DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: The Masters
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 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
|Key Stats for the Masters at Augusta National|
|Strokes Gained: Off The Tee|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Total|
|Strokes Gained: Par 5s|
For details on why these stats stand out this week, check out the primer.
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.
Rory McIlroy (DraftKings Price: $11,600 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: 13/2) - McIlroy is in terrific form as he heads to Augusta National with yet another bid for the career grand slam. He leads the field and the entire Tour in total strokes gained, strokes gained: tee to green, and strokes gained: off the tee. He is 11th on par 5s, 17th in approach, and 34 in scrambling gained. With five straight top 10 finishes at Augusta and six straight finishes of no worse than T6 leading in, McIlroy is rightfully the top option this week both on DraftKings and in the betting markets.
Dustin Johnson ($11,300 | 11/1) - It is a rare occasion that DJ is not the highest priced golfer on DK, and the last time he was the second highest priced he won in runaway fashion at the WGC-Mexico Championships. Like McIlroy, Johnson's current form and Masters history are stellar, with four straight top 10s leading in and three straight such finishes at the Masters. He is 3rd in strokes gained: approach, 4th in strokes gained: off the tee, 5th in total strokes gained, 11th in strokes gained: par 5s, and 24th in scrambling gained.
Tiger Woods ($10,500 | 18) - The price in the sportsbooks is absurd given his current game and his limitations off the tee, but Tiger has enough magic left to make a run at a fifth green jacket. This year is just the third time since 2013 that Woods will tee it up at Augusta, with finishes T17 in 2015 and T32 in 2018 his only other entries. He should be able to find his way across the cut line, but it remains to be seen whether his best game can measure up to the younger bombers at the top of the sport. Tiger is just 39th in strokes gained: off the tee but shines everywhere else: 3rd in approach, 7th in scrambling gained, and 8th in total strokes gained.
Bryson DeChambeau ($9,300 | 30) - The Mad Scientist could be the forgotten man this week, with highly touted options right above and below him in the pricing and a general feeling that he's out of form. But no one has won more tournaments than DeChambeau since last year's Masters, and he is the kind of player that should get better and better as his comfort level with Augusta increases. He is 5th in strokes gained: par 5s, 6th off the tee, and 14th in total strokes gained. That data set does not include his work overseas, where he had a win in Dubai and a T6 in Saudi Arabia.
Tommy Fleetwood ($9,200 | 30) - With strong win odds for a player still seeking to hoist his first trophy on the PGA Tour, Fleetwood is hardly a good value to wager on but a tremendous DraftKings play. A Saturday 66 put Fleetwood on the map at last year's edition, but ultimately he settled for just a T17 finish more than 10 strokes behind the champion Patrick Reed. He can succeed anywhere given his rock solid ballstriking (10th off the tee, 21st in approach), and he is always a threat to post the low round of the tournament. He's also a cut-making machine, having missed just two cuts worldwide since last year's major. He will be highly owned and should be close to a lock in cash games.
Bubba Watson ($8,800 | 33) - The owner of two green jackets already, Watson as shown how well he can convert his off the tee game into scoring success at the Masters. He is 3rd in strokes gained: off the tee, 13th on par 5s, and 18th in scrambling gained. He's just 40th in total strokes gained, largely because of a couple disastrous rounds at the Tour Championship and the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Narrowing the sample to the last 24 rounds, he is 17th in total strokes gained.
Adam Scott ($8,400 | 45) - Another former winner, Scott's game has come around recently after a stretch of inconsistency. He's been much more reliable and flashed some upside recently, with finishes of T12 at THE PLAYERS, T7 at the Genesis Open, and a solo 2nd at the Farmers Insurance Open over his last five events. The Aussie has made 9 straight cuts at the Masters, and has failed to make the weekend just twice in 17 tries. He is 20th or better in all the key stats except scrambling gained.
Matt Kuchar ($7,900 | 45) - To make this quick, Kuchar will be major chalk and he's a great play. He's made nine straight cuts at the Masters and finished top 10 four times in that span. His current form is as good as its ever been, with wins at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and the Sony Open, and coming off a T7 at the Valero Texas Open and a runner up at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Marc Leishman ($7,800 | 40) - Pivoting off Kuchar and getting leverage on the field could be a huge advantage this week, and Leishman is a great candidate to post a high finish after flirting with the top of the leaderboard last year before fading over the weekend. He is 16th in scrambling gained, 23rd in total strokes gained, 33rd in strokes gained: par 5s, 36th in approach and 38th off the tee. If the wind picks up he can handle himself without issue, and if it stays calm he can score in a variety of ways.
Webb Simpson ($7,400 | 140) - Simpson charged the leaderboard on Sunday last year but ultimately was too far back to play a factor in the endgame, settling for a T20 finish. He would go on to win the 2018 PLAYERS Championship and book top 25s at each of the next three majors. He is 1st in the field in scrambling gained, 16th in total strokes gained, 20th in strokes gained: approach, and 23rd in strokes gained: tee to green.
Charles Howell ($7,000 | 190) - Howell has long been known as a solid cut maker with little upside. So far this year, he's maintained the former status while challenging the latter. He's missed just one cut in the 2018-19 season and hasn't finished worse than T35 in any of the 9 events since then. That stretch includes a win at the RSM Classic. He's 3rd in scrambling gained, 13th in total strokes gained, 22nd in strokes gained: off the tee, and 24th on par 5s.
Charley Hoffman ($6,800 | 100) - A T18 at the Valspar Championship followed by a runner up finish at the Valero Texas Open leading into the Masters is exactly what Hoffman needed to get back on track after a lackluster year. He has a fine Masters record, though, with five trips to Augusta yielding five finishes inside the top 30. He is just 64th in total strokes gained over the last 50 rounds, but he's running hot and he likes this course.
Kevin Kisner ($6,700 | 80) - The final chalk bomb of the week is Kisner, with the Match Play champion currently on a six-event streak of solid finishes in the 20s. He attended college at the University of Georgia and has made the cut in each of his three trips to the Masters. Kisner is on the rise, as he ranks 38th in total strokes gained in his last 50 rounds but 19th over his last 24. He's close to a lock for cash, but the expected ownership surely suggests a fade in large field GPPs.
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