Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Wells Fargo Championship
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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
|Key Stats for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Putting (on Bermuda)|
For more information on why we're focused on these stats, check out our course primer.
Stats cited below come from FantasyGolfMetrics and include the past 50 rounds on the PGA Tour.
Best of the Best
Justin Thomas (FanDuel Price: $12,400 | bet365 Win Odds: 10/1) - To compete at Quail Hollow, golfers need to be good and well rounded. Thomas fits the build, and that helped him win the PGA Championship here last season. He enters ranked first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green over the past 50 rounds, per FantasyGolfMetrics. He's also 4th in birdie or better rate, 5th in bogey avoidance, 7th in greens in regulation, 3rd in driving distance, and 10th in scrambling. He's the class of the field.
Rory McIlroy ($12,300 | 7.5) - Rory, the odds-on favorite, is a two-time winner at Quail Hollow (2010 and 2015), with four other top-10s in eight total tries over the past eight years. His other finishes were a missed cut in 2011, when he lost strokes everywhere but off the tee, and a 22nd last year at the PGA, when he lost 0.78 strokes putting, on average. McIlroy's not flawless (70th in bogey avoidance, 101st in greens in regulation) but checks the other boxes (12th in strokes gained: tee to green and in driving distance, 10th in birdie rate).
Rickie Fowler ($12,000 | 10) - Fowler's top-15 in birdie rate (13th), bogey avoidance (15th), greens in regulation (5th), and scrambling (12th) over the past 50 rounds. He's actually just 96th in strokes gained: putting -- which doesn't include Augusta. Fowler's safe, fantasy-friendly style always puts him on the radar. This week is no exception, as Fowler has done well at Quail Hollow in the past: 6th, 16th, win, cut, 38th, no appearance, 4th, and 5th since 2010.
Phil Mickelson ($11,600 | 25) - Phil leads the field in bogey avoidance and scrambling, meaning he's a strong bet to make the cut with that type of safety. That comes attached to a lengthy course history, with 9 top-25 finishes and 7 top-10s in 12 tries. Now, Phil did miss the cut last year at the PGA Championship, but he lost 2.31 strokes on average around the green. His recent scrambling streak suggests that won't happen again.
Tony Finau ($11,300 | 35) - Finau's 5th in scrambling, 11th in distance and greens in regulation, 19th in birdie rate, and 13th in bogey avoidance over the past 50 rounds, so he checks a lot of the boxes this week. He'll never be a good putter, so we just have to live with that. He's made three of three cuts at Quail Hollow: 16th, 28th, and 44th the past three years.
Luke List ($9,700 | 66) - List ranks third in strokes gained: tee to green and second in distance. As usual, List can gain strokes off the tee this week, but he's also done well around the green, as well: 13th in scrambling lately. Make no mistake: List isn't safe, and he's missed the cut here in two straight seasons, but he's playing his best golf and has really shored up the weaknesses in his game.
Emiliano Grillo ($9,400 | 60) - Grillo's stats are almost always on point, yet the finishes don't always accompany that. But over the past 10 weeks, Grillo has three top-10s in six events, plus a 16th in there, as well. Grillo ranks 13th in strokes gained: tee to green despite ranking 90th in distance in the past 50 rounds. He's 9th in birdie or better rate and 11th in bogey avoidance. He did miss the cut here last year after a 61st-place outing in 2016, however.
Byeong-Hun An ($9,300 | 66) - An missed the cut at Quail Hollow in 2016 but returned for the PGA with a T28. He didn't do it with an unexpectedly hot putter, either. He actually lost strokes putting a year ago but gained strokes in every other facet. An enters 8th in strokes gained: tee to green and 11th in scrambling with usable stats in the other key categories (32nd in birdie rate, 23rd in bogey avoidance, and 29th in distance), given his price.
James Hahn ($8,500 | 110) - Hahn isn't long off the tee (111th in distance) but makes up for it in other areas. He won here in 2016 for the Wells Fargo and then finished 13th at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in August of 2017. Hahn ranks 14th in strokes gained: tee to green and 13th in greens in regulation in the field. He's shaping up as a mostly safe value pick this week.
Grayson Murray ($8,500 | 110) - Murray is 10th in distance and 1st in birdie rate in the field, as well as 21st in greens in regulation. That distance should put him in a position to score on the par 5s, though there are now only three of them on the course. If you're looking for value picks, distance should probably take precedence so that your value golfers score enough birdie points -- unless they're just very accurate, like Hahn. Murray fits that bill. Murray finished 22nd at the PGA last year, despite losing strokes off the tee.
Trey Mullinax ($8,300 | 100) - Mullinax has seen his win odds improve from 125/1 to 100/1 to kick off the week, thanks mostly to at T2 at the Valero Texas Open in his last outing. That came after a T22 at the Corales Puntacana and a T8 at the Valspar, though, and Mullinax leads the field in driving distance over the past 50 rounds, while ranking third in birdie rate. He's been hot with the putter, so that's a little concerning, but you're not asking for a win here. Just a birdie-friendly outing from Mullinax.
Joaquin Niemann ($8,000 | 125) - Niemann, the Chilean prodigy, missed the cut at the Masters, an understandable result as an amateur, but he bounced back and finished sixth at the Valero Texas Open, shooting 67-67 on the weekend. In his six-round sample on the PGA Tour, we've seen him rank third in this field in birdie rate and fifth in driving distance. He's best suited for tournaments, but his low price will give you a chance to roster an extra stud in your lineup.