PGA DFS Lineup Tips for The Open Championship
This week, we are taking a look at The Open Championship for Daily Fantasy Sports over at FanDuel, FantasyDraft and Fan Picks. This is the third major of the golf season and one that we really seem to find a decent amount of players that we like. Normally, we give out 8-10 golfers that we will be putting in out lineups but this week, we are giving out a dozen due to the volume of lineups that DFS players will be playing this week.
There are some really nice tournaments going on this week and each DFS platform seems to be jumping on board with offering a really nice mixture of GPP’s and Big Tournaments. Naturally, everyone is interested in those games that will make you a millionaire but the chances of winning those are slim to none!
FanDuel has a Big Tournament that you can play in called the $375K PGA Golden Eagle with just a $15 entry fee. The tournament has a $100,000 top prize and instead of playing against a quarter million contestants, you will be facing just under 30k entrants. Over on FantasyDraft, they have the $20,000 Tour Card with a top prize of $2,000. You will only be playing against 919 other entries in this one and have a much greater chance of cashing! Finally, our friends over at FanPicks have thrown their hat in the PGA DFS ring and are offering a ton of Top 5 and 50/50 games that we strongly suggest you checking out.
OK, enough of the small talk, let’s chit-chat about our dozen!
Dustin Johnson – How do you not like DJ? Other than his price, what is there not to like? He is well rested, not having played since the US Open, when he had the lead but fell short on the final day and finished 4th. The tournament prior, the FedEx St. Jude Classic, he won and has three straight top 8 finishes.
Rickie Fowler – Fowler is someone that may come in lightly owned. He is sitting between Rory McIlroy, who is going to be highly owned, and Jordan Spieth, who again will be highly owned from winning last year. Fowler may be the diamond in the rough this week in that price range.
Brooks Koepka – First thing is first, this play is a FantasyDraft ONLY play as he is just simply too expensive on FanDuel. His pricing doesn’t meet his odds and his numbers are off the chart. Koepka plays well outside the US. Last year, he finished 6th at Royal Birkdale and in 2015, he finished in 10th place at St. Andrews. If you read our Spooky Express The Open Championship Betting Picks and Tips, you know that we are big on Koepka this week……but not at FanDuel!
Henrik Stenson – Our top play for the week, health permitting, is Henrik Stenson. Stenson far out weights everyone else in this tournament in our course attributes. No one really even comes close to matching his stats and his European course history. He won at Troon two years ago for the Open Championship and if he is healthy, I think he repeats this year!
Sergio Garcia – Sergio’s history on links courses speaks for itself. Garcia has made the cut in 13 out of 14 times at British Open courses and especially plays well at Carnoustie Golf Links, where he finished 2nd the last time they were here. Again, Garcia is one of our golfers that we will be playing with our handicapping and our DFS.
Alexander Noren – Quite possibly the best value on the board over at FanDuel is Alexander Noren. They have him listed at just $9800, which is lower than Louis Oosthuizen, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Matt Kuchar, Hideki Matsuyama, Webb Simpson and even Phil Mickelson. Someone got this all wrong here!
Branden Grace – If you need someone that is cheaper than the top options and nearly a guarantee to make the cut, take a look at Branden Grace. He has made 12 of 12 cuts this year and has great history over in Europe.
Tony Finau – Tony Finau is another play that is FantasyDraft ONLY. FanDuel has him listed more expensive than Sergio Garcia and if you think that is a good value, then I have some ocean front property in Las Vegas that I would like to sell you site-unseen! Finau’s distance will be a big asset for him and will definitely help if the weather gets bad.
Zach Johnson – Johnson has played great over the years at The Open Championship and I expect that trend to continue this year. I honestly don’t know why he is so cheap this week, banking on he has good history in Europe, comes into this tournament in good form finishing in 5th place at the Valero Texas Open and is going to most likely go overlooked with people flocking to Adam Scott, who is right in that same price range.
Keegan Bradley – I’ll be honest with you, when I first started looking at my golfers, Bradley wasn’t even on my radar. Then I started doing our course attributes and he was popping up all over the place. He is 2nd in Strokes Gained: Approach, 7th in Greens in Reg, and 12th in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green. I just can’t look past him!
Matthew Southgate – Matthew Southgate is a links style course master! He finished 6th last year at Royal Birkdale, 12th at Troon the year before. He isn’t going to win this tournament but is dirt cheap this week.
Ryan Fox – Ryan Fox is another golfer that is cheap and I truly believe has a chance to win this tournament. He is coming off a 6th place finish at the Scottish Open and a 2nd place finish at the Irish Open. Fox is drastically underpriced but for cash games, he is a goldmine!
Stewart Cink – Cink has some surprising numbers in recent tournaments. He finished in 2nd place at the Travelers, 4th at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and 23rd at the Quicken Loans. Cink plays very good on links style courses and for his ridiculously low price, is an amazing value!