DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: RBC Heritage
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 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.
|Key Stats for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links|
|Greens In Regulation Gained|
|Strokes Gained: Around the Green|
|Total Strokes Gained in Windy Conditions|
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.
Dustin Johnson (DraftKings Salary: $11,600 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +950) - DJ has found room for the Heritage on his schedule each of the last three years, though 2020 was a wonky year with a loaded field just one event removed from the pandemic layoff. He was 28th and 16th the two prior installments in the usual post-Masters slot and while this would not be atop our list of preferred layouts for Johnson we can't argue with the man himself who has made it a point to visit in now four straight years. The world No. 1 ranks first in strokes gained: tee-to-green, birdies or better gained, and greens in regulation gained, second in strokes gained: approach, third in total strokes gained in windy conditions, and ninth in strokes gained: around the green. Three straight lackluster finishes show shaky form after sustained excellence, but Johnson can be relied upon this week and hasn't missed consecutive cuts since June 2017.
Webb Simpson ($10,700 | +1300) - Whereas DJ goes off at about the same number he was offered as co-favorite last week, Simpson makes a big jump from the 40/1 range all the way to second favorite this week. The defending champion has a lot to like, as he's 1st in the field in total strokes gained in windy conditions, 4th in strokes gained: around the green, and 23rd in fairways gained. He had three straight finishes of T16 or better in the past three April editions. After missing the cut at Sawgrass Simpson got right back to his steady self with a T12 at Augusta.
Collin Morikawa ($10,000 | +1700) - Morikawa is one of the best iron players on Tour, and he ranks 1st in strokes gained: approach and 11th in greens in regulation gained. He is able to hold his own in windy conditions, ranking 7th in this field when it gets howling, and he checks off the accuracy box ranking 18th in fairways gained. Morikawa's elite iron play is built for these tiny greens, and we can largely ignore the T64 last June given how differently the course played.
Corey Conners ($9.300 | +3400) - Conners finished last week with a second Masters top 10 in just six short months, a staggering achievement for the 29-year-old Canadian. That T8 gave him four straight top-15 finishes. The chipping game is the big question mark -- he ranks 75th in strokes gained: around the green -- but everything else lines up perfectly. He is third in strokes gained: tee-to-green and birdies or better gained, fourth in greens in regulation gained, and eighth in fairways gained. Three missed cuts to his name before a T21 are cause for concern, but Conners is arriving in far better form than he did in any of those years.
Shane Lowry ($8,500 | +5000) - Lowry was 21st at the Masters, the best finish of his career at Augusta. That came just a few weeks after finishing a career-best 8th at THE PLAYERS, and an in-form Lowry is especially dangerous at a course like this that requires a magic touch like Lowry. He was third here in 2019 just a few months shy of winning The Open, and we'll take that much more seriously than a missed cut in the June free-for-all. He ranks 9th in greens in regulation gained, 10th in total strokes gained in windy conditions, and 28th in strokes gained: around the green.
Harris English ($8.400 | +5000) - Basically everyone above Lowry will carry substantial roster percentages, Conners included. With Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton (+9,500 | +2300), Paul Casey ($9,200 | +2800), Matthew Fitzpatrick ($9,100 | +2600), all bunched with Conners and the always popular Sungjae Im ($9,000 | +3400), just about every golfer on the high end of this range is going to be on a lot of rosters on DraftKings this week. We can leverage the field's eagerness and click English, who has figured things out after a sloppy follow up to his Tournament of Champions victory. Over a longer sample, he has been one of the world's best for the past year or so, ranking 2nd in total strokes gained in windy conditions, 13th in birdies or better gained, and 19th in strokes gained: around the green.
Si Woo Kim ($7,900 | +5000) - Si Woo drew attention for breaking his putter mid-round at The Masters, but aside from that coverage it was ultimately a successful showing. He spent the entire weekend on the first or second page of the leaderboard, ultimately finishing T12 for his best major championship finish in his career. He won in California earlier this year and then lost his game out West, but a T9 at his fond Sawgrass appears to have set him right. He'd been incredibly consistent since missing the cut at this event in June, making the weekend in eight straight events to close out the season. He has some good history here as well, losing in a playoff in 2018 and posting a T14 in 2016. He's third in this field in strokes gained: around the green.
Russell Henley ($7,900 | +6000) - With many of the players priced above him this week reeling from a date with Augusta National, Henley will arrive at Hilton Head rested and refreshed and ready to get back to his elite ironplay. He has some quality finishes here from a few years back, including a tie for sixth in 2013. His approach game has been sensational this year, and he ranks 3rd in strokes gained: approach and 14th in greens in regulation gained. He fits the bill elsewhere as well, ranking 15th in fairways gained and 31st in strokes gained: around the green.
Kevin Kisner ($7,700 | +7500) - Kisner is hit or miss with our stats this week, ranking a solid 22nd in fairways gained and 28th in total strokes gained in windy conditions but a dicey 109th in strokes gained: around the green, and just 53rd in greens in regulation gained. But off two missed cuts and no top 25s this year except T24 in a field of just 42 at the Tournament of Champions, Kisner plays as a nice pivot off Charley Hoffman ($7,800 | +4300), who for just $100 more is far shorter in the books and will be much more popular on DraftKings. Kiz fits the course, with three top-11 finishes in his last six trips to Hilton Head, as well as three top-fives in that span at the correlated Sony Open.
Matt Wallace ($7,500 | +7000) - Missed cut and T64 in two trips to Harbour Town look pretty ugly, but each time there was a highly variant outlier result that is not indicative of Wallace's overall game. Last June, he put up his worst strokes gained: approach performance of any measured round on the PGA Tour, losing 6.5 strokes per Fantasy National. In 2019, he posted his worst putting performance of any measured round on the PGA Tour, losing 7.0 strokes with the flat stick. Recent finishes of 18th, MC, 3rd, and 34th show some consistency of late, and he ranks seventh in strokes gained: around the green.
Kevin Streelman ($7,300 | +8000) - Streelman has finished inside the top 10 each of the past two times this event was held in April, and he has a best of third place back in 2013. He ranks 14th in total strokes gained in windy conditions, 16th in greens in regulation gained, and 30th in fairways gained.
Ryan Moore ($6,900 | +19000) - Moore ranks 9th in fairways gained, 19th in total strokes gained in windy conditions, and 22nd in greens in regulation gained. He has been out of form since the Tour pressed pause amid the start of the pandemic, but there have not been many courses that challenge the field like Harbour Town. Finding a decent golfer at a low salary and low roster percentage to fill out our lineups is how we maximize upside in DFS.
Russell Knox ($6,800 | +15000) - Like Moore, Knox was playing well before the pandemic derailed any momentum he had built up. Strong fields and a powerful youth movement have pushed him to the fringes, but when he's on he is a terrific iron player. He ranks 7th in greens in regulation gained, 28th in fairways gained, 31st in total strokes gained in windy conditions, and 37th in strokes gained: around the green.
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