DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Rocket Mortgage Classic
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 Rocket Mortgage Classic.
|Key Stats for the Rocket Mortgage Classic|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Par 5s|
|Birdies or Better Gained|
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. Note well that this sample may vary widely from player to player, but focusing on a sufficient period of form is even more desirable considering the long layoff between the PLAYERS and now.
Bryson DeChambeau (DraftKings Price $11,700 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +650) - Is DeChambeau the best player in the world right now? Six straight top-10 finishes and absolutely gaudy numbers off the tee would seem to point that way. That stretch includes all three of the post-layoff starts, and in his last 12 rounds, Bryson has gained an absurd 13.8 strokes off the tee. His recent numbers weigh heavily (pun intended) on his longer-term sample, but DeChambeau was solid even he turned into a human protein shake. Over his last 50 rounds, he is 4th in strokes gained: off the tee, 6th in birdies or better gained, and 15th on par 5s, and 20th in approach. If we trim the sample just to the last 24 rounds, those ranks are first, second, sixth, and ninth.
Webb Simpson ($11,000 | +1300) - Simpson has won twice on Tour this year, first in Arizona and again two weeks ago at the RBC Heritage. He has developed his game into one of the most well rounded in the world, and the second act of his career now decidedly outpaces the first, which included no less than a U.S. Open Championship. Webb's consistency is one of the main reasons he was among the highest owned players across the daily fantasy industry despite a missed cut at Colonial the week prior. He withdrew from the Travelers Championship amid concerns regarding potential exposure to COVID-19, but all indications are he intends to tee it up in Detroit this week. He is 3rd in strokes gained: approach, 3rd in birdies or better gained, 9th in strokes gained: tee to green, and 12th on par 5s.
Viktor Hovland ($10,000 | +2000) - Hovland is heating up again heading into the summer months, and he is unquestionably a cut above at an event like this even if he is still a few pegs behind the market leaders. Simpson has already won twice this year and DeChambeau is on the cusp of storming his way to the top of the world, but Hovland is looking to make a splash and has a valuable opportunity to earn Ryder Cup points playing and contending while the European Tour remains on hold. He is second in both strokes gained: tee to green and strokes gained: approach, with three steadily improving performances out of the layoff -- T23 at Colonial, T21 at Harbour Town, and T11 last week at TPC River Highlands.
Tony Finau ($9,300 | +3300) - The field leader in strokes gained: tee to green, Finau has struggled to strike the ball well over the last three events. He still managed T23 and T33 finishes in the first two events, and after a missed cut at the Travelers he can renew his focus and should thrive in this field filled with golfers who can't touch his natural talent. He is 8th in approach and 15th in birdies or better gained, and he is historically a more reliable fantasy scorer than tournament finisher. He's at a great price this week.
Scottie Scheffler ($9,000 | +3200) - Scheffler is offered at eye-popping odds coming off a withdrawal, a missed cut, and exactly zero PGA wins to his name. He was a stud in the swing season, starting his career as a card-carrying PGA Tour member with five top 20s in his first seven events. This course will play more like those resort courses, and right into Scheffler's strengths. He is fourth in birdies or better gained, 8th in strokes gained: tee to green, 25th on par 5s, and 28th in approach.
Doc Redman ($8,500 | +5000) - Redman stormed to a T11 finish at the Travelers thanks to a scorching 63 on Sunday. He finished the week third in strokes gained: tee to green and 99th in strokes gained: putting. That type of profile is exactly what we want at this course, especially considering he has his best putting performance as a professional on these greens a year ago. He gained 4.7 strokes with the flat stick in 2019. After coming off at 300/1 or longer last week, Redman's Vegas odds are way down this week due to his course form and elite ballstriking.
Erik Van Rooyen ($8,000 | +7000) - Van Rooyen looks like a statistical stud over the long term, but beware that his sample is much funkier than most, with only 46 measured PGA Tour rounds to his name. Those rankings -- 4th in birdies or better gained, 11th tee to green, 18th in approach, and 20th on par 5s -- are indicative of his skill but not necessarily his form. He has mostly played majors and WGC events, including a T3 in Mexico earlier this year. Friendlier conditions and a softer field should let his talent shine through.
Brian Harman ($7,900 | +7000) - Harman drew some looks last week thanks to quality course form at TPC River Highlands and flubbed his way to a missed cut thanks mostly to a very poor putting week. A missed cut at a brutally difficult Bay Hill back in March was the only other time he's failed to make the weekend since October. He has seven top-30 finishes in that span, and despite a missed cut on debut, this looks the type of course he can pop off at if the short stick cooperates. He is 18th in strokes gained: tee to green and 29th in birdies or better gained.
Brendon Todd ($7,800 | +7000) - Todd was a machine at TPC River Highlands, hitting all but one fairway through the first three rounds. He showed in the fall that he could carry momentum when his game is clicking, with back to back wins in Bermuda and Mexico before a 4th at the RSM Classic. Prior to those wins, he was ranked outside the top 500 in the world and missing cuts on the Korn Ferry Tour, and it's not like he fell on his face once the regular events started. After being outclassed at the Tournament of Champions, he started 2020 with finishes of T21, T37, T56, T37, and T18. After two MC's coming back to action, he was unstoppable through 54 holes in Connecticut.
Harold Varner ($7,600 | +7500) - Varner is well suited to this type of track with relatively easy scoring conditions. He is 17th in birdies or better gained over his last 50, but he's been pouring them in over the first three post-COVID layoff events and ranks 5th in his past 12 rounds. Long term the tee to green and approach numbers are elite in this field at fifth and sixth, respectively. Even with a missed cut at the RBC Heritage, he has not had any blow-ups, with just one round over par since the layoff.
Sebastian Munoz ($7,100 | +15000) - Munoz has missed the cut in two of this three events since the layoff, but on an easier course slightly less overall class in the field, he should be a value target this week even if the recent form doesn't indicate major strides in his game. He ranks 10th in birdies or better gained, 17th in strokes gained: tee to green, and 23rd in both strokes gained: approach and strokes gained on par 5s. He was a stud in the swing season at "easy" courses where ballstrikers feast, and while he does have three missed cuts in his last six starts his other finishes are totally respectable T26, T14, and T28.
Cameron Tringale ($6,600 | +20000) - Tringale was fifth here last year at Detroit Golf Club and had a pretty stunning run of consistency coming out of that performance, with just two missed cuts in the 12 months since until failing to make the weekend at the Travelers. He flushes when right, ranking 16th in both strokes gained: tee to green and approach. Solid course form, ballstriking profile, and long-ish term success at $6,600 is a great bargain.
Cameron Davis ($6,500 | +25000) - Davis looks great from a statistical standpoint, ranking 11th on par 5s, 24th tee to green, and 31st in birdies or better gained. He has missed the cut in two events since the restart, but before the layoff, he had been playing some great golf. He closed 2019 with a T3 finish in his home country at the Australian PGA Championship, and he started 2020 with six solid pre-COVID finishes of T9, T29, T36, T38, T27, and T8.
Bronson Burgoon ($6,200 | +35000) - While it was tempting to complete the circle and add a third Cameron here (Cameron Percy ($6,500 | +30000), we'll instead look to Burgoon, who fluctuates between looking completely out of his depth and roaring to a top 15 finish. His irons are a strength despite back to back poor performances, and while he is certainly a moving target he is a great low-owned play with upside who really can open things up from a salary perspective.
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