PGA DFS Core Plays - DraftKings & FanDuel: Sanderson Farms Championship

Top-ranked DFS player, Notorious, breaks down his favorite PGA DFS plays at various salary ranges for the coming week’s golf tournament. Who should you be building around? Find out below.

Sanderson Farms Championship

Even though it was a massive mismatch, I thoroughly enjoyed the Presidents Cup. It delivered some great storylines and some great moments. The biggest winner of the week was Jordan Spieth (who was featured in this article as a core play and an outright bet), but Tom Kim emerged as a superstar. His combination of personality, confidence, and talent is going to make him a must-watch for many years. He also split his pants three times throughout the course of the week. I’m not sure how that’s possible, but perhaps that’s because my chicken legs could never threaten the integrity of a pair of pants. Overall, it was a great week of golf and it shows that the United States is in a great spot for these team events moving forward.

We now turn our attention to the second stroke play event of the new season — the Sanderson Farms Championship. The event will be held at the Country Club of Jackson, which is a Par 72 that measures 7,461 yards. While that seems long on the surface, it will be no problem for these professionals. The last five winning scores of the event have been -22, -19, -18, -21, and -19. Weather will always be the biggest factor on scoring and as of now, it doesn’t look like there is much wind in the forecast.

The fairways here are tree-lined and narrow, but that doesn’t mean we should be focusing on accuracy. The penalty for missing the fairways is very small and there are four par fives on the scorecard. Distance has surprisingly been a big advantage at this venue over the years. The greens are average in size and easy to hit on average. This lessens the importance of around the green play and increases the importance of putting. When everyone is hitting greens, events often turn into putting contests.

The fairways, rough, and greens all feature bermudagrass. I certainly don’t mind looking at golfers with a good track record on bermuda courses and/or golfers that have a good track record on easy Par 72 courses. While course history is always worth looking at, it hasn’t been very predictive here over the years. I much prefer course fit and form over course history.

Downloadable and Customizable Model for the Sanderson Farms Championship

Tournament Info

Field Size:

  • 144 golfers

Cut Rule:

  • Top 65 and ties

Weather Forecasts

Key Statistics

  • Strokes Gained Approach
  • Strokes Gained Off the Tee
  • Strokes Gained Putting (Emphasis on Bermuda)
  • Birdie or Better %
  • Driving Distance

Core Plays

Taylor Montgomery

DK: $9,600 — FD: $11,100

SG: OTT — 45
Total Driving — 38
SG: APP — 87
BOB% — 17
SG: Putting (Bermuda) — 12
Noto’s Rating — 82.5

I certainly don’t mind starting lineups with Sam Burns, who is the most talented golfer in the field and the defending champ at this event. However, I’m not sure where his motivation is at after competing in his first Presidents Cup. I’m sure the after party went long into the night on Sunday. Personally, I like the balanced build a bit more this week and I like starting lineups with Montgomery. He finished the last KFT season with seven top 10s in his last nine events. He was first on the tour in scoring average and in birdie average. In his first start on the PGA Tour after getting his card, he finished third at the Fortinet Championship. He’s an elite putter and he can make birdies in bunches. The only negative is his lack of course history, but this isn’t a venue that you need a lot of experience on to play well.

Taylor Moore

DK: $8,500 — FD: $10,600

SG: OTT — 31
Total Driving — 32
SG: APP — 91
BOB% — 27
SG: Putting (Bermuda) — 69
Noto’s Rating — 77.7

Moore made some serious noise toward the end of last season. He rattled off top six finishes at the Rocket Mortgage and the Wyndham in back-to-back weeks and posted a five-event stretch where he gained over 27 strokes tee to green. His long-term iron play isn’t great, but this is a course where you can get away with bombing it off the tee and making putts. If he can follow the Cameron Champ mold, he could easily find himself in contention on Sunday. He’s been in good form (eight straight cuts) and finished T17 at this event last season.

Alex Smalley

DK: $7,500 — FD: $9,200

SG: OTT — 33
Total Driving — 7
SG: APP — 25
BOB% — 36
SG: Putting (Bermuda) — 87
Noto’s Rating — 75.3

Smalley is easily the safest value play on the slate this week. He was a popular target of mine for most of last season, so there’s no reason not to like him at this price point in this weak field. He’s very good off the tee (combination of distance and accuracy) and he’s a top 25 approach player in this field. He makes a lot of birdies and he finished T31 here last year. Being from North Carolina, he has plenty of experience on bermuda courses. He offers a nice mix of safety and upside.

Conviction Plays

J.T. Poston

DK: $10,200 — FD: $11,200

SG: OTT — 38
Total Driving — 98
SG: APP — 61
BOB% — 33
SG: Putting (Bermuda) — 5
Noto’s Rating — 79.7

Poston has been on an absolute tear over the last four months. During that stretch, he has a win, a second, and four more top 25 finishes. That’s extremely impressive, especially considering the fact that he’s only played eight events during that stretch. He has really improved off the tee and on approach, which has taken his game to another level. He has always had an elite short game, so add in good ball striking and it’s no surprise that the results have been so good. He’s certainly live to win this week, as he’s in elite form and has two top 11 finishes at this event in the last three years.

Stephan Jaeger

DK: $7,200 — FD: $8,600

SG: OTT — 126
Total Driving — 121
SG: APP — 37
BOB% — 9
SG: Putting (Bermuda) — 49
Noto’s Rating — 69.7

Jaeger is my wildcard pick to contend this week. His long-term off the tee numbers are not good, but he has gained in that category in six of his last nine starts on the PGA Tour (massive improvement). He can get red-hot with his irons and that’s evident if you look at his game log. He has gained over four strokes on approach in five of his last 11 starts. As you can see above, he’s one of the best in the field when it comes to making birdies. On easy courses like this one, we want birdie makers. It doesn’t hurt that he’s made three-of-four cuts at this event with a T26 here last year.

Lee Hodges

DK: $7,000 — FD: $8,100

SG: OTT — 56
Total Driving — 28
SG: APP — 26
BOB% — 90
SG: Putting (Bermuda) — 101
Noto’s Rating — 65.2

Hodges checks all of the boxes for me this week. It took some time for him to get rolling in his rookie season on the PGA Tour, but he certainly figured it out toward the end. He made eight of his final nine cuts of the season and had some excellent ball striking numbers during that stretch He’s quietly top 30 in this field in total driving and in strokes gained on approach. More importantly (for me, anyway), he lives right down the road. He played his college golf at the University of Alabama and still lives there. According to Google, it’s about a two-and-a-half hour drive to this course. In his debut at this event last season, he made the cut and finished T45.

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Jordan Spieth was the top scorer at the Presidents Cup, which was a nice payout at +1400. Let’s keep it going this week.

Last week: +9 units

Season total: -1 unit

This week: 9 units in play

Sanderson Farms Championship

  • JT Poston +2700 (FanDuel)
  • Taylor Montgomery +3000 (DraftKings)
  • Taylor Moore +5000 (BetMGM)
  • Alex Smalley +7000 (PointsBet)
  • Stephan Jaeger +11000 (FanDuel)
  • Lee Hodges +13000 (DraftKings)

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

  • Tyrrell Hatton +1600 (FanDuel)
  • Tommy Fleetwood +2000 (FanDuel)
  • Eddie Pepperell +6000 (BetRivers)

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Top-ranked DFS player, Notorious, breaks down his favorite PGA DFS plays at various salary ranges for the coming week’s golf tournament. Who should you be building around? Find out below.

Sanderson Farms Championship

Even though it was a massive mismatch, I thoroughly enjoyed the Presidents Cup. It delivered some great storylines and some great moments. The biggest winner of the week was Jordan Spieth (who was featured in this article as a core play and an outright bet), but Tom Kim emerged as a superstar. His combination of personality, confidence, and talent is going to make him a must-watch for many years. He also split his pants three times throughout the course of the week. I’m not sure how that’s possible, but perhaps that’s because my chicken legs could never threaten the integrity of a pair of pants. Overall, it was a great week of golf and it shows that the United States is in a great spot for these team events moving forward.

We now turn our attention to the second stroke play event of the new season — the Sanderson Farms Championship. The event will be held at the Country Club of Jackson, which is a Par 72 that measures 7,461 yards. While that seems long on the surface, it will be no problem for these professionals. The last five winning scores of the event have been -22, -19, -18, -21, and -19. Weather will always be the biggest factor on scoring and as of now, it doesn’t look like there is much wind in the forecast.

The fairways here are tree-lined and narrow, but that doesn’t mean we should be focusing on accuracy. The penalty for missing the fairways is very small and there are four par fives on the scorecard. Distance has surprisingly been a big advantage at this venue over the years. The greens are average in size and easy to hit on average. This lessens the importance of around the green play and increases the importance of putting. When everyone is hitting greens, events often turn into putting contests.

The fairways, rough, and greens all feature bermudagrass. I certainly don’t mind looking at golfers with a good track record on bermuda courses and/or golfers that have a good track record on easy Par 72 courses. While course history is always worth looking at, it hasn’t been very predictive here over the years. I much prefer course fit and form over course history.

Downloadable and Customizable Model for the Sanderson Farms Championship

Tournament Info

Field Size:

  • 144 golfers

Cut Rule:

  • Top 65 and ties

Weather Forecasts

Key Statistics

  • Strokes Gained Approach
  • Strokes Gained Off the Tee
  • Strokes Gained Putting (Emphasis on Bermuda)
  • Birdie or Better %
  • Driving Distance

Core Plays

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