Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the WGC-HSBC Champions
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 WGC-HSBC Champions.
|Key Stats for WGC HSBC at Sheshan International|
|Par 4 Scoring|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
For more information on why we're focused on these stats, check out our course primer.
Best of the Best
Dustin Johnson (FanDuel Price: $10,200 | bet365 Odds: 8/1) - This field is loaded, so you can go one of two ways: balanced or stars and scrubs (as usual). The stars and scrubs approach might be more contrarian because it's hard to justify rolling the dice on some longshots in a field like this (i.e. loaded). That makes DJ an interesting play from a game theory standpoint, as he's $800 more than any other golfer. DJ is one of just two winners in the past four years to play in this field, and he was 5th in 2015 and 35th in 2016.
Hideki Matsuyama ($9,400 | 10) - Matsuyama is the defending champ here but has withdrawn twice here as well and finishing 41st back in 2014. According to FantasyGolfMetrics, Matsuyama is fourth in strokes gained: tee to green in the past 12 weeks among players in this field. He's also 8th in birdie or better rate and 18th in driving distance.
Paul Casey ($9,200 | 20) - Casey has strong form at Sheshan, finishing 20th in 2013, 23rd in 2015, and 12th in 2016. In his past eight events (that same 12-week stretch), he's got five top-7s and seven top 20s. Those include no-cut events, but hey, wouldn't you know? That's what this week is again. Casey ranks 3rd in strokes gained: tee to green in the past 12 events and is 1st on par 4s, 2nd in birdie rate, 7th in bogey avoidance, and 11th in strokes gained: off the tee.
Marc Leishman ($8,700 | 18) - Leishman is on a heater of his own and has three top-threes in his past four events. He also has played Sheshan twice since 2013 and finished 9th in 2014 and 11th in 2015. Leishman is top 14 in par 4 scoring, birdie or better rate, and bogey avoidance in the past 12 weeks. And you have to love any golfer who has this to say after a narrow loss the week prior:
"If you go down, you want to go down like that. You don't want to go down laying up and making par. I'd rather attack and try to take it. I would certainly sleep better at night just doing that."
Justin Rose ($8,400 | 18) - So, Rose isn't firmly in the middle tier, but there's a very strong case to be made for loading up on the upper mid range in lieu of the pricier studs. Rose is 7th in strokes gained: tee to green over the past 12 weeks and is top 22 in strokes gained: off the tee, par 4s, bogey avoidance, and driving distance. Rose enters with four straight top 10s and was 5th at Sheshan in 2013 and 7th in 2011.
Francesco Molinari ($7,500 | 25) - Molinari doesn't have the distance that other golfers in the field have, but he still finished 6th here last year and 21st back in 2013, as well as 23rd in 2011. Oh, and he won in 2010. Molinari enters with consecutive top-12s and also sits top 15 over the past 12 events in strokes gained: tee to green and off the tee. He should provide some safety at this birdie-fest, and again, he won at this course in 2010 at -19.
Ross Fisher ($7,200 | 25) - Fisher enters with a pair of runner-up finishes and was sixth here in 2016 and third in 2015. He also was second in 2007 and 2009. That alone has to pique our interest at just $7,200. The win odds have improved to 25/1 after opening at 28/1. Fisher should be a popular pick at this discount, but he's hard to argue against.
Matthew Fitzpatrick ($7,000 | 35) - Fitzpatrick has consecutive top 16s at Sheshan (16th and 7th) but has recent form to go along with it, if you account for the European Tour. Fitzpatrick won the European Masters and finished 11th at the British Masters and 15th at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the Italian Open. At the four majors this year, Fitzpatrick topped out at 32nd and even missed the cut at the PGA. That should bode well for his ownership.
Thorbjorn Olesen ($6,200 | 80) - Thorbjorn, ready to work, has two top 15s in his past six events, including five made cuts. At Sheshan, Thunderbear has finished 19th in 2015 and 6th in 2014. He's 14th in the field in driving distance in the past 12 events and 22nd in birdie or better rate. He's more of a course-form play than a statistical pick.
Peter Uihlein ($6,100 | 90) - Uihlein is a tournament-only option, as he's had some up-and-down results in recent weeks (20th, cut, cut, 29th, win, cut). In his only event at this course, he finished 55th (in 2013). The world's 69th-ranked golfer is 23rd in birdie or better rate this season early on and also made a good number of birdies last season. The upside is there at a low price, but the bust potential also exists.
Haotong Li ($5,900 | 125) - Li finished seventh at this course in 2015 and has played this event four years running, though the seventh-place finish is the only time he cracked the top 35. Li has some distance to his game, and 5 of his 16 rounds here have been sub-70, including a pair of final-round 67s. He was over par in three of four rounds last year, but Li is playing the best golf of his career right now, and few know the course as well as he does.
Alexander Levy ($5,600 | 100) - Levy finished 14th at his debut at Sheshan in 2014 and was 58th in 2016 after just one round of even par. Levy enters after a 26th at the Italian Open and a 7th at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. You could do worse with your low-priced dart throws than someone with 100/1 odds, usable recent results, and a knowledge of this course already.