Daily Fantasy Golf – Dane’s Darts for the PGA Championship

Each week Dane brings you his preview article and in addition, we also have a DFS PGA cheatsheet where both Dane and Chris rank their top plays in each price range. To get access to this sheet and our Slack chat, grab a FREE trial and use promo code “RP50” and get 50% off your first payment. With that, let’s jump into the article.

Dane’s Darts for the PGA Championship

The second major of the year brings us to Kiawah Island, SC. The Ocean Course is a gem of a course and sets up for an awesome test for the best players in the world. We have a lot of options to choose from this week and I’m here to help you narrow down your player pool. There are a few different ways that you can go about building this week and we will get into those strategies below.

As mentioned, my goal for this article is to break down each price range from a strategy/lineup construction standpoint. Once I do that, I will list a couple of my favorite plays in the range. I really want to help you by talking through how we can be different through construction and not necessarily just taking 3-4 < 5% owned players. That is one way I have really improved in DFS golf, understanding that you only must be different to a point. I usually focus on lower entry max GPPs (single entry, 3 maxes, and 5 maxes) but will speak to certain plays that are better in larger fields and cash games.  

I build my models and do a lot of my early week research over at Fantasy National. If you haven’t checked them out, I would highly recommend giving them a shot. It is really a great place to build your own custom models based on the things that you think are important for the week. If you have a certain inclination that one stat will be more important than another you are able to weigh it higher and build out your own model in that way. You can check out their site at www.fantasynational.com.

Overall Strategy

Kiawah is a course that is defended by the wind. Even though it is super long, approaching 8,000 yards I do think we see a winner around -10 if there is not much wind for the week. All that it takes though is one day full of wind and these scores will go way up. To play well here you are going to have to hit it well tee to green. This is a Pete Dye course and that means that it has many intricacies that are meant to fool every golfer. I am looking a little bit at people who play well on other Pete Dye courses in my research.

You are going to need your long irons to compete this week so I am looking at proximity from 200+. There is some trouble that you can get into off the tee in these waste areas so good drives are going to also be key this week.

Here is a look at my complete list of key stats for the week:

Key Stats

  • SG: Ball Striking
  • SG: Approach 
  • Good Drives Gained
  • Prox: 200+

There are a lot of good values in each pricing tier this week so I think you can build stars and scrubs and not feel horrible about your lineup. I will have a mix of this with balanced in my 20 max because I do like a lot of mid range guys this week as well. 

If we do get a shift in the weather mid week and have a wave advantage this will definitely be something to take advantage of much like we did a couple weeks back at Quail Hollow. Chris and I will be sure to touch on this during our live show on Wednesday night.

$9K + Range

  • Rory McIlroy ($11,500) – The winner here at the last PGA at Kiawah Island was no other than Rory, when he lapped the field by 8 strokes. He got back on track in a big way with a win last time out at Quail Hollow a place he has dominated in the past. I loved what I saw out of him all week and have no hesitation to go to him here. The price is high but as I mentioned before, I see a lot of value that helps to play him and you can even do it with another $10k+ golfer if you really want to. 
  • Jordan Spieth ($10,100) – Jordan has really kicked into form and looks close to going on a run like he did in 2015. He needs this week to complete the career grand slam so I guess that does add a bit more pressure, but I can’t overlook the way he is playing right now. His tee to green game has been next level good and we know the kind of putter he is.

Notables: Bryson DeChambeau, Viktor Hovland

$7K and $8K Range

  • Daniel Berger ($8,700) – Berger comes in with some kind of strong recent form, storming up the board Sunday at the Byron Nelson to top it off. I think he is ready to break out on the big stage and comes with a very nice price tag this week at only $8,700. 
  • Tommy Fleetwood ($8,200) – I love playing Tommy in major championships and he looks to be finding some form right now. I think his game sets up perfect for this type of course and he can play in the wind if it does kick up. 
  • Matt Wallace ($7,400) – Wallace is underpriced for his recent form and I do expect him to be popular. I will still be on him as I can’t overlook his form that reads 3rd, 34th, 18th and 6th. His all around game is on point and provides us some nice salary relief in this ragne.

Notables: Shane Lowry, Cameron Smith, Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson

$6K Range

  • Charl Schwartzel ($6,800) – Since a solid finish at the Masters Schwartzel has found some strong form with finishes 21st, 14th and 3rd last week. His tee to green game has been spectacular and is priced under $7k for us this week. I will watch his ownership to make sure he doesn’t come in super popular, but I like him overall heading into the week.

Notables: Thomas Pieters

If you guys have any questions please let me know in the Slack! Remember to always trust your gut and play the plays that your research leads you to!

Daily Fantasy Golf – Dane’s Darts for the RBC Heritage

Each week Dane brings you his preview article and in addition, we also have a DFS PGA cheatsheet where both Dane and Chris rank their top plays in each price range. To get access to this sheet and our Slack chat, grab a FREE trial and use promo code “RP50” and get 50% off your first payment. With that, let’s jump into the article.

Dane’s Darts for the RBC Heritage

Coming off a big week at the Masters, the tour heads to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage. This tournament was later in the year in 2020 due to being the second event back after the layoff, but now returns to its normal slot on the schedule the week after the Masters. We have a pretty strong field and I am looking forward to a fun event this week.

As mentioned, my goal for this article is to break down each price range from a strategy/lineup construction standpoint. Once I do that, I will list a couple of my favorite plays in the range. I really want to help you by talking through how we can be different through construction and not necessarily just taking 3-4 < 5% owned players. That is one way I have really improved in DFS golf, understanding that you only must be different to a point. I usually focus on lower entry max GPPs (single entry, 3 maxes, and 5 maxes) but will speak to certain plays that are better in larger fields and cash games.  

I build my models and do a lot of my early week research over at Fantasy National. If you haven’t checked them out, I would highly recommend giving them a shot. It is really a great place to build your own custom models based on the things that you think are important for the week. If you have a certain inclination that one stat will be more important than another you are able to weigh it higher and build out your own model in that way. You can check out their site at www.fantasynational.com.

Overall Strategy

Harbour Town GL is a narrow course with small greens that, over the years has favored accuracy players. I am favoring golfers who can play strategic off the tee over just complete bombers. I don’t think anyone can just go out and overpower this place. Again, with some of the top players in the world, I feel that they can adapt to any type of course so I mean this more for guys lower down the price tiers. 

Approach play is always important here and you want to see guys who are able to hit these small greens to give themselves birdie chances. I threw in a bit of around the green play into my model as well since players are sure to miss at least a few more greens than normal. 

Putting is something I don’t look at very often, but in a tournament like this I am factoring it in just a bit since guys will need to not only convert on birdie chances, but also save pars from around the green.

Here is a look at my complete list of key stats for the week:

Key Stats

  • SG: Ball Striking
  • SG: Approach 
  • Fairways Gained
  • DK Points
  • SG: Putting 
  • SG: ARG
  • Proximity

This is an interesting week for strategy coming off a major. Some guys who were in the thick of things last week could certainly be in for a let down this week. It is something I am evaluating on a player by player basis this week. Once you get off the top of the pricing it is important to know what kind of player does well here as mentioned above.

$9K + Range

  • Daniel Berger ($10,000) – Berger missed the cut last week so he should come in a bit rested and not mentally exhausted. The event following his last two missed cuts resulted in a 2nd and a win so I am not worried about this MC at all. To go along with that Berger was 3rd here a year ago coming off his win coming off the layoff. Sign me up for some Berger this week.

Notables: Collin Morikawa

$7K and $8K Range

  • Abraham Ancer ($8,900) – Ancer fits this course to a tee and was runner up here a year ago after making a strong run at the top. Chris mentioned his strong Pete Dye form in chat earlier and I expect another good week from him here as he comes in with some good current form. 
  • Sergio Garcia ($8,600) – I am willing to give Sergio a pass for last week and go right back to him here. He has struggled at Augusta since his win and had some very strong form before last week. He was 5th here a year ago on the back of some strong ball striking and I could see him replicating that here. 
  • Si Woo Kim ($7,900) – If anyone I’m on this week worries me in regards to being mentally drained from last week it’s Si Woo. He was in the thick of things until the end of Saturday and had a very strong showing. His price is right though and he returns to the spot of a near win here in 2018. He is another Pete Dye specialist and should provide us some strong value this week.

Notables: Shane Lowry, Kevin Kisner, Robert MacIntyre

$6K Range

  • Matthew NeSmith ($6,900) – NeSmith is from South Carolina and went to college at South Carolina. Oh… and he proposed to his now wife right here at Harbour Town. Talk about ties to the area. He was a guy we were on here last year and he had three very strong rounds, but was hindered a bit by a poor Saturday in contention. I will go right back to him here as he comes in with some more solid form in 2021.

Notables: Doc Redman, Chase Seiffert

If you guys have any questions please let me know in the Slack! Remember to always trust your gut and play the plays that your research leads you to!

Daily Fantasy Golf – Dane’s Darts for the WGC Workday Championship

Each week Dane brings you his preview article and in addition, we also have a DFS PGA cheatsheet where both Dane and Chris rank their top plays in each price range. To get access to this sheet and our Slack chat, grab a FREE trial and use promo code “RP50” and get 50% off your first payment. With that, let’s jump into the article.

Dane’s Darts for the WGC Workday Championship

A four-day no-cut event comes to us this week at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, FL. There are a few different strategies when it comes to WGCs and I will get into that below. We have a very exciting stretch of golf coming up as we get ready to see The Players next month. 

As mentioned last week, my goal for this article is to break down each price range from a strategy/lineup construction standpoint. Once I do that, I will list a couple of my favorite plays in the range. I really want to help you by talking through how we can be different through construction and not necessarily just taking 3-4 < 5% owned players. That is one way I have really improved in DFS golf, understanding that you only must be different to a point. I usually focus on lower entry max GPPs (single entry, 3 maxes, and 5 maxes) but will speak to certain plays that are better in larger fields and cash games.  

I build my models and do a lot of my early week research over at Fantasy National. If you haven’t checked them out, I would highly recommend giving them a shot. It is really a great place to build your own custom models based on the things that you think are important for the week. If you have a certain inclination that one stat will be more important than another you are able to weigh it higher and build out your own model in that way. You can check out their site at www.fantasynational.com.

Overall Strategy

In no-cut events, I tend to go a bit more stars and scrubs. This is because everyone will get to play four rounds and if the cheaper guys are making you birdies they will pay off. There are some nice looking plays in the $7k and $6k range that will make this a bit easier to do this week. Scoring becomes much more important when guys play four rounds. You will have guys this week that finish around 20th but are top 10 in terms of DK scoring. This leads me to guys who are a bit more aggressive and make a good amount of birdies.

$10K + Range

  • Justin Thomas ($10,500) – I like this week for a bounce-back for JT. He has been struggling a bit since the death of his grandfather but we know he is one of the top players in the world. He crushes WGC events and maybe we get a little bit lower ownership on him this week.

Notables: Jon Rahm

$8K and $9K Range

  • Collin Morikawa ($9,000) – I will be right back on Morkikawa this week. He was number two in the field last week in SG: APP and just couldn’t putt. He changed grips last week and I am just hoping he can putt field average this week and he will be right in the mix.
  • Joaquin Niemann ($8,100) – Niemann had a strong week last week but struggled in the windy 3rd round. I am happy to go back to him at a more than fair price here. He is a guy who can make birdies and I expect him to outscore his finishing position this week (unless he wins).

Notables: Viktor Hovland, Brooks Koepka

$7K Range

  • Justin Rose ($7,700) – This is a nice price for Rose this week. He hasn’t played over here since November, but has played three weeks in Europe improving each week. He finished second at the Saudi International behind Dustin Johnson. 

Notables: Ryan Palmer, Jason Day

$6K Range

  • Lanto Griffin ($6,700) – I like a few guys in this range this week and it starts with Lanto. He has strung together a couple good finishes and I think he is a consistent guy we can go right back to this week.
  • Abraham Ancer ($6,800) – Struggled last week trying to knock off a few weeks worth of rust but this price is super enticing. I don’t remember the last time he was below $7,000 and just had a 5th at the AMEX in January. 
  • Victor Perez ($6,900) – Perez is very boom or bust in my eyes but is a guy who really crushes on the Euro Tour. He had a very good finish his last time out finishing 4th in Saudi. He can make tons of birdies and I like that he does have a top 5 in a WGC last year. 

If you guys have any questions please let me know in the Slack! Be sure to listen to this week’s RotoPros PGA Video where Chris and I break down the course, weather and some of our favorite plays.