Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: THE PLAYERS
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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
|Key Stats for THE PLAYERS at TPC Sawgrass|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Greens in Regulation|
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
Jordan Spieth (FanDuel Price: $12,300 | bet365 Win Odds: 16/1) - It's not easy to narrow down such a loaded field, but Spieth stands out at a course requiring approach and scrambling -- despite his course history. In 2004, Spieth went 67-66-71-74 to finish fourth. Since then, he's missed all three cuts (75-72, 72-71, 73-75). He ranks 28th in strokes gained: approach and 2nd in scrambling over the past 50 rounds on tour, via FantasyGolfMetrics. Additionally, he's fifth in birdie or better rate and eighth in greens in regulation. If the course form causes Spieth to go overlooked, all the better.
Justin Thomas ($11,900 | 16) - Thomas' distance off the tee will be mitigated this week, but he's finished 24th, 3rd, and 75th here in three tries, missing the secondary cut last year (when he finished 75th). He's had one blow-up round in each of his three tries (a 75 in 2015 and 2016 and a 79 here last year). If he can avoid that, Thomas could win yet another loaded event. JT ranks 3rd in strokes gained: tee to green, 6th in approach, 19th in birdie or better, 10th in greens in regulation, and 1st in scrambling among the field. Scrambling matters here.
Henrik Stenson ($11,600 | 30) - Stenson has been here 10 years straight, and he followed up a T10 in 2008 with a win in 2009. His past three finishes are a 17th, missed cut, and a 16th, and in all, he has 6 top-25 finishes in those 10 years. Stenson enters 9th in approach, 4th in greens in regulation, 7th in scrambling, 2nd in accuracy, and 29th in birdie or better rate in the field.
Rickie Fowler ($11,500 | 20) - Fowler has a spotty history here since 2010: cut, cut, 2nd, cut, 77th (missed secondary cut), 1st, cut, 60th. But like we see with Thomas and Spieth, the recent form is on point, as Fowler is 5th in scrambling and 3rd in greens in regulation, as well as 26th in driving accuracy among the field.
Tommy Fleetwood ($10,300 | 55) - Fleetwood has just one start at TPC Sawgrass under his
flowing locks belt, a T41 last year (74-67-76-74). He doesn't come without question marks -- 98th in scrambling and 59th in approach -- but he does sit 7th tee to green, 10th in birdie rate, 30th in greens in regulation, and 22nd in driving accuracy.
Bryson DeChambeau ($9,600 | 50) - Bryson is going to make that driver cap all the rage if he keeps up his strong finishes: 2nd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, 38th at the Masters, 3rd at the RBC Heritage, and 4th at the Wells Fargo. DeChambeau ranks 14th tee to green, 3rd in approach, 4th in birdie rate, and 25th in driving accuracy entering THE PLAYERS.
Francesco Molinari ($9,500 | 55) - Molinari missed three straight cuts from 2011 through 2013, but prior to that, he finished 9th at THE PLAYERS. Since the missed cuts, he's been 6th, 7th, and 6th here. Molinari is 2nd in strokes gained: tee to green, 21st in approach, 9th in greens in regulation, and 31st in driving accuracy. He does rank 91st in scrambling, but nobody in this range will be totally flawless.
Luke List ($9,400 | 80) - List ranks 4th tee to green and 19th in approach to help make up for some of the driving accuracy concerns (81st). He's also top-15 in greens in regulation and scrambling, plus 20th in birdie or better rate. List missed the cut here last year after a 78-69 debut. With how well he's doing now, the 69 is within reach.
Emiliano Grillo ($9,200 | 75) - Grillo missed the cut in 2016 here (71-75) and bounced back with a solo 11th a year ago (72-71-67-75). Grillo ranks top-17 in the field in all the key stats this week, as well, including sitting 4th in driving accuracy and 11th in strokes gained: tee to green.
Ryan Moore ($9,100 | 100) - Moore's 10th in tee to green and first in accuracy over the past 50 rounds, plus 17th in approach and 13th in greens in regulation. That'll work at this price. He's also played here 10 years running, though the recent form is pretty gross: 53rd, cut, cut, 26th, cut over the past five. He's worth a dice roll, however, given the recent performance and course knowledge.
Kyle Stanley ($8,700 | 90) - Stanley has four attempts at TPC Sawgrass in his career (cut in 2012, 33rd in 2013, 71st in 2014, and 4th in 2017). He's just 87th in scrambling and 86th tee to green but does rank 26th in approach, 12th in greens in regulation, and 10th in driving accuracy in the past 50 rounds.
Billy Horschel ($8,700 | 55) - Horschel stands out because of the win odds at 55/1 and his price of $8,700. I don't really see it, as he's been fine but not great at this event: cut, 26th, 13th, 28th, and cut. Horschel, additionally, is 103rd in scrambling and just 66th in strokes gained: tee to green over the past 50 rounds, with no strong marks in any of our key stats. But if nobody snaps photos of him this year, he could come through with a top-25 at a low price.