FanDuel PGA Lineup Advice: AT&T Byron Nelson

by Matthew Young
May 17, 2017

Dustin Johnson will be popular this weekend, but he’ll also be hard to fade

This coming Thursday is the beginning of the AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament in Texas. Before you draft your daily fantasy team at FanDuel, remember that they have a unique setup when it comes to daily fantasy golf tournaments. You’ll be asked to select four golfers for rounds one and two, and four golfers for rounds three and four, for a total of eight different golfers. This necessitates a different strategy than what you might be used to using.

The best way I’ve found to start with is to focus on your strong closers. These are the golfers that are likely to finish in the top 10 of the tournament. These are the golfers you will want to draft first, placing them in your round three and four category.

After you’ve drafted your third and fourth round picks, you can focus on the first two rounds. Here, you won’t want to spend as much salary per athlete as your focus is on value points. These are golfers who might be flying under the radar, but when they perform well, they will perform very well. Because of that, you can afford to take more risks here than with your later round selections.

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Rounds 3 & 4

Consistency is important. No matter how strong a golfer might close their tournaments, they need to make the cut if they want to have a chance of succeeding. Remember, this is where you want to place your golfers that have the best chances of finishing in the top 10 or even winning. Your average dollar amount per player should be much higher for these selections than the rounds one and two golfers will see.

My top four picks this week include Dustin Johnson, Byeong-Hun An, Russell Henley, and J.B. Holmes. All four of these golfers are consistent, have a high ratio when it comes to making the cut, and have high point totals in the latter rounds. An, in particular, might not be a top rated pick, but he’s made nine out of 10 cuts so far this season, making him an extremely consistent threat.

  • Dustin Johnson: $11,800
  • Byeong-Hun An: $7,500
  • Russell Henley: $7,500
  • J.B. Holmes: $8,800

Rounds 1 & 2

If the four above mentioned golfers are drafted first, you will notice that your average salary per remaining golfer will be much lower. That’s okay. Remember that you are not penalized as heavily if your rounds one and two golfers do not make the cut. You want a golfer with a chance to place near the top, but if these golfers are cut, you still can compete for a league prize.

For these rounds, I recommend Bud Cauley, Graham DeLaet, Scott Brown, and John Huh. You’ll notice that these four all have higher proportions of missed cuts, but are typically competitive in the first two rounds. This indicates a boom or bust type approach, which has the potential to help you out far more than it will hurt you at FanDuel. Thanks to the scoring structure, this approach will be beneficial to you more often than not.

  • Bud Cauley: $6,400
  • Graham DeLaet: $6,100
  • Scott Brown: $6,000
  • John Huh: $5,800

If you use these golfers for your roster, you will have $100 in salary leftover.

Matthew Young is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Matthew, check out his archive and his blog at www.windailyfantasy.com and follow him at @AuthorMGYoung

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