DFS Picks for the 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
There are no weak links in this week’s 66-man field. If you didn’t win a golf tournament in the last year or aren’t ranked inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), you simply weren’t invited to compete.
Given the reduced player pool, it’ll pay to take a stand in the GPPs. For example, leave a few hundred bucks on the table don’t eat the chalk at the top. Allow me to help you out.
Rather than extoll names like Schauffele and Koepka, I’ll tout a six-pack of golfers who are flying much more under the radar. One by one, here are my top WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational DFS picks.
Scottie Scheffler – $9,100
Scottie Scheffler is angling for his first victory on the big stage. Buoyed by top-8s in three of his last four PGA Tour starts, sandwiched with a T12 at the Scottish Open, Scheffler’s strengths will be on full display in Memphis.
Scheffler finished 5th at the 2021 WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession; he backed that performance up with a runner-up showing at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin. $9,100 seems awfully cheap for what this cat brings to the table.
Webb Simpson – $8,500
19th in his last start (The 149th Open Championship) should be the catalyst for what ignites a late-season spark for Simpson. Everyone playing DFS golf will want to hop on his coattails next week at Sedgefield; I say buy stock in Webby now. He’s quietly turned into a stalwart at this venue since the event was moved to TPC Southwind in 2019.
To be more specific, Simpson finished runner-up here to Brooks Koepka in ’19 and T12 in ’20. To be even more precise, Webb shot in the 60s in each of the eight rounds.
He’s a plug-in-play at $8,500 on DraftKings.
Joaquin Niemann – $8,400
After improving his score each day in Tokyo, ultimately carding a Sunday-65 to vault into the top-10, Joaquin Niemann is locked and loaded to continue attacking in Memphis. The Chilean who racked up back-to-back 2nd-place finishes in Hawaii returned as a bridesmaid last month in Detroit – impressively without making a bogey during 72 holes of regulation.
Here’s a fearless kid who drives it long, rolls it great, and he’s playing with a ton of confidence. I suggest penciling him in as one of your DFS picks for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Abraham Ancer – $8,300
Abraham Ancer has been playing great all season long, although his play over the last three months has secured his status as we inch toward the playoffs. Destined for East Lake (currently 18th in the FedEx Cup Standings), Abraham can use his favorable positioning to maintain an aggressive game plan.
TPC Southwind plays as a par-70 during this event stressing the importance of handling par-4s. Cue the former Sooner who’s got an aptitude in that statistic (5th on the PGA Tour in par-4 scoring).
Corey Conners – $8,100
After a rare MC at the US Open, Corey Conners appears to have resumed his reliable form. Consecutive top-15s at The Open and the Olympics are highlighted by Conners “bringing the heat” during the final two days in Tokyo.
The ball-striking savant followed a bogey-free 66 on Saturday with an eight-birdie 65 on Sunday.
Those still unwilling to include Conners among the elite, here’s a tidbit that should help clear the air.
Just three men rank inside the top-10 in SG: Off-the-Tee and SG: Approach in 2020-21.
- Jon Rahm
- Corey Conners
- Brooks Koepka
I rest my case.
Sergio Garcia – $7,300
Speaking of SG: Off-the-Tee, only Bryson DeChambeau, and Jon Rahm are currently gaining more ground off the tee than Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard should have a little pep in step after pacing the field in SG: Tee-to-Green his last time out at the 3M Open.
Changing equipment during the spring caused Sergio to taper off, however, Garcia’s slowly been garnering some momentum since reverting to Taylor Made sticks.
Sergio arrives in Memphis on the heels of four straight top-25s; he’s a warm putter away from contending for a trophy.
My 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational DFS Lineup for GPPs
- Scottie Scheffler $9,100
- Webb Simpson $8,500
- Joaquin Niemann $8,400
- Abraham Ancer $8,300
- Corey Conners $8,100
- Sergio Garcia $7,300
These are my top DFS picks for WGC Memphis. Not rostering any of the 12 golfers priced above $9,200 is a quick way to differentiate your lineup. Leaving $300 to spend and clicking on Webb Simpson are two more distinct differentiators.
Corey Conners and Sergio Garcia are fairly cheap, and they happen to both be premier ball-strikers whose profiles suit what TPC Southwind demands. Niemann and Ancer are two of my favorite dark horse plays, and Scottie Scheffler is my pick to win.
For more on Niemann and Ancer, as well as why I’m all over Scheffler hoisting the hardware, check out my betting picks for the WGC-Fedx St. Jude Invitational.