2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational: The Primer – PGA DFS Analysis

Featuring in-depth analysis of The 2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational. 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 2020 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational! 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).

This week at The World Golf Classic FedEx St. Jude Invitational, the concentrated field of 78 heads to Memphis to tee things up at TPC Southwind

For the course this week, I’m looking for great ball strikers here – it is a course that has a fair bit of distance for a Par 71 track, and while I wouldn’t say you have to be a bomber here to succeed, I am liking players that gain strokes off the tee and with their approach shots when it comes to metrics that I prefer to weigh in to my decision making.

Let’s have a look at four options that I like along with a bit of a dart throw – `and some rationale for why I think you should include them in your player pool:

Last Week’s Picks:

  • Tony Finau – T3
  • Erik Van Rooyen – MC
  • Max Homa – T3
  • Chesson Hadley – MC
  • Derek Ernst – MC

Last week saw remarkably few teams across all contests post 6/6 results, making me feel a little better about the barbelled approach that you see above.  This week, we don’t have to worry about the cut…so there’s that.  But neither does anyone – so we’ll be looking for golfers that can score, and ones that have the ability to handle TPC Southwind, a Par 70 track that checks in just over 7200 yards.  We’ve got the best of the best teeing it up here, as is the case for most if not all WGC events – so let’s look at some ways to attack line-up builds this week!

The Best of the Best

  • Bryson DeChambeau – $11,000

He’s been the best golfer on tour this season (though the guy below has an argument to be made stastically), with monster drives off the tee, gaining over a stroke on the field per round, ranking first on tour.  Want a recipe for success?  Combine that with a top 15 putter, and you’re in action.  DeChambeau has been destroying the ball post-pandemic, and before his blow-up on the 15th in the second round at The Memorial – he was on a string of top 10 finishes that really was remarkable.  In an event with no cut, I have no problem at all paying up for him & I think he has a great weekend in this loaded field event and that he is poised to bounce back from his ridiculous 30 minute side-show that we saw from him as he missed the cut at Muirfield.

  • Tyrell Hatton – $9,700

Hatton has been arguably the best golfer on tour this season in events that he’s played.  He just keeps churning out top 10 finish after top 10 finish, and leads the tour in SG: Total.  I’m a little bit surprised he isn’t priced over $10k – and have no problem locking and loading him into my line-ups, even though he has only played in a limited number of tour events so far.  He leads the tour in putting, ranks second in SG: Approach – and is above average off the tee and around the green.  All in all, he’s been outstanding all season long and I have no problem continuing to recommend him until his form cools.

The Next Tier

  • Max Homa – $7,200

Homa finished with a T3 at the 3M Open last week, righting his wrongs at Muirfield.  Priced affordably, in an event without a cut – it’s hard not to love Homa, priced at $7,200.  He can score at will – and without a cut to worry about here, there’s plenty to like in terms of his upside at $7,200.  He has the ability to be in the mix on Sunday, something that isn’t the case with a lot of the players priced in his range.  He was in quite the grove leading up to when play stopped in March – and I have a feeling he’s about to go on another run, starting with last week’s T3 finish.

  • Matthew Wolff – $7,900

The skillset is there….the consistency is not.  However, he’s had three pretty good showings in his last four events, placing in the top 25 in all of the events, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.  He’s great off of the tee, ranking 15th in SG: OTT on tour, an above average putter – his approach game has been improving – and he’s a bit of a mess around the greens.  However – if he strikes the ball as well as he has of late, he should be able to keep up his recent strong run rolling into this weekend’s event, something I’m willing to bet on.

Do Not Forget About…

  • Ryan Palmer, $6,700

Palmer was having a very good start to his season before the pandemic – and even though he hasn’t been too consistent since we returned, his upside has been even better.  He finished 2nd at a loaded field event at The Memorial, and also checked in with an eighth place finish at the RBC Heritage.  In terms of his skill-set, he is an excellent ball striker, checking in with a 20th ranking in SG: OTT and 52nd in SG: Approach.  The issue he can run into is around the green – but if his short game is working, he’ll likely be in the mix this weekend.  If you are looking for a value play or two when building out your rosters to go with a top heavy trio of players, Palmer is a great option as a ‘punt’ with plenty of upside and the ability to compete in a tough event…something that can’t be said for most priced in his range.

If you would like to see some more of my favourites for this week’s event, check out The PGA Cheat Sheet for the FedEx St. Jude Classic!

If you have any questions at all, you can find me on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.

About Brad

Brad hates the term fantasy sports expert, so instead he is someone who specializes in NFL, NHL and MLB DFS notes and analysis. He had a 68.2% win rate in 2015 NFL cash games to go along with a 83.5% win rate for the 2014 season. For NHL he had a 58.7% win rate in the 2015-16 season for cash games and a 66.2% win rate for the 2014-15 season. You can follow him on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.

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