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Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: The RSM Classic

Should we build a balanced lineup this week for The RSM Classic -- or should we be targeting all the studs instead?

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Let's take a look at some golfers to target this week.

Key Stats for the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open

- Strokes Gained: Approach
- Strokes Gained: Off the Tee
- Driving Accuracy
- Birdie or Better Rate
- Strokes Gained: Putting on Bermuda

For a more detailed breakdown of the course, check out my course primer.

Daily Fantasy Golfer Picks for The RSM Classic

All stats cited below originate at FantasyNational. Strokes gained data includes stats from the past calendar year and is adjusted based on my field strength and recency tweaks. Putting surface splits also come from FantasyNational and include the past 50 rounds when possible -- unless noted. All ranks and percentile ranks are among the field. References to my combo model refer to a combination of long-term, field-adjusted form, key stat performance, and hole-by-hole-level strokes gained data.

Best of the Best

Louis Oosthuizen (FanDuel Salary: $11,700 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: +2500) - It's a pretty deep field this week overall, and the $9,000 and $10,000 range is rather loaded. That could put us on a balanced build. Any savings we can get at the top would be welcomed, as a result, and even without that, Oosthuizen rates out as the best play this week, per my combo model. He's the most likely winner, and he sets up well for Sea Island. Oosthuizen is in the 81st percentile in fairways gained and is the best golfer in the field over the past year if you removed strokes gained: off the tee from everyone's strokes gained data.

Russell Henley ($11,300 | +2700) - Henley really benefits from an accuracy-friendly setup and would make a lot of sense to be added to the list of winners made up of golfers with similar profiles to Henley's. He's in the 89th percentile in driving accuracy over the past 50 rounds and in the 11th percentile in driving distance gained. In total, Henley ranks in the 96th percentile in strokes gained: fairway through green. He just finished 7th at the Houston Open and has been top 25 in three of his past four starts overall.

Others to Consider:
Corey Conners ($11,500 | +2700) - The ball-striking stud hits every fairway and gets in birdie position; that's needed to win.
Brendon Todd ($10,400 | +6000) - It's a Todd checklist week: accuracy rewarded, distance not required, and bermuda greens.
Max Homa ($10,300 | +7000) - Not the best course fit per se but a strong golfer with win equity for a moderate salary.

Mid-Range Picks

Joel Dahmen ($10,100 | +6500) - Dahmen can be paired with his friend enemy Max Homa in a really balanced start to a lineup. Dahmen rates out in the 79th percentile in adjusted tee to green and in the 86th percentile in fairways gained. He's coming in after a 5th at the Houston Open and a 45th at the Mayakoba, as well. He's made three of the past four cuts here, too.

Luke List ($9,300 | +7500) - List has his issues (putting and driving accuracy), but the ball-striking is phenomenal: 93rd percentile. List's true appeal just comes from the high-end upside. Last week, he contended for a minute and ultimately finished 11th. That came after a missed cut at the Mayakoba and a 7th at the ZOZO Championship, respectable fields for sure. List has had two top-15 finishes here in five tries.

Others to Consider:
Seamus Power ($9,900 | +5500) -
Elite birdie maker with good irons and bermuda putting; enters cut, 11th, 12th, 21st.
Kevin Streelman ($9,700 | +9000) - Lingering with top-50s but generally making cuts; 87th-percentile tee-to-green data.
Matt Wallace ($9,500 | +7500) - 14th at Shriners, 4th at ZOZO; accurate driver and plus bermuda putter.

Low-Salaried Picks

Emiliano Grillo ($9,000 | +12000) - Grillo debuted at the RSM last year and finished 18th while gaining 2.0 strokes off the tee and 2.7 strokes from approach across his three measured ShotLink rounds. That's his recipe for success (because it certainly isn't putting). But Grillo's bermuda putting (-0.11 strokes per round) is out of red flag territory and into the 32nd percentile, so he has the pieces to put together for a strong finish this week.

Chez Reavie ($8,600 | +12000) - Reavie has made two straight cuts (41st at the Houston Open and 33rd at the Mayakoba), and he sets up very well for Sea Island Resort. He is the absolute field leader in fairways gained over the past 50 rounds on Tour and also has 89th-percentile irons. His recipe to success is pretty obvious: hit fairways and then hit greens. The distance requirement breaks in his favor this week, despite the fact that he has missed the cut in two of three tries here (with strokes gained: putting marks of -6.4, -2.3, and -2.2).

Others to Consider:
Taylor Moore ($8,700 | +12000) - Has two top 25s and two missed cuts on the PGA Tour; is the best long-term player below $9,000.
Chad Ramey ($8,600 | +12000) - Trails just Moore in adjusted form the past year after great KFT season; two top-25s in five PGA starts.
Tom Hoge ($8,600 | +12000) - Irons are hot; six made cuts in seven starts this season with two top-20 finishes.