Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: RBC Heritage
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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
|Key Stats for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Par 4 Scoring|
|Strokes Gained: Around the Green|
|Strokes Gained: Putting on Bermuda|
This course is short, just around 7,100 yards, and that has really had an impact on distance off the tee. Instead, the general vibe here is accurate tee shots and great approach play. So that means we can't just load up on the usual launchers. Instead, we should deemphasis distance.
Approach, simply put, is the key stat again this week. It's always part of a larger puzzle, but golfers with errant approach play are golfers we want to avoid in our lineups, no matter what else surrounds them.
Par 4 scoring stands out as vital for good finishes here. The three par 5s grade out pretty easy, and that's going to make par 4 scoring a bigger factor -- you have to score on the par 5s and par 4s.
Short game on Bermuda greens is something that is a great bonus from our golfers, though it's never a full-on necessity because of how volatile putting can be and how few strokes comprise around-the-green play.
Stats cited below come from FantasyNational and include the past 100 rounds on the PGA Tour unless noted. Ranks are among the field.
Best of the Best
Dustin Johnson (FanDuel Price: $12,400 | 7.5/1) - This field is pretty stacked, but DJ is the class of the field by a good margin regardless. We always have to monitor ownership throughout the week, but Johnson is a great cash game start, as he leads the field in strokes gained: off the tee, strokes gained: approach, and greens in regulation over the past 100 rounds on tour. Last year, in his first start at Harbour Town, he finished 16th, while ranking eighth in strokes gained: tee to green.
Bryson DeChambeau ($11,700 | 19/1) - DeChambeau was briefly in the mix at Augusta last week but couldn't hold on for all four rounds. He should be able to do that this week at a course where he has finished fourth, cut, and third the past three years. Bryson grades out eighth in approach and 19th in greens in regulation gained, as well as 46th in strokes gained: around the green and driving accuracy over the past 100 rounds.
Patrick Cantlay ($10,900 | 24/1) - I have no issues with Tommy Fleetwood ($11,300) or the other top-tier plays, really, but Cantlay is $400 cheaper than Fleetwood, and that feels like it can go a long way this week. Cantlay grades out top-six in both ball-striking stats and is 35th around the green. He's a negative putter on Bermuda but not terrible, and he has finished seventh and third here the past two years.
Webb Simpson ($10,800 | 31/1) - Simpson has played this course four straight years, making all four cuts and posting two straight top-15 finishes in the two most recent tries: 51st, 66th, 11th, and 5th. We don't need distance here, and that benefits Simpson's game, who finished ninth at Augusta last week, a course that really requires distance. Webb grades out 10th in approach and 2nd around the green over the past 100 and is a plus putter on Bermuda.
Sungjae Im ($10,000 | 50/1) - Im is setting up to be overlooked this week with Jim Furyk ($10,300) garnering early attention, Matthew Fitzpatrick ($10,000) seeing significant odds movement in his favor, and a lot of solid names below him. Im ranks 10th in the field in strokes gained over the past 24 rounds, and he is top-30 in all three tee-to-green stats over the past 100 rounds. He hasn’t played this course before but has been good on Bermuda in a small sample.
Byeong-Hun An ($9,800 | 50/1) - An debuted with a seventh last year, ranking 5th in strokes gained: tee to green but just 64th in putting. Over the past 100 rounds, An ranks inside the top 11 in all three tee-to-green stats but is 101st in fairways gained. He's not foolproof, but he deserves to be priced here.
Jason Kokrak ($9,600 | 50/1) - Kokrak doesn't really fit the mold for success here (71st in fairways gained, 120th around the green), but he had finished 12th, 18th, and 6th before missing the past two cuts at this course. In all five attempts, he ranked inside the top 37 in strokes gained: tee to green, but has lost 11.4 strokes putting over the past two attempts.
Russell Knox ($9,500) | 55/1) - Knox grades out 14th in approach and 31st around the greens. He is not a good putter overall, and that doesn't fix itself on Bermuda. However, since 2014, Knox has finished 9th, 18th, 2nd, 11th, and 40th at this track. At $9,500, he's among a loaded tier that includes An, Kokrak, Lucas Glover ($9,600), and others, yet he still is firmly in play.
Ryan Moore ($9,200 | 70/1) - Moore most recently posted a third at the Valero Texas Open and finished 16th here last year. Moore grades out 2nd in approach, 19th around the green, 1st in fairways gained, and 15th in par 4 scoring over the past 100 rounds.
Luke List ($9,000 | 75/1) - This is not a Luke List course by any means, but we know what he can do at the top of his game, so we have to keep him in mind for tournament lineups. List came through last year with a third-place outing, after a 39th and a missed cut in two prior tries. List grades out 120th in fairways gained over the past 100 rounds but is a good around-the-green player (12th). The combo of ability and course history keeps him somewhat viable.
Chez Reavie ($8,900 | 160/1) - Reavie is always someone to keep an eye on when we favor accuracy. He's second there and 20th in approach over the past 100 rounds. The course form isn't great: cut, 33rd, cut the past three years. However, he's lost at least 3.0 strokes putting in all of those -- even when he made the cut.
Brian Stuard ($8,400 | 160/1) - Stuard does have good Bermuda splits (11th in Bermuda putting over the past 100 rounds), and he's 6th in fairways gained and 4th in scrambling. Stuard has made the cut here in four straight tries, though outside of a 5th in 2014, the results weren't anything great (55th, 56th, 67th)
Scott Piercy ($8,300 | 160/1) - Piercy sits 16th in approach and 35th in fairways gained over the past 100 rounds on Tour. He's not a good Bermuda putter (few in the cheap range seem to be), but he finished 16th here a year ago while ranking 5th in approach.
Vaughn Taylor ($8,000 | 240/1) - If you're looking for a deep cut, maybe consider Taylor. He's 11th in fairways gained and 37th in strokes gained: approach. He has played here four out of the past five years, finishing 64th twice and missing the cut in the other four. He's been rough on the course but is a bit better recently than his price would indicate.