Featuring in-depth analysis of The PGA Championship, 2019. Daily fantasy golf analysis for this week’s DFS slate to help you build winning cash game and tournament lineups on DraftKings.
Welcome to The Primer column for The PGA Championship! We are here to help you build your DFS lineups for FanDuel, DraftKings or whatever other sites you choose to play on (this article does have a DraftKings bias though).
The Best of the Best
- Dustin Johnson ($11,100)
DJ’s game fits him well to take on the beast of a course that is Bethpage Black. He hits the ball as long as the best of them, and is accurate enough to not have that get in his way. He’s been playing outstanding all season long – and it would not surprise me one bit to see him at the top of the leaderboard heading into Sunday.
- Brooks Koepka ($10,400)
If there’s one thing that is certain, it is that Brooks brings his A-game to majors. A long hitter that fits the course well, we saw at The Masters that Koepka looks like he will challenge for titles yet again in 2019. You can get him at a discount to the highest priced golfers in the field, and he is a great high spend option if you are looking for someone to anchor your roster that doesn’t break the bank in terms of salary.
- Justin Rose ($9,900)
Unlike the two players listed above, Rose excels in terms of his fairway accuracy, checking in with a fairway percentage of 66.14%. He hits the ball a long way as well, and may be the best player off the tee this week when you factor in both distance and accuracy. The price point is great, and Rose is a great option, though I do expect him to be pretty popular with the masses at this price point – but that is the only drawback.
The Next Tier
- Xander Schauffele ($9,100)
Xander will win multiple majors in his career, and it would not shock me one bit if we saw that occur in 2019. We saw him contend on Sunday at The Masters, and while he wasn’t able to pull off the win in the end, I do think that serves him well for future Sunday’s in Majors, especially given the fact that he was going toe to toe with Tiger. A long-ball hitter, who is playing good golf, I love the spot he is in this week.
- Patrick Cantlay ($8,200)
He’s accurate, hits the ball straight, and is priced far too cheap. The only downside to Cantlay this week in my books is that he will be extremely chalky. With that said, I wouldn’t blame you one bit if you eat that chalk. He’s an excellent value.
- Rafael Cabrera-Bello ($7,300)
Given reports on how long the rough is at Bethpage Black, I have no problem sacrificing some distance for a golfer with elite accuracy for a low spend. RCB should be able to navigate the course this week, efficiently avoiding the various traps all over the course – and he is an excellent low-cost play this week. I’d be shocked if he cracked the top 10, however, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the top 25 this week.
- Keith Mitchell ($7,300)
If you are looking for more of a boom/bust value play, Mitchell is a great option. I would prefer if he was more accurate – but he’s an elite ball striker that has great distance off the tee. If he can hit it straight enough, he has the potential to contend…but there is plenty of bust potential here. With that said, he’s a great golfer to go over-weight exposure to for those that are multi-entering GPP’s this weekend.
It should be a fun week of PGA action – and here’s to hoping it’s a good one for you! If you have any questions at all, you can find me on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.