DraftKings Daily Fantasy Golf Helper: Valero Texas Open

Rickie Fowler headlines the field this week at the Valero Texas Open. Is he worth his elevated price on DraftKings?

Daily fantasy golf requires a new approach for each and every event.

The course and field change week after week, making no two contests alike. That means you need to refine your approach for each PGA Tour event to try to find golfers who are primed to excel for your daily fantasy golf lineups.

Each week, we have a course primer, and our daily fantasy golf projections and lineup builder can help you get started, but these golfers stand out specifically on DraftKings for the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort.

Key Stats

Key Stats for the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks
Strokes Gained: Approach
Opportunities Gained
Strokes Gained: Par 5s
Scrambling Gained
Proximity Gained 175+

For details on why these stats stand out this week, check out the primer.

Let's get to the picks.

All stats are from Fantasy National Golf Club and are for golfers in the field over the last 50 rounds, unless otherwise noted.

High-Priced Studs

Rickie Fowler (DraftKings Price $11,700 | FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds: 19/2) - Fowler leads the way this week at the highest price he'll likely ever be on DraftKings. He is 2nd in proximity gained from 175 yards or further, 10th in opportunities gained, 13th in strokes gained: approach, and 25th in scrambling gained. He is passable on the par 5s (31st), but he leads the field in strokes gained: par 4s. Fowler skipped the Match Play last week to get locked in at TPC San Antonio. If he's not caught looking ahead to Augusta, he could blitz this field.

Tony Finau ($10,800 | 17) - Finau stands out as a tee-to-green stud almost every week, and he's been quite good with the putter lately, ranking 11th in his last 50 rounds. He is 4th in strokes gained: par 5s, 7th in both strokes gained: tee to green and opportunities gained, and while he's just 27th in approach, he is 11th in proximity gained from 175+ yards. Finau came in third here in 2017, and he'll look to build some momentum leading into the Masters.

Jim Furyk ($9,600 | 31) - The 48-year-old Furyk has displayed some of the best form of his career in the early goings of 2019, stringing together four finishes of T18 or better over his last five events, including a T2 at THE PLAYERS. He should set up well for Valero, as his lack of length off the tee will be mitigated and his experience will serve him well at this challenging course. He is first in the field in scrambling gained and sixth in strokes gained: approach. If he keeps that up here, he'll find himself in contention come Sunday.

Mid-Priced Options

Jason Kokrak ($9,400 | 31) - At some point, this hot streak will end, but for now, enjoy the ride. Kokrak has been among the best iron players in the world for the last few months, and it's no surprise he's first in strokes gained: approach in this field. He is also third in strokes gained: tee to green, fourth in opportunities gained, and ninth in proximity gained: 175+. He was runner up at the Valspar and showed he can handle a difficult course just fine in his current form.

Byeong-Hun An ($9,200 | 36) - The leader in strokes gained: tee to green is all the way down at $9,200. An is on a string of 17 consecutive made cuts, and the long irons have been nothing short of stellar. He is eighth in proximity gained including all shots over 175 yards, but isolating just approaches over 200 yards, he is actually first. An is 8th in strokes gained: approach, 15th in opportunities gained, and 36th in strokes gained: par 5s.

Abraham Ancer ($8,900 | 36) - Ancer played well during the group stage of Match Play, building off a T12 at THE PLAYERS after a rough patch the few weeks prior. He strung together solid performances between the swing season and January, so don't be surprised to see him continue on this trend and build a new streak. The stats are solid, ranking 33rd in strokes gained: approach and 34th in opportunities gained, and he has quality marks in auxiliary stats like strokes gained: par 4s (8th) and strokes gained: tee to green (9th).

Ryan Palmer ($8,400) | 55) - Palmer is a Texas native and has performed well in his career at this event and other dry, windy courses. Prior to missing the cut last year, he had finishes of T6, T4, and T6 the three prior seasons, and he flashed some upside with a T4 at the Honda Classic earlier this year before missing the cut at THE PLAYERS. He ranks 10th in strokes gained: approach, 14th on par 4s, 15th in opportunities gained, and 23rd in proximity gained from 175+.

Low-Priced Options

Daniel Berger ($7,800 | 55) - Berger is still making his way back from injury, but the form is finally starting to come around. Notably, he has popped in the weaker fields he's played in, finishing T12 at the Desert Classic and T2 at the Puerto Rico Open while finishing no better than T36 at the Honda in all of his other events. Over his last 50 rounds (which includes some data while he was battling his finger injury in the fall), Berger is 4th in proximity over 175 yards, 11th in strokes gained: approach, 22nd in scrambling gained, and 34th on par 5s.

Sung Kang ($7,700 | 70) - Kang has played very well this year, missing just one cut in 2019 and compiling five top 25's in nine events. He is 5th in strokes gained: par 5s, 18th in strokes gained: approach, 23rd in opportunities gained, and 28th in both scrambling gained and proximity gained (175+).

Joel Dahmen ($7,500 | 70) - After jumping out to first-round leads in consecutive weeks, Dahmen pops with the upside needed in this range. He is prone to streakiness and is on a good one right now, with finishes in three consecutive events of T12, T30, and T12 after missing four straight cuts. Dahmen is 10th in strokes gained: tee to green, 17th in opportunities gained, 20th in strokes gained: par 5s, and 22nd in strokes gained: approach. The putter is never going to be consistent, but Dahmen could tame the slower greens at TPC San Antonio.

Scott Stallings ($7,000 | 90) - Stallings is fourth in strokes gained: approach and sixth in opportunities gained, elite marks for a guy just $1,000 above the minimum. He's around field average in the other key stats except scrambling, where he is 108th. He can grind out a top 25 as long as the putter isn't a disaster, as he did with a T9 finish last time out at the Valspar Championship.

Bargain Basement

Nick Watney ($6,900 | 160) - Watney pops in par 5 performance, as he's 3rd in strokes gained on only those holes. He is 16th in birdies or better gained, 19th in bogeys avoided, 28th in scrambling gained, and 34th proximity gained from 175 and beyond. He missed two cuts in his last four events, but prior to that, he built a nice streak of weekend golf. He also finished 20th here last year.

Scottie Scheffler ($6,900 | 190) - Scheffler is coming off a second-place finish at the Savannah Golf Championship on the Tour. He has two other top 10's this year on that circuit and is fifth in par 5 birdie or better percentage and sixth in par 5 scoring average.

Sam Ryder ($6,300 | 190) - Another guy where you'll have to hold your breath on every putting stroke, Ryder has actually been terrific from tee to green this season. He is 2nd in opportunities gained, 10th in strokes gained: par 5s, 23rd in strokes gained: approach, 33rd in scrambling gained, and 36th in proximity gained (175+). He is coming off two straight missed cuts in which he recorded his two worst approach weeks of his career. Bet on regression and take the low ownership to help you squeeze in another top tier option.

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