DraftKings PGA DFS GPP Cheat Sheet & Overview for the 2022 Sony Open. Featuring top plays, high ceiling candidates, contrarian, and value picks to target for this week’s DraftKings and FanDuel PGA DFS main slate.
This week we have a full field event in Hawaii, as the players tee it up at Waialae – which checks in at just over 7000 yards for the Par 70 track. With only two Par 5’s and being fairly short overall, for me – this event is all about ball striking – and that will be my focus in terms of narrowing down the player pool – and this early in the season, I do like to look at longer trends than just the limited sample that we have so far for the 2021-22 PGA season. Ball striking and recent form to me are paramount, and that will be where I focus for the tournament this week, which will see the top 65 and ties advance past the cut and into the weekend.
Best of the Best (factoring in salary)
- Corey Conners, $9,600
The Canadian is a fantastic ball striker – and I’m not too worried about his fairly pedestrian SG: APP so far in the limited sample this season. Last year over a much larger sample he was ranked 9th on tour in SG: APP (to go along with an eighth place rank in SG: OTT) to sit 12th on tour in SG: TTG. His price point doesn’t break the bank – and I like his chances of stringing together four solid rounds as long as he can get things rolling on the green a decent amount. He’s one of my favorite dollar for dollar options on the board this week.
- Talor Gooch, $9,100
I’m hoping that he gets overlooked a little bit priced up over $9k – but in a field that is not the most stellar, I do think that he’ll be fairly popular. However, I do think that it is for good reason – and I love the spot for him this week. He played very solid last week at the Sentry as a low-cost option, and quite frankly, I do think that he’s one of the more affordable near-elite options in the weak field event teeing it up this week. I like the chances that he keeps his strong play going this week at Waialae.
- Denny McCarthy, $7,400
His ball striking leaves a lot to be desired, but he is one of the best putters on tour and due to that, tends to be overlooked by a lot of models that have determined that putting is purely random. Sure, in a vacuum for run of the mill putters, that argument has legs – but for me, this is simply a tout of a player that I think is mis-priced and who will be lower owned than he should be. He has had very solid stretches in the past as a value play, and I like his chances of making it into the weekend here, with a fair bit of upside relative to his price point.
Cheat Sheet – DraftKings and FanDuel
We have grouped players into 3 key tiers based on price point.
You can also access a player’s “FC Player Card” by clicking their name or salary. This will bring up key news, stats and match-up data to help guide you along the way for their game that day.
|High||Cameron Smith (11.2k / 82.11) (12k / 82.11)|
|Hideki Matsuyama (10.6k / 73.80) (11.6k / 73.80)|
|Abraham Ancer (9.7k / 73.80) (11.3k / 73.80)|
|Corey Conners (9.6k / 76.33) (11k / 76.33)|
|Medium||Talor Gooch (9.1k / 73.80) (10.8k / 73.80)|
|Russell Henley (8.5k / 66.92) (10.3k / 66.92)|
|Maverick McNealy (8.3k / 67.57) (9.8k / 67.57)|
|Seamus Power (8.1k / 76.76) (10.4k / 76.76)|
|Ryan Palmer (7.8k / 63.05) (9.5k / 63.05)|
|Low||Joel Dahmen (7.6k / 64.31) (9.5k / 64.31)|
|Denny McCarthy (7.4k / 60.07) (9.1k / 60.07)|
|Stewart Cink (7.2k / 56.70) (9k / 56.70)|
|Kyoung-Hoon Lee (7k / 66.24) (8.6k / 66.24)|
Our cheat sheets highlight the core plays (including some contrarian candidates) that we like the most on the slate and, as a result, would recommend a higher level of exposure to on the whole. It is not an exhaustive list, and if you are a multi-entry GPP player, you may decide to ultimately have a larger player pool to work from. Our hope is that this gives you a tight group of players to heavy-up your exposure to.
Best of luck in your contests this week and over the entirety of the 2022 PGA Season!!