Daily fantasy sports are becoming more popular by the day and golf is increasingly becoming many players’ first-choice for fantasy fun. The reason why golf stands out from other sports is that each tournament lasts four days, giving you more time to spectate your players and observe your position on the leaderboards going up and down over the course of the event.
Another unique aspect of golf is that many players fail to make the cut, missing out on two whole days of play. This changes the fantasy side of the game entirely and makes it vital to choose players who are expected to make it to the final rounds. Let’s look at some in-depth daily fantasy golf strategies for FanDuel.
In general, it seems that the best way to succeed at fantasy golf games is to focus on consistency. Other sports can encourage the use of a “stars and scrubs” strategy, in which you pick a few elites and fill out the rest of your roster with low-tier players, but because of the cut, that won’t really work when it comes to golf.
If half of your roster isn’t even playing in the final rounds, it doesn’t really matter if you pick the winner of the tournament, you still won’t earn enough fantasy points to be winning those big cash games or tournaments. Your number one concern in fantasy golf should be to try and build a consistent roster, with all members having a good chance of making the cut.
So how do we start finding those players? Well, the best place to start is also the simplest: Vegas Odds. Odds can be vague and you shouldn’t rely on them as your only source of information, but they do give you a good idea of which players are favorites to win a tournament, as well as allowing you to identify any outsiders or potential value picks.
When checking out the odds, you should look at the odds on each player to win the entire tournament, as well as the odds for them to finish in the top 10. You can then use these values and compare them with the salaries on FanDuel to see if any players are ‘underpriced’ to provide you with some extra value.
Next up on your research list is the past performance of each golfer at the event in question. It’s easy to find old leaderboards and statistics to see how different golfers performed on a certain course or at a certain event. If they’ve got a good record on the course, they’ll be approaching the tournament with more confidence, and a big part of golf is the mental side of the game.
It’s surprising to see how individual golfers can show a lot of consistency on certain courses, so this is definitely some information you’ll want to check out when trying to build a reliable roster.
You’ll also want to take recent performance/current form into account. It’s great if player won some tournaments a few years ago, but if he’s been playing badly in the last few months then it’s unlikely his form is just going to turn around and get better all of a sudden. As we mentioned above, the mental side of the game is very important.
Golf is very unpredictable and tournaments are regularly won by mid-tier players who might not have a lot of victories behind them but just happen to be in a good run of form at the time. Confidence plays a big part in every player’s success, so if you see that a player has been doing well recently, he might be a good pick to make it to the later rounds.
Next, let’s talk about the course itself. The specifics of a course can be a great indicator of how certain golfers are going to perform. The length of the course, the width of the fairways, the number and style of hazards, the size of the greens, and many more factors can all come into play.
You can then look at individual player statistics relevant to the style of course to predict which players are going to do well and which might struggle. A course with long, wide fairways, for example, will suit players who have powerful swings and long driving distances.
Now let’s talk a little more about statistics. The huge range of stats available for golf players might seem intimidating at first, but the more you play, the more you’ll learn. As mentioned above, looking at specific stats that are relevant to the course will help you identify good value players.
In general, the stats we value the most are driving distance, driving accuracy, strokes gained putting, scrambling and greens in regulation. The course will dictate just how influential these stats are each time, but they do tend to be pretty important for most events.
So there you have it. As we mentioned several times, fantasy golf is all about consistency, so you can’t come into this game with the same strategies and mindset you might use to approach fantasy NFL or MLB games.
You want all of your players to make the cut, so use all of the stats, tools and information at your disposal to find those players and fill out your roster with reliable golfers who can make it to the later rounds and rack up good numbers of fantasy points. Research always pays off in DFS games, but it’s more important than ever in fantasy golf.