Top DFS Picks for the 2021 Masters
It is easy to get excited when not one, but two milly-makers are present in the golf lobby on DraftKings.
With more than 470,000 entries in the $4M Fantasy Golf Millionaire, it pays more than ever to be contrarian with your Masters DFS picks.
Then again, is it possible to fade Jordan Spieth at $9.4k given his current form? Are we willing to pass on Jon Rahm now that the “nappy factor” is in play?
There are only so many guys we can trust in the bottom tier of the pricing, meaning sacrifices must be made. On that note, here are some ideas when the time comes to fill out your lineup.
Justin Thomas – $10,600
Augusta is known as a second-shot golf course – that’s been well documented. Is anybody in the world better at hitting their irons than Justin Thomas?
JT can hit it low. He can hit it high. He can fade it, and he can draw it.
His prowess with his irons was on full display at THE PLAYERS when he torched TPC Sawgrass over the weekend, and don’t worry about how his ball-striking translates to the Masters.
Thomas has improved his finish in each of his five trips down Magnolia Lane. The only thing missing is a Green Jacket.
Highest GIR% at Augusta National: Justin Thomas, 71.9% Louis Oosthuizen, 68.3% Jordan Spieth, 68.3% Justin Rose, 67.3% Francesco Molinari, 67.0% Dustin Johnson, 66.5% (min 20 rounds; only players in this year’s field)April 5, 2021
Patrick Cantlay – $9,800
There is lots of substantial evidence I can point toward that tells you Patrick Cantlay is one of the best DFS picks for the Masters.
His recent results speak for themselves – Patrick has compiled seven top-20s including a win, a runner-up, and a third during his last eight starts. However, it’s how Cantlay has been getting it done that makes him so appealing at Augusta.
Since the calendar turned to 2021, Patrick has gained more strokes per round from tee-to-green than any other golfer in the field.
Did I mention he’s 3rd on the PGA Tour in scrambling and 4th in birdies per round?
Scottie Scheffler – $8,400
In what will be just his second appearance at Augusta National (T19 at the 2020 Masters), look for Scottie Scheffler to factor into the hoopla come the back nine on Sunday.After posting a top 5 in his last major and top-5s in the two most recent WGCs, the University of Texas product has solidified his place as a top-25 player in the world.
The PGA Tour leader in Total Driving can launch his irons high, and he looked awfully stable with the flat stick two weeks ago in Austin.
The question isn’t if Scottie will win – it’s only a matter of when.
Tommy Fleetwood – $8,000
Showcased as one of my Masters sleeper picks, Tommy Fleetwood may have picked up the perfect amount of momentum at the WGC Match Play (T5).
Fleetwood lost to the eventual champ in 19 holes and will bring plenty of positive vibes with him to Augusta.
Strapped with a couple of top-10s in his last three starts, Tommy can rely on his stalwart driving and right-to-left shot shape to carry him around the pristine layout. A “so-so” record at the Masters combined with being priced around some popular names should push his ownership down, too.
I call that added incentive to ink him in as one of your Masters DFS picks.
Matthew Wolff – 7,100
Looking for the ultimate boom or bust play to help differentiate your Masters DFS lineup?
Matthew Wolff has zero top-25s since the 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He’s withdrawn twice during that stretch. He’s battled blisters on his fingers and has been filmed hitting drivers some 60 yards offline.
Having said that, the blisters are gone, and Matthew is rejuvenated. When he gets in a groove with his driver he can go as low as anyone.
Remember – Wolff placed 4th and 2nd the other two times he teed it up at a major championship. In other words, this kid was born to perform on the big stage.
Michael Thompson – $6,100
Remember that part in the introduction about being contrarian with your DFS picks for the Masters?
Rostering Michael Thompson at $6,100 is one way to get there.
The 2020 3M winner hasn’t played in the Masters since 2013, although he tied for 25th here eight years ago and will once again enjoy the firm and fast conditions in April.
Thompson’s strengths are driving the ball straight and holing lots of putts from mid-range, hence, the speed slots in the fairways and undulating putting surfaces should be right up Michael’s alley.
Thompson’s well-rested coming off a top-20 three weeks ago at The Honda Classic.
My 2021 Masters DFS Lineup for GPPs
- Justin Thomas – $10,600
- Patrick Cantlay – $9,800
- Scottie Scheffler – $8,400
- Tommy Fleetwood – $8,000
- Matthew Wolff – $7,100
- Michael Thompson – $6,100
And here are some of Masters DFS picks you might want to consider.
- Daniel Berger – $8,500
- Sergio Garcia – $7,900
- Paul Casey – $7,700
- Joaquin Niemann – $7,400
Unfortunately, a $50,000 salary and six roster slots aren’t enough to squeeze everybody in. The good news is there are lots of ways to bet on the Masters online.
There are tons of props to tackle – stay tuned for me to release my best Masters prop bets on the golf blog shortly. I’ll also be targeting head-to-head matchup picks that you can track down on our golf picks page.
If you’re just looking for a single name to fire in for your one-and-done selection, that’s fine too. You can check out my “ultimate” Masters pick here.