Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for The Northern Trust
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 Northern Trust at Ridgewood CC|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Proximity From 150-200 Yards|
|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.
Best of the Best
Dustin Johnson (FanDuel Price: $12,400 | Paddy Power Win Odds: 8/1) - It's a thin field that's getting thinner as golfers are dropping out, and that makes Johnson even more appealing. Johnson has two wins in the past 11 weeks and ranks 1st in the field in strokes gained: tee to green, 6th in approach, 2nd in birdie or better rate, and 1st in driving distance over the past 50 rounds, as well as 17th in scrambling. The odds-on favorite will be popular, but there's enough value in an event where a lower rate of golfers than usual will miss the cut.
Tiger Woods ($11,900 | 12/1) - Tiger ranks 21st in approach and 10th in birdie rate, which is good enough to contend here. Woods is up to 20th in the FedEx Cup standings, and the missed chances at the majors may have him set on the playoff as a consolation prize. Woods enters having finished 4th, 6th, 31st, and 2nd in his past four events, two of which were majors (6th at The Open and 2nd at the PGA).
Justin Thomas ($11,800 | 12/1) - Thomas bounced back from a missed cut at The Open to win the WGC-Bridgestone and to finish sixth at the PGA. Thomas ranks 1st in strokes gained: approach in the field over the past 50 rounds, and he's always near the top of the list in distance (6th). Last year's FedEx Cup champ looks like a strong play in the 122-golfer field this week.
Francesco Molinari ($11,600 | 20/1) - Molinari is still hot. Molinari parlayed a Euro Tour win and a Quicken Loans win into a win at The Open. He also finished 6th at the PGA in his last event. Molinari ranks 3rd in strokes gained: tee to green, 4th in approach, 12th in birdie or better rate, 13th in scrambling, and 14th in proximity from 150 to 200 yards. He's in play again.
Brandt Snedeker ($10,300 | 33) - The mid-range is surprisingly barren this week. It feels like chasing to go after Snedeker after his win last week, but the stats are there. He's 20th in approach and just 54th in birdie or better rate, but again, not a whole lot stands out in the upper mid-range. Prior to his win last week, Snedeker had been 42nd at the PGA, 8th at the Canadian Open, cut at The Open, and 3rd at the Greenbrier.
Gary Woodland ($9,400 | 60/1) - Woodland has made seven straight cuts (including the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone, where he finished 17th). He followed that up with a T6 at the PGA. Woodland ranks 35th in approach but could gain strokes on the field because of his distance (15th). For what it's worth, Woodland finished 13th here in 2014.
Keegan Bradley ($9,200 | 125/1) - Bradley's 13th in approach and 16th in strokes gained: tee to green. The birdie rate is low (79th), but the approach play should help him net birdie chances this week. Bradley has made 5 of his past 6 cuts and 17 of 19 on the 2018 calendar year. He's become a safer play than he used to be, and you'll need a six-for-six lineup to contend this week.
Ryan Moore ($9,300 | 80/1) - Moore's been hot lately: 13th (Memorial), cut (Travelers), 13th (Greenbrier), 55th (John Deere), 12th (The Open), 59th (PGA), 6th (Wyndham). Moore's approach play is just a bit better than the field median (48th), but he's 19th in tee-to-green play, thanks to ranking 5th in scrambling and 15th in proximity from 150 to 200 yards. He opened at 100/1 but has been bet down to 80/1.
Stewart Cink ($8,900 | 90/1) - Frankly, the low-priced picks are in better statistical form than most of the mid-range, but that's especially true for someone like Cink, who is 9th in approach and 24th in birdie or better rate. Cink has made six straight cuts: 4th (St. Jude), 2nd (Travelers), 23rd (Quicken Loans), 24th (The Open), 37th (Canadian Open), 4th (PGA).
Billy Horschel ($8,400 | 66/1) - Horschel is an odd case, as he played the Barbasol rather than The Open, but he finished 2nd there. He was 35th at the PGA and 11th at the Wyndham, though. Horschel ranks 5th in approach, 3rd in scrambling, 27th in birdie rate, and 2nd in proximity from our selected range. His win odds have already shortened from 100/1 to 66/1, a good sign for his prospects this weekend.
C.T. Pan ($8,100 | 125/1) - Pan has made 10 of 11 cuts and most recently finished 2nd at the Wyndham (and 11th at the Barracuda). Pan ranks 12th in approach, 8th in proximity, and 18th in birdie or better rate (plus 30th in scrambling). Pan's runner-up finish last week vaulted him from 108th to 63rd in the FedEx Cup standings.
Joel Dahmen ($7,500 | 175/1) - Dahmen comes in 2nd in approach, 1st in birdie or better rate, 14th in scrambling, and 5th in proximity from 150 to 200 yards. Dahmen's past six finishes include five top-25s and four top-15s. Dahmen, 65th in the FedEx Cup standings, has something to play for without fearing much for his playoff life.