The PGA Tour restarts its 2019-2020 season on Thursday when the Charles Schwab Challenge gets underway at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Kevin Na is the defending champion, while Rory McIlroy is the favorite this year to get the victory.
The return of the PGA Tour means the return of daily fantasy golf! There were two charity matches in May, but given the small nature of both, there was no DFS. The return of a full field tournament means it is time to get our lineups set for DraftKings’ Millionaire contest.
If you’re new to golf DFS, you select six golfers with a $50,000 salary cap. There are single round contests, but the Millionaire contest covers all four rounds. While finding the winning golfer is a big plus, a key to finishing in the money is simply getting as many golfers through the cut as possible. The more golfers you get into the weekend, the more points you can rack up.
There are a host of strategies to consider, but something basic is finding sleepers based on past performance at the course in question. Past performance is not indicative of future returns, but it can help you find some sleeper value so you can afford some of the bigger names as well.
Kevin Na won the tournament a year ago, finishing four strokes ahead of Tony Finau. The year prior, Na finished fourth at Colonial. He can be had for $7,600, which comes in below your average cost of $8,333 available per golfer. Of course, given his recent success, expect him to be a popular choice this week. You can go with the crowd to guarantee some points, or avoid him as a contrarian hoping to get more points elsewhere.
A moderate contrarian pick would be Brian Harman at $7,200. He has made 10 of 12 cuts and has a top ten finish this season. A year ago he tied for 31st at this course, but the previous two years he tied for 14th and 7th.
A deeper contrarian pick could be Bill Haas at $6,100. He has no top tens and has missed four of nine cuts this year, and a year ago at Colonial finished tied for 48th. He does not profile as a particularly great option, but in 2018 he tied for 14th at this course and in 2017 he tied for 12th. He’s getting up there in age, so the downward trend could continue, but if you want to roll the dice, give him a look.
If you were to include those three on your roster, you’d be left with $9,700 per golfer for the remaining three spots. Even maxing out with Rory at$11,800 leaves you with $8,650 for each of your final two spots. That provides room for some quality golfers if you don’t mind some rolls of the dice.