Welcome to the first 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.
HIGH END SLEEPER
These aren’t high end prices, but we’re looking for premium players at a discount rate.
Luke Donald ($7,800): Donald has missed three straight cuts. He’s played the Honda Classic seven times and made the cut seven times. One of those streaks has to end this week and I’m betting on the former. He’s recently welcomed back former coach Pat Goss and it looks like progress is being made. In each of those three missed cuts, he’s had one solid round of 69 and then been hurt by a round of 75 or worse to miss the cut. He just needs to find some consistency.
Since the Honda Classic moved to PGA National, he’s played here four times and has three top 10 finishes. His last PGA Tour win was in 2012 at the Transitions Championship (now Valspar) which happens to be held in Florida. Terrible current form, but a great course history (and he does own a home in Florida) leads to an excellent sleeper candidate.
The Soft Middle
Looking for some soft pricing in the lower tiers.
Erik Compton ($5,800): Compton will likely not be high on many players’ lists as he’s missed three cuts in a row and he struggled here last year. However, he’s never missed a cut in four chances at the Honda and always performs well on the Florida swing. He’s a Florida native who still resides here and played his college golf in the South at the University of Georgia. He’s just two years removed from a fourth place finish here.
El Cheapo Guapo
They won’t cost you much, but they have real upside. And they sure are handsome.
Kyle Reifers ($5,400): Reifers ended the West Coast Swing on fire with a tie for 21st at Pebble Beach and then a tie for eighth last week at the Northern Trust Open. He closed the NTO out with a final round 67 to move up from 26th place. He’s only played here once back in 2007 and made the cut to finish 71st but he’s had solid results at other courses like Bay Hill and Innisbrook so he’s shown he can play on these greens.
Adam Hadwin ($4,500): The Canadian PGA Tour rookie has quietly performed quite well on two tough courses in his last two Tour appearances. He picked up a tie for 32nd at the Farmers and last week finished in a tie for 22nd at the Northern Trust.
Perhaps most importantly, he closed out the NTO with a Sunday round of 69 to shoot up 17 places on the leader board. He’s made eight of ten cuts in his rookie campaign and looks to have righted the ship after a run of three missed cuts in four tournaments.
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, but if you want gamble in larger GPPs you need a unicorn on your side.
Steve Wheatcroft ($4,300): One of the places I like to look for sleepers is in the players who sneak into a field late either by moving from one of the alternates after another player withdraws or through Monday qualifying. Wheatcroft is in the field due to the second reshuffle of the Web.com graduates. Wheatcroft played here in 2010 and picked up a tie for 17th and has played pretty well this year after graduating to the PGA Tour. He’s got three straight made cuts and has a tie for second at the Humana in that run.