Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the Wells Fargo Championship
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 Wells Fargo Championship.
Stats to Target
Based on the course makeup and field for Eagle Point, 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 Eagle Point Golf Club|
|Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee|
|Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green|
|Birdie or Better|
|Par 5 Scoring|
|Good Drive Percentage|
So, who has the right combination of stats, recent form, course history, and salary this week?
Best of the Best
Dustin Johnson (FanDuel Price: $11,500) - Johnson is worth the cost. He's 5/1 to win outright, and nobody even comes close. Jon Rahm at 11/1 is the only other player in the field with odds better than 18/1. He's pricey, yes, but he had three straight wins before getting injured the night before the Masters started. He checks every stat category, ranking top 10 on the tour this season in driving distance (1st), greens in regulation (1st), birdie or better (3rd), bogey avoidance 91st), strokes gained: tee to green (1st), strokes gained: off the tee (2nd), strokes gained: approach the green (8th), and strokes gained: around the green (7th). You can only consider fading him for game theory purposes in case he struggles.
Jon Rahm ($10,500) - Rahm is like DJ Light. He has great current form (T27 at the Masters after finishing T10, 2, T3, T5, T16, 1) and great stats. He's 12th on the field in driving distance, 7th in greens in regulation, 11th in scrambling, 2nd in birdie or better, 6th in bogey avoidance, 2nd in strokes gained: tee to green and off the tee, and 4th in strokes gained: approach the green. He's the second most likely golfer to win by a comfortable margin, as well.
Adam Scott ($9,900) - Scott should be significantly lower owned than Johnson and Rahm, and for good reason, but he makes for an intriguing tournament play. He has made six of seven cuts this season, including five top 25s and two top 10s. Scott is 24th on the tour in par 5 scoring and grades out well in other areas, too. He's 9th in the field in driving distance, 10th in good drive percentage, 7th in birdie or better rate, 12th in strokes gained: tee to green, 22nd off the tee, and 28th approaching the green. As the 10th-ranked golfer in the world, he's the best player in this event, per the Official World Golf Rankings, not named Dustin Johnson.
Phil Mickelson ($9,800) - Yeah, this is the fourth-highest priced guy, so we're recommending the top four in the price pool, but with a weak field, you'll want exposure to the fairly certain options, and Mickelson and Scott should be underowned because of Johnson and Rahm's prices.
With a course makeup similar to Augusta, Eagle Point should cater to golfers who can adapt. He also has a good statistical profile. Mickelson is 35th in the field in driving distance, 33rd in scrambling, 3rd in birdie or better, 24th in strokes gained: tee to green, and 32nd in strokes gained: approach, while also sitting 2nd in strokes gained: around the green and 7th in putting if you're weighting those at all this weekend. The field is watered down, and at 22/1, he's expected to be in the running. With everyone on Rahm and Johnson, Mickelson could fly a bit under the radar.
William McGirt ($7,400) - McGirt is 2nd in the field in driving accuracy and good drive rate, as well as 9th in greens in regulation and 17th in strokes gained: off the tee and 42nd in strokes gained: approach the green. Those are promising marks for this course. He's 40/1, the same odds as J.B. Holmes. He's best suited for Rounds 1 and 2, as he came -- excluding the Zurich last week -- T3, T22, T9, cut, T28, cut -- in his past six.
Lucas Glover ($6,900) - Glover is 66/1 to win but could be a bit underpriced. On DraftKings, he costs you $8,600 (14th-most) but he's 28th in salary on FanDuel. Glover grades out 7th in the field in good drive percentage, 2nd in greens in regulation, 14th in birdie or better, 4th in strokes gained: tee to green and off the tee, and 5th in strokes gained: approach. He has made 11 of 13 cuts this season, culminating in 5 top 25s and 3 top 10s.
Cameron Smith ($7,100) - Smith is 50/1 to win outright and costs $8,500 on DraftKings. He looks to be a strong value this week after winning the Zurich Classic along with Jonas Blixt. Prior to that, he finished T6 at the Valero Texas Open, too. Smith isn't long or accurate off the tee, but he's 32nd in scrambling, 10th in birdie or better, and 17th in strokes gained: tee to green in the field. You could probably do worse with an early-round pick in the low $7,000s.
Hudson Swafford ($6,800) - I debated Swafford for a bit here, as that means I didn't write up Shane Lowry ($7,600), Pat Perez ($7,200), or Francesco Molinari ($8,400), but we'll need to save as much salary as we can if we want both Johnson and Rahm. Swafford has practiced here and apparently loves the course, and sometimes that thwarts stats. That doesn't mean the Swafficer doesn't have a good statistical profile. He's 16th in the field in good drive rate, 13th in greens in regulation, 26th in birdie or better, and 3rd in strokes gained: off the tee.
Bud Cauley ($6,400) - Cauley looks like an underpriced player we can pounce on this week. He's 40/1 to win, same as Holmes ($8,400) and McGirt ($7,400), and costs $9,400 on DraftKings (9th-most expensive). He's 34th in salary on FanDuel. The stats have some red flags (9th in the field in good drive rate, 40th in birdie or better), but he's 20th in strokes gained: tee to green and 25th in driving distance. Oh, and he's coming off of three straight top 10s. (T5, T10, T9).
Kevin Tway ($5,600) - Tway is 6th in the field in driving distance and 14th in strokes gained: off the tee. That's the extent to which he does anything exceptionally well in this field, but he's made five of his past six cuts and finished 3 at the Zurich (with Kelly Kraft) and was T3 at the Valero and T32 at the Puerto Rico Open. He's pricier on DraftKings (33rd) than FanDuel (52nd) and has seen his odds jump from 100/1 to 70/1.
Harold Varner ($6,000) - Varner is almost always a great Rounds 1 and 2 pick. He's 15th in this field in driving distance, 15th in strokes gained: off the tee, and pretty much between 40th and 60th in most other marks. He can't putt, but these greens will be tough anyway. Varner profiles well enough for this course to feel okay taking what he gives you in the opening two rounds.
Jason Kokrak ($5,400) - Kokrak is probably not going to contend for the top of the leaderboard -- he's 125/1 -- but he's 27th in the field in strokes gained: tee to green in the past 12 events, per FantasyGolfMetrics. He's 10th on the full season among players in the field in driving distance and 5th off the tee. He's made six of his past seven cuts even if he doesn't press for a finishing bonus. Kokrak, 48th in the field in birdie or better rate, shouldn't sink your lineups.