Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for THE CJ CUP
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 CJ Cup.
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 CJ CUP @ Nine Bridges|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Par 5 Scoring|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
For more information on why we're focused on these stats, check out our course primer.
Best of the Best
Justin Thomas (FanDuel Price: $10,300 | bet365 Odds: 7/1) - Thomas is the odds-on favorite, though Paul Casey at 10/1 is on his heels, as is Jason Day at 12/1. Still, they opened at 9 and 11, respectively, and Thomas is the best player in this field and is second on the tour in strokes gained: tee to green over the past 12 events, according to FantasyGolfMetrics. He should thrive on the par 5s and make up fantasy points with birdies, but there is some concern with his accuracy (162nd on tour last year). He could find some iffy lies, but he's still a FanDuel play even if he's not at the top of the leaderboard.
Paul Casey ($9,700 | 10) - Casey's form is spicy: 7th last week and 5th, 33rd, 4th, 5th, 13th, and 5th in the past 12 weeks overall. Casey is second in the past 12 weeks in the field in strokes gained: tee to green, ranking sixth on tour in that span. Casey has made birdies at the same rate as Thomas in the past 12 weeks and is a more accurate driver and more likely to hit greens in regulation. He's a fine pivot down from Thomas.
Tony Finau ($9,300 | 22) - Finau is known more for his distance than his accuracy (he was 136th in accuracy last year), but he's in play because of his dominance on par 5s (7th last year) and in strokes gained: tee to green (10th). If accuracy proves to be of minimal importance or if Finau nails fairways, he can score well here, same as Casey and Thomas. Finau has three straight top-sevens to help mitigate concerns.
Xander Schauffele ($8,900 | 18) - Xander gets a bump on bentgrass, which these greens are despite the geographic location. Schauffele finished third last week and won his prior event. He's just locked in, and his price finally reflects it. Similar to most of the other top names in the field, his driving accuracy isn't a strength, but you have to take that risk to unlock potentially high upside on this scorable course.
Keegan Bradley ($7,400 | 33) - I don't think I've ever gotten Keegan right, and I don't think I'm alone on that, so bear that in mind. But Bradley was 37th in birdie or better rate last season and 25th in accuracy. I think that's the key this week, and his second-place finish at the CIMB doesn't hurt. If he's popular, then we have to second-guess it, but the process points to Bradley this week.
Chez Reavie ($7,300 | 50) - Chez nails fairways and is ninth in accuracy in the past 12 weeks and was fourth last season. He was also 59th in birdie or better rate last season, so that gives him some fantasy upside along with the likely floor because of his accuracy. Reavie has three straight top 17s and four top 20s in his past five events.
Kyle Stanley ($7,000 | 70) - Stanley was 13th in driving accuracy last season and 29th in birdie or better rate and is coming into the CJ CUP with four top-25s in his past five events. He also ranked 12th in strokes gained: tee to green in the 2017 season and did so with stellar play in the fall. He looks to be a safe option with some upside in the mid-range of pricing this week.
Kevin Na ($6,800 | 50) - Na's results haven't been there lately (44th, 37th, 53rd in his past three), but he had two top-six finishes in the three tournaments prior. Na finished the 2017 season 35th in birdie or better rate and 42nd in strokes gained: tee to green. He's a bounceback option who should have low-ish ownership given the recent form. In a 78-player field with no cuts, that alone is enticing in a GPP.
Lucas Glover ($6,400 | 60) - Glover, who opened at 75/1, actually was 20th in strokes gained: tee to green last season and top 60 in par 5 scoring, driving accuracy, and birdie or better rate last season. At a value price and with improving odds, that's not a bad combination for this unknown field. Sure, he's 37, but the temperatures should be mild this week, rather than the hot, humid conditions of a week ago. Plus, Glover has made nine straight cuts and has four straight top 30s.
Sung Kang ($6,100 | 55) - Kang finished third last week and may have some ownership as a result, but there's no reason to think he'll be restrictively popular in this field. Kang was 27th last year on par 5s, 69th tee to green, and 52nd in birdie or better rate. He's not accurate off the tee, but no player in this range is perfect, and Kang, who is Korean, has played professionally in Korea in the past.
Luke List ($5,500 | 66) - List finished 13th in strokes gained: tee to green last season, 2nd in par 5 scoring, 9th in birdie or better rate, but just 157th in accuracy. He hasn't been accurate off the tee in recent weeks either, but at $5,300, he should produce a strong fantasy total given his ability to score on the easy-to-reach par 5s.
C.T. Pan ($5,100 | 125) - The one thing that Pan does well is hit fairways. He finished 48th in driving accuracy last season and is 2nd in fairways hit among the players in this field in the past 12 weeks and is 5th in greens in regulation in that split. In theory, he has a solid floor given the ability to hit these fairways. And the fact that his odds moved from 160/1 to 125/1 sure help.