Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Genesis Open

Phil Mickelson is a two-time winner at Riviera. Is he a strong DFS play on FanDuel?

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

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 Genesis Open at Riviera CC
Strokes Gained: Off the Tee
Strokes Gained: Approach
Strokes Gained: Putting (on Poa)
Driving Distance
Course History

For more on why these are the key stats this week, check out our course primer.

Best of the Best

Dustin Johnson (FanDuel Price: $12,900 | bet365 Win Odds: 5/1) - DJ's form at Riviera alone put him in the conversation this week. Since 2009, Johnson has finished 10th, 3rd, cut, 4th, cut, 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 1st. Pair that with the fact that he's the world's number-one ranked golfer, and he's a really tough fade. I mean, 5/1 to win in a 144-golfer field is pretty spicy. Per FantasyGolfMetrics, DJ ranks 4th in strokes gained: tee to green and 1st off the tee over the past 12 weeks.

Jordan Spieth ($12,000 | 12) - Spieth bounced back from a missed cut two weeks ago to finish 20th at Pebble Beach last week. At Riviera, Spieth's past four include three top 25s (12th, 4th, 22nd) and a missed cut in 2016. Spieth sits 2nd in strokes gained: tee to green, 12th off the tee, and 11th in approach over the past 12 weeks. He's also a strong putter on poa and ranks 24th among the field in his career in strokes gained: putting on poa greens.

Paul Casey ($11,600 | 25) - Casey's form at Riviera has been sporadic (22nd in 2008, 12th in 2011, 2nd in 2015, 39th in 2016 and 2017). So has his recent form. He's played just twice since November but finished 9th in Abu Dhabi in mid-January and 8th last week at Pebble Beach. Casey is a stellar tee-to-green player and can get the irons going as well as pretty much anyone.

Phil Mickelson ($11,300 | 22) - Mickelson is a two-time winner here (2008 and 2009) and has a pair of seconds in 2007 and 2012. After a three-year absence, Mickelson posted a T34 here a year ago. He's coming off consecutive top-five finishes, and he knows this course as well as anyone he'll be facing this weekend. Mickelson ranks just 104th off the tee over the past 12 weeks but is 17th in approach, 20th in distance, and 3rd in birdie or better rate.

Mid-Range Options

Chez Reavie ($9,900 | 35) - Reavie's course history is ugly. He has five missed cuts in seven tries, but since 2012, he's played here just twice: 7th in 2016 and cut last year. He enters off consecutive runner-up finishes and ranks 3rd tee to green, 23rd off the tee, and 10th in approach over the past 12 weeks. He's not a strong poa putter, so he's not necessarily as safe as the recent results suggest. Perhaps the course gets the best of him again, but with how he's playing now and with a top-10 here two years back, he's worth a gamble.

Brendan Steele ($9,700 | 50) - Steele has reeled off six straight made cuts here but has just two finishes better than 39th: 10th in 2014 and 14th in 2015. The recent form is more promising. Over the past six weeks, he's got two 29ths, a 20th, and a 3rd two weeks back at the Waste Management. He knows how to make the cut here, and he's 5th off the tee, 28th in approach, 8th in birdie or better, and 26th in distance over the past 12 events.

Thomas Pieters ($9,600 | 45) - Pieters is always risky, given his up-and-down demeanor, but he's gotten the best of Riviera in the past. The Belgian finished 2nd here in his PGA debut but also won the 2012 NCAA Championship at Riviera. He's been off the PGA radar for a while, but he enters with strong form, including a T32 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and a T5 in Abu Dhabi over the past four weeks.

Ollie Schniederjans ($9,400 | 45) - Ollie finished 8th in his debut here last year. Sure, he picked up 2.5 strokes on the greens but also picked up strokes in every other facet possible, too. His past five weeks include a missed cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, but that's bookended with a T7 at the Sony Open and a T3 at the Waste Management. Schniederjans is 12th in approach, 5th in birdie or better, and 14th in distance over the past 12 weeks.

Low-Priced Picks

Keegan Bradley ($9,200 | 66) - Bradley has played this course seven straight years and made seven straight cuts. From 2012 through 2015, he finished 2nd, 26th, 20th, and 4th. He missed the cut in 2011 and 2016. Keegan bounced back with a T34 a year ago. He's always an inconsistent option but has made three cuts in three tries over the past five weeks, with a 39th, 5th, and 43rd in there. He ranks 9th tee to green, 18th off the tee, 7th in approach, and 8th in distance over the past 12 weeks. He's a good fit on this course.

James Hahn ($9,000 | 100) - Hahn opened this week at 70/1, so the odds drop is concerning, but he's a former winner at Riviera, back in May of 2016 at the Wells Fargo. That field included some big names, too. Hahn enters this week's event off 10 straight made cuts. Just two were top-25 finishes, but those included a 2nd at the Sony Open and an 11th at the Waste Management Open.

Kevin Streelman ($8,800 | 75) - Streelman lacks upside, both recently and at Riviera. In nine tries here, he has four missed cuts and a top showing of 27th in 2013. Okay, okay, he was sixth last week! But prior to that, he was 40th, 29th, and 29th in the past month. Streelman sits top-16 off the tee and approach in the past 12 weeks but is just 92nd in birdie or better.

Brandon Harkins ($8,600 | 110) - Harkins' only blemish in the past five weeks has been an on-the-number missed cut two weeks ago. Other than that, he's finished 25th, 8th, 12th, and 15th. He's done well on poa greens with the putter and sits 34th tee to green in the past 12 weeks. The biggest knock on him is a lack of course history for such a difficult track.

Sam Saunders ($8,100 | 175) - Saunders has some history here, a 49th last year. That's far from stellar, but he's had three straight top-26 finishes in the past five weeks. He's 8th off the tee and 27th in approach over the past 12 weeks, as well as 14th in birdie or better rate. You can probably just pepper the mid-range with so many strong options in the $9,000 range, but if you're trying to save a lot of salary, consider Saunders.