This weekend is the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas. Coming the week after a big tournament like The Players Championship, it can be tricky to select a strong daily fantasy golf team. But don’t worry; we’re here to help you. If you’re looking to dominate your league this weekend, be sure to read over our analysis so that you have all the info you need to be a contender.
Dustin Johnson: It would be foolish of us to count Johnson out this weekend. He had a strong finish at The Players Championship despite his less than impressive start. This is indicative of a strong chance of finishing in the top ten against weaker competition. The problem with Johnson is that because he’s one of the best golfers in the world, he’s expensive. At DraftKings, his price tag stands at $12,500. However, Johnson has made 8 of 9 cuts, and has made the top ten 7 times. If you’re going to spend a lot, Johnson is the one to spend a lot on. In a field like this, he stands to do a lot of damage. However, because he is so expensive, the rest of your roster is going to suffer. Unfortunately, if you do draft Johnson, there will need to be many tradeoffs. Drafting him ends up being a judgment call on your part.
Sergio Garcia: If you don’t draft Johnson, Garcia is your next best choice. He is priced at $11,000, and has made 7 of 7 cuts. He has made the top ten in 2 of those tournaments, but much like Johnson, this is a field where he outclasses the competition. Plus, he currently has a slightly higher fantasy point average than Johnson, coming in at 90.2. Garcia doesn’t have the same high ceiling that Johnson has, but he is more consistent than Johnson. He also has an average stroke per round count of 70.0, which puts him in third overall for those entered in this weekend’s event.
Jason Day: Day is an interesting pick here. His salary of $10,100 would have made him an instant pick last year, but Day has struggled this season. He’s averaging 70.5 strokes per round and has a fantasy point per tournament average of 67.1. He’s made 6 out of 7 cuts, and has just one top ten finish. He’s a talented golfer, and is a good value if he were to perform at the level he’s capable of. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen that yet. If you do draft him, he’s a huge risk.
Louis Oosthuizen: Oosthuizen has made 8 of 8 cuts this season and has 3 top ten finishes. This in itself is impressive. But now consider the fact that he has a price tag of just $9,700 and has an average fantasy point total of 76.9 right now. That makes him one of the best performing golfers entered this weekend, with a mid-tier price tag. A T-2 finish at The Players Championship last weekend has helped to inflate his fantasy value, but he has shown that he’s capable of doing great things this season. This is the place to draft him before his price goes up too much and others start catching on.
And our top pick of the weekend…
Jordan Spieth: We’re pretty sure that Spieth is the best choice you will make for your fantasy team this weekend. He is comparable to Johnson in strokes per round at 69.5, and close to Garcia in fantasy points per tournament with his 84.6. Plus, he’s cheaper than both of them at $10,800. He’s made 8 of 10 cuts and has 5 top ten finishes. Spieth has shown that he’s capable of greatness, even if he hasn’t had the best last couple seasons. But he’s off to a better start this season than he had last year, and he looks like the best value pick for the top of your roster if he stays focused.