DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: WGC-Bridgestone
Daily fantasy golf requires a new approach for each and every event.
The course and field change week after week, making no two contests alike. That means you need to refine your approach for each PGA Tour event to try to find golfers who are primed to excel for your daily fantasy golf lineups.
Each week, we have a course primer, and our daily fantasy golf projections and lineup builder can help you get started, but these golfers stand out specifically on DraftKings for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
This Week’s Course
Firestone Country Club (South) hosts the WGC-Bridgestone for the last time this week, giving the world's best golfers one last look at the venue. The 7,400-yard par 70 forces golfers into long drives, long approaches, or both on any given hole.
Overall tee-to-green play highlights the best of the best in a field featuring all of the top ranked golfers. Getting to the green and avoiding some of the potentially treacherous rough will be paramount, and performance on par 4s always plays a major factor in par 70 courses.
Making birdies and avoiding bogeys are important everywhere, but the edge goes to avoiding square numbers this week. With no cut, golfers don't need to binge on the easy holes to climb the leaderboard if they remain steady throughout the week.
|Key Stats for the WGC-Bridgestone at Firestone CC (South)|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Par 4s|
|Greens in Regulation Gained|
Now, onto the picks.
All stats are from Fantasy National Golf Club and are for golfers in the field over the last 50 rounds, unless otherwise noted.
[Editor's Note: Rose has withdrawn from the WGC-Bridgestone due to back spasms.]
Justin Rose (DraftKings Price $10,700 | PaddyPower Win Odds 14/1) - Rose has been in peak form all season, with just two finishes outside the top 25 and currently riding a streak of four top-10’s. He is first in strokes gained: par 4s, third in strokes gained: tee to green, and fourth in both birdies or better gained and bogeys avoided. Dustin Johnson ($11,700 | 13/2) is the best raw play every time he tees it up, but the $1,000 savings by dropping down to Rose can go a long way in the lower salary tiers.
Jason Day ($9,800 | 22) - In the highest pricing tier, any of these golfers can get hot and take down a tournament even in the strongest fields. So look to a guy who provides savings in salary and could also come in with among the lowest ownership. Day is fifth in strokes gained: par 4s and seventh in birdies or better gained. He is first in strokes gained: putting on bentgrass greens.
Francesco Molinari ($9,400 | 22) - The hottest golfer in the world comes to Firestone off his win at the Open Championship with the confidence that he can hang with the world’s best on any course. Molinari fired a bogey-free 69 to hoist the Claret Jug, and his current skills line up perfectly with Firestone Country Club. He has been clinical with his tee to green game for months, and he ranks 30th or better in each key stat over his last 50 rounds. In his last 24 rounds, he is fourth or better in all of them.
Brooks Koepka ($8,900 | 28) - Koepka flopped badly at the RBC Canadian Open, but as evidenced by his back-to-back U.S. Open championships he thrives in the strongest fields and most difficult conditions. He is 10th in birdies or better gained, 18th in bogeys avoided, and 20th in strokes gained: par 4s. He trails only Day in strokes gained: putting on bentgrass.
Paul Casey ($8,600 | 30) - Casey is inside the top 20 in each of the key stats, including first in strokes gained: approach and fourth in strokes gained: tee to green. He tied for fifth here last year for his third straight top-20 at this event. Casey has been in terrific form for over a year and a half, and aside from Carnoustie, he has performed very well in strong fields this season.
Bubba Watson ($8,500 | 45) - Bubba has proven this season that he can be trusted at courses where he feels comfortable and faded everywhere else. He has finishes of T17, T14, and 2 in his last three starts at Firestone, and even coming off back-to-back missed cuts he is worth a look. Aside from his third in greens in regulation gained, his stats look middling thanks to his inconsistent form this season. But the three wins speak volumes, and Watson will not draw a ton of ownership in this range.
Patrick Reed ($8,300 | 45) - Reed once again comes in underpriced in a strong field this week. The Masters champion is 6th in strokes gained: par 4s, 9th in birdies or better gained, and 12th in bogeys avoided. While he is not a long hitter and Firestone will require length off the tee, the same was true at Augusta National. Like Bubba, Reed could come in at a fraction of the ownership of some other golfers in this range.
Bryson DeChambeau ($7,800 | 55) - With a withdrawal and a handshake controversy sandwiching an unremarkable Open Championship, DeChambeau could go overlooked this week. His form this season, however, makes him a tremendous value on DraftKings. He is sixth in strokes gained: tee to green, strokes gained: approach, and birdies or better gained -- plus seventh in strokes gained: par 4s.
Adam Scott ($7,500 | 70) - Scott comes in off a T17 finish at The Open and has some of the best ballstriking in the world right now. He is 2nd in greens in regulation gained, 8th in strokes gained: approach, and 10th in strokes gained: tee to green. He has four top-15 finishes in the past five trips to Firestone.
Charley Hoffman ($7,500 | 60) - Hoffman is 17th in greens in regulation gained and 19th in strokes gained: par 4s in his last 50 rounds, but those ranks jump to 5th and 8th in the most recent 12 rounds. The improved form has yielded strong results, with top-30 finishes in each of his past four events, including top-20s in strong fields at the U.S. Open and Open Championship.
Byeong Hun An ($7,400 | 70) - Back to the well after a T2 finish last week at the RBC Canadian Open. An is 29th or better in each of the key stats, including 13th in strokes gained: tee to green. He can bomb it off the tee and has flashed top 5 upside this season when his game is on. Playing in the final group and holding his own with Dustin Johnson last week will be a huge confidence boost.
Austin Cook ($7,000 | 175) - Cook has been pretty inconsistent in his long-term form, but right now, he is playing terrific golf. In his last 12 rounds, he ranks 15th or better in all the key stats, including 5th in the field in both strokes gained: par 4s and bogeys avoided. He doesn’t have the name recognition as most of the golfers in this field, but Cook’s recent form is as good as any of them.
Si Woo Kim ($6,800 | 200) - The $6,000 range is pretty barren this week, with most of the value plays hovering around the low-mid $7,000s. So why not go with a guy who has shown he has win upside? Most of the golfers in this range have dead last in their range of outcomes, and Kim is no different. But he is maybe the only one down here who can actually win this thing.
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