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Attacking Small-Field and No-Cut Events

Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

I’ve mentioned time and time again in this course that the main goal in daily fantasy golf is to get as many of your golfers through the cut as possible. The more golfers that you have playing the weekend, the more scoring opportunities you will have, which increases your chance to place in both cash games and tournaments.

However, what happens at the events that don’t feature a cut? In these instances, it renders our goal completely useless. Not having a cut changes the dynamic of the tournament drastically, as every golfer in the field gets to play all four rounds, regardless of their finishing position after the first two days of play.

No-Cut Events

In these situations, we should shift our priorities from targeting players that are expected to make the cut to targeting players that have a good chance of being in contention on Sunday. The no-cut structure lends itself to more of a stars-and-scrubs type of approach because we know that even the worst golfers in the field are going to play all four days. Getting as many studs in your lineup as possible increases your odds of picking the winner.

Course history and current form are still a factor in no-cut events, but this is a situation where we don’t necessarily have to find the very best value plays. A projections system that focuses on fantasy points per dollar isn’t nearly as valuable in no-cut events because even the bottom-tier players in the field will have four days of scoring opportunities.

Here are the events on the PGA Tour that do not feature a cut:

WGC-Cadillac Championship
BMW Championship (FedEx Cup)
— Tour Championship (FedEx Cup)

While no-cut events do lend themselves to a stars-and-scrubs approach, as with every daily fantasy sport, everything should be dictated by pricing on the site on which you are playing. If there is a player (or a group of players) who is grossly underpriced and in a good spot, you shouldn’t fade him just so that you can stick to the stars and scrubs approach. You never want to box yourself into a corner in daily fantasy sports by employing one single strategy, regardless of the circumstances. You should always let the pricing dictate your decision-making.

Small-Field Events

There are also a few tournaments on tour that feature smaller fields, where more than half of the players end up making the cut. In these situations, I like to employ a strategy somewhere in between the well-balanced approach and the stars-and-scrubs approach. With a large portion of the field making the cut, we can afford to take a few more chances in our lineups, even in cash games.

I’ve mentioned time and time again in this course that the main goal in daily fantasy golf is to get as many of your golfers through the cut as possible. The more golfers that you have playing the weekend, the more scoring opportunities you will have, which increases your chance to place in both cash games and tournaments.

However, what happens at the events that don’t feature a cut? In these instances, it renders our goal completely useless. Not having a cut changes the dynamic of the tournament drastically, as every golfer in the field gets to play all four rounds, regardless of their finishing position after the first two days of play.

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About the Author

  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

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Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

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