Top DFS Picks for the 2021 PLAYERS Championship

| March 10, 2021 7:37 am PST

The Milly Maker is back.

With a gargantuan $2.7 million check awaiting the winner at TPC Sawgrass, it’s only fitting that DraftKings will crown a millionaire of their own. The massive $20 GPP on DK is one of the many fantasy golf tournaments shelling out a ton of cash this week.

Getting in on the action is easy – just submit a lineup with six golfers and let the chips fall where they may. Get started by peeking at the six PLAYERS Championship DFS picks I’ve endorsed.

Justin Thomas – $9,900

Missed cuts in two of his last four starts might deter some from clicking on JT this week. Use that as added incentive to include him on your roster for all GPPs.

That’s assuming that Thomas leading the PGA Tour in birdie average and putting average wasn’t enticing enough.

Justin is a perfect 5-5 at the Stadium Course and is geared up for a big week. Over the last four PLAYERS Championships (2015-2019), JT’s 98 birdies-or-better at TPC Sawgrass are more than anyone else in golf.

Viktor Hovland – $9,300

Before you write off Viktor Hovland coming off a T49 at Bay Hill, let’s lift up the hood and see what went wrong. Hovland got off to a hot start and wound up leading co-leading the field in birdies made; he just got a bit sloppy over the weekend with his long game.

Rather than get worked up over his Saturday and Sunday rounds, have solace knowing he’s eager for a clean slate beginning on Thursday. Seeking his seventh top-6 in his last nine starts, the more people doubting Viktor going into this week – the better.

Lock him in as one of your DFS picks for THE PLAYERS Championship, and don’t look back.

Patrick Cantlay – $9,200

2nd in the FedEx Cup Standings, 3rd in SG: Total, and #9 in the OWGR (Official World Golf Ranking). And yet the authorities at DraftKings installed Patrick Cantlay as the 11th-most expensive golfer this week at THE PLAYERS.

Coming of a withdrawal and being $100 more than a red-hot Tony Finau could even cause depressed ownership, too.

Those unsure about rostering Cantlay, allow me to remind you that he hasn’t finished outside of the top 17 since October. He clocks in 5th on the PGA Tour in birdie average and 6th in par-4 scoring.

Joaquin Niemann – $7,700

Cooled since his back-to-back runners-up in Hawaii, the 22-year-old Chilean rested last week after a T28 at The Concession. 2020 was Niemann’s first appearance at THE PLAYERS, so unfortunately, a 73 in round one of last year is the only course history we have to fall back.

In that case, let’s zero in on his season stats.

  • 2nd in Total Driving
  • 3rd in Birdie Average
  • 4th in Scoring Average
  • 9th in SG: Total

I don’t care if this Thursday was going to be the first-time he ever stepped foot on this property – $7,700 is simply too cheap for a man with this much talent.

Abraham Ancer – $7,500

Spotting significant discrepancies between the top betting sites and the pricing on DraftKings is one way to be assertive with your DFS picks for THE PLAYERS Championship. Let’s evaluate the four players DK slotted at $7,500 and you’ll see what I mean.

Comparing Betting Odds with DraftKings Pricing
Player DK Price Odds to Win Top-10 Finish Odds Top-20 Finish Odds
Abraham Ancer $7,500 +6000 +600 +250
Harris English $7,500 +10000 +800 +350
Sergio Garcia $7,500 +8000 +600 +250
Marc Leishman $7,500 +12500 +1200 +550

Ancer, the PGA Tour’s leader in driving accuracy, fits the mold of precision players who have prospered at this venue. It’s no surprise Abraham landed 12th in his debut at this event (2019).

Andrew Putnam – $6,300

Putnam paid off last week at $7,100 – there’s no way I’m not going back to the well after DraftKings inexplicably slashed his price tag by eight hundred bucks. Six straight made cuts upon arriving in Ponte Vedra Beach, Andrew has logged a trio of top-7s in the last five weeks alone.

Armed with a stellar short game (18th in SG: Putting, 9th in Scrambling), the Pepperdine product possesses the tools necessary to prosper at this layout. He also has lots of positive vibes brewing.

Putnam was one of two players who broke par Sunday at Bay Hill. The other was Bryson DeChambeau.

My 2021 PLAYERS Championship DFS Lineup for GPPs

  • Justin Thomas: $9,900
  • Viktor Hovland: $9,300
  • Patrick Cantlay: $9,200
  • Joaquin Niemann: $7,700
  • Abraham Ancer: $7,500
  • Andrew Putnam: $6,300

My sweet spot when attacking GPPs on DraftKings is typically in the $8-9k range. Ironically, not a single one of my PLAYERS Championship DFS picks falls in that price point.

This would technically be deemed as a “stars and scrubs” lineup, but it’s awfully hard to call Abraham Ancer and Joaquin Niemann “Scrubs.” They are ranked 28th and 29th in the world, respectively.

Those who are unfamiliar with Andrew Putnam’s game, I will leave you with this.

How many other golfers under $6.5k have three top-10s since February, and how many have completed a 72-hole event this season without recording a bogey?

Do not bother digging – Putnam’s the only one.

Michael Wynn

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