Welcome to the fourth edition of the DraftKings Fantasy PGA Sleepers column. I will be here each week to offer a few daily fantasy golf sleepers. I will try to weave in players from a few pricing tiers – this won’t be a column on the five cheapest guys each week and why they have a 1% chance of making the cut.
A balanced lineup in Daily Fantasy Golf is important so I want to offer you opportunities to construct lineups with sleepers at a variety of price points. As always, suggestions are appreciated to help improve the column and so we can better meet your DFS needs.
It was another tough week last week as we only saw one of our five players make it through to the weekend. But, that’s why they are called sleepers. Sometimes they don’t wake up in time. But, we carry on for this week’s stop at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
The field is smaller than usual with only 120 entrants, but you will still have the same number of golfers making the weekend.
These aren’t high end prices, but we’re looking for premium players at a discount rate.
Martin Laird ($7,800): Laird looks like he may be back. He’s ascended to 17th in ball striking and this is a course that rewards the all-around player. He closed out the Valspar with a final round 68 and has three top 15 finishes in his four 2015 tourneys. He won here in 2011, but hasn’t had much other success here (best finish other than the win is a T34 in 2013). He’s long off the tee (33rd this year) and 17th in ball striking. I’m going to own Laird everywhere as I think a lot of gamers will be off of him.
The Soft Middle
Looking for some soft pricing in the lower tiers.
Brian Davis ($6,000): Davis has an interesting history here with four top 25 finishes in the last five years (he missed the cut in the other appearance). And he finally perked up last week with a T10 (taking the first round lead with an opening round 65). Oh, hey, he happens to live in Orlando so that can’t hurt.
El Cheapo Guapo
They won’t cost you much, but they have real upside. And they sure are handsome.
Chris Stroud ($5,200): Stroud has made the cut the last three years at Bay Hill with a T15, T34 and T31 last year. He withdrew from the Honda a couple of weeks ago, but bounced back for a T27 in Puerto Rico the following week. He took last week off so he should be refreshed to tackle Bay Hill.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano ($4,900): Fernandez-Castano is the bane of all PGA golf statisticians everywhere as his long surname wreaks havoc on spreadsheets all around the world. He’s made two appearances at Bay Hill the last two years and has finished T3 and T35. His T35 last year included a second round 77 so he’s got some room to improve. He’s only made four of eight cuts in 2015 so he may not be a top choice for gamers.
Each week, I’ll throw one player out there who has one thing working for him. He’s probably got a less than 10% chance of making the cut (of course everyone makes the cut this week), but if you want gamble in larger GPPs you need a unicorn on your side.
Brandon Hagy ($4,400): – Shhh!!!! Hagy just turned pro and has turned heads since he’s been on tour. He crushes the ball (which could come in handy this week). He played in Brazil last week on the Web.com tour and finished T19 after a T16 in Puerto Rico the week before. He played at Pebble this year (T34) and led the whole tournament in driving distance. He’s young, so his results will be volatile, but in a week where you have a short field, he makes a viable sleeper. Feel free to read more if you can stand it.