Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Wyndham Championship
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|Key Stats for the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield CC|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Par 4s from 400 to 450 Yards|
|Proximity from 150 to 175 Yards|
Sedgefield CC is a course that typically boasts accurate drivers near the top of the leaderboard. The off-the-tee angle at this par 70 isn't distance but location and then turning that location into greens in regulation. That requires good approach play. So my two ball-striking stats are accuracy and strokes gained: approach. A third in there is proximity from 150 to 175 yards, as a significant portion of strokes come from that range, via FantasyNational.
Other than those, I'm looking for par 4 performance from 400 to 450 yards, as eight holes land in that range, and the swap to Bermuda greens a few years back gives us a putting angle to dig into, as well. Naturally, putting conversion separates the field here, and on a course that cedes eagles and birdies, we need some confidence that our golfers can sink some.
Stats cited below come from FantasyNational and include the past 75 rounds on the PGA Tour unless noted. Ranks are among the field.
Best of the Best
Webb Simpson (FanDuel Price: $11,900 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: 9/1) - Webb is a pretty heavy favorite, but it's justified. Over the past 75 rounds on tour, via FantasyNational, he's fifth in strokes gained: approach and ninth in strokes gained: around the green. He also leads in bogey avoidance, is 31st in fairways gained, and he's seventh in Bermuda putting. Another angle? Second on par 4s from 400 to 450 yards and first in strokes gained: tee to green at Donald Ross tracks in that sample size.
Hideki Matsuyama ($11,800 | 14/1) - Hideki is just $100 cheaper than Simpson, sure, but I'm still prioritizing him over Collin Morikawa ($11,600) in cash-game formats. Hideki ranks fifth in strokes gained: tee to green on Donald Ross courses; he's 11th in proximity from 150 to 175 yards and 17th on par 4s from 400 to 450. He's also the leader in approach and overall tee-to-green play in our sample.
Chez Reavie ($10,900 | 31/1) - Chez leads the field in both fairways gained and proximity gained from 150 to 175 yards over the past 75 rounds on Tour, and overall, he's sixth in strokes gained: approach. That'll work. He has a poor Donald Ross history, but that's just a tertiary angle for us. Reavie's overall play puts him on the radar.
Lucas Glover ($10,700 | 41/1) - Glover ranks 12th in birdie or better rate, 3rd on par 4s from 400 to 450 yards, and 8th tee-to-green on Donald Ross courses. He also grades out top-30 in all three tee-to-green strokes gained stats over the past 75 rounds.
Dylan Frittelli ($9,800 | 55/1) - This range is loaded, and it's hard to differentiate. I like Frittelli here as a golfer trending up. At 51st in the FedEx Cup standings, he's safely in the playoff next week and has room to build. Over the past 75 rounds, he ranks 44th in approach but has been
Kyle Stanley ($9,600 | 70/1) - Skipping over Sungjae Im, Aaron Wise (who isn't accurate but is 120th in the FEC standings), and Russell Knox, we're at Kyle Stanley. Stanley is a safe play, really, as he's just 116th in birdie rate but is 15th in fairways gained and 26th in approach. We also have to mention that he's a dreadful Bermuda putter, so really, he's not that safe. But the ball-striking should get him to the weekend.
Jason Kokrak ($9,400 | 65/1) - Kokrak ranks third in the field in strokes gained: ball-striking over the past 100 rounds, and he's second over the past 50. That alone at this price should get us excited. He's a solid 64th in fairways gained and 10th in birdie or better rate, as well. From 150 to 175 yards, he grades out second, and from 400 to 450 yards on the par 4s, he's 24th. If he brings the putter, he's a strong play.
Kevin Streelman ($9,300 | 55/1) - Streelman is 8th in strokes gained: ball-striking over the past 100 rounds, and it helps that he's 16th in fairways gained. Overall, Streelman ranks 23rd in approach and 16th off the tee over the past 75 rounds.
Vaughn Taylor ($8,700 | 80/1) - Taylor's mid-term ball-striking is pretty nice (40th over the past 24 rounds) despite terrible off-the-tee play. His overall ball-striking stats aren't down because of errant shots (he's 13th in fairways gained and 28th in strokes gained: approach over the past 75 rounds). With promising putting splits on Bermuda, this could be a Vaughn Taylor week.
Ryan Armour ($8,500 | 120/1) - Armour doesn't really miss fairways (3rd in fairways gained) and converts on the par 4s from our selected range (7th), though there is always a lack of fantasy upside (93rd in birdie or better rate). Armour is best suited for cash games with his propensity to stay out of trouble off the tee, but don't go overboard in tournaments.
Corey Conners ($8,300 | 100/1) - Conners is more than a tournament-only play. Despite his distance, he's 36th in fairways gained in our sample and he leads the field in strokes gained: off the tee and is 4th in strokes gained: approach. Conners' ball-striking stats overall have him leading the field over the past 50 rounds.
Joel Dahmen ($7,500 | 150/1) - A cheaper, more fantasy-friendly option than Armour, Dahmen hits fairways (6th) and makes birdies (36th). The issue is that he can blow up (117th in bogey avoidance and 99th in putting on Bermuda). Still, at just $7,500, he opens up a lot for our lineups and is certainly a play to keep in your player pool.