So, you've decided to play daily fantasy golf, but you have no idea where to begin. Well, we here at Golf News Net are happy to help. Before you delve into our weekly fantasy golf picks, we thought it would be a good idea to give you the basics behind daily fantasy golf.
Where should you play? For us, DraftKings is our game of choice. They have the biggest payouts and the highest volume of contests each week, including chances to win $1 million at each major championship. Victiv and DraftDay are also good options, but the game's aren't as big.
What's the format? In any daily fantasy golf game, the format starts with a salary cap-based open draft. In DraftKings games, you draft six players that are valued based on their world ranking, recent performance and past performance at the event in question. You have $50,000 to play with to make those picks. Once the tournament starts, you earn points based on a player's position on the leaderboard and their scoring, including birdies, eagles, pars, dropped shots (bogeys or worse) and streaks for birdies and bogey-free rounds. The player with the most points earned by their six-player team at the end of the tournament wins.
Who should you pick? The basic rule for DraftKings is you need to have six players who make the cut to have a chance to make the money. Otherwise, you're losing out on 36 holes of potential points and the bonus points based on a player's finish (they earn no bonus for missing the cut). It's better to pick six guys you believe will make the cut compare to three or four and hoping that almost half your team will find their way to the weekend.
Can you enter multiple teams? In most DraftKings contests, you can create multiple entries. That's typically a good idea, particularly for events with a bigger payout. Find players that can be the foundation of each of your entries -- typically one or two -- and then create varieties based on that foundation.
Give DraftKings daily fantasy golf a try! You can get a free entry with your first deposit.