Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the TOUR 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 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 TOUR Championship.
Strokes gained: tee to green and strokes gained: putting are always worth monitoring. This week, these are the most important stats, based on historical data.
|Key Stats for the Tour Championship at East Lake|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Par 4 Scoring|
|Good Drive Rate|
|Strokes Gained: Putting on Bermuda|
To find out more on why we're focused on these stats, check out our course primer.
Best of the Best
Jordan Spieth (FanDuel Price: $9,300 | bet365 Odds 5) - Spieth is the odds-on favorite to win here, which he did in 2015. He also finished second in 2013 at East Lake. He enters the event with two wins and two second-place finishes in his past seven events. Spieth finished seventh last week. According to FantasyGolfMetrics, he ranks second in the field in strokes gained: putting on Bermuda and is second in strokes gained: tee to green and first in par 4 scoring in the past 12 events.
Dustin Johnson ($9,200 | 7.5) - Johnson is tied for the second-best win odds, and that'll make him popular, but that requires other DFS players to trust low-priced picks to fit both DJ and Spieth into the same lineup. Johnson has played this course seven times since 2006 and enters with four straight top 10s here (10th in 2012, 5th in 2013, 5th in 2015, and 6th in 2015). He's fifth in the field in strokes gained: tee to green at East Lake since then, as well, according to FantasyGolfMetrics.
DJ enters third in that stat in the past 12 events as well as 10th in scrambling. If he can avoid disaster off the tee, his length should let him dominate. He's 24th in strokes gained: putting on Bermuda greens, and he's not the most accurate option in the field (18th in driving accuracy), so he probably shouldn't be a cash-game guy (as weird as that sounds, though he was 33rd last week), but the upside is clear.
Rickie Fowler ($8,700 | 7.5) - With the same win odds as DJ, and Fowler is also a popular DFS play. But he does have a really strong case this week. He's 12th in putting on Bermuda and ranks 8th in the field in driving accuracy in the past 12 events, as well as 4th in scrambling. That should help you mitigate disaster here if you want to eat some chalk with the expensive picks and take more risks on values. Perhaps Fowler's form at East Lake (12th in 2015, 8th in 2014, and 23rd in 2012) keeps his ownership in check after a second-place finish at the BMW.
Paul Casey ($8,000 | 18) - Casey has strong form at East Lake, having finished 4th in 2010, 5th in 2015, and 4th in 2016. There wasn't any poor finishes in there that I glossed over. Those are just his only three events here. His 33rd-place finish last week at the BMW snapped a six-event streak of top-15 finishes. Casey ranks 20th in strokes gained: putting on Bermuda but in the past 12 events is 4th in strokes gained: tee to green, 11th in scrambling, and 9th in driving accuracy.
Patrick Cantlay ($6,900 | 40) - Cantlay is the top Bermuda putter in the field by strokes gained and also sits 1st in scrambling and 13th in driving accuracy. That's a good recipe for success at East Lake, even though he's never played here before. The win odds put him 16th in the field, and his salary ranks 17th, so he might not be a clear value option for most, which would be ideal. However, he has three straight top-13 finishes (10th at the Northern Trust, 13th at the Dell Technologies Championship, and 9th last week at the BMW).
Charley Hoffman ($6,500 | 60) - Hoffman loves this course, even though he's played here just once since 2010 (when he was 6th): in 2015, he was 22nd. In the past 12 events, Hoffman ranks 8th in strokes gained: tee to green and 14th in driving accuracy.
Webb Simpson ($6,300 | 40) - Simpson sits 11th in strokes gained: putting on Bermuda in the field and might be the best bet to avoid disaster by missing fairways, as he's first in driving accuracy in the past 12 events. He's also second in scrambling. He hasn't played here since 2014 (23rd) but did finish 4th in 2013 and 5th in 2012, as well as 22nd in 2011, so he has that going for him as well.
Pat Perez ($6,100 | 75) - Perez hasn't played at East Lake before but is fifth in strokes gained: putting on Bermuda in the field and ranks eighth in scrambling and ninth in driving accuracy in the past 12 events. He low-key has consecutive top-12s, finishing 6th at the Dell Technologies Championship and 12th at the BMW.
Russell Henley ($5,700 | 100) - Henley ranks third in strokes gained: putting on Bermuda in the field and finished 12th at East Lake in 2014, his lone try here. He also ranks sixth in driving accuracy in the past 12 events in the field. With some other golfers with better win odds at similar price points, Henley who enters with one top 25 in his past six (and just a 25th-place finish at that), could be one of the few golfers with actually low ownership.
Brian Harman ($5,500 | 125) - Harman is last in the field in strokes gained: tee to green in the past 12 events, so that's a glaring red flag. But he's the cheapest golfer in the field, and you can actually make a decent case for him. He ranks sixth in the field in strokes gained: putting on Bermuda and fifth in driving accuracy in the past 12 events. He hasn't played East Lake before, and it's a loaded field, but you have to get weird this week, and Harman isn't even that difficult to justify.