Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the Valero Texas 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 Valero Texas Open.
Stats to Target
Based on the course makeup and field for this week, these are some of the most vital stats to target. For a more detailed explanation why, check out our course primer for this week.
|Key Stats for the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
|Strokes Gained: Approach the Green|
So, who has the right combination of stats, recent form, course history, and salary this week?
Best of the Best
Brendan Steele (FanDuel Price: $8,500) - Steele won the Texas Open in 2011 and was T4 the following year. He struggled a bit after that, with a T46 and a missed cut, but he was back on form, finishing T8 in 2015 and T13 in 2016. Steele is 12 of 12 on cuts this year, with 6 top 25s, 3 of which were top 10s. Since last year's event, he has missed just two cuts -- both in July (the Open Championship and the PGA Championship). You won't find many better bets to play the weekend than Steele, the best scrambler in the field. He's also 12th in birdie or better rate, 2nd in bogey avoidance, and 2nd in strokes gained: tee to green.
Branden Grace ($9,100) - Grace was T9 in San Antonio last year and T30 in 2015. His stat profile isn't stellar by any means, but his recent form is on point. He's made 9 of 11 cuts this season (1 was a withdraw) and was top 25 in 3 events. And dating back to last season, Grace missed August cuts at the Travelers and The Barclays but was hot after missing the cut at the Masters, including a win and five top 10s in 12 events. Per FantasyGolfMetrics, he is 12th in strokes gained: tee to green among players in the field since 2010 at this particular event and 5th in the field in his past 12 events.
Adam Hadwin ($8,900) - Hadwin's form is pretty flawless, and you can't overlook that. He's made 12 straight cuts since October with 7 top 25s, 4 of which were top 10s (a 1 and a T2). He made 20 of 27 cuts last year. Among players in the field, he's third in scrambling, sixth in birdie or better, first in bogey avoidance, fifth in strokes gained: tee to green, third in strokes gained: approach the green, and seventh in strokes gained: putting.
Charley Hoffman ($8,300) - Hoffman has some up-and-down form, with a missed cut at the Heritage but a T22, T23, and T2 in his three prior events, the T22 coming at the Masters. He also had a T4 at the Genesis Open in February. Current form is strong enough for a field like this. Hoffman is 17th in the field in birdie or better, 14th in strokes gained: tee to green, and 8th in strokes gained: off the tee. Per FantasyGolfMetrics, he is seventh in strokes gained: tee to green among players in the field since 2010 at this particular event.
Ryan Moore ($8,100) - Moore finished T8 here in 2012, so there's at least some history, but the real reason you'd want to give him a look is the statistical profile. He's 5th in the field in strokes gained: approach the green, 29th tee to green, 18th in birdie or better, 23rd in putting, and 11th in driving accuracy. Moore has just one missed cut this season (the Genesis Open) and was T9 at the Masters. He also made his final 11 cuts in the 2016 season, giving him 21 of 22 cuts made.
Byeong-Hun An ($7,000) - An is 6th in the field in strokes gained: tee to green, 18th off the tee, and 9th approaching the green, and that's really what we're focusing on for this event. In his past 12 events, An ranks 12th in strokes gained: tee to green in the field. Since the Players Championship in May of 2016, he has missed just one cut (at the PGA Championship). That gives him 15 of his 16 past cuts.
Ollie Schniederjans ($7,300) - Schniederjans, despite having no hat game or course history at all, is shaping up to be a solid mid-range play. He has alternated cuts in his past four events but has four top 10s this season, including a T3 at last week's Heritage. He's 19th in the field in driving distance if you want to favor that this week, and he's 11th in strokes gained: tee to green and 10th in approach. Schniederjans is also 10th in strokes gained: tee to green in the past 12 events. He's better suited for tournaments, as a missed cut and a top 10 are both in the cards.
J.J. Spaun ($7,000) - Spaun's recent form isn't jaw-dropping, but he has missed only 2 cuts in his past 10 events. He was T6 at the Heritage, T44 at the Shell Houston Open, and T17 at the Puerto Rico Open. He has no course history to speak of, but if you’re looking for current form and guys not necessarily at the top of the price pool, Spaun should be on your radar. He is 10th in strokes gained: off the tee in the field and top 35 in accuracy, good drive rate, greens in regulation, scrambling, birdie or better, bogey avoidance, and putting. Spaun also ranks 10th in strokes gained: off the tee in his past 12 events.
Harold Varner III ($5,900) - Varner was T9 here last year, his lone event in San Antonio. He ranks first in strokes gained: off the tee on this course, though, among players in the field. On the full season, he's 36th in strokes gained: tee to green and 22nd off the tee among players in the field. With four straight made cuts, you could do worse in this range.
J.T. Poston ($5,800) - Poston is hot for this weak of a field: T55, T10, T14, T27, T17. He's 15th in the field in strokes gained: approach the green in his past 12 events and 13th tee to green. He doesn't have any course history, but his stats and recent form should make him a viable Rounds 1-2 option, and his finishing could net you a bonus in a field this weak.
Cameron Percy ($4,900) - Percy ranks 6th in good drive percentage, 4th in greens in regulation, 41st in scrambling, 26th in birdie or better, 23rd in bogey avoidance, 44th in strokes gained: tee to green, 69th in strokes gained: off the tee, and 28th in strokes gained: approach the green. At just $4,900, that's a stat profile you can live with. He was T24 at the Puerto Rico Open and T10 at Pebble Beach. He's a fantasy-friendly Rounds 1-2 punt. He's also made 14 of his past 17 cuts and has two top 25s at San Antonio.
Kevin Streelman ($5,900) - Streelman has course history here, at least, and it comes in the form of a T15 in 2011 and a T13 in 2012. He was also T37 in 2016, his only other event at TPC San Antonio. He's also 15th in strokes gained: off the tee among players in the field. Don't expect too much, but he did finish T14 at Pebble Beach before missing the cut at the Genesis Open. He was T18 at the Valspar, 70th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and T49 at the Shell Houston Open in recent weeks.