The PGA Championship begins on Thursday, and some of the biggest names in all of the PGA Tour are entered to compete. This promises to be one of the toughest weekends of the year if you are putting together a daily fantasy golf team, so you will need to take steps to give yourself an edge over the competition. If you’re looking for ideas, take a look at our analysis below. We looked at the top five ranked golfers on DraftKings and outlined their strengths and weaknesses for you. Hopefully, this will help you put together a strong team of your own so you can take home the league trophy.
Jordan Spieth: Spieth is the top ranked golfer in this field with a salary of $12,000. He has made 14 of 17 cuts and has an average stroke count of 69.4 per round. He has made the top ten on 8 occasions, and has 3 wins. Plus, he finished T13 last weekend, after two wins in a row. This shows us that Spieth is in the best shape of his life, and will definitely be competitive in this field. The drawback is that he’s expensive. While he’s going to produce, there are plenty of other golfers out there that have similar expectations when it comes to fantasy points, but are a bit cheaper. We like Spieth, but we’re passing on him this time around.
Rory McIlroy: McIlroy finished T5 this past weekend, after a T4 finish at the Open Championship. He’s on a roll right now, and his statistics are very strong. He’s made 8 of 11 cuts this season, and has made the top ten 6 times. He hasn’t collected a win yet this year, but he remains a top ten threat each tournament. His average stroke count of 69.7 is one of the most competitive in the field. While McIlroy has struggled this season, he looks like he has set all of that behind him. His salary of $11,800 makes him the second most expensive golfer in the field, but he remains a slightly cheaper alternative to Spieth if you are trying to find someone with the same potential, but at a discount.
Dustin Johnson: Johnson was one of the most consistent golfers from a fantasy perspective for the first portion of the year, but he has fallen a bit recently. He finished T17 last weekend, but at the Open Championship he finished T54, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open before that. While he’s still a competitive golfer, he’s not performing at the level that he should for the $11,400 salary that he’s been assigned. Still, he’s made 12 of 15 cuts this season, has 8 top tens, and 2 wins. But for now, he’s not showing the consistency necessary to warrant the price tag.
Rickie Fowler: Fowler’s price tag stands at $10,700. He has made 15 of 17 cuts, has made the top ten 9 times, and has a win. He is one of the most consistent at making the cut and placing high on the finish board in the whole field, but his average stroke count is a bit high at 70.0. He’s a strong choice, but not the best value in the field.
Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama has one of the best records on paper in the entire field. He has made 14 out of 15 cuts this season, has a stroke count average of 69.7 per round, and has made the top ten on 5 different occasions. His average fantasy point contribution per tournament currently stands at 87.4, ranking him even higher than Spieth in this last category. Better yet, of all the golfers listed here, Matsuyama is the cheapest at $10,500. His win last weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational came as a shock to some, but his statistics have been strong the entire season. It was only a matter of time before a huge win came. And even though there are some big names that he’ll be facing this weekend, he has shown that he’s more than competitive against the best in the world. Of the top tier golfers, he’s the best value pick here.