2021 Wells Fargo Championship: Dark Horses

Before I jump into this week’s 2021 Wells Fargo Championship, I wanted to do a quick recap for the Valspar Championship. My three dark horses were Denny McCarthy, Doug Ghim, and Tom Hoge. Hoge and Ghim were cut, but Denny finished 3-under in a tie for 39th. Denny was great all the way up until Sunday and than finished +1 for his final round.

This week, the PGA Tour is heading to Quail Hollow Golf Course in Charlotte, NC for the Wells Fargo Championship. Last time we had this tournament was in 2019, where Max Homa won at 15-under. Homa himself was a dark horse along with Joel Dahmen, Jason Dufner, and Kyle Stanley who found their way into the top 10. These are the so called dark horses that you want to find each week in Daily Fantasy.

This week I will be providing three dark horses, meaning players that are longshots, but could play really well for their low salary. These dark horses are golfers that are $7,500 and below. Also I use DraftKings, so these prices will be for their website, but the players can be used on FanDuel as well.

Dark Horse Number 1

Charl Schwartzel ($7,200) – Charl is one of my dark horses because he has been playing pretty well lately. The key stats also show that he is set up to play well here. His best is 18th in SG Around the Green. Over the last three times this event has been played, he only played once in 2018. In that outing he came in 9th. At $7,200, if he can come anywhere near that again it would be massive in your daily fantasy lineup. Someone I am pretty high on this week for value.

Last Five Finishes on Tour: 21, 26, 69, 53, 134

Last Three Finishes Here: DNP, 9, DNP

Key Stats:

SG Approach – 83

SG Around the Green – 18

SG Ball Striking – 65

Par 4 Scoring Average – 37

Dark Horse Number 2

Michael Thompson ($6,900) – Thompson is another one of my dark horses because of how cheap he is. He is always a riskier play because of his low floor, but he also has a high ceiling too. Three events ago he came in 19th at The Honda Classic. His stats are decent in two out of the four (SG ATG 77th, SG BS 87th). His past three outings here are a missed cut, 42nd, missed cut. I think his game is better this year than it has been in the past few. Someone I am going to plug into a few lineups and hope for his ceiling.

Last Five Finishes on Tour: 42, 34, 19, 48, 106

Last Three Finishes Here: CUT, 42, CUT

Key Stats:

SG Approach – 144

SG Around the Green – 77

SG Ball Striking – 87

Par 4 Scoring Average – 112

Dark Horse Number 3

Kyle Stanley ($7,100) – Kyle Stanley is my final dark horse and someone that I am very excited to play when I did some research. He came 8th in 2019 and 13th in 2018. His stats are hot for being priced at $7,100. No worse than 77th in the four key stats, with his best two being SG ATG 55th, and Par 4 Scoring Average 53rd. He came in 39th last week at the Valspar. It is close with Charl, but he might be my favorite one of my dark horses this week. He might be one of the safer value plays of the week and possibly high owned in tournaments.

Last Five Finishes on Tour: 39, 75, 14, 153, 108

Last Three Finishes Here: 8, 13, DNP

Key Stats:

SG Approach – 73

SG Around the Green – 55

SG Ball Striking – 77

Par 4 Scoring Average – 53