DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Sanderson Farms Championship
Daily fantasy golf requires a new approach for each and every event.
The course and field change week after week, making no two contests alike. That means you need to refine your approach for each PGA Tour event to try to find golfers who are primed to excel for your daily fantasy golf lineups.
Each week, we have a course primer, and our daily fantasy golf projections and lineup builder can help you get started, but these golfers stand out specifically on DraftKings for the Sanderson Farms Championship at Country Club of Jackson.
|Key Stats for the Sanderson Farms Championship at CC of Jackson|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Birdies or Better Gained|
|Strokes Gained: Par 5s|
|Strokes Gained: Par 4s (400-450 yards)|
Let's get to the picks. For details on why these stats stand out this week, check out the course primer.
Stats are from Fantasy National Golf Club and are for golfers in the field over the last 50 rounds, unless otherwise noted.
Joaquin Niemann (DraftKings Price: $11,300 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: 12/1) - The Greenbrier champion will tee it up again this week for his Sanderson Farms debut. You'll forgive him if he suffers any lack of focus coming off his first PGA Tour, and even worse is the return to dreaded bermuda. Besides the greens Niemann looks like the man to beat this week -- third in both strokes gained: tee to green and birdies or better gained, fourth in strokes gained approach, and sixth in greens in regulation gained. He should be set up well on the scoring holes, as he is 1st in strokes gained on par 4s between 400-450 yards, and he is 11th on par 5s. A $1,600 price bump and his name as the highest priced golfer on DraftKings could give some pause, but especially in tournament contests, Niemann can be rostered with confidence.
Byeong-Hun An ($10,000 | 22) - The top of the market looks a lot like last week, as An assumes his rightful place in this article. Benny actually lost strokes with his approaches last week, a rare example of losing in consecutive events as he lost at the BMW Championship as well. He got back on the right side in his Sunday round, but all in all, it was a lost week and a T47 finish for the South Korean. Last season two poor putters finished at the top of the leaderboard, and An will hope to continue the trend of poor putters overperforming on these greens. Otherwise, he is locked and loaded -- 1st in strokes gained: tee to green, 2nd in scrambling, 8th in approach, and 10th on par 4s (400-450 yards).
Scottie Scheffler ($9,900 | 22) - First Matthew Wolff got his win, then Collin Morikawa, and now Niemann gets his. Viktor Hovland and Scheffler will be racing to the podium from here on out, as this collection of young ball-strikers looks to be the cream of the crop for the next generation along with reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Sungjae Im ($10,500 | 20). Scheffler was the top golfer on the Korn Ferry Tour last year, and he wasted no time getting to work on the PGA Tour with a T7 at the Greenbrier. In this field, he ranks 4th in strokes gained: approach, 8th in greens in regulation gained, 11th on par 5s, and 18th in birdies or better gained in his 36 PGA rounds.
Emiliano Grillo ($9,400 | 40) - Grillo may seem like old hat compared to the young up and comers, but he is only 27 and has top 15 seasons in strokes gained: tee to green (2019) and strokes gained: putting (2018). He was clueless on the greens last year, somehow following up a 10th in putting in 2018 with a 185th (that's out of 188!) in 2019. That is about as wide a range of outcomes as can be, making Grillo a tantalizing option on DraftKings just about every time he tees it up. Country Club of Jackson's narrow fairways suits him, as he ranks ninth over his last 50 rounds in fairways gained. Once on the short grass, he is among the best in the field with his irons -- he ranks first in strokes gained: approach and is top 25 on both the par 4 target range of 400-450 yards and overall par 5s.
Vaughn Taylor ($9,300 | 42) - It will be startling to some to see the number next to Taylor's name this week, but he sported some great form to end the year. Ten straight made cuts with half of those finishing T16 or better is quite the accomplishment, and most impressively is how well rounded his game is right now. Taylor is not going to hit the ball a mile, but he is 21st in fairways gained, 12th in strokes gained: approach, 3rd in scrambling gained, and 9th in putting. That's about as solid all-around form as you're like to find.
Aaron Wise ($8,500 | 48) - Another erstwhile young stud, the 2018 Rookie of the Year had a 2019 to forget with the high point a T17 at Augusta that only serves to highlight that he had just one top 20 between then and the end of the year. He was solid in the swing season, however, posting finishes of T15 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and T10 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Wise is first in both birdies or better gained and strokes gained: par 5s, and he is eighth in greens in regulation gained. With so many shiny new toys at the top of the leaderboard, Wise could go overlooked as a midrange option with upside to burn.
Nick Taylor ($8,300 | 60) - Taylor gets the course history price bump from DraftKings, but it doesn't look like Vegas believes he can go all the way. He won the event in 2014 (2015 season), and since then has played the course three times and finished in the 20s each time. His best event last year was THE PLAYERS, where he finished T16. TPC Sawgrass popped up as a comparison course this week, so while some in the community may feel like course history is dead, there is no denying Taylor sees something he likes here. If he looks popular this week, pivoting up to Wise or down to our next golfer should be a strong leverage opportunity.
Kyle Stanley ($8,100 | 55) - Like Wise, Stanley is a former winner on Tour and could fall by the wayside if DFS players opt for the Niemann and/or a loaded 9k range and fill out their rosters with golfers below $8,000. He has just two appearances at the Country Club of Jackson, missing the cut in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He is 4th in fairways gained, 10th in greens in regulation gained, 14th in strokes gained: approach, and 29th in birdies or better gained. He does well on the hole layouts we want as well - 9th on par 5s and 23rd on par 4s (400-450) yards. Stanley does everything we want here -- he keeps the ball in the fairway, targets the greens, and takes advantage of his birdie chances.
Low Priced Options
Kevin Streelman ($7,900 | 60) - Streelman's long term stats are solid -- 6th in approach, 15th on par 4s (400-450 yards), 25th in birdies or better gained, and 38th in fairways gained. He let us down with a missed cut on the number last week at the Greenbrier, but a deeper dive into his stats show he was flashing some elite ball-striking in spurts but just couldn't put a complete performance together either round. In round 1 he managed just 57.14% driving accuracy but hit greens at a clip of 88.89%. Round 2 was a different beast entirely, as he bounced back with 85.71% accuracy off the tee and a 72.22% greens in regulation rate.
Jason Dufner ($7,500 | 80) - Dufner had a couple of good spots toward the end of last year that he failed to deliver on, and a swing season event coming off a few weeks rest could get the former major winner back on track. Duf is 4th in greens in regulation gained, 12th in fairways gained, 15th in strokes gained: tee to green, and 29th in approach. He popped for a fourth-place finish at the Wells Fargo Championship last year, and Quail Hollow ranks as a well-correlated comparison course.
Sepp Straka ($7,200 | 90) - Straka was another bubble boy at the Greenbrier, and a disastrous 7 on the par 4 14th on Thursday proved too big a setback to overcome even with a Friday 66. He is 2nd in birdies or better gained, 9th on par 4s (400-450 yards), and 18th in strokes gained: approach. He'll rely on his putter for a high finish, but Straka has been knocking on the door for a top 10 finish the past few months and he is running out of opportunities. This week presents a good one.
Joseph Bramlett ($7,100 | 90) - Bramlett was a terrific story last week that was overshadowed by Kevin Chappell's 59 and Niemann's first victory, but a T14 in his first action in over four years treating recovering from a back injury is pretty impressive. He will get another bite of the apple this week. He gained with the putter in all four rounds last week and was positive on approach in all but the final round.
Hank Lebioda ($6,800 | 80) - Lebioda is a solid ball-striker who can't quite put it all together consistently. He is 9th in strokes gained: tee to green and birdies or better gained,18th on par 5s, and 20th in approach. Lebioda is looking for the first top 10 of his career and will avenge a missed cut on the number here last season with his best career finish.
Henrik Norlander ($6,500 | 150) - Norlander was boom or bust on the Korn Ferry Tour, with most of his finishes either inside the top 25 or a missed cut. In limited PGA action, he's shown a solid ball-striking profile, and he's played the RSM Classic each of the past three years with a runner up finish in fall 2016. The Sea Island courses were two comparable venues to CC of Jackson, and we'll see how the Swede performs off a missed cut hoping to show he belongs on the PGA Tour.
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