2021 Ryder Cup Daily Fantasy Picks and Predictions: See the Strategy and Who Is Slotted Into the Captains Slot
Can you feel it? Ryder Cup week is finally here! After being postponed from 2020, the stage is set for the most ruckus and exciting week in golf at Whistling Straits. There is certainly no shortage of compelling storylines, but when analyzing value from a Fantasy perspective, much comes down to simply how many times they will play.
Draftkings has implemented a different structure and match play scoring system, which we most recently saw at the Presidents Cup. Here are some of the important notes for scoring:
- Hole won is worth +3 pts
- Halve is work +0.75, Loss is -0.75
- Match won is a +5 pt bonus
- You will receive +1.6 pts for every hole not played should you close out a match
- No Holes lost bonus - +7.5 pts
We also see the return of the Captain slot! The player that you select as your team captain will receive 1.5x the standard fantasy point value across the board but will also cost you 1.5x the salary price.
Ryder Cup Daily Fantasy Picks and Predictions
Captain Pick: Xander Schauffele $12,900
This is really the result of 2 predictions that I feel confident about. First, Team USA will win the Ryder Cup. Secondly, I think Xander and Cantlay are the premier pairing on the Team USA roster, and I’m happy to take the slight discount on Xander. He’s longer off the tee than the stats will indicate, often opting to club down off the tee in situations where finding the fairway is advantageous. With a negligible rough and team format, I think he pounds Driver all week. He’s also recently shown the ability to rise to the occasion dawning the old Red, White, and Blue. A big week is in store for X.
9k Range: Rory McIlroy $9,200
Experience, Guts, and Length. Rory is the unquestioned leader of the European team and takes a ton of pride in performing well in these match play events. He’s got an excellent track record on Pete Dye courses, and Whistling Straits should suit his game perfectly. He’s been making plenty of birdies as of late but following those up with untimely bogeys. Nevertheless, I expect him to be a force on the European side to reckon with.
8k Range: Bryson DeChambeau $8,000
Who will get paired with Bryson? I don’t think it really matters. He’s going to play and play a lot. He’s #1 in SG: Ball Striking and SG: Off the Tee over the last 24 rounds. The form is excellent, and the course setup is ideal. He will go in all my lineups, and I’m betting Captain Stricker is thinking the same thing.
7k Range: Tony Finau $7,200
Confidence is at an all-time in Camp Finau. He finally got the monkey off his back at Liberty National with a win. I feel a big year in store for Tony, and he was always going to be an integral part of this roster. The iron play has improved, and I like him in tough, windy conditions that the forecast calls for.
6k Range: Scottie Scheffler $5,800
Full disclosure, I really like Paul Casey in the high 6k range, but you will have to differentiate ownership somewhere in a GPP contest with such a limited field of participants. Additionally, there have been rumblings on Scheffler pairing up with Bryson, which would make him extremely lucrative in this range. I typically tend to shy away from debutants in the Ryder Cup, but Scottie possesses too much upside at $5,800 to ignore.
Enjoy the week, and best of luck.