FanDuel PGA Value Plays: Arnold Palmer Invitational

by Matthew Young
Mar 15, 2018

The Arnold Palmer Invitational is the next stop for the PGA Tour. Before you draft your daily fantasy golf team, remember that each daily fantasy sports site is a little bit different when it comes to scoring, and what works at one site might not necessarily work at another. The advice and the salary amounts given here are for drafting a roster at FanDuel. The roster might do well at another DFS site, but it might not. It’s important that you know how the scoring works at whatever site you play at so that you can maximize the value of each golfer that you draft and optimize your chances of playing well. Just because someone is a great value pick on FanDuel does not mean they will be a strong pick on other sites.

This week, there are very few value picks in the top tier. This happens, especially as the season progresses and the stronger golfers start to show more consistency. That makes it all the more important that as you choose a roster this week that you find value where you can. One golfer does not make or break your roster, and finding strong value picks can help you to select a full roster of strong golfers, rather than just one or two stars.

I’ve selected my top two value picks for FanDuel going into this week. Both have a lot of room for improvement upon what they’ve been doing so far this season, and both have a strong likelihood of performing far better than what their price tag indicates.

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Marc Leishman $10,800
Leishman is a middle tier golfer this week, but he has a lot of room for improvement, even against one of the toughest fields that has assembled so far this year. Yes, Leishman did have a below average performance at his last tournament. Much of that was because of a poor start to the first round. He had a much stronger second round and did make the cut, but by that point it was too late to finish well from a fantasy perspective. Still, he’s averaging 74.6 fantasy points per tournament this season and has only missed one out of eight cuts. With a cost of just $10,800, that gives Leishman a nice price with quite a bit of potential. He took last week off and is coming into this tournament with a bit more rest than he has lately. This might be exactly what he needs to shine against this strong set of competitors.

Bubba Watson $10,400
Watson is another strong value pick to include in the middle of your roster. He is priced at $10,400 and has averaged 76.6 fantasy points per tournament so far this season. He has made six out of seven cuts and has totaled 66 or more points in each of his last four tournaments. In his last two, he has had 100 or more points. This creates a very compelling argument for including Watson on any roster, even in this field. He’s far enough down the roster that many are going to overlook him, but he has top five or better potential for this week, especially if he stays on his hot streak. If you are forced to select either Watson or Leishman, Watson is the better pick. He has shown more long-term consistency and is a bit cheaper. However, most rosters should be able to include both. This will create a nice punch right in the middle of your roster and give you plenty of room to include a top-tier golfer like Justin Rose or Jason Day if that’s what you were hoping to achieve.

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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