This week is the Wyndham Championship, and the PGA Tour is as hot as it gets right now. Coming off of a big tournament, you can expect the amount of people playing daily fantasy golf to decline, but the average skill level of those playing is likely going to go up a little bit. If you are thinking of putting together a team, it’s going to be a tough week to dominate the field. That’s why we’ve put together this analysis for you. A strong fantasy team revolves around top talent at a great value. With this, we’ve taken a look at some of the top golfer in the field and we’ll let you know here whether they are a strong pick, or someone you should fade.
Henrik Stenson: Stenson is the top ranked golfer in this field, and there are zero surprises with this. He’s the only golfer with an average stroke count under 70 (69.9) in the field, and right away, that is a clue that you should be focusing on him. Yes, he’s the most expensive golfer at DraftKings with his $11,500 salary, but even this is pretty low considering all things. The high salary is likely to turn off some fantasy managers, but proper money management with the rest of your roster will make drafting Stenson worthwhile.
Jason Dufner: Dufner has had a surprisingly strong season, but this week he looks a little outclassed. He’s ranked third in the field with a salary of $10,400, but his stats don’t support such a high price. Yes, he’s made 14 of 18 cuts, but only has 1 top ten finish. In this field, a top ten is a bit more likely, especially after making the cut at both the Open and the PGA Championship, but he’s still too expensive and too much of a risk in this field. His average stroke count per round of 70.5 should stand as evidence of this.
Kevin Kisner: Kisner had a strong showing at the PGA Championship, where he finished T7. His salary of $11,300 reflects this. The question everyone should be asking is: is he worth it? We think he is, but that doesn’t mean you should draft him. For example, Stenson is worth about $300-$500 more than his actual salary reflects, and it’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to draft both of these golfers. If you have to choose one or the other, we stand by Stenson, but can easily see why the extra $200 in salary will motivate you to draft Kisner. This is going to be a hard choice for many, but Stenson is a slightly higher value golfer here.
Bill Haas: Haas might be ranked number four in this field according to DraftKings, but he’s probably worth avoiding—mainly because he is ranked so highly. Normally, he could be a decent addition to most any roster, but with a salary of $10,200, he is far too expensive, even considering the field that he’s competing against. He’s made 13 of 17 cuts, which is very strong, but his average fantasy point total of 56.1 is much lower than what you should be aiming for here. Also, his stroke count per round stands at 70.5, which although competitive, is not great considering that he’s ranked so highly. He’s likely to make the cut, but you’re not likely to get your money’s worth out of him.
Webb Simpson: Of the three golfers listed above Simpson here, Simpson has the lowest average stroke count by 0.1 per round. He’s also a bit cheaper at $10,000. That might be an impetus for some people to draft him, but it’s important to pay attention to his other stats before you make a decision. He’s made 14 of 18 cuts and has 3 top ten finishes—which is more than Dufner and Haas combined. If you weren’t sure about Simpson as your number two choice before, this should be plenty of evidence to draft him.