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Culp's Corner

FanDuel Focus: Wells Fargo

by Josh Culp
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

FanDuel is back in action this week after we skipped the Zurich Classic due to the unusual team format. 

As we always do, let's take a look at pre-cut performance versus post-cut performance to see what golfers should be on our radar this week. 

Pre-Cut Stars
For this experiment, I'm going to look at performance before the cut since the start of last season and compare it to performance after the cut. 

I will point out a few examples that look notable to me. The idea is that some golfers are prone to fast starts, but start to fade as the week goes on. That could be due to added pressure or it could be due to typical weekend course setups with pin placements, firmer greens, and what not.

Emiliano Grillo: Ranks 12th in the field for PRE-CUT performance but just 27th in POST-CUT performance. 

Martin Laird: Ranks 18th in the field for PRE-CUT performance but way down at 72nd in POST-CUT performance. 

Harold Varner III: Ranks 33rd in the field for PRE-CUT performance but just 100th in POST-CUT performance. 

Andrew 'Beef' Johnston: Ranks 39th in the field for PRE-CUT performance but just 115th in POST-CUT performance. 

In addition to go pre-cut splits, Martin Laird and Harold Varner III both also bring in Carolina ties as Laird has a home in Charlotte and HV3 attended East Carolina.
 

Post-Cut Stars
On the flip side, here are some golfers that really shine on the weekend but don't always fire out of the gates. 

Shane Lowry: Ranks 7th in the field for POST-CUT performance but just 19th in PRE-CUT performance. 

Webb Simpson: Ranks 11th in the field for POST-CUT performance but just 23rd in PRE-CUT performance. 

Graeme McDowell: Ranks 8th in the field for POST-CUT performance but just 30th in PRE-CUT performance. 

William McGirt: Ranks 19th in the field for POST-CUT performance but just 31st in PRE-CUT performance. 

Simpson is a member at Eagle Point Golf Club, making him even more appealing. The important thing about post-cut targets is to incorporate pre-cut performance a little more. If we target too many golfers who shine after the cut but struggle before the cut, then we'll be left with too many missed cuts, more often than not. 
 

5 Golfers to Pay Up For: 
Dustin Johnson ($11,500)
Adam Scott ($9,900)
Jon Rahm ($10,500)
Paul Casey ($9,400)
Daniel Berger ($8,500)

5 Value Plays: 
Luke List ($6,500)
Webb Simpson ($7,300)
Kyle Reifers ($5,400)
Byeong Hun An ($7,000)
Jason Kokrak ($5,400)

Josh Culp

Josh Culp joined NBC Sports Edge in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.