DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: WGC-HSBC Champions

The season's first strong field tees it up at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai. Who should you build around on DraftKings for the WGC-HSBC Champions?

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-HSBC Champions.

Key Stats

Key Stats for the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC
Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
Strokes Gained: Par 5s
Birdies or Better Gained
Strokes Gained: Par 4s (450-500)

Check out the primer for more details on why these stats stand out this week. Let's get to 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: $11,500 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: 15/2) - It is always stunning to consider that no matter the strength of the field DJ always seems to rise above the fray in the statistical ranks. He doesn’t win every event, but he is first in the field in total strokes gained, tee to green, approach, off the tee, birdies or better gained, and par 4s (450-500). He came in second here last year and won in 2014.

Rory McIlroy ($10,700 | 8/1) - McIlroy is third in strokes gained: tee to green, fourth in strokes gained: par 5s, and sixth in birdies or better gained. He closed the season strong with six finishes of T12 or better in his last seven events and he loves the World Golf Championships. In 14 career WGC events, McIlory has just 2 finishes outside the top 11.

Tommy Fleetwood ($9,500 | (18/1) - Fleetwood is first in strokes gained: par 5s, fourth in birdies or better gained and par 4s (450-500), and seventh in strokes gained: tee to green. He finished outside the top 25 only twice on the PGA Tour all of last year and capped his season with a tremendous Ryder Cup performance. His place among the world's elite is secure, and this week he will have his chance to challenge many of them.

Mid Priced Options

Jon Rahm ($9,300 | 18) - Rahm headlines a comparatively weak middle tier this week, with many of the top players seeing a bump in salary and an unusually high number of golfers priced $9,500 and above. Starting a lineup with the young Spaniard and taking a balanced approach should be a contrarian construction this week with some big names at the top and great value in the low-priced tier. Rahm is seventh in birdies or better gained and ninth in strokes gained: tee to green.

Paul Casey($9,200 | 23) - Casey is always in play for cash games, and this week he could be very popular as the second-highest golfer in many lineups that start with one of the studs above $10k. He is 6th in strokes gained: par 5s and although his tee to green ranking is just 16th, he does most of his work on the approach and is ranked 3rd there. Casey has finished T23 or better in all four of his visits to Shehan International over the past five seasons.

Patrick Cantlay ($8,800 | 44) - Cantlay is 6th in strokes gained: tee to green, 10th in approach, and 11th on par 5s. He finished T15 in his debut here last year, and despite lacking the star power of some in this field he could absolutely contend this week with a strong overall game.

Byeong-Hun An ($8,300 | 70) - An is probably overpriced in this field relative to those in the same range, but he is still 5th in strokes gained: tee to green, 14th in approach, and 21st in strokes gained: par 5s. Unlike many of the golfers in this field, he has played in each of the last two events on the Asian swing and should be sharp again this week. Given the value below him, he should come in at low ownership in the large field tournaments this week.

Low Priced Options

Kyle Stanley ($7,600 | 60) - Stanley debuted here with an impressive T5 and looks to build on that this week after a disappointing performance at The CJ Cup. Stanley is 22nd or better in all of the key stats, including 7th in strokes gained in the key par 4 range from 450 - 500 yards, by far his best split.

Keegan Bradley ($7,500 | 70) - Bradley 11th in strokes gained: par 5s and 12th in strokes gained: tee to green. He is an optimal play in no cut events. Variance is a hallmark of his game even though his iron play is among the most consistently excellent on Tour year in and year out. Removing a missed cut from the list of potential outcomes raises his floor basically more than any golfer in the field on any given week. According to Future of Fantasy, since 2014 Keegan has the fifth-highest difference of any golfer on Tour between his total strokes gained at no cut events versus his overall strokes gained (2.173:1.630).

Cheng-Tsung Pan ($7,000 | 66) - Pan's win odds really stand out at this price, and his statistical profile backs it up. He is 10th in birdies or better gained, 16th in strokes gained: tee to green, 18th in par 4s (450-500) and 25th in par 5s. Especially in no-cut events, his game really suits DraftKings' scoring system, which rewards birdies with only a meager penalty for failing to make par.

Bargain Basement

Adam Hadwin ($6,900 |150) - Things get really dicey below $7k this week, but Hadwin at least has some name recognition and banked a top-10 last week at the CIMB Classic. He is 22nd in strokes gained: tee to green and 30th in strokes gained: par 4s (450-500).

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