2018 Sanderson Farms Championship DraftKings daily fantasy golf picks
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2018 Sanderson Farms Championship DraftKings daily fantasy golf picks

Each week, including this week’s 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship, Golf News Net offers daily fantasy (DFS) golf advice, picks, lineups and tips for DraftKings PGA Tour games, scrutinizing the pricing model and looking for players who will perform best in both guaranteed prize pool (GPP) events and cash games.

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2018 Sanderson Farms Championship preview

The PGA Tour has two events this week, with the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi hosting the opposite-field Sanderson Farms Championship. The 132-player field features PGA Tour veterans of all kinds but typically stars the Web.com Tour graduates from the regular season and finals.

This course gives off some vibes from the Safeway Open, with tree-lined fairways, some penalty to missing the tee shots and not much scary deterrence to avoid. The winning score will be in the 15- or 20-under range, and guys who have great putting weeks that are typically solid ballstrikers have a propensity to win here. Lots of first-time winners.

2018 Sanderson Farms Championship DraftKings picks

Each week, we’ll offer players in 3-5 buckets of pricing so as to offer some mix-and-matching with your lineups based on our recommendations.

Finish Trends

Recent PGA Tour Trends

We start by looking at the recent past, back at players who have finished inside the top 15 in the last five individual PGA Tour events.


Event Finish History

Here are the players who finished in the top 15 in this event in the last five years:

  • Chris Kirk – 2
  • Seung-yul Noh – 2
  • Kyle Reifers – 2

Course Fits

It seems to me the best way to use Strokes Gained data is to give a sense of a course fit. My working theory is a player is a course fit — or a potential course fit, at least — if their Strokes Gained breakout when they finish in the top 25 is similar to the average for top-25 finishers at this week’s event. (This week, I’d say top 15 finish.)

Of course, current form then informs thinking around these possible course fits. However, in concept, many of these names make some sense and help narrow down a potential list of golfers.

While we don’t get strokes-gained data from overseas events, we do have them for the Sanderson Farms. So that’s a plus. However, we don’t have comprehensive strokes-gained data for this field, as many of them have played but once so far this season and spent much of last year on the Web.com Tour. So, these picks are limited in nature.

Nonetheless, our course fit profile is:

Tee-to-green: 67%
Putting: 33%
Approach: 32%
Off the Tee: 18%

Some course fits (with data) could include:

  • Jhonattan Vegas
  • Bill Haas
  • Seung-yul Noh
  • J.J. Spaun
  • Fabian Gomez

2018 Sanderson Farms Championship DraftKings recommendations

$10,000 and up

We have four players in this group, and I think they’re all overpriced. However, I love Im in general, and Ryan Armour is defending champion. But I would avoid.


We have 17 players in this group, and I always love building your team in this range. I like Aaron Baddeley, Kevin Streelman, Chris Kirk, Denny McCarthy, Hunter Mahan and Cameron Champ.


DraftKings basically breaks the rest of the field in half at the $7,000 mark. Nick Taylor could be a huge value this week. Sam Burns has been injured but, if healthy with some weeks off, is a class player. J.T. Poston is a good pick in my view. I love Fabian Gomez as a course fit.

Below or at $7,000

We’re looking for bargains in this range, but there’s not much to love here. Dylan Meyer made plenty of cuts coming out of Illinois, and he should make his way to the tour full-time soon enough. If you’re going to reach, go with one of: Max Homa, Julian Etulain or Carlos Ortiz.

My primary DraftKings lineup

  1. Aaron Baddeley – $9,700
  2. Chris Kirk – $9,000
  3. Hunter Mahan – $8,200
  4. Cameron Champ – $8,000
  5. Nick Taylor – $7,900
  6. Fabian Gomez – $7,000

About the author


Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Yahoo Sports and SB Nation. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He used to be a good golfer.

Ballengee can be reached by email at ryan[at]thegolfnewsnet.com

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