DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Wyndham Championship
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 Wyndham Championship.
This Weekâ€™s Course
The final major of the season is in the rearview mirror, but before the FedEx Cup Playoffs begin the PGA Tour stops at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC for the Wyndham Championship. A 7,127-yard par 70, Sedgefield often plays as one of the easiest course on Tour even despite the annual weak field.
So while it is tempting to just load up on birdie makers, at a course where everyone can go low it is important not to weight birdies or better gained too heavily. Instead, focusing on overall tee to green play and especially approaching the green is the best path for DFS players. Eight of the par 4s are between 400 and 450 yards, and even with only a couple par 5s this week, it is worth identifying golfers who score well on them, because Sedgefield has historically yielded finishing scores in the minus-20 range. Top finishers cannot afford to miss out on the birdie opportunities offered on par 5s.
|Key Stats for the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield CC|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Birdies or Better Gained|
|Strokes Gained: Par 4s (400 - 450 yards)|
|Strokes Gained: Par 5s|
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.
High Priced Studs
Webb Simpson (DraftKings Price $11,600 | PaddyPower Win Odds 10/1) - Having already won the U.S. Open and the PLAYERS Championship, Simpson finally checks off â€œHighest Priced Golfer on DKâ€ to complete his career bucket list. While not exactly the super stud normally seen at the top of the price ranks, Simpson has been quite good this year even aside from his dominant win at TPC Sawgrass, as he is sixth in strokes gained: approach, seventh in strokes gained: par 5s, and eighth in strokes gained: par 4â€™s (400-450 yards). He has four finishes inside the top 11 in his past five trips to the Wyndham.
Brandt Snedeker ($10,400 | 22) - Snedeker has been playing better lately, if not any more consistent. He has two missed cuts, two finishes outside the top 40, and three top-10's in his last seven events. In each of those strong finishes he excelled with his iron play, gaining 4.7 and 7 strokes, respectively at the RBC Canadian Open and the Greenbrier Classic. He is 13th in birdies or better gained and 18th in strokes gained: par 4s (400-450).
Rafa Cabrera Bello ($10,100 | 20) - RCB ranks 5th in strokes gained: par 5s and 11th in birdies or better gained. His form in Europe slipped after he came stateside for the U.S. Open, but a T17 at the WGC-Bridgestone and a T10 last week at the PGA Championship indicate Rafa is rounding into form heading into the playoffs.
Joaquin Niemann ($9,700 | 25) - While he has not quite figured out the putting game yet, Niemann has shown enough tee to green prowess to make him a viable DFS play every time he tees it up. Niemann is first in birdies or better gained, third in strokes gained: tee to green, and fourth in strokes gained: approach. He has regressed a bit over his last couple tournaments, but he still has five top-25 finishes and just one missed cut in his last eight events.
Mid Priced Options
Ryan Moore ($9,000 | 33) - Moore followed up a T12 at The Open with a disappointing T59 at the PGA, but he has 8 top-30 finishes in his last 12 events and ranks first in the field in strokes gained: par 4s (400-450). He is also second in strokes gained: tee to green and ninth in approach.
Harold Varner III ($8,900 | 45) - The price is starting to get out of control with Varner, but itâ€™s hard to argue with the recent results. He is 4th on the par 5s and 11th in birdies or better gained, but has really picked things up as of late. HV3 has finished T17, 6, and T5 in his last three events and over those last 12 rounds he ranks first in birdies or better gained, second in strokes gained: par 5s and strokes gained: tee to green, and fifth in approach. He is the hottest golfer in this field.
Steve Stricker ($8,300 | 50) - The old man may not be the most exciting play, but in such a weak field some safety at a discount is very valuable. Stricker is 9th in both strokes gained: tee to green and strokes gained: par 5s, 15th in birdies or better gained, and 20th in approach. Getting six golfers across the cut line will be essential this week, and Stricker has always been one of the steadier hands on Tour. He has made six straight cuts coming into this week.
Low Priced Options
Jason Kokrak ($7,800 | 50) - Kokrak has been on fire over the past month or so, with finishes of T19, T12, MC, and T3 in his last four events. Though he has respectable top-25 ranks in strokes gained: approach, tee to green, and birdies or better gained over his last 50 rounds, the shorter time window is where he really pops. Kokrak ranked No. 1 in approach and tee to green over the last 12 rounds, as well as 22nd in par 5s and 25th in birdies or better gained.
Chris Kirk ($7,500 | 60) - Kirk is possibly the most underpriced golfer in the field this week. He bounced back nicely with a T31 at the PGA after a couple disappointing performances, and his long term game is better than anyone in this pricing range. Kirk ranks fifth in strokes gained: approach, eighth tee to green, and ninth in par 4s (400-450).
Bronson Burgoon ($7,400 | 80) - While Burgoonâ€™s distance off the tee wonâ€™t be quite as useful this week as it is most weeks, he was more than passable with the iron play as well during his strong stretch before back-to-back missed cuts at The Open and the RBC Canadian Open. He is 33rd or better in each of the key stats, including a high rank of 3rd in strokes gained: par 5s.
Tyler Duncan ($7,300 | 90) - Duncan is 3rd in strokes gained: approach, 5th in strokes gained: tee to green, 19th in par 4s (400-450), and 22nd in par 5s. He has very quietly made 11 straight cuts and has 2 top-25 finishes in his last 3 events. Duncan fits any lineup construction and ownership should be mitigated by how crowded this range is.
Mackenzie Hughes ($6,800 | 125) - Hughes is one of the best bermudagrass putters in the field (15th in strokes gained putting on that surface) and comes into the week in the best form of his career. He has finished T8, T60, T16, and T13 in his last four events, and his long term stats hold up well in this field. He is 13th in par 4s (400-450) and 15th in strokes gained: approach.
Corey Conners $6,500 | 150) - Conners has been bad lately, with back-to-back missed cuts at the RBC Canadian Open and the Barbasol Championship. But prior to that he made the cut in 9 of 10 events, and over his last 50 rounds he is 10th in strokes gained: tee to green, 13th in approach, and 17th in birdies or better gained. At $6,500 in this field, Conners is worth a flyer.
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