What’s going on everyone. Alex here, and below are my DraftKings sleeper picks for The 2018 Wyndham Championship. For a course breakdown and more picks for The Wyndham, be sure to check out my first article of the week through this link. @Hunta512.
Blayne Barber: (7,200)
Prior to The RBC Canadian Open, Barber had made five cuts in a row. The highlight of this streak was a T12 at The Barbasol Championship, where he hit 79.2% of the greens and tallied 24 birdies. Also, during this run, he averaged a solid 3.7 total strokes gained over those five made cuts. He has been accurate with his driver this season (50th in DA%) and in his last 24 rounds he ranks 23rd in SGT2G and 29th in ball striking. (via Fantasy National)
In his last three starts, he has gained strokes putting and he should do so once again this week with Sedgefield having Bermuda greens. This season, he has been a far superior putter on this type of surface, gaining 0.326 strokes putting on Bermuda, compared to the -0.064 he is averaging on POA and Bentgrass. Furthermore, in 2015, he failed to make the cut on this course, but the next two seasons, he finished T14 and T64. In this form, Barber has the potential for a top 25 finish.
Keith Mitchell: (7,400)
For never teeing it up at this track, Mitchell has some pretty solid odds to win, at 70/1. (via Bovada) Rightfully so, the 66th player in The FedEx Cup standings has made three cuts in a row and is 17 for his last 20, with four top tens mixed in that stretch. His tee to green game has been extremely strong in his past three starts, averaging 7.2 SGT2G, ranking him 4th in the stat when comparing all of these golfers last 12 rounds of golf. Additionally, during this time, he ranks 10th in SG APP, 14th in GIR, and 2nd in ball striking. (via Fantasy National)
It is concerning that he struggles to the find the fairway often (132nd in fairways gained in last 24 rounds), but I think the rest of his game outweighs any concerns I have with him off the tee. He is 5/6 on par 70s this year and I think we see Mitchell playing on the weekend in his first try at Sedgefield Country Club.
Richy Werenski: (7,300)
Even though he missed the cut in his last start, I think Werenski is worth a look at this cheap price tag. In his lone start at Sedgefield, which was last season, he finished T10 and before his MC at The Barracuda, Werenski had made six of his last eight cuts, including two top ten finishes. He has been hitting his irons very well as of late, averaging a very high GIR% of 84.7% in his last two made cuts.
For a bigger sample size of his recent form, he ranks 5th in SGT2G, 8th in SG APP, 11th in GIR, 26th in fairways found, 8th in ball striking, 15th in BOB%, and 33rd in par four scoring in his last 24 rounds. (via Fantasy National) He currently sits at 100th in The FedEx Cup standings and a made cut should secure him a spot for The Northern Trust next week. With this added incentive and a strong showing at this course last season, Werenksi is one of the better low end values of the week.
Matthew Fitzpatrick: (8,200)
The form could obviously be better (2/5 the last month), but the price is just too low for the caliber of player Fitzpatrick is. He is the #43 ranked player in the world right now and has made 18/24 cuts this season, with four top tens. The 23 year old from England has always been very accurate off the tee and in his last 36 rounds, he ranks 10th in fairways gained. (via Fantasy National) He has never played here before, but for GPPs, Fitzpatrick seems like a logical choice, if you want to gamble on raw talent in a weak field.
Jason Kokrak: (7,900)
Kokrak is currently playing his best golf of the season. He has made three of his last four cuts and in those made cuts, he has finished T3 at The Greenbrier, T12 at The RBC Canadian Open, and T19 at The PGA Championship. At Bellerive last week, he was on fire with his irons, ranking 3rd in greens hit and gaining 6.9 strokes on approach. His stats have been eye popping in his last 12 rounds, ranking 1st in SGT2G, 1st in SG APP, 5th in GIR, 1st in ball striking, 7th in par four scoring, and 25th in BOB%. (via Fantasy National) His history at this venue is hit or miss (2/4), but he finished T16th here just a year ago. If he can maintain this form, Kokrak has top 10 upside and I feel comfortable with him in all formats.
Johnson Wagner: (7,500)
Wagner, quietly has made 12 of his last 13 cuts. In that span, he has finished inside the top 30 five times. He is five for eight at Sedgefield, with a T5 and a T24 coming the past two years. He keeps it in the fairway and in his last 12 rounds, he ranks 11th in par four scoring and 20th in BOB%. (via Fantasy National) He is 136th in The FedEx Cup standings and if he can post a high finish this coming weekend, Wagner might be able to sneak into the top 125.
Sam Ryder: (7,300)
Ryder has never played in this event, but he seems like a very nice fit for Sedgefield. He has made six of his last eight cuts and ranks 7th in SGT2G, 21st in SG APP, 4th in GIR, 13th in fairways gained, 13th in ball striking, and 6th in BOB% over his last 24 rounds. (via Fantasy National) Considering the strength of this field, Ryder is just too cheap, especially if you factor in he must gain some FedEx points to stay in the top 125 of The FedEx cup standings. (currently 115th)
Nick Taylor: (6,400)
Down in this price range, Taylor is the player that stands out as a value, with him making his last five cuts. His stats haven’t been anything special, but he has gained a solid average of 2.3 strokes in his last three starts. He didn’t make it to the weekend in his first two attempts at Sedgefield, but he finished T50th here last season. We cant expect much, but a made cut seems possible from Taylor right now.