DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: RSM Classic
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 RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club
|Key Stats for the RSM Classic at Sea Island GC|
|Strokes Gained: Approach|
|Birdies or Better Gained|
|Strokes Gained: Par 5s|
|Strokes Gained: Par 4s under 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.
Webb Simpson (DraftKings Salary: $11,200 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +1000) - Simpson is one of 40 players to hang around Georgia after The Masters and join the field this week, and after a T10 finish, he now has just three results worse than T17 since play resumed after the COVID layoff. Simpson is 5th in birdies or better gained, 10th in strokes gained: tee-to-green, and 27th in strokes gained: approach. He has a solid par 4 profile, ranking 10th in the field in a blended model that equally weights par 4s overall, par 4s between 350-400 yards, and par 4s between 400-450 yards.
Tyrrell Hatton ($10,400 | +1800) - Hatton missed the cut at The Masters, just his third MC in the past 14 months. Frustratingly, those three events were the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open, and The Masters. He has otherwise been excellent in that span, a stretch of 21 events that include 3 wins and 11 other top-20 finishes. Look for Hatton to bounce back here in another non-major. He ranks first in birdies or better gained, third overall on par 4s, fourth in strokes gained: approach, and sixth in strokes gained: tee-to-green. This will be his first time at Sea Island, though presumably, he had extra time to familiarize himself with it over the weekend.
Russell Henley ($10,100 | +2700) - One of the truly strange shifts in Henley's career is out far the pendulum has swung away from putting and toward ballstriking. Henley had a well-earned reputation as an elite roller back in 2014-17, culminating in his win at the Shell Houston Open and a T11 finish at Augusta. He'd seen an overall form turndown in the years since, but recently has re-emerged as an incredible iron player who...can't seem to find consistency with the putter. Henley lost 2.1 strokes on approach at the RBC Heritage in his first post-COVID break event but has gained in that category in every single event since. Over those 11 events, he has five top 10s despite gaining with the putter just three times.
Sebastian Munoz ($9,000 | +3100) - Munoz faded on Sunday to finish T19 at The Masters, a 75 that included consecutive double bogeys on the sixth and seventh holes when a round of even par would have kept him inside the top 10. He made 21 birdies on the week, third-most in the field. He is heating up, ranking 41st in strokes gained: approach in the 50 round sample but 10th in just his most recent 12 rounds. That's converted to better scoring as well, as his ranks in just the more recent events moved him from 59th to 17th on par 5s and 25th to 4th in birdies or better gained.
Corey Conners ($8,900 | +3100) - Conners earned his way into The Masters in 2019 with his win the week prior at the Valero Texas Open, and after a T46 finish on debut he played much better last week, shooting 65 on Friday and ultimately finishing T10 on the week. An elite ball-striker that is often let down by his putter, we know how Conners did his damage last week even if the strokes gained stats are not available. It was his fourth top 25 finish in his last five events after a disappointing start to the new season. He ranks 3rd in strokes gained: tee-to-green, 10th in strokes gained: on par4s, and 12th in strokes gained: approach. He is solid at 22nd in our par 4 blend, highlighted by ranking 6th in the 400-450 yard bucket.
Doc Redman ($8,000 | +5500) - At the bottom of this range we can find Redman, fresh off a disastrous T61 in Houston that saw him flop as one of the highest owned players on the slate. On the bright side, he's given reason to expect he can bounce back. In his last eight events, Redman has three gained less than 2.0 strokes gained via approaches three times and followed it with a solid iron performance and a top-five finish all three times. He lost 2.6 strokes via approaches at the Houston Open, and is set up perfectly at a course with light rough to continue the trend.
Sam Burns ($7,700 | +8000) - [Editor's note: Burns has withdrawn from this event.] Burns had a bizarro event in Houston en route to a T7 finish, gaining 6.5 strokes on approaches but losing 1.5 strokes putting on his favored bermudagrass. He's back on Bermuda at Sea Island, and if the irons stay hot we can expect another strong finish. Long term he's just 60th in approach, but he does most of his damage off the tee to climb to a solid 22nd overall in strokes gained: tee-to-green. He really shines in the fantasy scoring sweet spots, ranking second on par 5s, fourth in birdies or better gained, and fifth in DraftKings scoring.
Harold Varner ($7,400 | +8000) - Like most weeks, Varner pops in our model but comes with a big "buyer beware" sign. He ranks 5th in strokes gained: approach and 13th in birdies or better gained, and looks like a particularly good fit on the par 4s. He ranks 8th overall with splits of 11th (350-400 yards) and 6th (400-450 yards). A T15 in Houston is about the best we can hope for, as Varner has just two top 10s in the past two full years. We'll take it at this price and he's certainly in play for cash, but the winning upside will need to come elsewhere in our lineups. Would love to be proven wrong by HV3 this week, as he's truly one of the sport's genuine good guys.
Cameron Davis ($7,200 | +10000) - David tortured DFS players his last time out, opening with a 67 to sit in second place after the first round before shooting 76, 77, and 75 the next three days. He made the cut on the number and tumbled from there, ultimately finishing 28 shots off the lead and 6 strokes worse than any other golfer that made the cut. He'd been much more reliable before that, with three top-15 finishes in his six prior events before Houston. He is first in the field in DraftKings scoring, third in birdies or better gained, and fourth on par 5s.
Kevin Streelman ($7,100 | +12000) - Streelman has been striking it well and really scoring of late. He ranks 17th in birdies or better gained and 22nd in strokes gained: approach, and he really shines on the par 4s. He is 15th overall on them, with splits of 6th in the 350-400 yard bucket and 10th in the 400-450 yards bucket.
James Hahn ($6,900 | +15000) - After limited action in the loaded fields when the PGA Tour resumed in June, Hahn started the 2020-21 season with three straight top 10s before a T50 finish in Houston. Prior to that, he gained 6.7 strokes with his approaches on his way to a T5 finish at the Shiners Hospitals for Children Open.
Cameron Percy ($6,400 | +27000) - Percy has made four straight cuts to open the new season, highlighted by a T8 in the Dominican Republic. That finish and a T26 in Bermuda don't register any strokes gained data, but Percy still rates out well in our key approach stat at 13th in the field. He's 18th in the blended par 4 ranking, with a notable 3rd in the 350-400 yard bucket.
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