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Importance of Making the Cut

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 touched on the cut in the introduction, but it’s so important in daily fantasy golf that it deserves its own lesson.

The ultimate goal in fantasy sports is to increase your team’s floor in cash games and increase your team’s ceiling in tournaments. The way to increase your team’s floor and ceiling in daily fantasy golf is to have as many of your golfers make the cut as possible. Selecting golfers that you expect to make the cut seems easy enough, but even the top golfers in the world miss a cut every now and then. Week in and week out, some of the most popular plays miss the cut, which only adds to the epic sweat that daily fantasy golf provides.

The cut rules on the PGA Tour are simple: after the first two rounds, the top 70 golfers plus ties will make the cut. In full field events, there will typically be between 120-160 golfers in action on any given week. Only the top 70 and ties will stick around to play the weekend. That means that nearly half of the golfers in the field each week are going to miss the cut. Talk about room for variance!

If that wasn’t bad enough, there is also a secondary cut on the PGA Tour when more than 78 players are included in the top 70 and ties. This secondary cut takes place on the third day of the tournament and will once again be the top 70 and ties that move on. For example, if 82 golfers are included in the top 70 and ties after the second round, they will all play in the third round. However, only the top 70 and ties after the third round will move on to play on the final day. The rest of the golfers will receive an “MDF”, which stands for “made cut, didn’t finish.”

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The importance of making the cut is very simple: it provides more opportunities for our golfers to score fantasy points. Not only will golfers play an additional 36 holes of golf, but they will also have the chance to improve their finishing position, which as you may remember, is also worth fantasy points.

Typically, a golfer that makes the cut will score around 20 fantasy points more than the average golfer in the field. Conversely, a golfer that misses the cut is going to score around 20 fantasy points less than the average golfer in the field. That’s a HUGE swing in fantasy production.

If you have three or more golfers miss the cut after the second round, your schedule that weekend will be wide open because you certainly won’t be sweating your lineups. You generally need at least four players to make the cut to have a shot in cash games and at least five golfers make the cut to have a shot in tournaments.

In general, there are four key factors that I consider each week when trying to predict whether or not a player will make the cut: Vegas odds, current form, course history, and statistics. We have a lesson for each of the four key factors.

The importance of the cut really comes into play when building lineups as you are forced to choose between taking a riskier approach (stars and scrubs lineup) or taking a well-balanced approach with golfers that are a little more consistent. Obviously, pricing dictates everything in fantasy sports, but in general, I will side with the well-balanced approach in cash games because it increases my chance to have all six of my golfers make the cut.

I touched on the cut in the introduction, but it’s so important in daily fantasy golf that it deserves its own lesson.

The ultimate goal in fantasy sports is to increase your team’s floor in cash games and increase your team’s ceiling in tournaments. The way to increase your team’s floor and ceiling in daily fantasy golf is to have as many of your golfers make the cut as possible. Selecting golfers that you expect to make the cut seems easy enough, but even the top golfers in the world miss a cut every now and then. Week in and week out, some of the most popular plays miss the cut, which only adds to the epic sweat that daily fantasy golf provides.

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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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