FanDuel PGA Lineup Advice: The John Deere Classic

by Matthew Young
Jul 12, 2017

Kevin Kisner has made 15 out of 18 cuts this season and is averaging 70.9 points per tournament

This week’s PGA Tour stop comes to us from the John Deere Classic. Before you draft a daily fantasy golf team, you need to know what you’re looking for out of each golfer. You also need to remember that just because this isn’t the most competitive field that we’ve seen this year, it doesn’t mean that the competition won’t be tough at FanDuel. Take a look at the mock draft below to see the roster that I recommend for you to work from.

Before you draft a team at FanDuel, you need to know how their scoring is different from other DFS sites. Now that FanDuel has updated their scoring system, you can see that the real value golfers are those that make cuts. For your benefit, I’ve put together a roster, breaking down some of the key elements below. It places a large emphasis on making the cut and each golfer’s likelihood of doing so. The dollar amount included is the golfer’s salary on FanDuel only, so if you are drafting a team on another site, this lineup will not be very helpful to you. Hopefully, this will help you draft a stronger team than your competition.

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Recommendations

  • Kevin Kisner: $9,600
  • Charley Hoffman: $8,900
  • Kyle Stanley: $8,400
  • Charles Howell, III: $7,700
  • Kevin Tway: $6,600
  • Lucas Glover: $6,500
  • Seamus Power: $6,100
  • Luke List: $6,000

Remaining Salary: $200

Reasoning

Kevin Kisner is my top pick for this field. Although Daniel Berger is ranked higher, it’s pretty obvious that Berger’s success is newly found, and that means that his fantasy price tag is inflated. Berger has a lower percentage of cuts made, and his fantasy point average per tournament is lower, too. Kisner has made 15 out of 18 cuts this season and is averaging 70.9 points per tournament. He’s also $300 cheaper than Berger, making him an easy choice.

Charles Hoffman and Kyle Stanley seem like a good 2-3 punch here. Hoffman’s last two tourneys have been very strong. One of those was the U.S. Open, a much stronger field than what he’s up against here. Stanley has also been consistent with 17 of 20 cuts made this season. He is averaging a higher fantasy point total than Kisner with his 72.3 points per tournament. That gives him not only a high level of consistency in making cuts, but he’s outperforming those that are priced well above him. He seems poised to finish better than the No. 9 position that FanDuel has assigned him.

The controversial picks for this roster are near the bottom. Luke List, for example, is a pretty cheap pick for this field. His salary is likely so low because of so many poor performances recently. He has made 14 of 24 cuts this season, which is a bit lower than ideal, even for a golfer on the bottom of the roster, but when List does well, he does really well. If you look at his last four tournaments, he made the cut in one but scored 80.2 points on average. This is a field that he can compete against, and he is more likely to do well than in any other field he’s been in over the last few months. He is a risk that I’m willing to take here, especially because of his low price tag. The ceiling on his performance level is much higher than those that are priced near him.

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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