Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the RBC Canadian Open
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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
|Key Stats for the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey GC|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
|Par 5 Scoring|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
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 Salary: $12,500 | Paddy Power Win Odds: 13/2) - DJ is the class of the field this week. It's not particularly close, evidenced by his 13/2 (or 6.5/1 odds) to win. Nobody else is better than 11/1, and just two others are 16/1. Johnson enters ranked 8th in strokes gained: off the tee, 4th in approach, 4th in birdie rate, 3rd in driving distance, and 33rd in par 5 scoring over the past 50 rounds. Via datagolf, he's posted the best adjusted strokes gained per round at Glen Abbey, as well. Buy into the bounceback after a missed cut at Carnoustie last week.
Tony Finau ($12,100 | 16/1) - Finau is third in pricing on FanDuel, behind Brooks Koepka ($12,300). Finau ranks behind just DJ (13/2) and Koepka (12/1) in win odds, and he's tied with Tommy Fleetwood, who costs $100 less than Finau does. Statistically, Finau holds the edge over the non-Dustin Johnson tier, as he's 32nd in strokes gained: off the tee and 22nd in approach -- which doesn't sound stellar -- but he's 5th in par 5 scoring, 12th in birdie rate, and 6th in distance in the field. He finished fifth here last year, too.
Bubba Watson ($11,600 | 20/1) - Watson could be forgotten, given his price, but he's 5th in strokes gained: off the tee, 6th in par 5 scoring, and 7th in distance over the past 50 rounds, plus 26th in birdie or better rate. Like Johnson, he missed the cut last week at The Open Championship. Bubba has a second-place finish here three years ago and still has three wins in his past 11 events.
Chris Kirk ($10,100 | 45/1) - Kirk is a big drop down in pricing, but with Johnson, Koepka, Finau, Fleetwood, Watson, Matt Kuchar ($11,700; 28/1), and Charley Hoffman ($10,800; 28/1), we need to narrow our scope. We can't play them all. Kirk, then, should be on our radars. Kirk is hot right now, sitting 13th in strokes gained: tee to green over the past 50 rounds. He's 60th in strokes gained: off the tee and just 104th in distance, but he makes up for it elsewhere. Kirk ranks 2nd in strokes gained: approach, 28th in par 5 scoring, 10th in birdie or better rate, and 1st in proximity to the hole. Kirk has made 14 of 17 cuts in 2018, including 8 straight.
J.B. Holmes ($9,600 | 50/1) - Holmes' off-the-tee play (6th) has him on the list this week, and he ranks 20th in distance, as well. Way back in 2009, he finished 16th here, and last year, he was 14th at Glen Abbey. The stats profile is strong across the board, and we know he has top-25 upside at this track. He has missed two straight cuts (at the Greenbrier and the Quicken Loans), but prior to that, Holmes was 2nd (Travelers), 3rd (St. Jude), and 13th (the Memorial).
Joel Dahmen ($9,400 | 100/1) - Dahmen has just a missed cut here last year to his name, but that's no matter. He's posted four straight top-25 finishes (23rd at the Quicken Loans, 5th at the Greenbrier, 2nd at the John Deere, and 15th at the Barbasol). He actually leads the field in strokes gained: approach and ranks 2nd in par 5 scoring and 5th in birdie or better rate, to pair with a 22nd-place standing in strokes gained: off the tee. He's hot right now.
Keith Mitchell ($9,200 | 80/1) - We know Mitchell can launch it, and he's doing it now, sitting fourth in strokes gained: off the tee and fifth in driving distance. He's also 20th in approach and birdie rate and has been taking advantage of par 5 chances (12th). Mitchell enters with a T7 at the John Deere and has made 15 of his 18 cuts in 2018.
Harold Varner III ($9,000 | 66/1) - Varner's popping this week and has been bet down from 125/1 to 66/1. He's top-25 in our strokes gained stats and is 8th in both birdie or better rate and driving distance. He notched a T23 here last year, despite losing 0.59 strokes on average with the putter. He's quietly notched consecutive top-six finishes, as well (5th at the Greenbrier and 6th at the John Deere).
Troy Merritt ($8,900 | 50/1) - Merritt won the Barbasol last week (an event that ran until Monday). That's a bit worrisome, but it's not a long haul from Alabama to Glen Abbey, not quite the same trek as from Carnoustie. Merritt leads the field in birdie rate and sits top-10 in par 5 scoring and strokes gained: approach. He's not going to gain a lot of strokes on the field off the tee (62nd), but no player priced down here is flawless.
Bronson Burgoon ($8,500 | 80/1) - A missed cut at The Open Championship shouldn't spoil our thoughts on Burgoon. He had three straight top-30 finishes entering the major, and two of those were top-6 outings. Burgoon is top-20 in both of our strokes gained stats this week, as well as par 5 scoring, birdie rate, and distance. He's the full package at a low price.
Sam Ryder ($8,600 | 80/1) - Ryder is similar to Burgoon, and both carry the same win odds. Ryder is 20th off the tee and 11th in approach, plus 2nd in birdie rate. He's not as long off the tee, but Ryder ranks fourth in proximity over the past 50 rounds. He's entering this week on the back of consecutive top-10 finishes (2nd at the John Deere and 7th at the Barbasol).
J.J. Spaun ($8,200 | 100/1) - Spaun bounced back after two straight missed cuts to finish 47th at the Travelers, 27th at the Quicken Loans, and 13th at the Greenbrier. He's top-eight in strokes gained: off the tee and approach, though he hasn't been converting on par 5s (81st). He's 130th in strokes gained: putting (out of 137) over the past 12 weeks. If he can putt at all, he could post beaucoup fantasy points.