FedEx St. Jude Championship Data Preview and Showdown Updates

My goal with this blog is to address various key data or course information that I find useful, and hope it helps you in your process to help you fine-tune your player pool, or maybe even reassess your process for the given week.

As we know with PGA DFS (and golf in general), every course and sometimes every game/day can be played differently. This shade makes PGA DFS both fun and tricky to achieve a simplified approach each week. I will use this blog to help me navigate through the fluff and focus on the most impactful data for each week. Check back throughout the tournament as I drop some nuggets of interesting Showdown data that will help you build your teams for the next day.

Thursday, August 11, 9:15 p.m. ET: 2 showdowns

Well, the playoffs are upon us, which honestly means we’re about to have a less than ideal few weeks of golf, given the lack of cups and smaller fields. Luckily, based on the satellites offered by DraftKings, we can get a few Milly Makers to take a shot at, which makes it a bit more fun.

As we enter this first event of the playoffs, I was quite disappointed with a few Stallions today and will likely be chasing them this week and even into the next event…for Showdown at least. As these guys (I’m watching your Rory and Zalatoris) play badly, their ownership will drop dramatically and people will go to others who played well. It’s not a bad thought process, but these guys will bounce back more often than they will play poorly for an extended period of time. My advice in these situations, take advantage of the scare of the crowd and play it the next day. The stats won’t back it up, but their long-term history of beating champs by 3-4 shots will.

When it comes to other showdown options, the course was extremely accessible, so as I mentioned in my expert survey, birdie makers are extremely valuable. I’m going to look to the same pool of players I had for the full week competitions, with an added focus on a few guys who played well at T2G today.

Here is my short list of the best games. Again, all of these players are from my EAP data that focuses on weighted opportunities and spectrum data that provides a much more predictive metric of shots won for each category.

Round 2 Games
Rory McIlroy
Patrick Cantlay – will likely be the chalkiest deck tomorrow, so he may warrant a fade depending on your contests
Scheffler or Zalatoris

Sam Burns
Russell Henley

Taylor Pendrith
Keith Mitchell
Harold Varner III
Chez Reavie

Alex Smalley
Ricky Fowler

My goal with this blog is to address various key data or course information that I find useful, and hope it helps you in your process to help you fine-tune your player pool, or maybe even reassess your process for the given week.

As we know with PGA DFS (and golf in general), every course and sometimes every game/day can be played differently. This shade makes PGA DFS both fun and tricky to achieve a simplified approach each week. I will use this blog to help me navigate through the fluff and focus on the most impactful data for each week. Check back throughout the tournament as I drop some nuggets of interesting Showdown data that will help you build your teams for the next day.

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