DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Dell Technologies 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 Dell Technologies Championship.
This Week’s Course
The second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs brings the top 100 to TPC Boston for the Dell Technologies Championship. This 7,342-yard par 71 features a few gettable par 5s and many paths to victory. Bombers and grinders alike have found success here if they had a solid overall tee to green game, though approach does get extra focus this week. Each of the last eight winners has reached or exceeded 15-under-par, so DFS players will need to build their roster around birdie makers to keep pace. Proximity gained points toward golfers who are putting themselves into position to make birdies consistently as opposed to making unsustainable long putts.
|Key Stats for the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Birdies or Better Gained|
|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
Dustin Johnson(DraftKings Price $11,600 | PaddyPower Win Odds 8/1) - DJ leads the field in strokes gained: tee to green, birdies or better gained, and proximity gained. He has been dominant all year, but will need to win one of the last couple tournaments to win the FedEx Cup. Don’t bet against him.
Justin Thomas ($11,400 | 10) - Thomas took down the Dell Technologies Championship on his way to last year’s FedEx Cup, and as he looks to make it tradition this week he arrives in pristine form. Thomas is first in strokes gained: approach, second in tee-to-green, birdies or better gained, and strokes gained: par 5s, and eighth in proximity gained. He has three straight top 10s including a win at the WGC-Bridgestone.
Tiger Woods ($9,700 | 18) - Tiger has been one of the most consistent approach players on the PGA Tour all season. His putting has been up and down and his driver has betrayed him more than once, but as Brandon Gdula notes in his course primer, off the tee stats have not figured prominently in the profile of a contender here. With his biggest weakness mitigated, Woods should be aggressive and confident. He is ranked no worse than 19th in any key stat, highlighted by a 4th in strokes gained: approach.
Mid Priced Options
Justin Rose ($9,300 | 22) - The price plummet continues. After seeing a salary drop last week and opening up incredible value, Rose promptly turned in one of the worst putting performances of his career and missed the cut. The Englishman lost 6.2 strokes putting over his two rounds, just the second time he’s lost strokes with the short stick all season. He ranks fifth in birdies or better gained, eighth in strokes gained: tee to green, and ninth in strokes gained: par 5s. Rose is primed for a bounce back.
Henrik Stenson ($8,600 | 33) - After nursing a sore elbow for the past few weeks, Stenson finally took a rest last week and sat out the Northern Trust. He has not been hindered in the approach game, where he ranks 14th over the last 12 rounds. At this price, he should be massive chalk, but the lingering injury and recent results, which are due almost entirely to his poor putting, should keep that number under control this week.
Tommy Fleetwood ($8,500 | 30) - Another price drop to target, Fleetwood has emerged as one of the best players in the world this season, yet has failed to reach the winner’s circle. He always seems to have one white hot round where he goes on a birdie tear, and those add up quickly on DraftKings’ scoring system, especially when combined into streaks. He is third in both birdies or better gained and strokes gained: par 5s.
Billy Horschel ($8,100 | 45) - Horschel has been on some kind of heater lately. Over just the last 12 rounds, he ranks second in strokes gained: approach, and third in strokes gained: tee to green, strokes gained: par 5s, and proximity gained. He has missed the cut each of the last two years at this event, but does have a T2 here back in 2014.
Low Priced Options:
Rafael Cabrera-Bello ($7,300 | 80) - Rafa’s poor Saturday caused a freefall down the leaderboard last week en route to a T60. But the pieces are there, and he converted three straight top 25s leading up to the Northern Trust. He is 25th in birdies or better gained, 26th in strokes gained: par 5s, and 27th in strokes gained: approach.
Keegan Bradley ($7,200 |100) - The full Keegan Bradley experience was on display at the Northern Trust, with an unbelievable 62 on Saturday to vault himself into contention, followed immediately by a Sunday dud that was over before he’d finished the front nine. Still, Bradley has a great profile for this course, as the native New Englander ranks 3rd in strokes gained: approach, 12th in strokes gained: tee to green, 15th on par 5s, and 16th in proximity gained.
Stewart Cink ($7,100 | 125) - The spell was broken last week, as Cink missed the cut coming off a spectacular T4 at the PGA Championship. Those two results are variant swings on what has been a steady, consistent second half of the season for the 45-year-old. After a missed cut at the Memorial, Cink turned in six straight made cuts that included three top 5s. He is 7th in strokes gained: approach and 22nd in strokes gained: tee to green, and while he is only 55th in birdies or better gained, he is actually 11th in eagles gained. Consistency and upside at this price are always worth a closer look.
Ryan Moore($7,000 | 100) - Rounding out the low range, Moore is 4th in strokes gained: tee to green, 9th in approach, and 18th in proximity gained. His last eight finishes are MC-6-59-12-55-13-MC-13. So by that foolproof logic, he should finish this week 13th or better without too much problem.
Russell Henley ($6,800 | 125) - Henley is in the middle of a cold streak, with recent finishes of MC-MC-50-MC, but he can get hot with the putter and rates well in proximity gained (23rd) and strokes gained: approach (29th). The last time the Tour visited the New England area was the Travelers Championship, where Henley finished T6. He was also T2 here in 2014.
Chesson Hadley ($6,700 | 175) - Hadley appears to have shaken off the cobwebs just a bit recently, having finished 56th at the Northern Trust and 45th at the Wyndham despite losing 7.3 combined strokes putting. He is a precise iron player when he’s right, as he ranks 11th in proximity and 24th in strokes gained: approach. He rattled off six straight top 25s earlier this year and is worth a flyer at this low of a price.
Joel Dahmen ($6,400 | 250) - Dahmen flopped last week, but the stats don’t lie -- he was dominant over a long enough sample to give him some rope after one bad event. He is 5th in strokes gained: approach, 13th in strokes gained: tee to green, and 18th in birdies or better gained. Obviously, he is better suited to weaker fields, but at the stone minimum, this type of statistical profile is hard to pass up in at least one or two lineups.
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