Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: The RSM Classic
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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
|Key Stats for The RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Around the Green|
|Good Drive Rate|
|Greens in Regulation|
Stats cited below come from FantasyNational and include the past 36 rounds on the PGA Tour unless noted. Ranks are among the field.
Best of the Best
Webb Simpson (FanDuel Price: $12,200 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: 11/1) - Simpson is the class of the field and is the only golfer to open at odds better than 18/1 in a weak field. Simpson ranks ninth in strokes gained: approach and 10th around the green, plus second in scrambling. Simpson is worth the price but as such a heavy favorite should be prohibitively popular, making him a viable fade in tournaments.
Russell Henley ($11,200 | 39/1) - Henley has finished 65th, 4th, 6th, and 10th here but didn't play this event last season. He has missed four of his past six cuts but was 29th a week ago at the Mayakoba. Despite the missed cuts, Henley is 23rd in approach and 14th in scrambling over the past 36 rounds and could bounce back with a great showing in this weak field.
Joaquin Niemann ($11,000 | 28/1) - Niemann ranks second in approach and 14th in greens in regulation in our sample but struggles around the green (123rd in scrambling and 116th in strokes gained: around the green). Niemann has made 10 straight cuts and has five top-10s in 17 events in 2018.
Harold Varner ($10,500 | 35/1) - Varner finished 68th here three years back, his only try, and now enters top-30 in approach and around-the-green play, as well as scrambling and greens in regulation over the past 36 rounds. He's a solid bet and has made nine of his past 10 cuts.
Cheng-Tsung Pan ($10,400 | 32/1) - Pan ranks sixth in approach and fifth in greens in regulation in our sample and also has finished 6th and 13th here the past two years, his only tries. He has made 12 straight cuts and 17 of his past 18, giving us some safety.
Sam Ryder ($9,900 | 48/1) - Ryder is top-30 in approach, around-the-green, scrambling, and greens in regulation in our sample, giving him one of the best all-around recent profiles in the field. He was 61st here last year, his only attempt, and has finished 4th, 43rd, 3rd, and 54th over the past six weeks.
Stewart Cink ($9,800 | 85/1) - Cink ranks third in strokes gained: approach and seventh around-the-green -- plus top-15 in greens in regulation and good drive rate the past 36 rounds. Cink has played this event seven years in a row, finishing 32nd, 63rd, 10th, and 25th in his four most recent tries.
Joel Dahmen ($9,600 | 110/1) - Dahmen's recent stats have been strong for a while, and he's still first in strokes gained: approach in this field over the past 36 rounds. That's enough to buy in even at an elevated price. Dahmen was cut and 49th here in two tries and has made five straight cuts.
Jim Furyk ($9,500 | 60/1) - Furyk is top-13 in scrambling, greens in regulation, and good drive rate in our sample and is a course horse, though he has played here once in the past five years (6th). Prior to that, he was 3rd and 11th. It's a great fit for him, and he's still solid of late.
Johnson Wagner ($9,400 | 170/1) - Wagner is top-50 in all of our key stats, so he's solid at a reasonable price, and building in the mid-range could be the way to go in a weak field. Wagner has played here five straight years, missing three cuts but finishing 33rd three years ago and 17th in 2017.
Nate Lashley ($8,500 | 140/1) - Lashley has a solid but uninspiring profile, most importantly ranking 53rd in approach over the past 36 rounds. He's ridden a hot putter to a 17th and 20th to start the season.
Anders Albertson ($8,400 | 65/1) - Albertson ranks 13th in approach but 78th around the green, still giving him a great profile relative to the field. He has made seven of his past eight cuts and has played here once before, missing the cut in 2016.
J.J. Henry ($7,000 | 250/1) - Henry is a bottom-dollar play but ranks eighth in approach and first in greens in regulation gained in our sample. That's not irrelevant in such a weak field. Henry has played here four times but just once in the past three years, finishing 45th a year ago.