Last week five of my seven fantasy golf sleeper selections made the cut at The Northern Trust. Harris English was my best selection, finishing second. This week the top 70 head to Illinois for the BMW Championship.
This week Draftkings players will only have 70 golfers to choose from for their fantasy golf lineups, so you can’t afford to make bad selections. In somewhat of an opposite of last week, most of the best players in the world are priced over the average Draftkings salary, so finding sleeper selections will be a little tougher.
As always, check out Hans Geevers’ full lineup picks that he posts each and every week. You will find two of his selections here on my sleeper list. Hans’ article is also great for reading about the course, and how he believes it will play.
And of course, as always in my articles, I am only looking at players under the average Draftkings salary of $8,333. However, there isn’t a cut this week, so all 70 players will play four rounds, unless we see a withdrawal.
My key stats this week will be par 4 efficiency 400-450 yards, driving distance and accuracy, greens in regulation, scoring average, birdie or better percentage, and bogey avoidance. Here are my selections:
Harris English- $8,300
To my weekly readers, what a surprise, right? I am once again going to suggest rostering Harris English this week. How could you not?
Somehow English is $33 under the average salary, after finishing 2nd, shooting -20 at The Northern Trust last week. However, I once again believe English should play well on this course.
English is 2nd in bogey avoidance, 8th in scoring average, 12th in greens in regulation, 42nd in par four efficiency 400-450 yards, 68th in driving distance, and 80th in driving accuracy on tour this season.
Besides what will probably be a high rostered percentage, there is no reason you shouldn’t have Harris this week.
Billy Horschel- $8,000
Coming in $333 under the average salary is Billy Horschel. Horschel is quietly having a nice season, making 15 of 20 cuts this season, and six top-10 finishes to go with it, most recently at the Wyndham Championship where he placed 2nd.
Billy is currently 24th in scoring average, tied for 38th in par 4 efficiency 400-450 yards, 48th in driving accuracy, 54th in birdie or better percentage, and 81st in driving distance on tour this season.
Horschel also sits as the bubble boy for the Tour Championship. He fell five spots last week after missing the cut, and is currently the last player inside the Tour Championship cutline. So he should have some motivation to keep, or improve on his position this week.
Cameron Champ- $7,500
My first 7k range selection this week is Cameron Champ. Although he missed the cut last week, Cameron is coming off an impressive top-10 finish at the PGA Championship a few weeks back.
Obviously when looking at the key stats, you should know why Champ is on my list. He’s second on tour in driving distance, averaging 321.2 yards per drive. However, aside from driving distance, Champ also checks a few other key stat boxes,
Cameron is 25th in birdie or better percentage, 51st in par-4 efficiency 400-450 yards, 63rd in greens in regulation, and 87th in scoring average on tour this season.
As of now, Cameron is 25th in the FedEx Cup standings going into the BMW. However, like Horschel, he dropped five spots after missing the cut last week. So he should also have some motivation this week to keep his spot in the Tour Championship.
Jason Kokrak- $7,500
At the same price as Champ, we have Jason Kokrak. You will also find Kokrak as one of Hans’ selections this week, and he comes into the BMW off back-to-back top-15 finishes.
With his game obviously in form, Kokrak also checks a few key stat boxes. Like Champ, Kokrak is extremely long off the tee. He sits 8th on tour in driving distance, averaging 311.8 yards per drive.
Along with that, Kokrak is tied for 53rd in greens in regulation, and 86th in scoring average on tour this season.
After his T13 finish last week, Kokrak jumped 24 spots in the FedEx Cup standings, just making it into the BMW at 66th. He will need another solid finish to jump the minimum 36 spots to get into the Tour Championship next week.
Brendan Steele- $6,600
My first 6k range selection this week is Brendan Steele. Steele as quietly made his last six cuts, highlighted by a tie for 6th at the Travelers, and a tie for 13th at the Memorial.
Steele is inside the top 100 in all seven key stats I am looking at this week. He’s 30th in par 4 efficiency 400-450 yards, 37th in scoring average, 44th in driving distance, 59th in greens in regulation, tied for 68th in bogey avoidance, 71st in birdie or better percentage, and tied for 92nd in driving accuracy.
Steele is 45th in the FedEx Cup Standings. So he has a relatively good chance to jump inside the cutline. All it will take is another solid week from Steele, which I would expect to see.
For a guy with those stats, and the recent finishes, $6,600 is far too cheap to not take a chance on Steele. I know I will be.
Kevin Streelman- $6,400
My cheapest selection this week is Kevin Streelman. Like Steele, Streelman has made six straight cuts, highlighted by back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Travelers, where he finished 2nd, and the Workday, where he finished tied for 7th.
As for key stats, Streelman sits 32nd in driving accuracy, 64th in par four efficiency 400-450 yards, tied for 77th in scoring average, tied for 80th in bogey or better percentage, and 89th in greens in regulation.
Streelman sits in between Champ and Horschel in the FedEx Cup standings. He dropped six spots last week into 28th place. So although he is inside the cutline for now, he needs a solid finish to stay there.
And again, much like Steele, $6,400 seems far too cheap for Streelman. As I imagine most people will be trying to play multiple $10,000+ golfers, Streelman and Steele are the best cheap options to make that happen.