Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the Dean & DeLuca Invitational
With FanDuel announcing there are some "big changes" coming to their PGA contests, we'll be focusing on DraftKings pricing for this week.
Scoring is pretty similar, and the goal is still to get your golfers through to the weekend, so let's take a look at some golfers to target for the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial CC.
Stats to Target
Based on the course makeup and field for Colonial CC, 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 Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial CC|
|Strokes Gained: Approach the Green|
|Greens in Regulation|
|Birdie or Better Percentage|
|Strokes Gained: Putting|
So, who has the right combination of stats, recent form, course history, and salary this week?
Best of the Best
Jon Rahm (DraftKings Price: $11,800) - Rahm sits 12/1 to win outright, per bet365, second only to Jordan Spieth and tied with Sergio Garcia. Rahm has made all 13 cuts this season, culminating in 9 top 25s and 6 top 10s. Statistically, he's 11th in the field in greens in regulation percentage, 12th in scrambling, 2nd in birdie or better, and 5th in strokes gained: approach the green. It's hard not to like him this week.
Jordan Spieth ($12,000) - Spieth has strong course history here at Colonial CC and won here last season. He was T2 in 2015. In all, Spieth has four top 15s in four events here. He's second in the field in greens in regulation and first in birdie or better, bogey avoidance, and strokes gained: approach the green. Spieth does have three missed cuts in his past five events, but the upside and track record here are tough to argue against when building tournament lineups.
Jason Dufner ($9,000) - Dufner has made 12 of 13 cuts this season, the lone missed cut coming in January. His second-most recent missed cut was the 2016 Masters back in April 2016. Plus, he's played Colonial enough before and has posted some promising results. Since 2012, Dufner has finished 2, T46, 2, T43, and T6. He's 25/1 to win outright, making him one of the strongest plays on the slate.
Zach Johnson ($9,800) - Johnson's price makes him hard to fit in this week, but that could make him a top tournament pick. Per FantasyGolfMetrics, Johnson is eighth among players in the field in greens in regulation rate and third in strokes gained: approach the green at Colonial CC since 2006. Oh, and he has made all 11 cuts here since 2004, including 8 top 25s. He won in 2010 and 2012 and has five top-10 finishes in all. There is plenty of risk given his current form (T48, T18, cut, cut, T9 in his past five), but he is shaping up to be a stellar tournament option.
Adam Hadwin ($8,400) - The stats point to Hadwin this week, as he's 29th in the field in greens in regulation, 3rd in scrambling, 18th in birdie or better rate, 2nd in bogey avoidance, 11th in strokes gained: approach the green, and 15th in strokes gained: putting. He's 33/1 to win outright and has a T5 (in 2015) and a T22 (last year) in his two events at Colonial.
Chris Kirk ($8,200) - Kirk has five top 25s in seven tries here and hasn't missed a cut. The win in 2015 should increase ownership, but the stats grade out, too. Kirk is 18th in the field in greens in regulation, 15th in birdie or better, and 27th in bogey avoidance. He's missed a slew of cuts recently but did finish T12 at THE PLAYERS, and he ranks eighth in the field in strokes gained: approach the green at Colonial since 2006, according to FantasyGolfMetrics.
Pat Perez ($7,600) - Perez is hot right now, and he's played the weekend in every event this season, excluding a round-one withdrawal at the Waste Management Open in early February. In his 15 made cuts, Perez has 10 top-25 finishes. Five of those were top 10s. Perez has also made 8 of 11 cuts at Colonial (a pair of those missed cuts were withdrawals). In his most recent event here, he was T5 in 2015. Perez was also a top-10 performer in 2007, 2008, and 2010, finishing 4, 6, T10 in those years.
William McGirt ($7,100) - McGirt was T22 at THE PLAYERS in his most recent outing but missed two cuts prior to that. He also notched a T3 at the RBC Heritage and a T22 at the Masters, though. With a smaller field than usual, the cut line will be more favorable, and McGirt, who has 6 top 25s and 3 top 10s in his 10 made cuts this season, has the upside to take advantage. McGirt also has course form to speak of, as he has played Colonial six times and made five cuts.
Bill Haas ($6,900) - Haas sits 10th in the field in greens in regulation, 6th in scrambling, and 24th in strokes gained: approach the green. He's also 80/1 to win outright. Haas has played Colonial seven times and made six cuts, finishing top 25 three times. Just beware of the fact that he's missed three straight cuts, so he's a tournament-only play.
Zac Blair ($6,700) - Blair is the top scrambler in the field, but the rest of the stats are a bit iffy: 72nd in greens in regulation, 90th in birdie or better, and 86th in strokes gained: approach the green. Still, he can putt well enough (22nd in strokes gained: putting), and at this range, you can only ask for so much.
Martin Laird ($6,600) - Laird is five of six with cuts at Colonial and was T10 in 2010 and 2011. The stats line up, too. He's 13th in scrambling in the field, 32nd in birdie or better rate, and 23rd in strokes gained: approach the green among players in the field. He's got better odds (110/1) than pretty much anyone else in this range, and he's made 12 of 14 cuts this season. You could do worse this close to the bottom of the barrel.