Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the Waste Management Phoenix Open
By now, you've probably dabbled in daily fantasy sports, but if not, don't worry. Now is a great time to start, especially with FanDuel now offering a revamped version of PGA golf.
Golf can be one of the most exciting DFS sports to follow, as tournaments span four days and allow ample time to prepare each week, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the basics of building a lineup on FanDuel, the scoring setup, and advanced stats to know about the PGA.
But whether you're brand new to the PGA or daily fantasy sports in general, we have you covered.
Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
Strokes gained: tee to green and strokes gained: putting always help identify some of the field's best options, but here are the most important stats to seek this week.
|Key Stats for the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale|
|Strokes Gained: Off the Tee|
|Strokes Gained: Around the Green|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
For more on why these are the key stats this week, check out our course primer.
Best of the Best
Hideki Matsuyama (FanDuel Price: $12,400 | bet365 Win Odds: 9/1) - Pretty much all the big guns are in play this week, starting with Hideki and including Jordan Spieth ($12,500 and 9/1) and Rickie Fowler ($11,900 and 14/1). But neither of those two are defending champs at TPC Scottsdale like Matsuyama is. Hideki has two other top-fours here in the past four years. And in his past six events Matsuyama has four top-five finishes. Per FantasyGolfMetrics, Hideki is 16th in birdie or better rate and 19th in scrambling over the past 12 events. And we know he has the distance to contend here again.
Jon Rahm ($12,100 | 9) - Rahm's recent form is hot, with a win, 2nd, win, and 29th in his past four events. Rahm's two tries at TPC Scottsdale yielded a 16th last year and a 5th in 2015. Rahm ranks first in strokes gained: off the tee and eighth around the green at TPC Scottsdale, per FantasyGolfMetrics. He's also first off the tee and second in birdie rate over the past 12 events.
Webb Simpson ($11,100 | 33) - Simpson is a course horse, and his past five here include four top 10s (8th in 2011 and 2012, 10th in 2014, 14th in 2016, and 2nd in 2017). Simpson also has posted a 4th at the Sony Open and a 36th at the CareerBuilder this calendar year. Since the Safeway, he's 15th in strokes gained: off the tee and 5th in scrambling.
Daniel Berger ($10,800 | 40) - Berger has two top-10 finishes here in the past three years (7th in 2015, 58th in 2016, and 10th in 2017). The recent form suggests he could do it again, as he enters with three consecutive top-15s. Berger's distance off the tee puts him in contention here, and he's 23rd in strokes gained: off the tee in the past 12 weeks.
Zach Johnson ($10,600 | 50) - ZJ has some spread out form here, but his past five were all top 25s. That includes a 12th in 2009 and a 24th in 2010, followed up by a 10th, 14th, and 12th the past three years. He also has six straight top-25 finishes. Since the Safeway, Johnson is 12th in tee-to-green play, 6th in birdie or better rate, and 11th in scrambling, too.
Brendan Steele ($9,600 | 50) - Steele's stat profile is on point of late: 14th tee to green, 8th off the tee, 9th in birdie or better rate, and 18th in scrambling in the past 12 weeks. He won the Safeway, of course, and has four top 30s since. And at TPC Scottsdale, Steele has finished 5th, 6th, 6th, 26th, 17th, and 16th since 2012.
Ryan Palmer ($9,300 | 70) - Palmer is back inside the top 100 of the OWGR for the first time since May, thanks to a T2 at the Farmers Insurance Open last week, after a T20 at the CareerBuilder. He's played Scottsdale 10 times in the past 12 years, and since 2013, he was 5th, 48th, 2nd, 24th, and cut. He's not a safe option, but the upside is certainly there. He's top-10 in the past 12 weeks in strokes gained: tee to green and off the tee, birdie or better rate, scrambling, and driving distance.
Cameron Smith ($9,200 | 66) - Smith is top 20 in birdie or better rate and scrambling in the past 12 weeks. His course form isn't stellar: cut and 42nd the past two years. Smith's got eight straight top-20 finishes, including a win at the Australian PGA in recent weeks. Statistically, he hasn't shown many holes in his game that could spell trouble for him this week.
Kevin Streelman ($8,600 | 100) - Streelman's putting is never anything to get excited about, but he's 7th in strokes gained: tee to green and 6th off the tee (39th around the green) in recent weeks. But he's 3rd in scrambling to make up for the modest ranking around the green, and he's long enough off the tee to compete here. You wouldn't know it by the results here: four missed cuts in nine tries with a top showing of 30th in 2015.
Brandon Harkins ($8,600 | 125) - Harkins is 22nd in birdie or better rate since the PGA Tour season flipped to 2017-18, so he can put up some fantasy points even if he doesn't contend. But he's also 28th in scrambling and 33rd in distance, a good recipe here. Further, Harkins was 9th at the Safeway to start the season, cut at the Sanderson Farms and then 20th, 25th, 49th, 25th, 8th, and 12th. That gives him three straight top 25s and five top 25s in his past six, including three straight weeks of action.
Harris English ($8,500 | 55) - The odds suggest English is too cheap, so expect him to be a popular value pick. English is 26th in play around the green and 24th in distance over the past 12 events. He enters having played in three straight weeks, with improving results: 64th, 11th, 8th. And as for TPC Scottsdale, he's played it six straight years, alternating top 15s with weaker finishes: 15th, 57th, 9th, 40th, 3rd, 57th.