DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: The American Express
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 American Express.
|Key Stats for the American Express|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Birdies or Better Gained|
|Strokes Gained: Par 5s|
Let's get to the picks. For details on why these stats stand out this week, check out the course primer.
Stats are from Fantasy National Golf Club and are for golfers in the field over the last 50 rounds, unless otherwise noted.
Rickie Fowler (DraftKings Price: $11,500 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +900) - Fowler is not our typical top dog these days. While he is clearly one of the top 20 or 25 golfers in the world, his track record is lacking the marquee win or consistent performance over the course of a Tour year to vault him into the upper echelon. But he is a complete player, and that should not be discounted at an event where a bunch of Korn Ferry graduates are going to run roughshod over three courses. He has never played this event before, but in terms of pure class, he is a top play this week. Like our next two golfers, Fowler will have a chance to grab an early lead at the easy La Quinta track on Thursday.
Sungjae Im ($11,000 | +1400) - A disastrous triple bogey on the 70th hole cost Im a top-10 finish at the Sony Open, but he has been in the mix for a few tournaments in a row and can be counted on to hold his own each week. He should feast at these easy courses versus a weak field like he did last year en route to a T12 finish. Im is 2nd in birdies or better gained, 10th on par 5s, and 23rd in strokes gained: tee to green.
Paul Casey ($10,700 | +1800) - Casey was runner up at the Pebble Pro-Am last year, so the format shouldn't be much of an issue for him despite some lackluster course form from a few years ago. Over the past couple years, Casey has made himself into a top-20 machine and actually wins on occasion. He closed his PGA season having made every cut since the Masters, and while in the fall, he did miss a cut on the European Tour, he also got another win. It was the first year since 2011 with multiple worldwide wins for him, and with a Ryder Cup due at the end of the year and a tremendous glut of talent on the European side, Casey will be eager to earn his spot early in the season so he can earn automatic status and manage his schedule as a soon-to-be 43-year-old should. Casey is 1st in strokes gained: tee to green, 2nd in approach, and 29th in birdies or better gained.
Jason Kokrak ($9,100 | +3400) - A perennial West Coast stud, Kokrak carried his form through the season and had one of the best years of his career in 2019. Three top 20s in January set the tone, and he finished the season with just one missed cut, making it all the way to the Tour Championship. He matched that cut total in a forgettable fall but rebounded nicely with a T8 finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions. We haven't seen him since Shanghai, but with back-to-back top 20s at this event, he should be brimming with confidence after a strong WGC showing. He is 11th in both strokes gained: tee to green and strokes gained: approach.
Matthew Wolff ($9,000 | +3700) - Wolff has shown well his last two times out, with a T11 at the Tournament of Champions preceded by a T13 at the ZOZO Championship. He is 18th in birdies or better gained, 21st on par 5s, and 28th in strokes gained: tee to green in this field over his first 45 rounds as a pro, and he absolutely dominated on the birdie-fests at the NCAA level. In optimal scoring conditions, it's not Wolff who has to keep up with the field -- it's the field that has to keep up with him.
Brian Harman ($8,600 | +5000) - Harman has been playing terrific golf through the fall and has done his best work on easier courses. He's 6th in strokes gained: tee to green, 11th in birdies or better gained, 14th in approach, and 17 on par 5s. A Saturday 74 cost him any shot at the Sony Open, where he was otherwise comfortably in the 60s. He missed the cut here last year but had three solid showings prior to that, finishing T20, T3, and T11.
J.T. Poston ($8,500 | +4100) - A popular pick last week who was upended by the severe winds, Poston's missed cut at the Sony Open allowed him to catch an early flight to the mainland to get ready for his first round at the Nicklaus Course. He lost 2.5 strokes with his approaches last week, his worst iron performance since a missed cut at the John Deere Classic. He won the week after at the Wyndham Championship. Poston can pour in birdies as he ranks third in birdies or better gained over the last 50 rounds, and he was fifth in strokes gained: par 5s at this event last year en route to a T7 finish.
Vaughn Taylor ($7,900 | +5500) - Taylor has shown some great recent form with T12, T10, and T2 his last three times out, and a T7 finish here last year should translate to a ton of confidence heading into the American Express. He won the other California Pro-Am event at Pebble Beach back in 2016, so he shouldn't mind being partnered with a slug the first few days. Were it not for a Thursday 75, Taylor would have surely had an eye on the top five last week. Aside from that blemish, he's been in the 60s in every round since his Sunday at the ZOZO Championship and unsurprisingly ranks sixth in bogeys avoided and seventh in birdies or better gained over this last 50. He's also 17th in approach, 26th tee to green, and 44th on par 5s.
Andrew Putnam ($7,800 | +4500) - Putnam generally profiles as a grinder more than a birdie-maker, but he offers a high floor this week in almost any lineup construction for either cash or GPPs on DraftKings. He has finishes of T34 and T17 the last two years (his only visits) and has made every cut worldwide since the RBC Heritage last April. He ranks 19th in strokes gained: approach, 24th in birdies or better gained, and 35th in strokes gained: par 5s.
Rory Sabbatini ($7,600 | +5500) - Sabs gets no price increase on DK this week despite a solid result at Waialae. He was in the mix heading into the weekend at five-under before shooting even par each of the last two days. Statistically, Sabbatini pops again as he ranks 7th in strokes gained: tee to green, 22nd in bogeys avoided, 23rd on par 5s, and 28th in approach. He is coming off one of his best pro seasons, and on three courses, we should continue to ride the rock solid tee-to-green game that should translate at any track.
Aaron Wise ($7,300 | +9000) - We'll keep betting on Wise's talent as the 23-year-old looks to find some consistency as a professional. While Taylor and Putnam offer a high floor, Wise's three straight missed cuts and a T3 at the Bermuda Championship over his last four events perfectly illustrate the high variance in his game. He won in a birdie-fest at Trinity Forest two years ago, and even with a missed cut last year, he has some decent history at the AmEx with finishes of T17 and T34 in 2018 and 2017, respectively. Wise is 3rd in strokes gained: par 5s, 8th in birdies or better gained, and 15th in strokes gained: tee to green. If the wind holds off, he makes for a nice high-upside play along with Wolff, his Thursday partner at La Quinta.
Cameron Tringale ($7,100 | +8000) - The owner of some of the best form in the field, Tringale offers an elite statistical profile at a bargain price this week -- 4th in strokes gained: tee to green, 6th in approach, and 10th in birdies or better gained. He had three top 20s in the swing season, and a similar finish here would be just fine for $7,100. With just four missed cuts in all of 2019, Tringale offers some security when rounding out either a cash or GPP lineup.
Kevin Streelman ($6,900 | +12000) - Streelman is 9th in both strokes gained: tee to green and strokes gained: approach and 24th on par 5s, and he has fared well in the California Pro-Am events the past few years. His last four finishes at the AmEx are T34, T29, MC and T11, while over the same span he's managed T7, 6th, T14, and T17 at the Pebble Pro-Am. Being able to navigate a slow playing partner and rotating courses can be just as important as how well you are hitting the ball, and Streelman has shown over the past few years that he can thrive in these conditions.
Doc Redman ($6,800 | +12000) - Redman got some attention last week and flopped big time thanks to a horrible putting effort. He lost 4.7 strokes on the greens over just two rounds, the second-worst measured round of his career. He putted to his average in the events following each of his three worst putting events, and with his ball-striking profile, he could be looking at a top-20 showing if he just treads water with the flat stick. He is solid across the key statistics, ranking 20th in strokes gained: tee to green, 21st in birdies or better gained, and 27th in strokes gained: approach.
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