Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for The Northern Trust
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 revamped version of 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 Northern Trust.
Stats to Target
|Key Stats for the Northern Trust at Glen Oaks|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
|Greens in Regulation|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
For more information on why we're looking to these stats, check out our course primer.
Best of the Best
Jordan Spieth (FanDuel Price: $9,900 | bet365 Win Odds: 11) - We don't know much about Glen Oaks, but it's supposed to be the "Augusta of the north." So, Spieth has to be on your radar. In his past 36 rounds, Spieth is 64th in strokes gained: off the tee but 14th in approach, according to FantasyNational.com. Spieth has bagged two wins in his past four events (the Travelers and the Open) and should fit well on this course, according to the Augusta corollary.
Rickie Fowler ($9,400 | 12) - Justin Thomas, not Fowler, stepped up and won the PGA, but Fowler remains near the top of the leaderboard in all contests. Fowler has four top 10s in his past five events (including the U.S. Open, the Quicken Loans, the Bridgestone, and the PGA). He also was 22nd at the Open. Fowler ranks 29th in greens in regulation gained and 1st in birdies gained in his past 36.
Jason Day ($9,300 | 18) - Day is the 12th-best poa putter in the field in the past 36 rounds and is first on bentgrass, so he makes for a nice play from that perspective. Day is also fifth in birdies gained in his past 36. Following two missed cuts, Day was 27th at the Open, 24th at the no-cut Bridgestone, and 9th at the PGA. Day makes for a strong tournament play with so many big names at the top of the field.
Paul Casey ($9,000 | 33) - Casey also makes for a tournament option, as he's priced above Jon Rahm ($8,900). In recent weeks, Casey finished 6th at the Masters, 12th at the Wells Fargo, 22nd at THE PLAYERS, 10th at the DEAN & DELUCA, 26th at the U.S. Open, 5th at the Travelers, 11th at the Open, 5th at the Bridgestone, and 13th at the PGA. He's fifth in strokes gained: tee to green on similar courses in his past 36 and is first in approach and first in greens in regulation gained.
Marc Leishman ($7,400 | 50) - Leishman sits 23rd in strokes gained: off the tee and 19th in approach in his past 36 and 15th in greens in regulation gained. In his past nine events, Leishman has six top 25s and no missed cuts.
Francesco Molinari ($7,000 | 60) - Molinari's got a few things going for him. He ranks 13th in the field in strokes gained: off the tee, 2nd in approach, and 2nd in greens in regulation gained in his past 36. He also finished 2nd at the PGA in his most recent event but did miss the cut at the Open and the U.S. Open. He did, however, finish 6th at THE PLAYERS and 33rd at the Masters, showing he can compete in good fields and also that he did solid at Augusta this season. Just know that he ranks 113th in putting on poa greens in his past 15 rounds.
Charley Hoffman ($7,000 | 66) - Hoffman grades out well statistically here, ranking 8th in both strokes gained: off the tee and greens in regulation gained in his past 36 rounds as well as 6th in birdies gained and 40th in strokes gained: approach. Hoffman, 22nd at the Masters, has also finished 8th at the U.S. Open, 20th at the Open, and 48th at the PGA. He also has three top-three finishes in his past six, at the Travelers, the Canadian Open, and the Bridgestone.
Charl Schwartzel ($6,800 | 110) - Schwartzel's stats aren't great in his past 36 overall, but he has played fairly well at courses similar to what we should expect from Glen Oaks of late. He also finished third at the Masters, giving some weight to him if you're looking to play the Augusta angle. While we don't have course history to examine, Charl might be one of the best plays based on the course fit angle there are. He has also made six of his past eight cuts.
Kevin Chappell ($6,200 | 60) - Chappell should carry ownership at these win odds and this price, but I'm going to go back to him. He ranks 18th in strokes gained: off the tee, 7th in approach, 11th in birdies gained, and 16th in greens in regulation gained in his past 36 rounds. After a missed cut at the Quicken Loans and the Open, Chappell has finished 8th at the Canadian Open, 13th at the Bridgestone, and 33rd at the PGA.
Xander Schauffele ($6,000 | 150) - Schauffele plays his best on bentgrass, and we should take note of that in the future. But with the majority of the greens being poa, we should probably nix that angle. Still, Xander is 7th in strokes gained: off the tee and in birdies gained in his past 36 overall. Prior to a missed cut on Quail Hollow's bermuda, Schauffele racked up five top 20s in six tries, including a top-five at the U.S. Open and a win at the Greenbrier.
Graham DeLaet ($5,800 | 140) - DeLaet hasn't been on the DFS radar for a while, but as scary as it is in this field, he might be this week. In his past 36 rounds overall, DeLaet is fifth in strokes gained: off the tee, second in approach, and second in greens in regulation gained. He's also 22nd in birdies gained. DeLaet has made four of five cuts: a 26, 20, 48, and a 7. The seventh-place finish came at the PGA two weeks ago. The stats are there for this course, and he's worth a dart at this price if you're making multiple lineups.
David Lingmerth ($5,700 | 200) - Lingmerth has made 10 straight cuts, seven of which were top-27 finishes (he had a 26 and a 27, so to cut those off would have been a little unfair). That's a strong ceiling for a guy priced this low. Lingmerth is just 56th in strokes gained: off the tee in his past 36 and 91st in approach, but he's 10th in approach on courses similar to Glen Oaks, as well as 20th in birdies gained. Lingmerth also sits 37th in strokes gained: putting on bentgrass in his past 36.
Robert Garrigus ($4,500 | 100/1) - I'll sprinkle on another pick here if you're looking to pay up for an extra star. At the minimum, Garrigus is worth a punt because he's 33rd in strokes gained: off the tee and 16th in approach in his past 36. He also has made five straight cuts and has three straight top-10s, though those were the Barbasol (10th), Canadian Open (5th), and Barracuda (6th). The win odds are shiny, though. If he wasn't this cheap, he wouldn't be in contention for our rosters.