Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the PGA Championship
By now, you've probably dabbled in daily fantasy sports, but if not, don't worry. Now is a great time to start, especially with FanDuel now offering a revamped version of PGA golf.
Golf can be one of the most exciting DFS sports to follow, as tournaments span four days and allow ample time to prepare each week, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the basics of building a lineup on FanDuel, the scoring setup, and advanced stats to know about the PGA.
But whether you're brand new to the PGA or daily fantasy sports in general, we have you covered -- and we have daily fantasy golf projections and lineup building tools, too.
Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
|Key Stats for the PGA Championship at Bellerive CC|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
|Par 4 Scoring|
|Proximity from 175+ 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: $12,600 | Paddy Power Win Odds: 9/1) - Johnson, as the favorite, should be a popular pick. But it's just hard to look past him with how good he's been. Bookending a missed cut at The Open, Johnson has a win (FedEx St. Jude Classic), third (US Open), win (RBC Canadian Open), and third (WGC-Bridgestone). Johnson ranks second in the field in strokes gained: off the tee and is third in approach, as well.
Tommy Fleetwood ($11,400 | 22/1) - Fleetwood doesn't have great form at the PGA Championship (61st, cut, cut in his three tries), but he's golfing his best ever right now. He enters with a 12th at The Open, a 6th at the Canadian Open, and a 14th at the Bridgestone. Fleetwood ranks 18th in strokes gained: off the tee over the past 50 rounds and is 11th in greens in regulation.
Rickie Fowler ($11,300 | 20/1) - Fowler has reeled off five straight made cuts at the PGA, including a 5th last year (33rd, 30th, 3rd, 19th prior). That's steady. Fowler has made 14 of 17 cuts in 2018, including seven straight -- all of which were top-30 finishes. He's locked in from 175-plus yards and is 25th in bogey avoidance in the field. Fowler is always a safe cash-game play.
Francesco Molinari ($11,200 | 22/1) - Molinari is hot, sure, but he's also excelled at PGAs in the past, including nine straight made cuts. It wasn't until 2016 that he cracked the top 30, but he finished 22nd in 2016 and 2nd a year ago. He ranks 5th in approach and 6th in greens in regulation, plus 21st in strokes gained: off the tee. He fits the course again, and he's affordable on FanDuel.
Jon Rahm ($11,100 | 22/1) - Rahm ranks top-25 in both of the strokes gained stats we're looking for, and he's also 12th in greens in regulation and 34th in proximity from 175-plus yards. Rahm has missed the cut at the past two majors but was 4th at the Masters and bounced back from a missed cut at The Open with a T17 at the Bridgestone last week. On the Euro Tour between the missed cuts at the US Open and the British Open, he finished fifth at the French Open and fourth at the Irish Open.
Tony Finau ($10,600 | 35/1) - Finau slipped since a 10th-place outing at the 2015 PGA (missed cut in 2016 and 44th in 2017), but the recent form is outstanding: 5th at the US Open, 21st at the Greenbrier, 9th at The Open, 37th at the Canadian Open, and 10th at the WGC-Bridgestone. Finau ranks 9th in greens in regulation, 20th in strokes gained: off the tee and 27th in approach. Finau has finished top 10 in all three majors and ranks behind only Patrick Reed in FanDuel points above the field average in them.
Bryson DeChambeau ($10,000 | 40) - Bryson has made 18 of 20 cuts this year, including all 3 majors (38th at the Masters, 25th at the US Open, and 51st at The Open). He's got just one PGA under his belt, but finished 33rd last year in it. He doesn't stand out in any of the key stats, but he's top 50 in all of them. He should be a safe play.
Zach Johnson ($9,800 | 80/1) - Johnson isn't long off the tee, but he makes up for it elsewhere, ranking 18th in par 4 scoring and 10th in bogey avoidance. ZJ's top PGA performances are behind him (10th in 2009, 3rd in 2010, 8th in 2013), but he has made eight of the past nine cuts, missing only in 2015. At the majors this year, Johnson has shown up: 36th at the Masters, 12th at the US Open, and 17th at The Open.
Patrick Cantlay ($9,700 | 40/1) - Cantlay ranks 24th in the world and has made 5 straight cuts, including a 45th at the US Open, a 15th at the Travelers, 12th at The Open, and 6th at the Bridgestone. He ranks 13th in strokes gained: off the tee, 10th in approach, and 7th in greens in regulation.
Adam Scott ($9,500 | 66/1) - Scott's past seven PGAs are overall inspiring: 7th, 11th, 5th, 15th, cut, 18th, 61st. Scott did miss the cut at the US Open but finished 32nd at the Masters and 17th at The Open. He ranks 17th in approach and 29th off the tee over the past 50 rounds.
Joaquin Niemann ($9,200 | 55/1) - Niemann ranks 6th off the tee, 2nd in approach, 1st in par 4s, birdie rate, and greens in regulation as well as 12th in bogey avoidance and 5th in proximity from 175-plus yards. So, yeah, he's golfing well right now. He hasn't played a ton of golf lately, but he sure could've used a rest after the rate he was playing earlier in the year.
Ryan Moore ($9,000 | 125/1) - Moore ranks top-25 in both of our strokes gained stats, and he's second in bogey avoidance and eighth in greens in regulation. Moore has made five straight cuts at the PGA, most recently finishing 13th. He didn't play in the US Open but was 12th at The Open and 28th at the Masters.
Gary Woodland ($8,900 | 100/1) - Woodland has made six consecutive cuts despite making just 12 of 17 on the full calendar year. Those past six do include the US Open (36th) and The Open (67th), plus a 22nd at the Canadian Open and a 17th at the Bridgestone. Woodland ranks 10th off the tee and 18th in approach, as well as 26th in proximity from our 175-plus range.
Russell Henley ($8,800 | 80/1) - Henley has a pair of top-25s at the PGA in the past three years (12th in 2015, 22nd in 2016, and 71st in 2017). He's 16th in approach and 15th in bogey avoidance, plus 4th in greens in regulation. Prior to a missed cut at The Open, Henley had finished 10th (Greenbrier) and 6th (Travelers). At the other two majors, he finished 25th (US Open) and 15th (Masters).
Thorbjorn Olesen ($8,600 | 66/1) - Olesen's odds have shifted from 80/1 to 66/1 from Monday into Tuesday morning. Olesen's PGA Tour sample size is small of late, but he does rank 26th in approach over his 10 recent rounds. The winner of the Italian Open, Thunder Bear missed the cut at the US Open and the French Open but was 2nd at the BMW International Open, 6th at the Irish Open, 12th at The Open, and 3rd at the Bridgestone.
Kyle Stanley ($8,500 | 70/1) - Stanley enters after a runner-up at the Bridgestone, but that's not all. He was 39th at The Open and 52nd at the Masters (cut at the US Open). That's not terrible at this price. Stanley also has a T2 at the Memorial and ranks top-20 in strokes gained: off the tee, birdie or better rate, and greens in regulation. He's 65th in approach and 53rd in bogey avoidance, so he's not a safe play necessarily, but banking on this being the start of a hot streak could pay off.