6 DFS 2018 PGA Championship Deep Sleepers

by Mark Strausberg
2018 PGA Championship Deep Sleepers

While considering options for the 2018 PGA Championship deep sleepers, I often erred on the side of those who can smash it off the tee. The 100th PGA Championship this week is at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. It is a Rees Jones designed course. Between the design, ground conditions, and recent weather it will play much more similar to the Masters than the US Open or British Open.

Like most PGA Championship courses, it will require a well-rounded game. But the PGA Championship is often won by those who can elevate their putting during the week, not necessarily great putters.

Pricing on DraftKings, like it has been for the other majors, is fairly soft. I see no reason to even consider those players below $6400. However, if you grab two studs from the top tier, you are going to need to dip into the $7000 range and below. So like my previous articles, your 2018 PGA Championship deep sleepers are deep picks under the $7000 line on DraftKings.

Here are my 2018 PGA Championship Deep Sleepers.

2018 PGA Championship Deep Sleepers

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Austin Cook - (DK $6500)

Cook was both born and went to school in Arkansas. And while I realize St. Louis is not in Arkansas, something tells me Cook will be very comfortable playing here. Of course the fact that he has made 20 of 25 cuts, he's comfortable playing most places. Currently inside the FedEx top 30, I'll gladly take him at this price. He might be the "safest" deep sleeper there is.

Andrew Landry - (DK $6600)

Andrew Landry, however, is likely the least safest option I am highlighting. Landry just finished a disappointing 57th in the Bridgestone. Before that missed the cut at the Open.

However, like Cook, Landry is also in the top 30 of the FedEx standings. Landry does have the skill set to win, like when he won the Valero Open earlier this year.

I don't expect Landry to win this week. Yet his strong shots gained off the tee make him a threat to be competitive any given week.

Russel Henley (DK $6700)

When you play the longshots as often as I do, you're going to get burned. And I think every option for $6700 has burned me at least once this year. So the question is whom am I willing to forgive?

It has to be Russell Henley, who is one of my favorite deep sleepers this week. When his flat stick is grooving, he's tough to beat. Also, two of his three best putting performances were at the Golf Club of Houston, which is also a Rees Jones design with big greens.

Okay, he missed the cut at the Open, but previous to that he had three top 25s to go with the other five he had previously in the year. Henley made the cut in last year's PGA Championship and I think he can easily sneak into the top 50 this year.

Anirban Lahiri - (DK $6800)

Like Henley, Lahiri also made the cut at last year's PGA Championship, and don't be surprised if he also breaks into the top 50 this year.

If you're looking for strong current form, few are hotter coming in the Lahiri after a T6 in the deep fielded Bridgestone last week. Lahiri has 4 top-10s on the season. And the PGA Championship often rewards those who putt well during the week, which might be Lahiri's best strength. Don't be surprised to see him make a run in consecutive weeks.

Billy Horshel - (DK $6900)

Billy Horschel is also an excellent putter. But unlike Lahiri, Horschel can absolutely smash it off the tee and is 19th in strokes gained off the tee.

Horschel is not a safe play either as he misses cuts just slightly less than a nearsighted butcher. However, should you decide to go with three players over $9K, you're going to need a few players at $6900 and lower, and Horschel represents some tremendous upside.

Beau Hossler - (DK $6900)

This is not the first time Hossler has appeared as one of my sleepers. And he will continue to be as long as DK prices him below $7K.

There is just too much to like about him at this price. He's top 10 in putting, but he's also pretty strong 49th in Shots Gained Total.

He will be making his first PGA Championship appearance, but Keegan Bradley (another player I like this week) won this as a first timer as recently as 2011.

Slow your roll as I don't think Hossler is even on the first page of the leaderboard this week, but a top 25 appearance would not surprise me one bit.

Other 2018 PGA Championship Deep Sleeper Considerations: Thorbjorn Olesen (will be a popular play!), Chris Wood, Brendan Steele, Aaron Wise

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