DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Sentry Tournament of 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 Mayakoba Golf Classic.
|Key Stats for the Sentry Tournament of Champions|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Birdies or Better Gained|
|Strokes Gained: Par 5s|
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.
Dustin Johnson (DraftKings Price: $11,000 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds 5/1) - Johnson dominated this event last year en route to an eight-stroke victory. He has as much raw talent as any golfer in the world, and when it all clicks, he is just about unbeatable. Perhaps even more impressive, when it isn't clicking, he still has a shot. DJ is first in this strong field in strokes gained: tee to green and second in strokes gained: approach, birdies or better gained, and bogeys avoided. He is 13th in strokes gained: par 5s but that is due mostly to a downturn at the end of last year. He is up to fourth if the sample is expanded to his last 100 rounds.
Brooks Koepka ($10,200 | 7/1) - Koepka's disastrous round at the TOC last year should keep his ownership down, but he has shown a propensity for dominance in even the strongest fields. Those looking at last year's result will likely discount his T3 finish here from 2016. He can grind or he can bomb and gouge, but one thing he always does is crush the par 5s. Koepka is first in strokes gained: par 5s, third in birdies or better gained, eighth in strokes gained: tee to green, and ninth in bogeys avoided.
Jon Rahm ($9,800 | 15/2) - Rahm has been a fireball to start the year each of the past two seasons, so get on him now and bet on him to build on his second-place finish here last year. He is 9th in strokes gained: tee to green and birdies or better gained, and he trails only Rory McIlroy in his last 50 rounds rated as "Easy" scoring relative to par by Fantasy National.
Bryson DeChambeau ($8,700 | 12) - Suddenly the world's fifth ranked golfer, DeChambeau proved his mettle last season with three wins to go along with three other top 5s. He picked up another win at the Shriners during the swing season, and he is primed for another level-up in 2019. He is fifth in strokes gained: tee to green, strokes gained: approach, and birdies or better gained. Bryson will be in the conversation for best golfer in the world at some point, and he may not be $8,700 on DraftKings again all year.
Webb Simpson ($8,500 | 23) - Simpson's rebound year was overshadowed by a certain other famous golfer's more notable comeback, but Simpson was nothing short of excellent for the entirety of 2018. While his driving has never been his strong suit, he was world class both on approach (10th on Tour in all rounds last year) and around the green (4th). Kapalua favors the big hitters, but Webb is a good player in windy conditions, and if the bombers have to battle the elements, he can take advantage. He blitzed the field at the PLAYERS, so the strong field is no concern, and he should come in at a fraction of the ownership of DeChambeau and a few others in this range.
Gary Woodland ($8,000 | 26) - Woodland is first in strokes gained: par 5s, sixth in birdies or better gained, and ninth in strokes gained: approach. He beat up on some weaker fields in the swing season, but his game has never been sharper as evidenced by his first career win last year. Kapalua sets up nicely for him as a ballstriker's paradise.
Paul Casey ($7,900 | 34) - Casey fell off a cliff after a blazing start to the year last season, picking up his first Tour win at the Valspar along the way. His lack of flash and the poor form to end the season -- to go along with a couple steady if unsatisfying top 20's in the swing season -- should make DFS players forget he was routinely among the highest owned and most reliable golfers week in and week out for the first half of 2018.
Marc Leishman ($7,700 | 26) - Leishman's stats don't pop off the page (between 16th and 26th in all the key stats), but he placed T7 here last year and is in good form after picking up his qualifying win at the CIMB Classic. He is a solid wind player, and he can scramble. If the conditions start getting dicey, Leishman is a sneaky bet to climb the leaderboard in this loaded field.
Brandt Snedeker ($7,400 | 51) - This range gets scary pretty quickly, but Sned at least offers some consistently solid putting and a decent wind game. The former FedEx Cup champion is third in strokes gained: putting and sixth around the greens, making up for his below-average marks in approach (29th) and birdie-making (28th). If the forecast looks windy, he is a good choice to pair with Simpson and Leishman for a low-priced core who can excel in suboptimal conditions.
Ian Poulter ($6,800 | 67) - Poulter is $4,200 cheaper than Johnson, the man he bested in his singles match at the Ryder Cup. That type of upside is necessary at this price point, and Poulter brings a swagger and confidence in this strong field that most of the cheaper options can't match. He is between 11th and 19th in each of the key stats, but he is just the 26th-most expensive golfer on DraftKings (full field including withdrawals).
Kevin Tway ($6,500 | 141) - Tway got his breakthrough win at the Safeway, but he had had been knocking on the door for much of the second half of last year. He did his best work in weaker fields than this one (top 10's at the Byron Nelson, Fort Worth Invitational, and Travelers), but in those events, the difference was his approach play and his putter. That combination is a recipe for success regardless of the course or competition.
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