Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Valspar Championship
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 Valspar Championship at Innisbrook|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Putting on Bermudagrass|
|Greens in Regulation|
|Par 5 Scoring
For more information on why these are the stats to target, check out our course primer.
Best of the Best
Jordan Spieth (FanDuel Price: $12,400 | bet365 Win Odds 8.5/1) - Spieth is a pretty heavy favorite, with Rory McIlroy a distant second at 14/1 to win, per bet365. Over the past 12 weeks, Spieth ranks 4th in strokes gained: tee to green among the field, 16th in strokes gained: approach, 8th in par 5 scoring, 5th in bogey avoidance, 6th in greens in regulation, and 9th in scrambling. He doesn't need distance this week, so Speith, who ranks 10th in the field in career strokes gained: putting on Bermudagrass, is locked in as a strong DFS option.
Henrik Stenson ($11,600 | 18) - Stenson has three events at Innisbrook under his belt. All three have been top-11 finishes, and all three came in the past three years. Stenson's player card on FanDuel is light on recent results, but overseas, he's finished 60th, 6th, 8th, 17th, 35th, and 2nd in his past six outings.
Paul Casey ($11,400 | 25) - Casey sits second in the field in strokes gained: tee to green over the past 12 events and is fifth in approach. The event form is iffy -- a 42nd, 37th, and two cuts in four tries and no history since 2014 -- but the recent form is strong. Since the 145th Open Championship (in July of 2016), Casey has missed just one cut, and that came more than a year ago at the 2017 Sony Open. Bank on the recent form over the course results.
Webb Simpson ($10,700 | 45) - Simpson has a mixed bag of finishes over the past eight weeks, with a 4th, 36th, cut, 5th, and 37th. The event form is similarly all over: cut, 13th, 2nd, 10th, 17th, cut, cut, 41st. Simpson is just 46th tee to green over the past 12 weeks but can take advantage of the par 5s (5th in par 5 scoring) and has avoided bogeys of late (10th in bogey avoidance and 12th in scrambling). He's actually 38th in strokes gained: putting on Bermudagrass greens over 124 career events.
Adam Hadwin ($10,200 | 33) - Hadwin won here last year and led all golfers in this field in strokes gained: tee to green at last week's WGC-Mexico. He enters with consecutive top-10s and 12 straight made cuts. He's golfing well and clearly has upside at this course.
Jason Dufner ($10,100 | 60) - Dufner has nine straight top-28 finishes at Innisbrook, as well as six straight top-25 finishes. Perhaps the upside is a concern, as he's peaked at 10th place in this stretch of strong finishes, but Dufner is just $100 more than the starting average salary for a golfer in your lineup. You can't hate on a top-25 at this price. Dufner sits 4th in par 5 scoring and 12th in bogey avoidance over the past 12 events.
Zach Johnson ($10,000 | 70) - You can definitely afford ZJ this week at that average starting salary, though you'd have to wish for better win odds. Still, Johnson is on point statistically for this course: 12th tee to green, 8th in approach, 19th on par 5s, 3rd in bogey avoidance, 7th in greens in regulation, and 16th in scrambling over the past 12 weeks. As a bonus, he's 20th in the field in strokes gained: putting on Bermudagrass. Just know that he's missed three of five cuts here and hasn't played this course since 2013.
Kevin Na ($9,500 | 45) - Na owns three top-25 finishes at this course over the past four years, though he did miss the cut a year ago. Na, though, sits 21st tee to green, 18th in approach, 2nd on par 5s, 13th in bogey avoidance, and 6th in scrambling over the past 12 weeks. He also grades out 17th on Bermudagrass greens. The case is similar to Johnson's, but Na actually has significantly better win odds at a cheaper price.
Steve Stricker ($9,300 | 55) - Stricker doesn't play a ton of big-name events but was 26th at Pebble Beach and 31st at the Waste Management of late. In the PGA Tour Champions, Stricker won last week and finished second in mid-February at the Chubb Classic, so the form is still strong. He's a dynamite putter on Bermudagrass (ninth in the field), too. Stricker had three top-15 finishes here from 2008 to 2010. In the past two years, he was seventh and cut (missing by two strokes). His win odds have already shortened from 66/1 to 55/1.
Charles Howell III ($9,300 | 80) - Howell has played Innisbrook eight times in the past 10 years, with a two-year gap in 2012 and 2013. His post-break results were 14th, 10th, 5th, and 49th. He enters 7th in strokes gained: tee to green, 17th in approach, 21st in bogey avoidance, and 15th in greens in regulation, as well.
Kevin Streelman ($8,800 | 60) - Streelman leads the field in bogey avoidance and sits second in both greens in regulation and scrambling over the past 12 events. He's also ripped off five consecutive cuts in the past seven weeks and is a former winner at Innisbrook (2013). Streelman missed the cut here in 2016 but bounced back for an 18th a year ago.
Brandon Harkins ($8,400 | 125) - Harkins hasn't played this course on the PGA Tour yet, but over the past eight weeks, he finished 25th, 8th, 12th, cut (on the number), 15th, and 41st. The early returns suggest he's a good Bermudagrass putter (21st in the field over seven career events), and he's able to score on the par 5s (14th over the past 12 weeks).