Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the Sony Open
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.
Strokes gained: tee to green and strokes gained: putting always help identify some of the field's best options, but here are the most important stats to seek this week.
|Key Stats for the Sony Open at Waialae|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
|Par 5 Scoring|
For more on why these are the key stats this week, check out our course primer.
Best of the Best
Jordan Spieth (FanDuel Price: $12,800 | bet365 Win Odds: 5/1) and Justin Thomas ($12,600 | 8) - The pair of pals are in a tier of their own this week, as nobody else has win odds better than 14/1, and just four golfers in total have odds better than 20/1.
Spieth didn't pack his putter last week and lost 3.7 strokes on the green, per FantasyGolfMetrics. His ninth-place finish could've been much higher if not for the putting woes. He leads the field in strokes gained: tee to green and approach over the past 12 events. Plus, he finished third at Waialae last year.
As for Thomas, he won last year at this event and was sixth in 2015 (with a missed cut in between). He ranks 4th tee-to-green, 20th in approach, 11th in distance, and 2nd in birdie or better rate in this field over the past 12 events. Roster either or both if you can.
Marc Leishman ($11,400 | 16) - Leishman played last week at the Tournament of Champions. Since 1999, 13 winners at the Sony Open played in the Tournament of Champions. Just saying. Leishman knows the course well and has made all eight cuts at Waialae since 2009. His worst finish -- other than a 37th in 2015 -- was a 28th, giving him seven top-30s. He was top 10 in both 2013 and 2014 (ninth and fifth, respectively). Leishman is playing well and was seventh last week.
Tony Finau ($11,000 | 33) - Finau didn't play last week at Kapalua but does have strong recent form, reeling off six straight top-26 finishes. He grades out 6th in tee-to-green play over the past 12 events, as well as 7th in par 5 scoring, 10th in birdie or better rate, and 2nd in driving distance. He's a good fit, statistically, for Waialae and has improved here three years straight: cut, 64th, 20th. He's struggled on the greens at Waialae, losing 3.1, 1.7, and 2.1 strokes putting over the past three seasons.
Gary Woodland ($10,200 | 28) - Woodland has strong finishes here the past three years (3rd in 2015, 13th in 2016, and 6th in 2017). Since 2003, only Jordan Spieth (2.19) has gained more strokes tee to green on average than Woodland has (1.99). Only an abysmal putting display in 2016 could keep him from a top-six finish.
Russell Henley ($9,800 | 30) - Henley is a former winner at Waialae (2013) and followed that up with some mixed results: 51st, 17th, cut, 13th. He was 17th last week in a 34-man field, but that does mean that he played in Hawaii a week ago. In Henley's three top-17s, he gained strokes on the field tee-to-green. In his poor performances, he lost strokes tee to green. If he can find the fairways, look for Henley's putting to carry him to a strong finish.
Kyle Stanley ($9,400 | 50) - Stanley's only issue is putting. He's the worst putter in this entire field if you look at career numbers. But the greens here aren't overly imposing. Stanley has played Waialae five times since 2011, when he missed the cut. He followed it up with a 23rd and a 67th. In 2016 and 2017, he was 13th and 36th, respectively. Stanley has picked up a full stroke tee to green on average here. He just needs to get some putts to fall to have huge upside.
JJ Spaun ($9,000 | 50) - Spaun's form is strong entering this week's event -- if you're willing to dig back a ways. Eight weeks ago, he was 2nd at the RSM Classic after finishing 14th at the OHL and 10th at the Shriners. Spaun actually ranks second in this field in strokes gained: tee to green and third in approach over the past 12 events but is 115th on the greens.
Hudson Swafford ($8,800 | 90) - Swafford's done well at Waialae since 2014: 8th, cut, 9th, 13th. He played a week ago but finished just 27th. He lost 5.34 strokes on the greens, however, and he's picked up strokes putting at Waialae four years straight.
Luke List ($8,500 | 80) - List sits ninth in strokes gained: off the tee over the past 12 events. He finished 13th at the CIMB, 5th at the CJ CUP, and 20th at the Shriners before missing the OHL Classic's cut. List sits top-five in that split in driving distance and birdie or better rate. As is the case for most of the guys in this write-up, List struggles with the putter but did gain 3.6 strokes on Waialae's greens a year ago, resulting in a 13th-place finish.
Andrew Landry ($8,100 | 160) - Spending down on too many options probably isn't necessary this week when we need only six golfers, so don't go too heavy on the punt plays. But you can consider Landry, who finished fourth at the RSM in his most recent action. Prior to that, he withdrew at the OHL and missed the cut at the Shriners. He also had a T7 at the Safeway Open to kick off the PGA Tour season. He ranks 17th tee to green, 4th off the tee, and 13th in approach over the past 12 events.
Aaron Wise ($7,600 | 140) - Wise pops for a lot of different reasons. He finished 13th at the RSM, 32nd at the Shriners, and 25th at the Sanderson Farms (with a missed cut at the OHL in there, too), but he didn't show many holes in his game. He ranks 28th off the tee, 12th on the green, and 22nd in birdie or better rate over the past 12 events.