Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: St. Jude Classic
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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
|Key Stats for the St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
|Par 4 Scoring|
|Proximity from 150-200 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. Ranks are among the field with at least 10 rounds in that span.
Best of the Best
Dustin Johnson (FanDuel Price: $12,900 | PaddyPower Win Odds: 6/1) - Johnson is the class of a weak field this week, with just 4 of the world's top 20 in contention. DJ, though, has great course history here, including a win in 2012 and four top 25s in four tries. Johnson ranks 31st in strokes gained: approach but is 4th in birdie or better rate and 5th in proximity from 150 to 200 yards. He's not a must-play, given the exorbitant price, but another top-25 looks pretty guaranteed.
Henrik Stenson ($12,200 | 12) - Stenson has a better statistical profile of late than Johnson does -- for this course, at least. He's fifth in approach and first on par 4s, greens in regulation, and proximity. Stenson has played just once since 2009's missed cut (a 13th in 2012), but the recent stats make Stenson a fantasy favorite this week.
Tony Finau ($11,700 | 20) - Finau hasn't played TPC Southwind before, but the current stats make him a solid play if you're trying to build a more balanced lineup than what you'd get by spending up for Johnson or Stenson. Finau is 35th in approach, 21st off the tee, 17th on par 4s and in birdie or better, and 22nd in proximity from 150 to 200 yards.
Byeong-Hun An ($10,400 | 25) - An is spendier than usual, but that's just the nature of a field like this one. There are enough studs to pay up for this week that you may want to go with a studs-and-duds approach, but the duds at this event -- despite being some of the best in the world -- may have a tough time making the cut in a 156-player field. A balanced lineup could be the preference, making those around this range ideal. An ranks 18th in strokes gained: off the tee, 24th in approach, and 45th in proximity from 150 to 200 yards. He's never played here before but does lead the field in strokes gained: tee to green over the past 12 weeks on tour. An's got two top-15 finishes to his name in the past two weeks, as well.
Luke List ($10,300 | 35) - List has an 18th-place outing at TPC Southwind in 2017 and a 50th in 2016. While he's just 55th in strokes gained: approach, he is first in strokes gained: off the tee. Additionally, List ranks 20th in birdie or better rate and proximity from 150 to 200 yards. List has missed two of his past four cuts but also has three top-10s in his past eight. This weak field could allow him to net another high finish.
Joaquin Niemann ($10,200 | 28) - Niemann's form is pretty all-or-nothing: 6th at the Valero Texas Open, cut at the Wells Fargo and Byron Nelson, then 8th at Fort Worth and 6th at the Memorial last week. Niemann finds himself inside the top 10 -- that's right: top 10 -- in strokes gained: off the tee and approach, as well as birdie or better rate, greens in regulation, and proximity from 150 to 200 yards.
Peter Uihlein ($9,900 | 33) - Uihlein is similar to Niemann with the form: cut at the Houston Open and Valero but then T5 at the Wells Fargo, T21 at the Byron Nelson, and 5th at the Memorial. Uihlein, the world's number 48, ranks 19th in strokes gained: off the tee, 32nd in approach, 12th on par 4s, and 21st in birdie or better rate. He's a strong player regardless, but he's especially strong compared to the rest of this field. He's the ninth-ranked player by OWGR at the St. Jude Classic.
Shane Lowry ($9,100 | 50) - Lowry has made seven of his past eight cuts but has cracked the top 30 just twice: 14th at the Houston Open and 15th at the BMW PGA Championship in Europe. He's is 3rd in proximity from 150 to 200 yards but 53rd in strokes gained: approach. Lowry, 84th in the world, is 19th in OWGR in this field. That makes him an enticing value play this week.
Andrew Putnam ($8,900 | 125) - Putnam enters 12th in approach and 36th in proximity and has turned those into strong finishes lately: 5th at the Corales Puntacana, 32nd at the Houston Open, 8th at the Valero, 82nd at the Wells Fargo, 42nd at the Byron Nelson, and 20th at Fort Worth.
Joel Dahmen ($8,700 | 80) - Dahmen, 380th in the world, has finished 13th at the Corales Puntacana, 76th at the Houston Open, 75th at the Valero, and then 16th at the Wells Fargo and Byron Nelson, and 20th at Fort Worth of late. Over the past 50 rounds on tour, he's 23rd in the field in strokes gained: approach, 29th in strokes gained: off the tee, and 8th on par 4s. Dahmen has already been backed hard enough to see his odds move from 125/1 to 80/1.
Matt Jones ($8,300 | 90) - Jones most recently finished 13th at the Byron Nelson but is more of a course form play, regardless. Over the past three years, he's finished 3rd, 26th, and 18th here at TPC Southwind. Statistically, he's doing enough recently to merit consideration: 16th in approach, 6th on par 4s, and 12th in greens in regulation, plus 46th in proximity from 150 to 200 yards. Similar to Dahmen, Jones' odds have improved from 125/1 to 90/1.
Troy Merritt ($8,200 | 150) - Merritt has made eight of his past nine cuts and has a second-place finish here back in 2014. Since then, he's missed the cut twice and finished 68th, but the recent form looks like it's returned enough to make the cut here at a low price. Merritt ranks 4th in strokes gained: approach and 32nd in proximity from 150 to 200 yards.
Sam Ryder ($7,900 | 200) - Ryder is 17th in strokes gained: off the tee, 15th in approach, and 13th in proximity from 150 to 200 yards. He's been hit or miss lately but finished 5th at Houston, was cut at the RBC Heritage, 36th at the Valero, cut at the Wells Fargo, and 42nd at the Byron Nelson. He's probably not netting us a top-25, but his game could get him a made cut, and he could allow us to roster an extra stud -- if we choose to go that route.