Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Fort Worth Invitational
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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
|Key Stats for the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial CC|
|Strokes Gained: Approach the Green|
|Proximity from 175 to 225 Yards|
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: $12,400 | bet365 Win Odds: 9/1) - Spieth has the hometown narrative in his favor again this week in Fort Worth (he's from Dallas), and Colonial Country Club sets up well for him. Via FantasyGolfMetrics, Spieth enters ranking 8th in strokes gained: approach, 7th tee to green, 1st in birdie or better rate, 1st in greens in regulation, and 31st in scrambling over the past 50 rounds among golfers in the field. He's finished top-two three straight seasons at Colonial, as well.
Justin Rose ($12,200 | 18) - After Spieth, Jon Rahm ($11,900) is second in win odds (14/1); Rose is third and tied with Webb Simpson ($11,600). Rose, though, stands out as a better statistical fit than Rahm does, though Rahm finished T2 last year along with Spieth. Rose hasn't played here since 2011, but the recent form suggests he can come through: he's 3rd tee to green, 9th in approach, 5th in birdie rate, 17th in greens in regulation, and 24th in scrambling over the past 50 rounds.
Webb Simpson ($11,600 | 18) - The tier below Spieth and Rose is pretty loaded. For $100 less than Rickie Fowler, you can roster Simpson. Normally, we should just jump on Fowler at this price point, but the two are pretty close in the recent form category, and Simpson, of course, won THE PLAYERS. Simpson also has finished top-five in consecutive years at the DEAN & DELUCA (played at this same course), while Fowler finished T54 in 2013 and missed the cut in 2014. He hasn't played it since.
Jimmy Walker ($11,100 | 28) - Walker is pretty much always on the radar in Texas, given his success in the Lonestar State. At Colonial, he's finished 10th, 65th, and 29th from 2014 through 2016, which isn't necessarily worth the $11,100 tag. But he enters 14th in the field in tee to green, 8th in birdie rate, and top-30 in proximity from 175 to 200-plus yards. Over his past 3 events, Walker's finished 4th at the Valero Texas Open, T2 at THE PLAYERS, and T6 at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Bryson DeChambeau ($10,700 | 35) - DeChambeau has three top-five finishes to his name over the past five events, and his approach play puts him well on the radar again this week. Bryson enters second in strokes gained: tee to green and approach, and he's also fourth in birdie or better rate and fifth in proximity from greater than 200 yards. The fact that he missed the cut two years in a row (by a combined three strokes) at Colonial could keep his ownership in check.
Emiliano Grillo ($10,000 | 45) - Grillo has finished 55th and 24th the past two years at Colonial and could build on that this time around. He ranks 8th in strokes gained: tee to green, 11th in approach, 19th in birdie or better rate, 13th in scrambling, and 9th in accuracy. Grillo hasn't missed a cut since August 2017, either, so he's a safe play with some upside, including three top-16 finishes in his past four events.
Scott Piercy ($9,600 | 70) - Piercy is kind of an all-or-nothing pick, as he's finished 32nd, cut, cut, 16th, 24th the past five starts. More specifically, that includes a T32 at the AT&T Byron Nelson, a missed cut at the Valero Texas Open, and a T24 at the Houston Open during the Texas swing. Over the past five seasons at Colonial, Piercy has finished T26, T43, T67, and T7. So, yeah, hit or miss. But he is 15th or better in strokes gained: tee to green, greens in regulation, scrambling, driving accuracy, and proximity from 175 to 200 yards.
Aaron Wise ($9,400 | 28) - Wise will have high expectations after a big win last week, so there's some risk here. He did build on his T2 at the Wells Fargo to net that win, however. Plus, he pops statistically. Wise ranks just 31st in approach but 15th in tee to green, while ranking 2nd in birdie or better rate and 11th in greens in regulation. Wise hasn't played Colonial before, and it can be a bit tough at times, but he's overcome tougher tasks already in his young PGA Tour career.
Chris Kirk ($9,200 | 66) - Kirk has five top-25 finishes and no missed cuts in eight tries at Colonial. Since 2011, his finishes read T16, T5, T35, T14, 1, T15, and T67. Kirk is doing well enough recently (18th in strokes gained: tee to green) to put him on the radar again. He's just 71st in birdie or better rate, but the course form and recent success should make him a viable cash-game value pick.
Joaquin Niemann ($8,400 | 140) - Since his solo sixth at the Valero Texas Open, Niemann has missed the cut at the Wells Fargo and the AT&T Byron Nelson. Despite that, he still ranks 5th in strokes gained: tee to green, 4th in approach, and 13th in greens in regulation. He's also just 67th in the field in strokes gained: putting in that span, so he can bounce back if the putter follows the rest of his game.
J.J. Spaun ($8,300 | 100) - Speaking of putting, Spaun ranks 115th in putting over the past 50 rounds on tour among this field while sitting first in strokes gained: tee to green and approach. Just like with Niemann, a hot putter could lead to a big week for Spaun. At recent Texas events, Spaun finished T26 at the Valero and T3 at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Danny Lee ($8,200 | 90) - Lee has a T10, T22, and solo 6 to his record at Colonial over the past three seasons. But that's the real reason you'd be considering him. He's outside the top-100 in strokes gained: tee to green and approach, as well as with greens in regulation over the past 50 rounds. He did finish T7 at THE PLAYERS while gaining nearly a stroke per round with his irons, so you could do worse on an upside gamble in the low $8,000s.