This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Golf series.
Greensboro, North Carolina
Sedgefield Country Club - Par 70 - 7,127 yards
Field - 156 Entrants
Purse - $6.2M
There's a crushing burden of uncertainty placed upon the shoulders of many competitors this week, as the Wyndham Championship provides those nervous nellies residing outside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings one last chance to qualify for the playoffs and secure a card for the 2019-20 season in the process. The field is understandably quite pedestrian as the Open Championship and WGC-FedEx St. Jude Classic recently were played back-to-back on the schedule, but we should be in for a dramatic Sunday afternoon with entire futures in the sport on the line. A tree-lined Sedgefield Country Club will cater more so to a short and straight game plan off the tee, but this is a second-shot course that grants lofty GIR percentages. The forecast in Greensboro calls for a legitimate chance of precipitation at some point during all four rounds, but winds are expected to remain tame as the course softens up.
Key Stats to Victory
Birdie average - Each of the past three champions has reached an overall score of at least 21-under-par, highlighted by a first-round 59 from Brandt Snedeker in 2018
SG: Putting - There are significantly more three-putts tallied in Greensboro than many other stops on Tour, but SG: Putting also helps indicate the conversion of GIRs into tweeters
P4: 400-450 efficiency - Eight of the 18 holes at Sedgefield CC measure within this range, so driving accuracy rates are slightly higher than the average Tour event given just five total holes measure over 450 yards
Yahoo Value Picks - based on $200 salary cap
Cream of the Crop
Webb Simpson - $44
Not only is Simpson a past champion, he has placed T11 or better in seven of his last nine trips to Sedgefield CC and is slated to be quite chalky as THE horse for the course. This week's betting favorite at 10/1 according to golfodds.com, Simpson ranks fourth in SG: Putting on fast bermuda greens over his last 36 rounds and just earned runner-up honors at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational where he gained over five strokes on approach shots. He also has the best floor in the field with eight consecutive top-30s since the Masters.
Patrick Reed - $43
Reed's chronicles in Memphis don't live up to those of Simpson's, but the former did win here in 2013 before adding a pair of top-25s at Sedgefield in his past two appearances as well. Course history shouldn't bear a ton of weight in lineup selections, but their resumes at the event are definitely noteworthy. Reed ranks top-5 in SG: Approach, SG: Tee-to-Green and P4: 400-450 efficiency over his last 12 rounds and has strolled to results of T12-10-T23-T5 since late June. Prior to difficult scoring conditions in Memphis and Northern Ireland, Reed racked up at least 23 par-breakers at the 3M Open and Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Brandt Snedeker - $39
The chalk strikes again, as Sneds will certainly be popular with a sub-$40 price tag. He posted the 10th round of 59 or better in the history of the PGA Tour at the 2018 Wyndham Championship, and went on to win the tournament by three shots over the aforementioned Simpson and C.T. Pan. Snedeker has finished at least T5 in three of his four showings at Sedgefield CC since 2014. He ranks third on the season in SG: Around-the-Green and has not lost strokes in this metric in any event since the 2018 BMW Championship.
Lucas Glover - $37
Glover is in the top 25 percent of every Strokes Gained subcategory this season and has amassed a total of 17.9 strokes gained from tee to green over his last three starts, stringing together a trio of top-20s from the 3M Open to the Open Championship. He's never won at Sedgefield CC, but Glover has totaled seven top-30s since the event's transition to this venue in 2008.
Vaughn Taylor - $32
The 43-year-old has been absent since the John Deere Classic, but at TPC Deere Run he registered 24 birdies and a profound scoring average of 67.0. Taylor has gained no less than 2.6 strokes with the flat stick in four straight starts and he ranks fourth among the field in proximity from 150-175 yards throughout his past 24 holes.
Viktor Hovland - $27
The Class of '19 remains underpriced on Yahoo heading into the regular season finale, and Hovland presents the greatest bargain at $27, with Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa rising ever so slightly to $31 and $29, respectively. Hovland is second to none in GIR percentage over his last 24 rounds and he ranks second in proximity during this exact time frame. He's finished T16 or better in three consecutive performances dating back to the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Alex Noren - $27
The Swede has dipped to 44th in the OWGR after beginning the 2019 calendar year as a member of the top 20, but Noren is gearing up to get back on the right track with results of T12-T11-T26 since the European Tour's BMW International Open. He's 11th in SG: Putting on bermuda greens over his last 36 rounds and has not lost strokes from tee to green since the AT&T Byron Nelson in mid-May.
Bill Haas - $20
Four made cuts in a row might not sound like much of a feat for someone with Haas' professional resume, but this is actually his longest streak of the season. He carded a 66 or better in five of eight rounds at the Barbasol Championship and John Deere Classic before falling into a tie for 61st this past week in Reno, Nevada. Haas gained nearly six strokes on approach shots at TPC Deere Run and the veteran ranks 19th in SG: Around-the-Green.
Strategy Tips on Yahoo this week
Many gamers will be intrigued by the crazy affordable price tags remaining on the Class of '19 trio, and for good reason, as other DFS sites have caught on to their skyrocketing demand. Including these young guns in lineups will encourage a more balanced dispersion of salary cap funds, which also makes more sense than a studs-and-duds approach given the lack of firepower at the top of the board.