Top DFS Picks for the TOUR Championship in 2021

| August 31, 2021 9:15 am PDT

DFS golf is a little different this week. While salaries for the TOUR Championship were determined with the “starting strokes leaderboard” in mind, the “finishing position” is the only part of the fantasy scoring that’s affected.

For example, Webb Simpson finished T12 at East Lake in 2020 and scored 69.5 points on DraftKings. Mackenzie Hughes finished 14th but ended up amassing 80 points.

The moral is there are all sorts of value lurking beyond just the highest-priced players. In fact, three of my six recommended TOUR Championship DFS picks clock in under $7k.

Take a look.

Tony Finau – $11,800

  • Starting at: -8
Tony Finau’s McDonald’s order at 3 am after his win caught a lot of attention. I want to know what Finau ate on Saturday night in Baltimore. Tony woke up on Sunday and proceeded to roll in 10 birdies on his way to a blistering nine-under 63 in the final round at the BMW Championship.

The closest pursuer to Patrick Cantlay on the TOUR Championship leaderboard, Finau’s newfound confidence on the greens cannot be understated.

Finau continued his hot putting last week in Charm City, gaining strokes with his putter during all four rounds. He finished the week 6th in SG: Putting (+5.990) and 6th in putts per GIR (1.580)

Justin Thomas – $11,000

  • Starting at: -4

You can safely pencil Justin Thomas in as one of the best DFS picks for the TOUR Championship. Before I highlight his recent form, here’s a quick look at where Justin has finished in previous trips to Atlanta.

Justin Thomas – Results at the TOUR Championship Last Five Seasons
Season TOUR Championship Finish
2015-16 6
2016-17 1
2017-18 7
2018-19 3
2019-20 2

Focusing on the here and now, Thomas owns a 68.25 scoring average in 16 competitive rounds since the start of the Tokyo Olympics. This includes being 29-under-par through the first two FedEx Cup Playoff events.

To further pinpoint a golfer getting dialed in from tee to green, know that Justin fired a bogey-free 66 Sunday at Caves Valley despite losing strokes on the greens.

Sam Burns – $8,500

  • Starting at: -4

Bloated ownership is about the only case one can make to not roster Sam Burns in fantasy golf this week. The LSU product sits third on the PGA Tour in birdie average and has a serious propensity for going low.

How serious?

Burns has registered nine rounds of 64 or lower this season alone. That’s three more than anyone else on the PGA Tour.

Those concerned that a course with only two par 5s on the scorecard won’t play into Sam’s favor allow me to clear the air. Burns leads the PGA Tour in par-4 birdies or better.

Scottie Scheffler – $6,800

  • Starting at: -1

After opening with 71 at the 2020 TOUR Championship, Scottie Scheffler asserted himself on this golf course making just two bogeys over the final 54 holes (66-66-65). Making his second appearance at East Lake GC, Scheffler’s 268 total at last year’s TOUR Championship was bettered only by Xander Schauffele.

Now that you know Scottie enjoys this week’s layout, have solace knowing his iron play was fantastic at the BMW Championship (2nd in GIR, 5th in SG: Approach).

Staring at the possibility of being selected as a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup, Scheffler’s consistently shown off his ability to rise to the occasion. This week should be no different.

Kevin Na – $6,000

  • Starting at: -2

Five golfers begin the week at two-under-par. One member of this group is available at a sizable discount.

DraftKings Salaries for Golfers Starting the TOUR Championship at -2
Player DK Salary
Rory McIlroy $9,300
Xander Schauffele $8,900
Brooks Koepka $7,800
Jason Kokrak $6,600
Kevin Na $6,000

Na isn’t as flashy as the other names on this list, but a late-summer surge has him set up to do plenty of damage at East Lake.

Arriving on a 2nd-23rd-2nd-8th-17th burst, what Kevin lacks in distance is made up for on and around the greens. Case in point – Na ranks 1st on the PGA Tour in SG: Around-the-Green and 4th in overall putting average.

At the very least, locking Na in as one of your top TOUR Championship DFS picks should give you exposure to one of the lower-owned players in the field.

Daniel Berger – $5,800

  • Starting at: Even Par

One of the reasons Na’s ownership will be down is because many will be flocking to a cheaper Daniel Berger. I say roster them both.

Daniel’s T26 finish at Caves Valley doesn’t jump off the page, but here’s what you’ll discover if you dig beneath the surface. Berger finished 6th in SG: Tee-to-Green and led the field in scrambling. He made just two bogeys all week long; it was a cold putter (58th out of 69 in SG: Putting) that deterred him from climbing up the leaderboard.

Daniel is yet to finish outside of the top-15 in four appearances at the TOUR Championship, not to mention; he’s riding a current streak of shooting par or better in 21 consecutive rounds. Think you can pony up $5,800 on DK for this man’s services?

TOUR Championship DFS Lineup for GPPs

  • Tony Finau $11,800
  • Justin Thomas $11,000
  • Sam Burns $8,500
  • Scottie Scheffler $6,800
  • Kevin Na $6,000
  • Daniel Berger $5,800

There are lots of ways to construct your lineup this week. By shying away from Cantlay, Rahm, and DeChambeau, along with leaving some money on the table, the chances of your lineup being unique grow exponentially.

Those of you firing multiple lineups into various GPPS, here are some of my other top DFS picks for the TOUR Championship.

  • Cameron Smith ($10,100)
  • Abraham Ancer ($9,600)
  • Louis Oosthuizen ($7,600)
  • Jason Kokrak ($6,600)

Keep in mind, the approach to DFS golf this week doesn’t exactly mimic the best bets for the TOUR Championship. Peek at the betting preview below, and you’ll see what I mean.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for on football, basketball, and baseball.

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