DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Mayakoba Golf Classic
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 Mayakoba Golf Classic.
|Key Stats for the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon GC|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Birdies or Better Gained|
|Good Drives Gained|
|Proximity Gained 175+ Yards|
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
Rickie Fowler (DraftKings Price: $11,500 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds 19/2) - Fowler steadily climbed the leaderboard and stayed in contention at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open en route to a fourth-place finish. He is 1st in bogeys avoided, 3rd in proximity gained (175+), 7th in birdies or better gained, 9th in strokes gained: tee to green, 11th in strokes gained: approach and good drives gained. He is the best player in this field and finished second here last year.
Tony Finau ($11,000 | 12/1) - While Fowler is the best player in the long view, no one in this field is hotter than Finau. He is 1st in birdies or better gained, 4th in strokes gained: tee to green, 5th in bogeys avoided, and 16th in proximity gained (175+). He takes advantage of the premier opportunities at every course he plays and is second in strokes gained: par 5s.
Gary Woodland ($10,700 | 21) - Woodland thrives at ball-striking courses and has been a swing-season MVP so far this year. He is first in proximity gained (175+), third in birdies or better gained, fifth in strokes gained: tee to green, and sixth in strokes gained: approach. He has three straight top 10s this fall and has a second-place finish at El Camaleon from 2016-17 to his name.
Emiliano Grillo ($9,700 | 27) - The proud owner of two straight top-10 finishes at Mayakoba, Grillo’s game clearly sets up well for this layout. He is 3rd in good drives gained, 9th in proximity gained (175+), 11th in bogeys avoided, and 25th in strokes gained: tee to green.
Mid Priced Options
Joaquin Niemann ($8,800 | 30) - Niemann once again stands out as an elite ball-striker this week as he ranks no worse than seventh in any key stat. The putter is always a question mark for Niemann, and he has no splits on paspalum as a pro, so he carries a bit more uncertainty than his rock-solid stats would indicate.
Sam Ryder ($8,700 | 55) - Ryder closed strong last week with a bogey-free 62 on Sunday to finish solo third, his second top-five finish of the swing season. He also earned an impressive $1,100 price bump from DraftKings, making him much more difficult to parse this week in this tightly clustered middle tier. Ryder still merits attention here, though, as he ranks 3rd in strokes gained: approach, 8th in birdies or better gained, and 10th in strokes gained: tee to green.
Ryan Moore ($8,600 | 32) - Moore is first in strokes gained: tee to green and strokes gained: approach, and he is ninth in good drives gained,. He is such an inconsistent putter that his birdies or better rank is notably low (86th), but he is able to avoid big numbers thanks to his elite ball-striking and ranks 7th in doubles avoided.
Cheng-Tsung Pan ($8,100 | 48) - Pan is always someone to target on shorter courses, where his relative lack of length is mitigated, and at under 7,000 yards, El Camaleon fits that mold. Pan is 6th in birdies or better gained, 8th in good drives gained and strokes gained: approach, and 11th tee to green.
Low Priced Options
Sungjae Im ($7,800 | 45) - The reigning money winner on the Web.com Tour has had an inconsistent season, like almost all young pros do. In addition to a 4th-place finish at the Safeway Open and a 15th-place showing last week at the Shriners, Im has missed the cut at Sanderson Farms and placed 41st in the small field at the CJ Cup. He has just 20 rounds on Tour, so his statistical window needs to be narrowed. Over his last 12 rounds, Im is 3rd in good drives gained, 9th in strokes gained: tee to green, and 17th in both birdies or better gained and proximity gained (175+).
Kevin Chappell ($7,500 | 55) - This time last year, Chappell would have been the uber chalk at this price in any event. Even after a rough season last year, he is 7th in strokes gained: tee to green over his last 100 rounds. With a top 10 to his name already this season at the CIMB Classic, Chappell is primed for a bounce back year and should be able to get some confidence this fall. He is 22nd in birdies or better gained, 24th in strokes gained: tee to green and proximity gained (175+), and 32nd in strokes gained: approach
Harold Varner ($7,300 | 85) - Varner bounced back from a missed cut at the Sanderson Farms to post his second top-15 finish of the swing season last week at the Shriners. He is 6th in bogeys avoided, 11th in birdies or better gained, and 15th in strokes gained: tee to green. His iron play is not his strength (44th in approach, 87th in the key proximity split), but he has shown an ability to score when given his opportunities.
Anders Albertson ($7,200 | 85) - Like Im, Albertson is a newcomer to the PGA Tour and has only 13 rounds to his name, but he has impressed in that span. Narrowing the split to the last 12 rounds, Albertson is a statistical stud: 2nd in strokes gained: approach, 4th in strokes gained: tee to green and good drives gained, 13th in birdies or better gained, 16th in bogeys avoided, and 22nd in proximity gained (175+).
Bronson Burgoon ($6,900 | 85) - Burgoon is 5th in strokes gained: approach, 6th in proximity gained (175+) and 19th in strokes gained: tee to green. With his statistical profile, he is more than just a dart throw, but he has a wide range of outcomes as evidenced by his T2 at the CIMB Classic preceding a missed cut at the Shriners.
Joel Dahmen ($6,800 | 140) - A weekly tentpole in this space, Dahmen once again pops among the cheaper options available on DraftKings. Even with the long odds, he is a strong play that makes just about any lineup construction work, and he offers some relative safety. He is 4th in strokes gained: approach and 24th or better in all of the other key stats except the proximity split, where he is 57th.
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