Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the CIMB Classic
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 CIMB Classic.
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 CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur|
|Par 5 Scoring|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
For more information on why we're focused on these stats, check out our course primer.
Best of the Best
Justin Thomas (FanDuel Price: $10,500 | bet365 Win Odds 4/1) - Yup, the twice-defending champ is 4/1, which is basically unheard of in golf, but in the 78-player field, it at least makes sense. I'm not saying you should wager on him, but when it comes to FanDuel lineups, Thomas is tough to fade. According to FantasyGolfMetrics, Thomas ranks first in the field over the past 12 events in strokes gained: tee to green and driving distance as well as second in par 5 scoring and fifth in birdie or better rate. Even if he doesn't three-peat, Thomas' distance off the tee should allow him to rack up birdies and post a strong fantasy score.
Paul Casey ($9,500 | 12) - Casey is the third-highest priced golfer of the week and one of three golfers above $8,800. He'll be popular, but it's for good reason. Primarily for Casey, it's the current form. Casey has seven top 15s in his past eight events -- not all were full fields, mind you, but neither is this (nor is it tough by comparison) -- and also has played TPC Kuala Lumpur three times with improving finishes: 37th, 24th, and 21st. He's worth rostering in cash games given his consistency.
Hideki Matsuyama ($9,900 | 9) - Matsuyama is second in pricing and in odds but likely third in ownership among these three. The recent form hasn't been there for Hideki, but he still can hit it long and score well on the par 5s here. Matsuyama has four straight top 25s at this event as well as two top 5s in the past two years. He makes for a strong tournament pivot if you want to fade either Thomas or Casey.
Rafa Cabrera Bello ($8,500 | 40) - Speaking of tournament plays, Cabrera Bello has the second-longest win odds of the 11 golfers priced $7,900 or higher. He hasn't played since the BMW a month ago but was 10th here in 2016. From 2011 through 2016, his results at TPC Kuala Lumpur are promising: 4th, 3rd, 22nd, cut, cut, 10th. If you want to get contrarian in tournaments, consider Rafa.
Xander Schauffele ($8,200 | 25) - Xander actually has the fourth-best odds of any golfer in this event, and the case to make for him is pretty easy. He's young and can handle the likely hot and humid conditions here despite never having played this course, and he's long enough off the tee (16th in distance last season) to take advantage of the par 5s.
Gary Woodland ($7,900 | 30) - Woodland's primary issues come from putting, and the greens this week are easy to average at worst. Woodland was 13th in distance last season and in the past 12 events is 6th in strokes gained: tee to green and 3rd in distance among players in the field. He also has a pair of 2nd-place finishes (2013 and 2014) here and a pair of 56s in 2015 and 2016. The upside is apparent with Woodland.
Kevin Na ($7,100 | 33) - Na isn't long off the tee but is accurate (10th in accuracy in the past 12 events) as well as 12th in strokes gained: tee to green, 17th on par 5s, and 7th in birdie or better rate. Na has played TPC Kuala Lumpur three times, finishing 2nd in 2014, 3rd in 2015, and 29th in 2016. Na also excels in lift, clean, place events, so he gets a boost from that angle as well.
Grayson Murray ($6,800 | 50) - Murray is a name that pops from a fantasy perspective when you compare him to other players in his pricing range. In the past 12 events, which include 8 for Murray, he's 13th in the field in strokes gained: tee to green, 1st in par 5 scoring, and 2nd in birdie or better rate and driving distance. He may not finish higher than, say, Emiliano Grillo, Ian Poulter, Keegan Bradley or some other options in this range, but his profile suggests he should produce fantasy points regardless, given his fit at this course.
Anirban Lahiri ($5,600 | 28) - Lahiri's price and odds point to high ownership, but he's not exactly the most well-known name on tour, so perhaps his ownership is held in check. Lahiri led after 54 holes last year and finished third. He's played this course 10 times in seven years, too, and won in 2015 (the Malaysian Open). Lahiri thinks of this course as a sort of homecoming, as well.
Hudson Swafford ($5,500 | 70) - The Swafficer has a few things going in his favor, and perhaps this is a week to load up on the studs and duds (based on pricing), given the amount of value plays in play. Swafford finished 24th in 2015 and 29th in 2016 at this course and is 11th in strokes gained: tee to green and 9th in distance in the past 12 events.
Luke List ($5,300 | 66) - List was popular last week and might be popular again this week (though in a 78-player field, everyone will be somewhat significantly owned). List is 8th tee to green and on par 5s as well as 10th in birdie or better rate and 4th in distance in the past 12 events. He looks capable of scoring well here from a fantasy perspective.
Scott Hend ($5,100 | 80) - Hend is also long off the tee (seventh in distance in the past 12 events and would-be-third on the Web.com last year if he qualified). He's also 10th in strokes gained: tee to green in the past 12 (which does include just three events for Hend). But the Aussie was 7th here last year and has played TPC Kuala Lumpur nine times in the past seven years.
Gavin Green ($4,500 | 75) - Green is a Malaysian-born 23-year-old who has the hometown narrative in his favor this week. He has played this course five times in the past two years and has made all seven cuts here since 2013. He also won his most recent event (the Taiwan Masters) and finished second in his prior start, as well. Green opens up a lot of salary to spend up for the studs this week. Just know that he finished only 69th here last year.