, you've probably dabbled in daily fantasy sports, but if not, don't worry. Now is a great time to start, especially with FanDuel now offering a brand new sport: PGA golf.
Golf can be one of the most exciting DFS sports to follow, as tournaments span four days and allow ample time to prepare each week, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the basics of building a lineup on FanDuel, the scoring setup, and advanced stats to know about the PGA.
But whether you're brand new to the PGA or daily fantasy sports in general, we have you covered.
Let's take a look at some golfers to target for the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach Golf Club.
Stats to Target
Based on the course makeup and field for Coco Beach, these are some of the most vital stats to target this week. For a more detailed explanation why, check out our course primer for this week.
|Key Stats for the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach Golf Club|
|Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green|
|Birdie or Better Percentage|
|Good Drive Percentage|
|Official World Golf Ranking|
So, who has the right combination of stats, recent form, course history, and salary this week?
Best of the Best
Graham DeLaet (FanDuel Price: $9,400) - DeLaet opened as one of three players at 18/1 to win, the best odds of anyone in the field, so he could be popular. Still, he makes sense to target in cash games, as he has three top-25s in his past four tournaments. He also has good form in this event, with a T9 and T18 in 2012 and 2013. He didn't compete here in 2014 or 2015, but last year, he scored a T11.
DeLaet is an above-average driver any way you look at it, and his putter has treated him well this year, as he's third in the field in strokes gained: putting.
Graeme McDowell ($9,700) - McDowell has three top-30s in his past four events and hasn't missed a cut in that stretch. That makes him one of the hotter golfers in the field. He doesn't have a track record here, but he ranks 82nd in the world, making him the fourth-best golfer in the field. He's at the top of the price pool, and his lack of name recognition could leave him underowned.
He's the second-most accurate driver in the field and a top-seven putter by strokes gained: putting. He's tied with DeLaet for the second-best win odds in the tournament, as well.
Wesley Bryan ($8,900) - Bryan opened at 18/1 along with DeLaet and McDowell but is up to 16/1 now, making him the odds-on favorite to win, so I'm not really going out on a limb here. Still, Bryan sits 73rd in the Official World Golf Rankings, making him the highest-ranked golfer in the field. His play off the tee hasn't been great, but he makes up for it by converting birdies at an above-average rate.
Since missing four consecutive cuts, Bryan has earned a T42, T4, T4, T7, and a 69 in his past five events. Nobody in the field can match that current form, and that makes him an interesting target -- as well as a justifiable fade in tournaments.
Luke List ($8,600) - List ranks eighth on the tour in birdie-or-better percentage at 25.36% and is 33/1 to win outright. He scored a T15 here last year. List's stats are a bit boosted from early-season success, and he missed three straight cuts at the Farmers Insurance Open, Waste Management Phoenix Open, and Genesis Open but racked up a T52, a T27, and a T17 in his past three events.
His elite birdie rate and driving distance (especially relative to this watered down field) makes him a prime tournament pick this week among expensive options.
Fabrizio Zanotti ($7,200) - Zanotti is noteworthy this week because of the price. At $7,200, he is the 16th-most expensive option on FanDuel. On DraftKings, he is priced as the 8th-most expensive option, and based on bookmakers odds, he is the 10th-most likely golfer to win outright. That's not a huge discount, necessarily, but Zanotti sits 78th in the Official World Golf Rankings, placing him second behind only Bryan. He came away from the WGC-Mexico, a much tougher field than he'll face this week, with a T12.
Zanotti doesn't have much distance off the tee, ranking 193rd on the European Tour, but he's 72nd in accuracy. He's also just 206th in putts per green in regulation, but even inside the top of the price pool, you aren't getting any slam dunks this week.
Peter Uihlein ($7,200) - Uihlein, at the same price, also deserves some attention. He grades out worse in the world rankings (174th) than Zanotti but is the 4th-most expensive option on DraftKings, and only Bryan, DeLaet, and McDowell have better odds to win outright than Uihlein's 25/1 mark. He's also 4/1 to net a top-five finish despite two missed cuts here in his past three events. Those bookend a T6 in 2013.
Uihlein sits 24th on the European Tour in driving distance but 201st in accuracy, culminating in a 141st ranking in greens in regulation percentage. He's a risk/reward type of play this week.
Thorbjorn Olesen ($6,700) - Olesen is yet another golfer we're looking at who doesn't have a large PGA Tour workload this season but who checks off a lot of boxes. At 66/1, he's tied for 24th in odds to win outright. He's tied for 26th in salary on both sites, so what gives? He sits 80th in the world rankings, ranking him third in the field. Plus, he's a much more palatable 10/1 to finish top-five. At just $6,700, a top-five finish is certainly a good return.
Olesen did miss the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, a really tough field, and was just T63 at the WGC-Mexico, but Olesen should be a low-owned option with top-five upside. His distance (133rd on the European Tour), accuracy (217th) and greens in regulation rate (195th) are worrisome, but his putting (30th in putts per green in regulation) could be elite with the slower greens this week.
Dominic Bozzelli ($7,200) - Let's get this out of the way: Bozzelli has six missed cuts in his past eight PGA Tour events. However, in his most recent PGA event, he notched a T3 at the Valspar Championship. In late January, he was fifth at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
He's got average stats relative to the rest of the tour, but if we look at the Web.com Tour (which is probably how we should view this field), Bozzelli sat 29th in driving distance last season and 23rd in putting average. In a lighter field, Bozzelli can certainly push for the top of the leaderboard, and he's 10/1 to earn a top-five.
Harold Varner ($5,900) - Varner looks like one of the most obvious guys to target this week. At 50/1, he's tied for 17th in odds to win outright. In FanDuel salary, he's tied for 41st. He's also 14/1 for a top-five, and at this price, that'd be a steal. Varner is 7th on the European Tour in driving distance, 39th in driving accuracy, 16th in greens in regulation percentage, and 1st in putts per green in regulation.
Matt Jones ($5,700) - Jones should come pre-loaded in your lineups this week, given his price. He's 25/1 to win outright, the sixth-best odds in the field. On DraftKings, he's the ninth-most expensive golfer. On FanDuel, he is tied for 46th in salary. Jones is above average in driving distance and accuracy relative to the PGA Tour average. And among those in the field, he's top-10 in birdie-or-better percentage, bogey avoidance, and strokes gained: around-the-green.
Brandon Hagy ($5,400) - Hagy, again, looks to be underpriced relative to his potential in this type of field. His past three PGA Tour events led to strong results. He had a T33 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a T21 at the Honda Classic, and a T28 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week.
He's 40/1 this week to win outright, tying him for 13th. Hagy is 15th in DraftKings pricing. On FanDuel, he's tied for 58th. Hagy has been playing well and also has a T16 here in his only start (in 2015).
Chesson Hadley ($5,900) - Hadley won this event in 2014 and had a T16 in 2015, when weather was a real issue. Last year, though, he missed the cut. 2017 hasn't been overly kind to him, as he has two missed cuts in four Web.com events. He also, however, has a T11 and a T21 in his two other events.
At 60/1, Hadley is tied for 26th in win odds and is 28th in DraftKings pricing. He's tied with Varner for 42nd in FanDuel pricing. The recent form isn't anything to be excited about, but he has a track record here and makes for a tournament pivot from Varner and Jones, who both should be chalky options.