Jul. 13, 2017
Daily Fantasy Golf Picks - John Deere Classic
This week the PGA Tour visits the TPC Deere Run for the 2017 John Deere Classic. It is one of the weakest fields of the season due to the amount of top players in the world heading to the Scottish Open in preparation for the Open Championship next week. From a fantasy standpoint, it means lineup construction will be a bit tougher this week as we will have to stomach a ton of players who are over priced compared to their season averages.
In this article I will be going over some of my top plays for the week outside of those I wrote about in my over at . The stats I will be focusing on this week are Strokes Gained Off the Tee with an emphasis on Driving Accuracy, Strokes Gained Approach with emphasis on Proximity, Par 4 & 5 Scoring with emphasis on Birdie or Better % which correlates very highly with fantasy scoring.
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At the bottom of the article you will also find my YouTube video covering the cheatsheets and how to use them to your advantage each week. Let's jump right in!
Kevin Kisner (DK - $10,400, FD - $9,600)
He finished T20 and T35 in his last two trips here and nails it on the stats model ranking 8th in SG:APP, 15th in SG:OTT, 8th in Driv Acc, 11th in Par 4 Scoring, and 15th in BoB%. When looking for accuracy and SG: OTT, Kisner is the man gaining positive strokes off the tee in 11 of his last 13 tournaments. He is coming off a missed cut at the Greenbrier and could very well be the lowest owned golfer in the upper tier.
Jamie Lovemark (DK - $9,300, FD - $7,900)
Once again, Lovemark sits near the top of my model. Despite no Top 10's, he has made all four cuts here in his career and comes in with some nice form having made 10 straight cuts(not counting Zurich team event) including an impressive season-high T3 at last week's Greenbrier Classic. He has gained strokes off the tee in four straight tournies while gaining strokes on the approach shots in six of his last seven tournies. He is nice play on both sites but especially on FanDuel under $8K.
Nick Watney (DK - $7,900, FD - $7,000)
Watney had some spotty history here early in his career but rebounded nicely with a T13 and T27 finishes in 2012 and 2013. He returns in 2017 with some nice form having made seven straight cuts. The thing that keeps him as a GPP only play this week is that in that time he has zero Top 10's and has struggled off the tee. If he can find the fairway this week he should have a great shot at a top finish as he has gained strokes on the approach in five straight and 13 of his last 15 tournaments.
Wesley Bryan (DK - $7,300, FD - $6,800)
Once known as the , Wesley Bryan is now a winner on the PGA Tour after taking home the hardware at the RBC Heritage back in April. He is strictly a GPP play as he has shown some inconsistency with seven missed cuts in 21 events and has not finished inside the Top 40 since that win. He does, however, have the upside to help us to GPP glory with his tremendous approach, around the green, and putting profile.
Robert Garrigus (DK - $6,600, FD - $5,200)
Another GPP only play that won't break the bank and fits nicely into a stars and scrubs lineup to help get one or two of the top guys. He had a rough two-month stretch from April to June where he missed six straight cuts but has bounced back with a T29 at the Quicken Loans National and a T45 in last week's Greenbrier Classic. The putting for Garrigus has been the real problem as he has lost an average of 2 strokes to the field over his last 10 tournaments. On the side, he has gained an average of 1.3 Strokes Gained Tee to Green(.9 OTT & .7 APP) in that time period. If he can sink some putts this week he should easily crush his low price, especially on FanDuel.
Before finalizing your lineups for this week, be sure to head on over to and check out FanShare Pro. You can easily sort by price range and see all the players who have been tagged throughout the week which can help in determining ownership projections. They also have subject tag counts to help nail down what everyone is talking about as key stats/factors for the week and don't forget about the projections.