Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: AT&T Byron Nelson
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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
|Key Stats for the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest GC|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
|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: $12,900 | bet365 Win Odds: 5.5/1) - Spieth is not only a heavy favorite (nobody else has odds better than 14/1) but also a member of Trinity Forest GC. He's played the course in the past, and that's a big boost. Also, he just happens to be the class of the field and ranks first in birdie or better rate, 13th in strokes gained: off the tee, 16th in approach, 2nd in greens in regulation, and 9th in scrambling. He also is third in career strokes gained in windy conditions, per FantasyGolfMetrics, and has done well on links courses, having won at Birkdale a year ago.
Sergio Garcia ($12,400 | 14) - The field is weak enough where you want to think long and hard about fading the top studs. Spieth is going to be a massively popular pick -- for good reason -- but even if you avoid him in your lineups, consider Garcia, who is 11th off the tee and 7th in approach strokes gained over the past 50 rounds. Garcia netted a T37 at Birkdale last summer and is 10th in strokes gained in windy conditions in the field.
Matt Kuchar ($12,100 | 14) - I know these are the top three golfers by salary on FanDuel, but you'll probably want at least one of them in every lineup this week. Kuchar was three strokes back of Spieth at Birkdale last year but also three strokes up on Haotong Li, who finished third. Kuchar's 17th in strokes gained: approach, 18th in bogey avoidance, and 10th in greens in regulation. He's played a plethora of windy rounds in his day and ranks eighth in strokes gained in those conditions.
Branden Grace ($11,500 | 25) - Grace is a sure bet to go overlooked, as he's priced below Adam Scott ($11,800) and Hideki Matsuyama ($11,600) as well as just above Jimmy Walker ($11,300) and Marc Leishman ($11,200). But Grace knows his way around a links-style course and ranks 15th in strokes gained in windy conditions. Additionally, he's solid across the board in our key stats -- between 27th and 65th in everything. He's a tournament play but a solid bet to make the cut. He finished T6 at The Open last year.
Charles Howell III ($10,700 | 40) - Howell enters 10th in strokes gained: off the tee and 4th in bogey avoidance, and 10th in scrambling, with plenty of windy rounds in his scorecard. He's sixth in the field in strokes gained in windy conditions. Howell did miss the cut last year at The Open, but he's more in play for the recent stats and wind angles than the links angle anyway.
Martin Laird ($10,000 | 45) - Laird shot a 68-79 last year at The Open and missed the cut, but the 68 is promising for sure. He's 35th in strokes gained: off the tee and 25th in approach, plus 21st in par 4 scoring and 17th in birdie or better rate. He's a top-30 player by strokes gained in the wind, as well.
Beau Hossler ($9,500 | 33) - Hossler's home course is Trinity Forest, so he has that going for him. He's also third in strokes gained: off the tee and 12th in greens in regulation, plus top-25 in birdie rate and bogey avoidance. That'll put him in play despite a short record of play in windy conditions. Hossler's price and win equity are too nice to ignore.
J.B. Holmes ($9,400 | 90) - Holmes shot a consistent 71-72-71-70 at The Open last year, en route to a T54. He's done well at links style courses in the past and has a long track record in windy conditions, as well. He's 12th in strokes gained: off the tee and 26th in approach. Holmes also ranks 23rd in greens in regulation in the field.
Keith Mitchell ($9,200 | 90) - Mitchell leads the field in strokes gained: off the tee and ranks third in birdie or better rate and greens in regulation. That's a fantasy-friendly formula for earning birdie chances. Mitchell has done well in his limited windy rounds. He's made six straight cuts and has a T6 at the Houston Open to his name from just a few weeks ago. He could thrive here if he figures things out.
Rory Sabbatini ($8,900 | 60) - Sabbatini ranks 23rd in strokes gained in windy conditions in his career and has made 12 straight cuts. He's actually 17th in strokes gained: off the tee and 21st in birdie rate, plus 17th in bogey avoidance. The experience of someone such as Sabbatini could pay off at a new course, one that promises to be demanding.
Aaron Wise ($8,700 | 35) - Wise's win odds simply don't match his price. He's 14th off the tee, 31st on par 4s, and 11th in birdie or better rate over the past 50 rounds. His past three events include a T2 at the Wells Fargo, a missed cut at the Valero Texas Open (78-73), and a T32 at the Houston Open. Wise's stats are enough to buy in at this price.
Andrew Putnam ($8,000 | 90) - Putnam ranks inside the top 25 in this field in strokes gained: approach, par 4 scoring, birdie or better rate, bogey avoidance, greens in regulation, and scrambling. He's just 102nd off the tee. Still, that profile is enough to put him in consideration at such a low price. He helps you access a lineup with Spieth and another top-tier stud, as well.