DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Sanderson Farms Championship

Scottie Scheffler returns from a bout with COVID to be the betting favorite this week at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Is he worth the high salary on DraftKings?

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 Sanderson Farms Championship.

Key Stats

Key Stats for the Sanderson Farms Championship at CC of Jackson
Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
Strokes Gained: Approach
Birdies or Better Gained
Strokes Gained: Par 5s
Strokes Gained: Putting (Bermudagrass)

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.

High-Salaried Studs

Scottie Scheffler (DraftKings Salary: $11,400 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +900) - Scheffler ranks first in the field in total strokes gained and strokes gained: tee to green, second in birdies or better gained and strokes gained: par 5s, and 25th in stroke gained: approach. He fits the mold of recent champions as a long hitter without a consistent putter. The putting rank on Bermuda is ugly at 118th, but he rolled it well here last year and gained 3.6 strokes putting en route to a T16 finish. He is a match at one of our key course comparisons as well, finishing T5 at the RSM Classic last year. He closed out the season strong with six straight top 25s, including half inside the top 5, but missed out on the U.S. Open thanks to a positive COVID test. He reported being asymptomatic at the time so we don't anticipate any lingering concerns as the favorite this week.

Sungjae Im ($10,500 | +1400) - Im was just getting going on the Bermuda tracks in Florida when the COVID pandemic stalled play, including a win at the Honda Classic and a third-place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He struggled to find consistency when play resumed but played well enough at TPC Southwind, Sedgefield CC, and the TOUR Championship to draw our eye here again on Bermuda greens. A T22 at the U.S. Open signals the overall form is also coming back, and we'll happily pay up for the talent this week. He ranks 5th on par 5s, 7th putting on Bermuda, 12th in birdies or better gained, and 16th in strokes gained: tee to green.

Doc Redman ($9,700 | +2700) - While we definitely want to keep an eye on Bermuda splits, one man sure to garner a ton of attention in this range for that very reason is Sam Burns ($9,800 | +2700). He makes for a fine play this week and will surely be popular, which we can leverage by rostering the superior ballstriker in Redman. Doc ranks 3rd in strokes gained: approach and 15th in strokes gained: tee to green, compared to 70th and 44th for Burns, respectively. He has two top-five finishes in his past three events, better than any Burns finish in almost two years.

Mid-Salaried Options

Corey Conners ($9,200 | +3400) - Conners fits the bill this week -- an elite ballstriker who can't really putt except for the occasional spike week, and Conners' spikes always seem to happen on Bermuda greens. His best putting performances have been en route to a runner-up finish here in 2018, at the Sony Open at Wailae Country Club, and in his win at the Valero Texas Open. He ranks 2nd in strokes gained: tee to green, 4th in strokes gained: approach, and 24th in strokes gained: par 5s.

Si Woo Kim ($8,400 | +4100) - If you're old enough to remember the time Si Woo was the highest-salaried golfer on DraftKings and the betting favorite at a PGA Tour event, you're at least three weeks old. Kim is back at a more reasonable number after a T44 at the Safeway Open and a missed cut at the U.S. Open, and whereas we would normally be cautious with a golfer who lost strokes on approach in consecutive events, no such trends can scare us off a volatile player like Kim. The long term stats are a little scary, as he ranks 21st in stroke gained: tee to green and 40th on approach. However, a closer look at his more recent sample of the past 24 rounds and those numbers improve to 3rd and 10th, respectively.

Cameron Davis ($8,100 | +5000) - Davis is one of our favorite plays this week, as he ranks 3rd in birdies or better gained, 4th in strokes gained: par 5s, 14th in strokes gained: tee to green, and 31st in strokes gained: approach. He is not known for his putting prowess, but he's delivered in each of his last three events on Bermuda greens. He was T15 at the Wyndham Championship a few weeks ago, and farther back was T8 at the Honda Classic and T9 at the Sony Open.

Low-Salaried Options

Charley Hoffman ($7,900 | +5500) - Hoffman has two top-15s in his past three events, including when he gained 6.8 strokes with his approaches at THE NORTHERN TRUST. He ranks 7th in strokes gained: par 5s, 9th in birdies or better gained, and 20th in strokes gained: approach. Long term, Hoffman is a decent Bermuda putter, ranking 36th in this field. He was 23rd at the Sanderson Farms last year and rolled it well enough to gain 4.2 strokes putting.

Chesson Hadley ($7,800 | +6500) - Hadley is an elite birdie-maker, ranking first in this field in birdies or better gained and finishing ninth on the entire Tour in birdie or better percentage last season. That bodes well for DraftKings scoring, and in this field, he ranks behind only Davis, Burns, Scheffler, and Kim in fantasy scoring despite just two top-25s since the restart. He missed the cut at CC of Jackson last year but was the runner-up in 2017, albeit five strokes behind the winner Ryan Armour.

Talor Gooch ($7,400 | +8000) - Gooch is solid but not spectacular, ranking 10th in birdies or better gained, 21st on par 5s, 30th in strokes gained: approach, 31st in putting on Bermuda, and 33rd in strokes gained: tee to green. His recent finishes are also fine, with four top 25s in his last eight events. He is capable of a spike week, however, as he showed two years ago with consecutive top-fives in California. He was 14th at the Sanderson that year and 30th the year prior.

Cameron Tringale ($7,300 | +8000) - By virtue of the fact that the top players took up so many extra spots in the summer tournaments, Tringale only played in six post-COVID tournaments last year, including the PGA Championship in which he was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. He'd been T3 at the 3M Open before that and was T29 at THE NORTHERN TRUST in his follow-up. So the form was there before a somewhat chalky missed cut at the Safeway, which should help keep his rostership down even at this fair salary.

Jhonattan Vegas ($7,000 | +8000) - Another bomber who can get hot with the putter, Vegas is riding a cold streak right now with four missed cuts in his past five events. That includes a MC at the Wyndham, but Vegas had been quite good on Bermuda before that. He was T17 at the RBC Heritage and T27 at the Honda Classic earlier this year, and in 2019 he posted six top-10s on Bermuda courses, including top-10s at Quail Hollow and TPC Sawgrass. Vegas ranks 26th in strokes gained: tee to green, 27th in birdies or better gained, and 28th in strokes gained on par 5s.

Bargain Basement

Adam Schenk ($6,700 | +12000) - Schenk gets a salary drop after a T56 finish in Puntacana, but the Canadian actually played really well on Thursday and Friday before failing to break par over the weekend. He gets a boost here on Bermuda (he ranks 24th), and he's currently riding a streak of seven consecutive made cuts.

Henrik Norlander ($6,700 | +10000) - Norlander comes at a discount this week thanks to three straight missed cuts, and we'll be happy to buy low with him back on Bermuda. He is 17th in approach and 22nd tee to green, good enough in this range.

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