Welcome to the third 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.
Last week wasn’t quite as successful as week one, but everyone made the cut! Gary Woodland performed quite well, but no one else should be mentioned. It is time to get back on that horse as we have a full field this week at the Valspar Championship. It’s not the best field, but we were spoiled last week.
These aren’t high end prices, but we’re looking for premium players at a discount rate.
Louis Oosthuizen ($8,700): He’s always a threat to withdraw (with his current back issue), but he Oosty looked healthy last week at the Cadillac. He’s missed the cut here two years in a row, but did have a tie for 20th in 2012. It’s about his performance at the Cadillac that puts Oosthuizen on the list this week.
The Soft Middle
Looking for some soft pricing in the lower tiers.
Francesco Molinari ($6,300): Francesco will be in a lot of my lineups this week and the reasons are myrid. First, the reasons he won’t be in a lot of other DFS players’ lineups. He’s never played here, hasn’t played since the Honda and has missed the cut in his last two appearances on tour so he’s probably off a lot of DFS players’ lists this week.
However, Molinari is the most accurate driver of the ball on the PGA Tour this year and fourth on the European Tour. He finished 11th in 2014 in driving accuracy in Europe. His accuracy will be rewarded on this course where the hazards can be punitive.
El Cheapo Guapo
They won’t cost you much, but they have real upside. And they sure are handsome.
Emiliano Grillo ($6,100): This is his first trip to the Valpsar, but Grillo played this course as part of the Southern Amateur back in 2011. He finished in a tie for 14th during that tourney. He turned pro in 2011 and is a member of the European Tour. The Argentine ended up in a five-way playoff last week (he lost) in Puerto Rico so he’s continuing a great run in 2015 where he’s made the cut in all six appearances he’s made worldwide after closing out 2014 with eight straight cuts made. Oh, he’s also 96th in the World Rankings.
Justin Leonard ($3,800): Old man, accurate driver, stays out of trouble generally, can scramble when he does get into trouble, cheap. In his last five trips here, he has three top 20 finishes including a tie for fourth in 2013. He hasn’t teed it up since the NTO (a tie for 56th). He’s a solid punt if you want to stack your lineup with studs.
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.
Oscar Fraustro ($2,900): Fraustro played his college golf at USF located in Tampa about 45 minutes from Innisbrook. He struggled a bit in Puerto Rico last week, but ended with a 69 on Sunday to sneak into the top 40. He hasn’t performed well on tougher courses in his full season debut, so the hope is his local knowledge gives him an advantage and allows him to build off his final round last week. At this price point, you aren’t investing much.