Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the Farmers Insurance 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 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Around the Green|
|Par 5 Scoring|
For more on why these are the key stats this week, check out our course primer.
Best of the Best
Jon Rahm (FanDuel Price: $12,600 | bet365 Win Odds: 8/1) - Rahm is on fire right now, bookending a second-place showing at the Tournament of Champions with a pair of wins. He also happened to win at Torrey Pines in his debut a year ago. Rahm's distance alone puts him into consideration, and the form makes him a tough avoid even at the top of the price pool. Over the past 12 weeks, Rahm ranks first among the field in par 5 scoring and second in birdie or better rate, per FantasyGolfMetrics.
Rickie Fowler ($12,100 | 12) - Fowler's form at this event is shaky of late, with three missed cuts and a 61st over the past four seasons. Prior to that, he reeled off four straight top 20s. As Pat Mayo points out, Fowler won't be traveling back from Abu Dhabi this time around. Fowler sits 14th in the field in birdie or better rate over the past 12 events, of which he's played in only three. The results, though? Fourth, first, and second.
Justin Rose ($12,000 | 16) - Rose has mostly been off the PGA DFS radar of late, most recently playing at the Hero World Challenge (T5) since the TOUR Championship (T10). However, since a missed cut at the PGA in mid August, Rose's form is sparkling: T10, T10, T2, T10, win, win, T4, T10, T5, win, T22. With Rahm dominating the PGA news cycle of late, consider pivoting to Rose in tournaments.
Tony Finau ($10,900 | 35) - Finau has the form at Torrey Pines, improving year over year in his three tries since 2015: 24th, 18th, 4th. Finau leads the field in driving distance over the past 12 events and ranks sixth in par 5 scoring. Even if he doesn't produce another top-five, he can score well enough here to be a strong fantasy play.
Gary Woodland ($10,100 | 40) - This range -- from $10,000 to $11,000 -- is pretty loaded, and it includes course horse Charles Howell III ($10,000 and 50/1). But Woodland is coming off a T7 last week at the Sony Open and enters with four top-27s in his past five tries at the Farmers Insurance Open. He's 11th in distance in that span, too, giving him plenty of appeal at essentially the average price when filling out FanDuel rosters.
Bud Cauley ($9,500 | 40) - Cauley's 2018 calendar year includes just the CareerBuilder, but that resulted in a T14 for the world's 114th-ranked golfer. He has missed the cut at Torrey Pines in two of his four attempts but produced a T25 and a T13 in 2016 and 2012, respectively. Cauley's 6th in tee-to-green strokes gained in the past 12 events, as well as 10th in approach and 14th around the green. Strokes gained are a bit spotty for now because of the swing season, but he's still 17th in birdie or better rate in that span.
Ollie Schniederjans ($9,400 | 50) - Ollie forever loses points in my book for not wearing hats, but he improved upon his 49th-place outing at Torrey Pines in 2016 with a top-10 a year ago (T9). He enters fresh off a T7 at the Sony Open and four top-25s in his five events on this season's PGA Tour calendar. He's also 24th in distance, 9th in par 5 scoring, and 8th in birdie or better rate over the past 12 events, among players in this field.
Kyle Stanley ($9,300 | 50) - Stanley's odds have moved up from 60/1 to 50/1, and he's had results at Torrey Pines before. Since 2012, he was second, cut, cut, 67th, 25th, and 14th. He's not long off the tee but is 10th in the field in career strokes gained: off the tee and in approach. The only issue with Stanley, as usual, is putting.
Xander Schauffele ($9,300 | 60) - Schauffele is a La Jolla native, so he has that angle going for him. It also means he should be used to these poa annua greens. That bears out in the stats, as well. He's missed the cut in both tries at Torrey Pines, though, losing strokes around the green in 2016 and approaching the green in 2017. Still, we know he can come through in loaded fields and has distance off the tee, so the putter could lead him to a strong finish this weekend.
Tiger Woods ($8,900 | 22) - Woods is a pretty easy fade in tournaments if you factor in expected ownership. But. I'd be remiss to overlook him entirely -- because of the price. Woods' odds have moved from 25/1 to 22/1. Those are the seventh-highest odds in the field, despite a price that's well below the average roster spot on FanDuel. For all the concerns we may have about Woods after the layoff, the odds and pricing just don't match up. No, the odds aren't necessarily trying to get equal money because of Tiger's popularity, but again, the price puts him in play. He has five wins here since 2006, when he was a completely different player. Pivots from Woods include Jhonattan Vegas ($8,800, 60/1) and Keegan Bradley ($8,800, 70/1).
Emiliano Grillo ($8,300 | 100) - Grillo was a letdown two weeks ago at the Sony Open, finishing 47th. He missed the cut at Torrey Pines in 2016 but bounced back to a 33rd last year. He lost 4.5 strokes tee to green in 2016 but gained 1.9 a year ago. If he's figured out the course, he should prove a solid value pick given the overall positive recent form.
Andrew Landry ($8,300 | 100) - Landry is 14th in proximity over the past 12 weeks and 21st in strokes gained: approach, but as we've been over, strokes gained marks need to be taken with a grain of salt for now. Landry missed the cut in his only try at Torrey Pines back in 2016, back when he was ranked outside the top 500. He's up to 102nd after a 2nd-place showing last week.
Julian Suri ($8,200 | 80) - Suri's player card on FanDuel is scarce, as he scored 12.4 FanDuel points at The Open in a missed cut. That's all. But he's done kind of a bit more than that since then. Since late October, Suri's Euro Tour results read T8, T8, T42, T8, T2. Suri was 36th in driving distance on the Euro Tour last year and 48th in scrambling. He's certainly in play.
Robert Streb ($8,000 | 175) - Streb is a course history pick, as he is fourth in this field in strokes gained: tee to green at Torrey Pines in his career. His past three results here have improved each time: 19th in 2014, 18th in 2015, and 9th a year ago. The recent form is scarce and poor, but if you're spending this low, that's generally what you get.
Aaron Wise ($7,800 | 125) - Wise finished 17th last week after a missed cut, so it's nice to see the bounceback. What's less nice is the 71st at Torrey Pines a year ago, despite gaining strokes with the putter. Still, Wise has the distance to contend here, and that's not a bad bet if you're spending below $8,000.