Expert FanDuel Lineup for the St. Jude Classic
The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club was another tightly contested battle on the PGA Tour. Bryson DeChambeau, Byeong-hun An, and Kyle Stanley finished 72 holes deadlocked at 15 under, forcing a short playoff to determine the winner. DeChambeau ended up birdying the second hole in sudden death to claim the title, his second on tour.
Daily fantasy golfers had a wild Sunday in store, as the leaderboard heading into the fourth round was bunched together rather closely. In fact, 22 players were within 5 strokes of the top when play concluded. Ultimately, it was the sleeper picks like the three at the top that provided the impactful scores, swaying four-day contests on FanDuel and DraftKings.
No Surprises From the Pre-tournament Favorites
Having the majority of golf’s elite teeing it up can cause any PGA player some nerves, and at the Memorial, four of the six big guns had top ten finishes. Only Jason Day and Jordan Spieth didn’t cause a ruckus, as Day finished 44th and Spieth missed the cut after a rare mediocre performance on Thursday and Friday.
Of the popular second tier picks, Marc Leishman, Tiger Woods, and Hideki Matsuyama provided decent DFS scores, but ultimately, contests were decided by those who chose wisely when rounding out their starting lineup with the value picks. Of the top five finishers, none cost more than $8000 on DraftKings.
Last week, we recommended Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau, and Louis Oosthuizen. All posted low numbers throughout the Memorial, helping drive up the point totals for those who altered their strategy to fit these players into their lineup.
Gearing up For The St. Jude Classic
After his eighth place finish at the Memorial, Dustin Johnson heads into the St. Jude Classic as the odds-on favorite to win the prestigious tournament. With several players taking the week off to prepare for the upcoming US Open, the talent drops off from the top rather rapidly. Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson, and Phil Mickelson will cost above $12,000 on FanDuel, but DFS golf participants can find plenty of value in the bargain basement.
Daniel Berger, the back-to-back St. Jude champ makes an intriguing choice for a higher salary pick, though recent play from him has produced average results. Finau and An could provide some punch if their solid play at the Memorial continues this week in Memphis.
The thinner field makes it that much more difficult to find hidden jewels among the sleeper picks, but Peter Uihlein, rookie Joaquin Niemann, and Ollie Schniederjans will look to take advantage. Each can be found toward the bottom of the draft list, but each have had impressive performances throughout the 2017-2018 season.
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