If you are not familiar with fantasy golf the industry is creating overnight millionaires and anyone any given Sunday can be the next big winner. Draftkings and Fanduel offer GPP (Grand Prize Pool) tournaments you can enter for as little as $1 every week with a chance to cash in on thousands. Major tournaments such as The Masters offer 1 million to first place however you do have ante up $20 an entry as opposed to $1 smaller tournaments. You simply choose 6 of the best golfers you can fit into your lineup while keeping under a salary cap and hope your golfers score the highest points in your contest. Sounds simple right? Pick 6 golfers and walk away with a cool million dollars, hardly.
In fact with this much life changing money on the line there are skilled players who spend days and hours analyzing data, entering multiple lineups with a small % of each golfer they have in their player pool in hopes to hit the jackpot. A player pool might consist of 30 players out of 120 in the event who are chosen to fill these tournament lineups, players who grade out well in many categories. Recent form (have they won lately) course history (they won at this course before or scored well) strokes gained tee to green, or SG approach, birdies or better, putting success on different putting surfaces like bentgrass or POA. All this means nothing to the average player who typically chooses well known names like Tiger, Brooks, Rory, or DJ (Dustin Johnson) which in contrary is a huge advantage to the more experienced player.
Assuming your salary cap is $50,000 and Tiger is priced at $10,500, Rory $10,000, DJ $11,000 and Brooks Koepka $11,500 there would be no way to fit them all in one line up. These players total salary (fantasy value) equate to your total salary cap and you still need to roster 2 more golfers. Golfers are usually priced between $11,500 to $6,300 with the player at $6,300 being someone nobody knows or has ever heard of. No disrespect of course the guy may have just made the jump from the Web Dot Com tour and this is his first event.
You have two options a balanced lineup with 2 top studs (Tiger, Rory) mixed in with a few mid tier players $7,700 Luke List $7,500 Charles Howell III, and a few “sleepers” at a lower salary $6,800 Ernie Els (Ernie if you are reading this we hold you in a higher regard) and perhaps a guy you hope nobody will be on. The other option is start and scrubs, 3 top tier players 3 low tier players, and 2 mid tier mixed in somewhere.
The “sharks” who literally do this for a living are counting on you choosing as many top guys you can fit into your lineup because there is a good chance you skipped over a $9,000 Jason Day who goes off (scores the most fantasy points) and wins the golf tournament. This does not mean you can’t throw your hat in the ring, in some cases someone enters 150 lineups wins nothing while another player enters 1 and wins the fantasy tournament.
Fantasy golf is a very competitive space if your enter these tournaments with your hard earned cash make sure to at least do your homework. Or sign up for one of the many DFS (daily fantasy sports) experts websites for all the content you need to compete against the pros, and with any luck win a big tournament.