Welcome to this edition of PGA DFS Golf FanDuel Targets from FantasyCPR.com. Here you will find players to target for this weekend’s action, geared for cash games and tournament plays on FanDuel.
In this article, I will present to you some PGA DFS Golf players to consider for FanDuel, for this weeks WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China. The Asian Swing is coming to an end this weekend, so this will be the last Wednesday evening start. These picks will be broken down into three price tiers. Some plays will be geared toward cash games, and some for GPP. Some of course will also technically qualify as both. As we break each play down, I will be sure to specify which type of contests I am targeting that player in. I will give two players to target from the $11K-$13K, two targets from the $9K-$11K range, and two from the $7-9K range. Also don’t forget about the Bonus GPP Flyer at the very end.
The WGC-HSBC takes place at Sheshan International, which is a Par-72, 7261-Yard beauty in the hills of China, and is yet another 78-man field, no-cut event. We have quite a few stars returning to action this week. Defending champ Justin Rose is back in Shanghai to attempt the repeat, and last weeks CJ Cup Winner Brooks Koepka is also back, after a T-2 finish here last year. My personal favorite GPP play this week, Rory McIlroy, will also be swinging the sticks, and looking to finally win one here. He has come very close, with four top-fives in six chances.
While it seems the overall interest in PGA is down quite a bit with the World Series starting tonight, the return of the NBA, and the NFL in full force, this is easily the best tournament of the long month, and likely the best field we will see until January. If you are a PGA fan, you know this will be a fun weekend.
PGA DFS Golf Top Tier Targets: ($11,000 – $13,000)
Brooks Koepka – $12,600 – (Cash/GPP)
Last seasons player of the year returned to action after the Ryder Cup last week at CJ Cup, and was in rare form. Koepka was well on top of his overall game, and was clearly dominant, winning by four strokes over Gary Woodland. Koepka shot a 7-under 65 in round two to get in front, and he never looked back. A third round 67 and a final round 8-under 64 to put him at -21 for the tournament was a good sign that Koepka is dialed in. When he is dialed in, I love him in all formats, so fit him in where you can this week. He came close here last year at the WGC-HSBC at Sheshan, finishing T-2 with Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson, losing by two strokes to eventual champion Justin Rose.
Rory McIlroy – $11,900 – (GPP)
As I mentioned in the introduction, McIlroy is my favorite GPP play this week. I hate to say he is cash safe because it seems there is always risk with Rory, but his track record here suggests he should be in contention all week. With a plethora of studs to choose from at the top, McIlroy getting ignored this week would not surprise me at all if he ends up under 10% in large field GPP’s. He hasn’t won here, but he has been consistently in the mix, with his worst finish out of six being a T-11. Being one of the top ballstrikers in the game, this course fits McIlroy’s game to a T, and his results also prove that. That combination makes him a top GPP play for me.
***Also Consider: Justin Rose $12,100 (Cash) – Paul Casey $11,400 (Cash) – Francesco Molinari $11,300 (GPP)***
PGA DFS Golf: Mid Tier Targets: ($9,000 – $11,000)
Tony Finau – $10,800 – (Cash)
Not sure why Finau is not up over $11K, but even the slight discount makes him a lock for cash games. When you look at Finau’s stats and how he played last season, his salary should at least be right up there with Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood. Early in his career, Finau was just a bomber off the tee, but as the season progressed last year, he became one of the best in the game in scrambling and putting. He T-11 in his debut at Sheshan International last season, and he T-10 in his last start, which was at Dunhill Links on the European Tour. Look for Finau to take his game even further this season, as he gets better and better at his all-around game. I will be completely surprised if he does not at least finish top-20 this week.
Ian Poulter – $9,700 – (GPP)
Not a favorite of mine normally to roster in DFS, but Poulter played well at the CJ Cup last week notching a top-10 in his first action since coming off of the emotional Ryder Cup victory. He managed to shoot all four rounds under par, at a very difficult, low scoring course. However, a final round 1-under 71 kept him away from a win. Poulter has also played very well in the WGC-HSBC, with a win back in 2012, and a runner-up in 2013. The win came the one year this event was not played at Sheshan International, so there is that to consider as well. Over the years here at Shanghai though, he has the T-2 in 2013, a T-6, and a T-30. I think makes a fine GPP play here
** Also Consider: Tyrell Hatton $10,000 (Cash) – Thomas Pieters $9,200 (GPP) – Kyle Stanley $9,000 (Cash)***
PGA DFS Golf Low Tier Targets: ($8,000 – $9,000)
Eddie Pepperell – $8,600 – (Cash/GPP)
While this is his first trip to the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Pepperell is one of my favorite golfers, and it always seems his salary is way too low whenever he is in the field. He plays mostly on the European Tour, and he first made headlines at The Open Championship in July, when he had the memorable 4-under final round moving him to a T-6 finish.
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He has been hot as of late as well, with a win at the British Masters his last time out, for his second win of the season. He also has a couple of runners-up, and has finished top-10 in four of his last six. You’re going to need good salary relief value this week to fit your top studs. Pepperell will be popular in cash games because of it.
Lucas Bjerregaard – $7,900 – (GPP)
Not your household name here, but another European Tour player whose price makes him a very viable, and likely chalky DFS play this week. Bjerregaard has also been on fire as of late as well, and is right in the mix for the race to Dubai. He had a tough 73 at the final round of the British Masters last week, but was still able to hold on to a top-10 finish with a T-9.
The Dane now has five top-10’s in his last six starts, which is quite a remarkable stat. Bjerregaard shot a -17 to finish 6th at the Made in Denmark to mark one of his top-10’s, and his best finish in this stretch was a playoff loss at the Omega European Masters for a 2nd place. Other than our GPP Flyer below, Bjerregaard is the only player under $8K I will roster this week.
***Bonus GPP Flyer: Gaganjeet Bhullar $7,200***
That is all for this weeks PGA DFS Golf FanDuel Targets for the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions. If you have any questions, give me a follow on Twitter with the link at the top of the article. My DM’s are open and I always make a point to answer any fantasy related questions. You can also leave a question right here in the comments, and I will do my best to respond before lock. Thank you for reading, and may your golf tilt be minimal this weekend!