You have determined your lineup for the British Open, and you are ready to submit your best fantasy team to DraftKings. But something doesn't feel right. You feel good about the selections at the top of your roster, but you feel like you may be throwing away your selections at the bottom end.
You are looking for legitimate sleepers who can come through with competitive efforts in the tournament, because that's what it takes to have a chance in DraftKings' contest. You need strength up and down your lineup.
In this feature, we will take a look at five sleepers who have a chance to accumulate points and help you win your British Open fantasy contest. We are only considering golfers with a salary of less than $8,000.
|2015 British Open Sleepers|
Matt Kuchar, $7,900
Kuchar is one of the most consistent golfers on the PGA Tour, and he has every chance to stand up and put on an excellent performance at the British Open.
Kuchar has played 17 tournaments this season, and he has made the cut in 16 of them. While he doesn't have a victory, he has both a second- and third-place finish.
Kuchar is in 15th place in the world golf rankings, and he is one of the most consistent putters on the tour. He gains .609 strokes when he is on the green, and that ranks seventh among tour golfers. If Kuchar is solid from tee to green at St. Andrews, his putter should help him out quite a bit.
J.B. Holmes, $7,500
Homes is another relatively low-priced golfer who has a chance to be quite successful in the British Open. Holmes sits 13th in the official world golf rankings, and he is also in ninth place in FedEx Cup points.
Holmes is one of the longest hitters on the tour, and his average drive is 308.4 yards. That allows Holmes to get more distance with his driver than all but four other golfers on tour. Holmes has been taking advantage of his prodigious length, as he gains 1.197 strokes tee to green, and that ranks 12th among all tour golfers.
The key for Holmes is his putting, and it has been an area of concern. He struggles with the flat stick, ranking 148th in strokes gained putting.
Don't let that scare you off of Holmes because he has won more than $3.2 million this year, ranking sixth on the tour.
Jason Dufner, $7,400
Dufner is well down the charts on the FedEx Cup points list and the world golf rankings, but remember that he has risen to the occasion at the biggest moments. He won the 2013 PGA title, and he came through with his best shots on the back nine of the final round to win that tournament.
That's why we are going to give Dufner a chance. The numbers say that the 2015 season has not been kind to him, with only two top-10 finishes this year and less than $900,000 in earnings.
However, don't count out Dufner if he can get off to a solid first 36 holes. If he survives the cut, he has the kind of detached demeanor to help him attack St. Andrews on moving day and championship Sunday without feeling the pressure that bothers a lot of other golfers.
Webb Simpson, $7,200
Simpson is not a superstar, but he is a solid pro who has four top-10 finishes and has won more than $1.6 million this season.
Simpson is a consistently accurate hitter who is not likely to find the difficult terrain at St. Andrews. He gains 1.354 strokes tee to green, and that ranks 10th on the tour. He is going to need to depend on his accuracy if he is going to have a chance.
Simpson has a major championship to his credit. He won the 2012 U.S. Open, so he knows how to come through when it matters most on Sunday.
Kevin Kisner, $7,000
The 31-year-old Kisner has made a big move this year as he ranks 11th in FedEx Cup points. Kisner has been very busy this season, playing 23 tournaments and making the cut in 17 of them. While he has not won any, he has finished second three times.
That should make him quite hungry to come through in the British Open. While he is not a long hitter, as he averages 285.5 yards off the tee, he is quite accurate. Kisner finds the fairway 69.93 percent of the time, and that ranks 16th on the tour.
Kisner has proved to himself that he belongs with the big boys. He has earned more than $3.1 million this year, a figure that ranks eighth among all tour golfers.