Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Sanderson Farms Championship
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|Key Stats for the Sanderson Farms Championship at the CC of Jackson|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
|Proximity from 150-Plus Yards|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
Ball-striking, so approach and play off the tee, is always a great base each week to help separate the field in a more predictive manner than chasing short-game studs, and that's been the case at CC of Jackson in past years.
Fairways are typically hard to hit, and those who pick up fairways against the field have earned a leg up. Distance can carry you to a great finish like it did for Cameron Champ last year, but the better route to go is accuracy.
In addition to approach play, proximity on shots 150-plus yards typically help separate the field as well at this course.
With it playing under par on average, we'll need golfers to convert birdie chances. Par-makers aren't enough at this track.
Stats cited below come from FantasyNational and include the past 50 rounds on the PGA Tour unless noted. Ranks are among the field.
Best of the Best
Joaquin Niemann (FanDuel Price: $11,800 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +1200) - Niemann is fresh off a win and high ownership last weekend, and as the most expensive golfer and the odds-on favorite, he's a virtual lock to be the week's most popular golfer based on historical data. Despite that, he's the odds-on favorite in my win simulations. Ranking top-five in both strokes gained: off the tee and in strokes gained: approach, Niemann is a lock for cash games but a justifiable fade in tournaments if expecting a hangover after his win.
Scottie Scheffler ($11,000 | +2200) - Scheffler finished seventh last week at the Greenbrier and has had 12 top-11 finishes in 2019 out of 19 events. Most of that came on the Korn Ferry Tour, but he stepped up on the PGA Tour last weekend. Over his PGA Tour performances, most of which predate his elite climb, he ranks fourth among the field in strokes gained: tee to green and is top-11 in both ball-striking stats.
Byeong-Hun An ($10,900 | +2200) - An is one of the world's best tee-to-green performers and leads the field in that stat over the past 50 rounds on Tour, while grading out 6th in approach and 13th in off-the-tee strokes gained. Problematically, he's just 66th in the field in birdie-or-better rate converted because of his putting, but his upside is as high as anyone's if his putter is even neutral.
Vaughn Taylor ($10,300 | +4200) - Taylor has finished 20th, 20th, 10th, and 26th at this course in his four tries. He doesn't gain distance (132nd) but is 20th in fairways gained and 18th in birdie or better rate over the past 50 rounds. Taylor's win odds put him sixth on my list for the week, and that doesn't even account for how good he's been at this course.
Russell Henley ($10,000 | +4200) - Henley is another golfer who should gain leverage by hitting fairways (27th), and he's 8th in strokes gained: approach over the past 50 rounds, as well. In terms of proximity gained from 150 to 175, from 175 to 200, and from 200-plus yards, he ranks 13th, 13th, and 2nd, respectively.
Aaron Wise ($9,800 | +3000) - Wise doesn't fit the accuracy mold (100th) and is much more of a tournament type of play, given his -- you guessed it -- "upside." Wise leads the field in birdie or better rate over the past 50 rounds and is 21st in opportunities gained, a FantasyNational stat that basically shows us birdie-or-better chances.
Kevin Streelman ($9,400 | +6000) - Streelman has been reeling, missing three straight cuts. He also MC'd here last year after finishing 10th and 18th at CC of Jackson. Streelman's main struggles of late have come in the short-game, losing 2.2, 1.8, and 1.1 strokes around the green in his past three events. The ball-striking has been just above-zero in the past two (1.2 and 2.3 strokes gained off-the-tee and approach, combined). We can buy low on Streelman.
Kyle Stanley ($9,300 | +5500) - Stanley hits fairways (3rd) and gains strokes with his approach play (13th). He's not long off the tee at all (126th), and that's usually what gets him into trouble -- that plus the short game (89th around the green and 129th in putting). Overall, Stanley is 30th in the field tee-to-green in our sample, and he should gain strokes in that facet again by gaining fairways and relying on his approach play from advantageous lies.
Cameron Tringale ($8,800 | +6000) - Tringale has had a great 2019. Since the week of the U.S. Open, Tringale ranks 11th in adjusted stroke average and is 16th since the calendar turned to 2019. Tringale ranks 27th in approach and 5th in birdie or better rate but is just 83rd in fairways gained.
Doc Redman ($8,500 | +8000) - Redman is more than solid off the tee, sitting third in strokes gained there. He's 55th in distance gained and a much better 26th in fairways gained in that sample. Redman also sits 14th in birdie or better rate gained.
Brian Stuard ($8,400 | +9000) - Stuard grades out 12th in approach but 118th off the tee. Fear not, though, as he's 146th in distance but 2nd in fairways gained. He ranks top-20 in proximity from each range of 150 to 175, 175 to 200, and 200-plus yards, including leading in proximity from 200-plus. I have him at a 1.5% chance to win and a 64.6% chance to make the cut, putting him on my radar again.
Hank Lebioda ($8,000 | +8000) - Lebioda is 19th in approach and 8th in birdie or better rate gained despite ranking 104th in putting. He's an around-the-green standout (14th) and ranks above-average in the field in fairways gained and proximity from our selected ranges, as well.