Players Championship 2021: Daily Fantasy Picks, Strategy and Tips

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 10, 2021

Players Championship 2021: Daily Fantasy Picks, Strategy and Tips

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    Rory McIlroy has not won a golf tournament since November 2019, but he is still viewed as one of the favorites to be the cornerstone of daily fantasy contests. 

    The 31-year-old comes into the Players Championship this weekend off back-to-back top-10 finishes and has a single missed cut in nine starts during the 2020-21 PGA season. 

    The level of consistency McIlroy has produced on all different types of courses makes him one of the safest picks for the marquee tournament. 

    While the Northern Irishman can be the centerpiece of DFS lineups, he alone can't put you in the high-money positions. 

    For that to happen, you need to find the perfect mix of stars and underrated golfers who can perform at a high level at TPC Sawgrass. 

Build Lineup Around Rory McIlroy

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    McIlroy is going to break his winning drought some time soon. Before he does that, though, he is almost guaranteed to have a few low rounds that put him into contention for first place. 

    At the Arnold Palmer Invitational last weekend, he opened with a 66 and then produced a 71 and 72 before going through a rough final 18 holes. 

    A week earlier, McIlroy put together a 69-70-66-71 scorecard to land in a tie for sixth at the WGC Workday Championship

    He has three top-10 finishes dating back to September's U.S. Open, and he has placed inside the top 20 in the last six tournaments in which he made the cut. 

    Sure, McIlroy is an expensive piece to have in DFS lineups, but with the way he is playing, you can't leave him out of your lineups. 

Trust Jason Day's History at TPC Sawgrass

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    A player's previous success at TPC Sawgrass should help fill out your lineup. 

    Jason Day falls into the category of golfers who are not in terrific form but could come to life at the Players Championship. 

    The 2016 winner has a pair of top-10 finishes in his last two starts at the Florida course. He has five top-20 placings and four top-10 spots in his career at the venue. 

    In his three starts before the Players, Day turned in seven cards of 69 or better, which suggests he is rounding into form as major season approaches. 

    But in order to be high up the leaderboard on Sunday, the 33-year-old needs to refine his final-round scoring. He produced his worst rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC Workday Championship during the last 18 holes. 

    As long as Day performs better on Sunday, he should be a safe second or third option to McIlroy because he has been so consistent at TPC Sawgrass. 

Choose Brian Harman as a Sleeper Pick

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    Brian Harman has the right mix of decent form and impressive history at TPC Sawgrass to be considered as one of the top sleeper plays. 

    The 34-year-old tied for eighth at the Players Championship in 2015 and 2019, and he has made the cut in four of his last five appearances at the tournament. 

    Harman made the cut in each of his last six PGA Tour starts and finished four of those events at nine-under or better. 

    In his last start, the Savannah, Georgia native produced a tie for 43rd at the Genesis Invitational. He placed inside the top 40 at the Waste Management Open and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. 

    If Harman plays at a similar level, he could be a solid DFS piece to complement the likes of McIlroy and Day, and he could be a difference-maker in winning lineups.


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