Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Wyndham Championship
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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
|Key Stats for the Wyndham Championship|
at Sedgefield CC
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
|Strokes Gained: Putting (on Bermuda)|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
The most recent winning scores at this event have been -22, -21, -22, -21, -17, -17, -14, -18, -18, and -20. So, we'll need our golfers to be able to convert birdies. The general recipe for that is: hit a good drive, stick it close with an iron, and convert the putt. That means we should be looking for good ball-strikers who can putt while downplaying golfers who rely a lot on around-the-green play and scrambling. If you have to scramble this week, you probably won't be scoring a lot of fantasy points.
Via datagolf, approach play has been less vital at Sedgefield than at the average PGA Tour course, yet it's still the most important tee-to-green stat. We've seen an increase in importance in off-the-tee play relative to the average course, as well, primarily through driving accuracy.
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
Webb Simpson (FanDuel Salary: $11,900 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +900) - Simpson should be the most popular play this week, but it's just really easy to make the case for him. He's been dominant at Sedgefield CC, making 10 straight cuts. He won here in 2011 and has nine top-25 finishes (including three straight top-three finishes). On top of that, Simpson is back on Bermuda, which is a great putting surface for him, and he ranks well in every key stat this week (including 6th in approach, 43rd in fairways gained, and 4th in Bermuda putting (over a 100-round sample for the putting)).
Harris English ($10,900 | +2800) - English is golfing extremely well and has four straight top-20 finishes, including a 19th at the PGA Championship last week. English is also an elite Bermuda putter, ranking 10th in strokes gained over a 100-round sample. English's ball-striking is quite good, too, as he ranks 13th off the tee and 23rd in approach.
Others to Target:
Paul Casey ($11,500 | +1800) - Great showing last week and the best ball-striker in the field.
Justin Rose ($11,400 | +2200) - Ball-striking seems back and a good enough putter to convert.
Brendon Todd ($10,500 | + 4000) - Similar to Horschel: short off the tee but super accurate with elite Bermuda putting.
Sungjae Im ($10,300 | + 3700) - Driving got back on track last week but missed cut due to putting. Birdie upside if game clicks.
Corey Conners ($9,900 | +4500) - Conners is one of the outright best ball-strikers in the field (4th off the tee and 5th in approach) but can really look lost with the short game (136th around the green and 132nd in putting). The good news is that we can really downplay around-the-green technique this week. Why? Because this isn't the type of course where golfers need to scramble to save par. They should be sticking it close on their approach shots so that they can get to 20 under to contend. Conners has that ability.
Doc Redman ($9,300 | +7000) - Redman, like Conners, has the type of profile that I always like to target in DFS: he's a top-tier ball-striker (17th off the tee and 7th in approach) but with a poor short game (146th around the green and 62nd in putting). He's an accurate driver whose biggest weakness (scrambling) can be overlooked for this week.
Others to Target:
Russell Henley ($9,700 | +5500) - Field leader in approach, yet bad putting can stymie birdie conversion.
Ryan Moore ($9,600 | +5500) - Always gets boosted when we downplay distance and 13th in approach.
Harold Varner ($9,200 | +7000) - Second in tee-to-green over the past 50 rounds but just not a good Bermuda putter.
Henrik Norlander ($8,800 | +9000) - Norlander has three top-25 finishes in his past four starts and has done so with blistering hot iron play (8.3, 4.1, and 5.8 strokes gained from approach in those). His best putting surface is Bermuda, as well. There's been a steady upward trajectory in his ball-striking, so we should feel good with him at this price.
Bud Cauley ($8,600 | +8000) - Cauley's a negative putter on every surface but is basically neutral on Bermuda, and he has some of the best form at Sedgefield among golfers in the field, including two top-10 finishes. More importantly, Cauley sits 15th in the field in strokes gained: tee to green. He's actually best around the green (10th), but he's still 25th in approach and is accurate enough (59th) to stick around.
Others to Consider:
Jim Furyk ($9,000 | +10000) - Playable because distance isn't as important as accuracy and is fourth in approach.
Luke List ($8,700 | +10000) - Gained 8.6 strokes tee to green at the PGA but lost 7.5 on the greens. Can dominate a weak field if he can putt.
Tom Hoge ($8,000 | +21000) - Risk/reward play as someone with spike weeks in approach and putting are there.
Sebastian Munoz ($7,600 | +21000) - The best punt play. He's a plus in all four strokes gained categories in 2020.