Fantasy golf is morphing and growing and changing by the year. Daily fantasy golf, through DraftKings and FanDuel, has become popular for golfers willing to put money behind a weekly fantasy lineup. Yahoo Sports has exited the space in 2018, while the PGA Tour and Golf Channel have started offering more games.
One-and-done, in particular, has become a popular format. Perhaps the biggest reason for its growth is that it’s the easiest fantasy golf format. Pick a player each week, don’t use them again and see what happens. At the end of the year, the person whose choices yielded the most official money or points wins. It’s great.
The downside of one-and-done, however, is that it takes all season to get to a winner. The beauty of daily fantasy sports is it allows impulsive people to scratch the itch each week and get a payoff, a sweat, a reason to care about every single shot on the golf course. The strategy is more granular in daily fantasy.
So, in the last 18 months, a variation on one-and-done has become increasingly popular. It’s called Survivor One-and-Done, or just Survivor. The idea is very similar to that of a Survivor pool in fantasy football. Each week, a player picks a single golfer for that tournament. The lone goal for the player hopes for is their golfer making the cut. That’s it. If your golfer makes the cut, you remain in the pool. If your golfer misses the cut, then you’re out of the pool.
Survivor one-and-done is as simple as regular ole’ one-and-done in terms of picking a singular golfer. In fact, it’s arguably even simpler because the strategy calls for the player to pick only the best golfers each week. In traditional one-and-done, players have to be careful to slot particular players for the biggest occasions, saving the better players for higher-purse events, then filling in the rest of the schedule with golfers who have some combination of current form and prior course history.
A survivor one-and-done contest is extremely unlikely to make it a full golf season with surviving entries. That means each player really only has to concern themselves with a universe of 25, maybe 30 picks throughout a pool. Why bother with marginal players, like you might have to in a one-and-done pool? At the start of the pool, a player can pretty well figure out the best 25-30 possible picks and be prepared to fire with them at any notice. The goal is to get to the weekend and nothing else.
Lots of fantasy golf gamers have quickly found themselves liking survivor one-and-done because it offers them a weekly sweat on Fridays (or Saturdays sometimes). There’s a reckoning each week, but the choices are fairly simple. Unlike with daily fantasy, the research to determine a pick is almost nil.
So, should you try survivor one-and-done? If you’re interested in a weekly rooting interest without all of the legwork of daily fantasy, absolutely.