Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the Sentry Tournament of 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 this week.
|Key Stats for the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Putting|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
|Strokes Gained: Around the Green|
|Proximity to Hole|
For more on why these are the key stats this week, check out our course primer.
Best of the Best
Dustin Johnson (FanDuel Price: $12,500 | bet365 Win Odds: 7/1) - DJ is the priciest option in the field this week, but he looks worth it. Of the 34 golfers in the field, he's the only one to play here at least four times. He's played this course seven times and won it back in 2013. Johnson's distance could carry him to a strong finish again, as the fairways are easy to hit, and he's played the course enough not to worry about a sprayfest. Per FantasyGolfMetrics, Johnson is 2nd in the field in strokes gained: tee to green and 3rd in approach over the past 14 weeks but just 31st in strokes gained: putting. We are prioritizing putting, but the world's number one golfer is second in proximity in that split.
Jordan Spieth ($12,300 | 5) - Spieth, the odds-on favorite, has played here three times: 3rd last year, win in 2015, and 2nd in 2013. He leads the pack in tee-to-green and around-the-green play in the past 14 weeks. He's one of the world's premier putters and has roasted this course in the past. He's the favorite for a reason.
Rickie Fowler ($12,000 | 7) - Fowler is fourth in pricing behind Johnson, Spieth, and Justin Thomas ($12,200, 6.5/1), and it's close enough that you can go with last year's winner (Thomas). But Fowler's recent form is, well, more recent. He won the Hero World Challenge six weeks ago and finished second at the OHL nine weeks ago. Thomas was 11th at the Hero, his only event since winning the CJ Cup 12 weeks back.
Marc Leishman ($10,000 | 20) - Leishman played six weeks ago at the Australian PGA championship, where he finished fourth. He has essentially no holes in his game of late -- aside from proximity. You can try to jam in three super expensive studs (DJ, Spieth, Fowler, JT, Hideki Matsuyama) or look to Leishman for some balance in your six-man lineup.
Patrick Cantlay ($9,300 | 22) - Among the field, Cantlay grades out 6th tee-to-green, 7th in approach, and 11th around the green over the past 14 weeks of action. He hasn't played this course before, but few golfers have extended knowledge of Kapalua. His last action was 10 weeks ago, a win at the Shriners.
Russell Henley ($8,800 | 40) - Henley placed 3rd back in 2015 and 27th in 2014, his two tries. So he has some experience and a strong finish to his name. He's one of the best putters in this field despite some recent struggles, so positive regression should hit. To help out, he has been putting it near the pin lately, ranking 10th in proximity over the past 14 events.
Cameron Smith ($8,200 | 33) - Smith could be a popular name this week, given the odds and pricing. Further, Smith won that Australian PGA six weeks ago. He's a strong around-the-green player in his career, and if things click for him in that facet this week, he could pay off even at high ownership.
Austin Cook ($7,900 | 66) - Statistically, Cook's putter is hotter than anyone's lately, and that's usually a sign of negative regression coming, but he's also eighth in strokes gained: tee to green and second around the green in the past 14 weeks of play. He's also ninth in birdie or better rate, so he could score fantasy points even if he doesn't vie for the top of the leaderboard.
Ryan Armour ($7,000 | 150) - Armour's at the bottom of the pricing barrel and a longshot to win for a reason, but he played really well in the swing season and grades out in the top seven in strokes gained: tee to green (seventh), putting (fifth), approach (first), and around the green (sixth), as well as birdie or better rate (third) and proximity (first) since the PGA Championship.