Fantasy Golf Picks for Wells Fargo

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The PGA Tour will travel to NASCAR Country for the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is cool to see some of the Cup Series drivers show up at Quail Hallow Country Club on Thursday and Friday to watch the stars of the PGA Tour. The Wells Fargo is a “signature event” once again. That means 34 of the top-40 golfers in the World Golf Rankings will tee it up Thursday. The signature events have been dominated by Scottie Scheffler this year, but he is sitting this one out as he waits for his wife to go into labor. The absents of Scheffler brings a lot more golfers into play this week and should make for a fun DFS Tournament.

 

COURSE BREAKDOWN

Quail Hallow will be the course this week. It is one of the best courses on the PGA Tour. It hosted the President’s Cup two years ago and the PGA Championship in 2017. Quail Hallow has seen a lot of modifications for the major events, but this week it will play as 7,521 yard par 71. That is really long for a regular PGA Tour event.

Players will need to bomb it off the tee but more importantly they must be accurate. The rough can become difficult and the golfers must be on the correct side of the fairway to setup approach shots into these difficult greens. There is water on six holes that can come into play this week. I value distance and accuracy about the same for this tournament. The golfers who can bomb down the fairways and keep it straight will be the ones you will want in your lineup.

Click here to see the course: Quail Hollow Club

 

 

WELLS FARGO KEY STATS

– Shots Gained Off-the-Tee

– Accuracy Off-the-Tee

– Strokes Gained Approach (175-yards +)

– Strokes Gained Putting (Bermuda)

– Scrambling

 

Here is the recent form and course history for each golfer this week: History and Form

 

 

TOP 30 GOLFERS

 

 

CORE GOLFERS FOR WELLS FARGO

 

 

WELLS FARGO STRATEGY

There are only 68 golfers in the field this week and they are the best of the best on the PGA Tour. You can build a “stars and scrubs” lineup and know that the golfers you selected in the $6K price range have a history of playing well on the PGA Tour. There is no cut this weekend, so all six golfers in your lineup will play all four rounds.

You can build a “balance lineup” with golfers from the low $9K – Up $7K price range and score well, or you can load your lineup with the higher-priced golfers and have a good chance to win your DFS Contest. The bottom line is that you need at least four of your golfers to finish in the top-10 this week, so we need to simply select the golfers with the best chance to finish at the top of the leaderboard. That might sound like the strategy that should be used every week, but the field in non-signature events requires us to play some “punt plays” that do not have a great chance of winning. That is not the case this week. There are some cheap golfers who have a good chance of holding the trophy Sunday.

 

 

DRAFTKINGS CASH CONTEST


MAX HOMA ($9,400): Homa has been a beast at the Wells Fargo. He won this tournament in 2019 and 2022 and he finished 8th last year. The only golfer who has better course history is Rory McIlroy and we get Homa at $2,400 cheaper than Rory. Homa has made every cut since the beginning of February and he finished 3rd in the Masters. Homa will have a good chance to win again Sunday.

SAHITH THEEGALA ($9,100): The Wells Fargo has been a tournament where many golfers who have had their breakout win that sent their careers to the next level. Rory McIlory got his first win here and Wyndham Clark broke out in this tournament last year. I think it is Theegala’s turn to break out. He is an elite ball-strikers and his game sets up well for this course. He finished 2nd in the last signature event (RBC Heritage) and 6th at the signature event in Orlando (Arnold Palmer Invitational). Theegala should be at the top of the leaderboard again this week.

CAMERON YOUNG ($8,800): Young is one of my favorites plays this week. I picked him to finish second, but I would not be surprised if he won. Just like Sahith Theegala, Young is looking for his breakout win on the PGA Tour. Young can bomb it off the tee and he can light up the scorecard if his putter gets hots. Young is a good, safe play, with the upside to win Sunday.

COREY CONNERS ($7,800): This pick came down to Will Zalatoris or Corey Conners. Zalatoris has more upside to win this week, but Conners is the safer play. He has made every cut on the PGA Tour this year (11/11) and he has good course history at Quail Hollow. Conners finished 8th last year and 21st in 2022 at the Wells Fargo. He should finish in the top-15 and be a good play for your Cash Contests this week.

STEPHAN JAEGER ($7,500): This was another tough pick. I had to decide between Akshay Bhatia and Stephan Jaeger. Bhatia has more risk, but more upside and Jaeger is the safer play. Jaegar finished 18th in the last signature event (RBC Heritage) and 20th last week in the CJ Cup. He is a bomber off-the-tee who hits a lot of fairways. Jaeger has the upside to win if he can dial in his short game this week.

DENNY MCCARTHY ($7,300): McCarthy started off his career playing horrible at Quail Hallow. He is not long off-the-tee, but he is a ball-striker with a good short game. He changed his approach a few years ago and now he finished 25th in 2022 and 8th last year. McCarthy nearly won last month at the Valero Texas Open. He should score well for your Cash Contest lineup if he just plays steady golf and avoids the big numbers on the scorecard. McCarthy is one of the best in the field at Bogey Avoidance.

 

 

DRAFTKINGS TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP

RORY MCILROY ($11,800): I will pay up for Rory in my tournament Contest and play a “stars and scrubs” lineup since there is no cut this week. McIlory loves Quail Hollow. He finished 7 of his last 9 tournaments in the top-10 at this course. That includes wins in 2015 and 2016. McIlroy is coming off of a win in the Zurich Classic where he carried his team. He chas a great chance to win with Scottie Scheffler out of the way.

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA ($8,900): I have not heard anyone talking about Matsuyama this week. He is an elite ball-striker who can win any tournament when he brings his “A-game”. Matsuyama won the signature event at the Genesis Invitational, finished 12th at the Arnold Palmer, 6th at THE PLAYERS and 7th at the Valero Texas Open. I will take a chance with Matsuyama and hope he brings the form he had in Los Angeles at the Genesis Invite.

ALEN NOREN ($8,200): Noren was a golfer who was destine for greatness about 4 years ago. He battled injuries the past couple of seasons, but it looks like he is starting to regain his old form. Noren finished 3rd last week at the CJ Cup and he has made every cut on the PGA Tour this year. Noren is an elite ball-striker who should score well this week if his putter heats up. I like the upside he gives the Tournament Contest lineup this week.

AKSHAY BHATIA ($7,500): Bhatia has been a top-20 machine on the PGA Tour over the last two months. He has finished four of his last five tournaments in the top-20. That includes a win at the Velaro Texas Open. Bhatia played his college golf at Wake Forrest and he knows this course well. I would not be surprised if he was at the top of the leaderboard Sunday.

KURT KITAYAMA ($6,800): I doubt Kitayama will have much ownership this week. His tee-to-green game is elite and his short game is improving. Kitayam missed the cut at the Wells Farga last year, but his form was awful entering that tournament. Kitayama finished 15th in the Wells Fargo in 2022 and his form was not as good as it is now. I will play the upside with Kitayama in my Tournament Contest lineup.

TAYLOR MOORE ($6,700): Moore is the golfer I like the most from the $6K price range this week. He has not missed a cut on the PGA Tour all season (11/11) so you know his form is good. He is also 2/2 in cuts made at the Wells Fargo. There is no cut this week, so there is no risk in playing Moore. He is the golfer from the $6K price range with the best chance to finish in the top-10 Sunday.

 

Here are my lineups for Multi-Entry Tournament Contest: (Multi Entry Lineups)

 

 

FANDUEL CASH CONTEST LINEUP

 

 

FANDUEL TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP

 

 

PGATOUR.COM FANTASY PICKS

This is the eighth tournament in Segment 2. There are 11 tournaments in this segment (one more than usual). We still have the PGA Championship in this segment. We need to save some of our top golfers for the next major.      

** Rory McIlroy said he is playing the Wells Fargo, PGA Championship and the RBC Canadian Open. I am going to try and save McIlroy for the PGA Championship and RBC Canadian Open since this is a no cut event.

 

 

FANTASY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP ONE & DONE PICK:  WYNDHAM CLARK (WELLS FARGO)

Players in Fantasy Golf Championship One & Done so far: Tom Hoge (41st), Matthew Fitzpatrick (28th), Jon Rahm (45th), Hideki Matsuyama (7th), Will Zalatoris (74th), Maverick McNealy (45th), Justin Thomas (MC), Scottie Scheffler (Won), Russell Henley (41st), Tony Finau (13TH), Sahith Theegala (37th), Sam Burns (3rd), Max Homa (66th), Jason Day (MC), Taylor Montgomery (61st), Corey Conners (57th)

 

SEASON-LONG ONE & DONE PICK:  MAX HOMA (WELLS FARGO)

One & Done picks used so far this season: K.H. Lee (59th), Adam Hadwin (10TH), Patrick Cantlay (3rd), Jon Rahm (45th), Corey Conners (25th), Keith Mitchell (MC), Sam Burns (MC), Shane Lowry (19th), Matthew Fitzpatrick (MC), Eric Cole (MC), Nicolai Hojgaard (52nd), Adam Scott (19th), J.T. Poston (MC), Jordan Spieth (39th), Keegan Bradley (43rd), Andrew Putnam (47th), Russell Henley (4th), Sungae Im (5th), Alex Noran (Won), Beau Hossler (15TH), Min Woo Lee (6th), Adam Schenk (MC), Eric Cole (35TH), Sahith Theegala (Won)

 

 

BEST BETS WELLS FARGO

MAX HOMA (22-1)

SAHITH THEEGALA (25-1)

CAMERON YOUNG (25-1)

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA (35-1)

STEPHAN JAEGAR (45-1)

 

Good Luck This Week!!!!

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