DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES
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 CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES.
|Key Stats for the CJ Cup at The Club at Nine Bridges|
|Strokes Gained: Tee to Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Birdies or Better Gained|
|Strokes Gained: Par 5s|
|Strokes Gained: Par 4s (350-450 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.
Justin Thomas (DraftKings Price: $11,700 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +650) - Wait, what? Thomas leapfrogs the No. 1 player in the world as the favorite in his first action of the 2019-20 season. Not that Thomas isn't deserving -- he is first in both birdies or better gained and strokes gained: tee to green, and he's fourth in approach. It doesn't stop there, as he is 1st on par 5s and 6th and 13th in the two key par 4 ranges. As we covered in the primer, we are looking for well-rounded golfers with proven ability to win. Thomas is a former major winner and FedEx Cup champion who picked up some more hardware recently at the BMW Championship.
Brooks Koepka ($11,400 | +850) - The defending champion and current World No. 1, Koepka is a logical choice despite coming off a missed cut at the Shriners. He is first in total strokes gained, second in birdies or better gained, sixth in strokes gained: tee to green, and eighth in approach. He is 1st on all par 4s, and has splits of 4th (350-400 yards) and 15th (400-450) in the key ranges this week. Koepka's A game is just about the best in the world, and in a field like this, he is a massive value in the confines of DraftKings pricing at anything less than $13,000. That he is not the highest priced golfer and within $2k of a couple rookies makes him the best value on the board.
Viktor Hovland ($10,500 | +2000) - And speaking of one of those rookies -- consider Hovland as a top tier play this week alongside two former major champions. The young Norwegian is the only one of the big three stud rookies -- along with Collin Morikawa ($10,000 | +2200) and Matthew Wolff ($8,800 | +4000) -- yet to find the winner's circle on the PGA Tour. That he is the highest regarded despite the lack of hardware comes as no surprise given his stellar ballstriking and elite stats. Hovland is third in both strokes gained: tee to green and strokes gained: approach, and he is sixth in birdies or better gained.
Gary Woodland ($9,400 | +2200) - Surely the defending U.S. Open champion and last year's CJ CUP runner-up will be scratching his head if he brings up the FanDuel Sportsbook or DraftKings contest lobby this week. Woodland will hope to get his 2019-20 season on track after starting his season with a T55 at the Shriners. He came out hot last year, posting three consecutive top-10s right out of the gate -- including the aforementioned second at Nine Bridges. Woody slowed down significantly after winning his first major title, with a T15 in the small field TOUR Championship -- his only finish inside the top-30 since the U.S. Open. Despite the poor recent form, he is still a strong play in this field and ranks 13th in approach and 14th in strokes gained: tee to green and birdies or better gained. He dominates short par 4s, ranking second in the field in the 350-400 range.
Cameron Smith ($9,000 | +3300) - Smith is a bit of a backflip this week from the normal profile. He's just 53rd in strokes gained: tee to green and 61st in approach, but he's been white hot with the putter the last two times out on bentgrass, gaining 7.1 strokes putting at the Shriners and 4.2 strokes at The Greenbrier. He's shown a liking to this layout, with finishes of T7 last year and T3 in the inaugural CJ CUP. The ballstriking is on the rise -- he's up to 29th in approach in the last 12 rounds without any slippage in his short game.
Joaquin Niemann ($8,700 | +3300) - Like Woodland, Niemann lost steam following his breakthrough win, as the 20-year-old finished T55 and MC in the follow-ups to his win at The Greenbrier. He's only worth rostering on bentgrass greens until he proves otherwise, and he'll be pleased to find them here. He was T36 last year and struck the ball poorly. Niemann has not generally warranted consideration in a top-heavy field like this over his career, but he can follow in the Woodland and Thomas mold of elite ballstrikers who shine here. The heavy price and back-to-back poor finishes should keep his ownership in check this week.
Chez Reavie ($8,300 | +5000) - Reavie is a great fit for Nine Bridges, as his lack of distance off the tee doesn't hurt him, and the approach game can really shine. He handles short par 4s exceptionally, ranking 3rd in the 350-400 yard segment and 10th in 400-450. He is 5th in strokes gained: approach, 10th in birdies or better gained, and 11th in strokes gained: tee to green. In the same vein as Woodland and Niemann, he was a winner on Tour in the past few months and has mostly struggled since, but this is a get right spot where he could fly under the radar.
Low Priced Options
Corey Conners ($7,800 | +5000) - Ballstriking, ballstriking, ballstriking. Conners is one of the best pure flushers on Tour, ranking third in strokes gained: off the tee and seventh in strokes gained: approach. He is another winner on Tour who made it through the full FedEx Cup Playoff last year and has perhaps not so sneakily strung together six top-30 finishes in his last seven starts. A T13 last time out at the Safeway Open, where he gained 8.2 strokes tee to green, can give us confidence that the form is just fine heading to Korea.
Ryan Moore ($7,500 | +6500) - Moore is another elite iron player with a light recent schedule but solid finishes the last few times out. He's been T18 or better in three of his last five starts, and he ranks sixth in strokes gained: approach in this field. He has played his best golf in the fall over his career and particularly in Asia. He twice won the now-defunct CIMB Classic in Malaysia and had two other top-10s at TPC Kuala Lumpur. He had a forgettable debut at Nine Bridges last year, with a 61st in his debut. He's been solid on short par 4s, ranking inside the top-25 in both ranges.
Scott Piercy ($7,400 | +7000) - Piercy has putted horribly the last few times out, losing 5.0, 4.9, and 1.8 strokes with the flat stick in his last three events. It took a herculean effort with the irons at The Greenbrier to sneak into the top-20, and he had no such good fortune at either the Safeway Open (T67 thanks to a third round 80) or the Shriners (MC). The putting cannot be relied upon but should regress to the mean after three poor weeks. He's 21st in strokes gained: tee to green, 22nd in approach, 19th on par 4s from 400-450 yards and 26th on par 4s from 350-400 yards. He was fifth here last year.
Ryan Palmer ($7,200 | +10000) - A Sunday charge up the leaderboard gave Palmer a T3 finish on the back of a sparkling 62. Had Koepka and Woodland not pulled off terrific rounds (64 and 63, respectively), Palmer's early number might have held up. Such fond memories will surely guide him this week, and he found life with his irons at the Shriners, gaining 4.8 strokes via approaches but undone with the putter (-1.8 strokes). Compared to some the dredge in the $6k's, $7,200 for Palmer's upside looks like great value to fill out a stars and scrubs constructions.
Matt Jones ($6,500 | +13000) - Withdrawals at the Houston Open and Sanderson Farms Championship will sour many on Jones, who was $9,100 last week in Texas and sees one of the most significant price drops in the field. He can hardly be blamed for cutting bait to travel across the world for THE CJ CUP, but he's traveled all this way, and we'd be surprised to see him fail to complete all four rounds this week. He's got a T29 and T10 to his name the last two events he's finished, and while the ballstriking is not where we want it to be, he has found a way to score. He ranks 1st in strokes gained: par 5s and is 11th (350-400) and 18th (400-450) in the key par 4 segments.
Kyoung-Hoon Lee ($6,300 | +21000) - The six straight missed cuts on the PGA Tour will surely cause some to cover their eyes, but K.H. bounced back with a T9 on the Korean Tour last week at the Genesis Championship. His countryman Sungjae Im ($9,700 | +2200) won the title, but any kind of form for Lee could be a key to confidence with his irons. He showed in small samples last year that he could catch fire and hold his own on Tour.
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