Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the John Deere Classic
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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.
|Key Stats for The John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Proximity to the Hole|
|Birdie or Better Rate|
|Greens in Regulation|
For more information on why we're focused on these stats, check out our course primer.
Stats cited below come from FantasyGolfMetrics and include the past 50 rounds on the PGA Tour. Ranks are among the field with at least 10 rounds in that span.
Best of the Best
Bryson DeChambeau (FanDuel Price: $12,100) - DeChambeau, last year's winner, grades out as a great fit at TPC Deere Run. Over the past 50 rounds on tour, he ranks fifth in this field in strokes gained: tee to green and eighth in approach. He's also 5th in birdie or better rate, 11th in greens in regulation, and 15th in scrambling. Francesco Molinari is blazing hot right now, with two wins and a second in his past four events, but DeChambeau is looking stellar on his own. Don't take this as a recommendation to fade Molinari entirely.
Joaquin Niemann ($11,400) - Niemann probably has the best stat profile entering this week's event, based on our key stats. He's third in strokes gained: tee to green and approach, plus third in greens in regulation and first in birdie or better rate. Niemann has four top-20 finishes and three top-10 finishes in his past five events.
Ryan Moore ($11,000) - Moore has good course form at TPC Deere Run, including a win in 2016. Prior to that, he was 24th, 7th, 22nd, and 8th. He did miss the cut last season, yet he enters ranking first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green and second in approach. He's fourth in greens in regulation and second in scrambling. He profiles as a safe option with those stats, but he is just 53rd in birdie or better rate, so he may be better suited for cash games than tournaments.
Chris Kirk ($10,400) - There really isn't much of a middle range this week, so I'm going to write up Kirk here. Kirk's approach game is hot enough right now (25th) that we should be okay rostering him. That's because he's 4th in scrambling, 2nd in proximity, and 10th in birdie or better rate over the past 50 rounds. He's had a bit of a layoff and hasn't played in a month, but he's been at TPC Deere Run five times, finishing 22nd, 30th, 22nd, cut, and 60th. Like Moore, he may be better suited for cash games, but a top-25 performance at $10,400 is never bad.
Andrew Putnam ($10,300) - Putnam ranks 18th tee to green and 16th in approach, plus 6th in greens in regulation and 3rd in scrambling. The issue is scoring, as he's 67th in birdie rate and 114th in proximity. But eventually those aforementioned stats should lead to better birdie chances, and eventually he'll convert. (Right?)
Corey Conners ($9,200) - Pretty big pricing jump here, but we're forced to. Connors ranks 8th in tee to green and 10th in approach strokes gained over the past 50 rounds. He's also 14th in greens in regulation and 31st in birdie or better rate. He's never played here before, but that shouldn't matter much. Conners has made seven of his past eight possible cuts -- but just one of those was a top-25 finish.
Joel Dahmen ($9,000) - Dahmen is a nice bargain this week. He ranks 10th in strokes gained: tee to green and 4th in approach. He's also top-20 in birdie or better and greens in regulation over the past 50 rounds on tour. Dahmen has five top-25s in his past seven events. The others were missed cuts -- and he missed the cut here last year -- but he's golfing well right now.
Kevin Streelman ($8,900) - Streelman is never super fun to roster, but the stats are there. He's 9th tee to green, 5th in approach, 9th in greens in regulation, and 3rd in proximity, to go along with a usable 44th in birdie or better rate. Streelman has two 8th-place outings here (2009 and 2012), and two 44th-place finishes (2013 and 2017). He also has three missed cuts.
Vaughn Taylor ($8,700) - Taylor probably won't move the needle a lot, but he does have three top-25s here in the past. He's decent across the board, ranking 22nd in approach, 12th in birdie or better rate, 27th in greens in regulation, 45th in scrambling, and 13th in proximity. In a field like this, you can take chances, and Taylor at least has a track record here to pair with the promising stats profile.
Ben Crane ($8,600) - Crane bookended a 13th-place outing with missed cuts over the past month, but he's played here in five of the past six years. He's got two missed cuts in there but also a 13th, 37th, and 25th (last year). He's 8th in birdie rate and 25th in proximity, meaning he could score well again. He's also a usable 34th in approach play over the past 50 rounds.
Aaron Wise ($8,500) - Wise's player card shows that he's made just 11 of 21 cuts, so that's worrisome. He's also missed four straight cuts. But right before those cuts, he finished second and first. This field is pretty bleak, and betting on Wise's upside could pay off. He's 15th in approach, 3rd in birdie rate, and 19th in greens in regulation.
Bronson Burgoon ($8,000) - Burgoon's player card shows just 8 of 18 made cuts, so yeah. But Burgoon ranks 17th in approach and top-35 in birdie rate and greens in regulation. He's also 40th in scrambling. He's got a 6th and a 30th entering this week, and in his only try at this course two years ago, he finished 47th.