Welcome to the 2nd 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 we had some success as my unicorn made the cut! We also had some success with Luke Donald and Adam Hadwin. We will see if I can continue my streak of success below.
This week’s tournament is an All-Star level event so finding sleepers is a bit tougher (and it’s tough to call many of these players sleepers). It’s a no-cut even so you can take some risks that you wouldn’t in other tourneys.
These aren’t high end prices, but we’re looking for premium players at a discount rate.
Hideki Matsuyama ($8,600): He withdrew last week with a wrist injury. If you think he’s healthy, play him. If you don’t, then leave him on the bench. If you want a high end performer at a discount, Matsuyama is your man. Ironically, Matsuyama withdrew from the Honda in 2014 as well and then teed it up at Doral. He finished in a tie for 34th but that included a disastrous 77 on Friday.
He’s a great scorer on par 4s (tied for third in par 4 scoring average and first in par 4 performance so far in 2015).He struggled a bit last year with a wrist injury He’s a premium player who is priced far below his normal range.
The Soft Middle
Looking for some soft pricing in the lower tiers.
Hunter Mahan ($6,600) I don’t think we’ll see Mahan’s price this low in any other even this year. He’s got the highest floor of the players in this tier and his ceiling is a top 10. Mahan has two top 10s in his last four stops at the Doral including his tie for ninth last year. At that tie for ninth could have been better if he hadn’t shot a final round 76. However, he hasn’t missed a cut yet in six starts this year and is coming in off a tie for 20th at the Northern Trust
El Cheapo Guapo
They won’t cost you much, but they have real upside. And they sure are handsome.
Anirban Lahiri ($5,700): The 27 year-old Lahiri is making is PGA Tour debut. He’s finished in the top 10 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit for the last three years in a row. He’s won twice already on the season at the Maybank Malaysian Open and Hero Indian Open.
Gary Woodland ($6,300) Last we saw Woodland he stumbled out of the Northern Trust on Friday. He did not play last week and comes in under the radar. However, he did put up a top 20 finish here last year and that included a disastrous 78 on Saturday. He’s a sneaky play this week as he can hit the ball a long way and his lack of accuracy won’t be as big a deal with the wider Doral fairways.
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.
Gary Stal ($5,500): Stal’s record so far in 2015 is: a tie for fifth at the South African Open, win at the Abu Dhabi, missed cut at the Qatar Masters, tie for fourth at the Dubai Desert Classic and a missed cut at the Malaysian Open. He has been all or nothing and that’s the formula for a unicorn for me.