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Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Sanderson Farms Championship

Sam Burns could be set up to dominate the swing season. Should we be building around him on FanDuel this week?

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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.

Key Stats for the Fortinet Championship at Silverado Resort and Spa (North)

- Driving Distance
- Strokes Gained: Approach
- Strokes Gained: Off the Tee
- Birdie or Better Rate
- Strokes Gained: Putting on Bermuda

For a more detailed breakdown on the course, check out my course primer.

Daily Fantasy Golfer Picks for the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson

All stats cited below originate at FantasyNational. Strokes gained data includes stats from the past calendar year and is adjusted based on my field strength and recency tweaks. Putting surface splits also come from FantasyNational and include the past 50 rounds when possible -- unless noted. All ranks and percentile ranks are among the field.

Best of the Best

Sam Burns (FanDuel Salary: $11,900 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +1800) - Burns has two of the mega checks on the list this week: driving distance and bermuda putting. That puts him at the top of the betting odds and near the top of my win simulations. He ranks in the 90th percentile in adjusted tee-to-green play over the past year and in approach overall while ranking as a 97th-percentile putter. He's in the 99th percentile in bermuda putting.

Corey Conners ($11,500 | +2400) - Conners' length isn't a plus (30th percentile), and the bermuda putting is an active negative (-0.28 strokes per round over the past 100 on the surface). The positive is that he's in the 99th percentile in opportunities gained and in the 83rd percentile in birdie-or-better rate gained. That's because he ranks in the 99th percentile in ball-striking over the past year.

Others to Consider:
Charley Hoffman ($11,200 | +3600) - Has field-leading birdie numbers and in the 88th percentile in distance gained with 85th percentile bermuda putting.
Cameron Tringale ($11,000 | +3600) - Just field-average length but 77th percentile bermuda putting and 77th percentile ball-striking.
Carlos Ortiz ($10,100 | +3300) - Undersalaried most likely as a course stud and 83rd percentile ball-striking.

Mid-Range Picks

Aaron Wise ($9,900 | +6000) - Wise has the potential to be the best golfer in this field, and the fit is right for him to flash -- aside from the putting (which is never the case for him). Wise ranks in the 97th percentile in birdies gained, stemming from 89th-percentile ball-striking and 68th-percentile distance.

Chris Kirk ($9,100 | +9000) - The field drops off again after the $9,700 range, but Kirk is part of the $9,000 tier worth considering. He's more of a bogey avoided than a birdie-maker and isn't particularly long (24th percentile). However, he's still got baseline putting on bermuda and is ultimately in the 87th percentile in strokes gained: tee to green.

Others to Consider:
Emiliano Grillo ($9,800 | +6000) - Always worried about putting, but it's better on bermuda (-0.11 strokes per round); 90th-percentile irons.
Patton Kizzire ($9,700 | +7000) - Has 99th-percentile bermuda putting and positive distance against the field.
Doug Ghim ($9,300 | +7500) - Path to upside: 89th-percentile tee-to-green. Path to downside: 6th-percentile bermuda putting.

Low-Salaried Picks

Taylor Moore ($7,000 | +10000) - So, there's always risk with going all-in on a golfer because of the ability to miss the cut. Golf is a high-variance sport. It just is. However, Taylor Moore ranks in the 92nd percentile in my long-term adjusted strokes gained model against this field but is listed at minimum salary. Moore possesses positive distance but missed the cut at the Fortinet Championship due mostly to horrid putting. Prior to that, he had a win and six total top-10s in seven Korn Ferry Tour events.

Chad Ramey ($8,800 | +13000) - Ramey is a similar situation. He ended the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour season with four straight top-20 finishes, including an 11th at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Ramey was just 125th in distance, falling 7.4 yards shy of the Tour average last season, but he's not prohibitively short. He's a way to differentiate while trusting the chalk at the top of the field.

Others to Consider:
Lanto Griffin ($8,900 | +13000) - Easily one of the best below $9,000 and is in the 78th percentile or better in distance and bermuda putting.
Lucas Herbert ($8,700 | +8000) - Should gain distance and strokes with the putter here in combination with good irons.
Stephan Jaeger ($8,800 | +15000) - Not the best course fit but a good overall player for the salary.
Alex Smalley ($7,900 | +15000) - Early returns (six rounds) are great on bermuda; distance stabilizing around the field median, too.