2021 US Open Sleepers and Longshots

US Open Sleeper PicksIt’s easy to pick the favorites to win the 2021 US Open, but the guys that make money with fantasy golf or betting on golf will look for the top sleeper picks for the US Open to really cash in!

With fantasy golf, sleeper picks and longshots are generally golfers that are found in the lower half of the salary cap list at some of the Top Fantasy Golf Sites. Players under the average price are what you want, although you could still look at guys over the average player price depending on your salary cap strategy.

If you are betting on the US Open, then you have both Sleeper picks and Longshots for the US Open. Sleepers are the guys that are in the 50-1 to 80-1 range that are good players, but the odds makers don’t really think they will win. Longshots are the guys that are at the bottom of the list - usually 100-1 longshots (and up). These are guys nobody thinks will win, but you still have the golf bettor that will take a chance on a couple of 100-1 longshots to see if they pay off.

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Expert US Open Sleeper Picks

How do you use US Open Sleeper Picks for Fantasy Golf?

The answer to this question depends on your salary cap strategy.

Some fantasy golf players will take 3 "top players" and then find 3 "low priced guys" or sleepers to create their 6-golfer lineup. Other DFS fantasy players will focus on creating a lineup of players in the "average salary cap range" at your favorite fantasy golf site. The average golfer's salary at our affiliate partner site DraftKings Fantasy Golf Millionaire Contest is $8,333, so guys will set a lineup with 6 good PGA Tour golfers that all can make the cut with each having a legit chance of winning the US Open.

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When you do your research, find players that you think will play well at the US Open, and then when the salary cap numbers are published, see how many guys are lower cost “sleeper picks”. In doing so, your research isn’t skewed beforehand by seeing what the salaries are.

U.S. Open TrophyWhen I make my lineups (I usually create several entries for the big DraftKings Fantasy Golf Contest), I will use both strategies mentioned above so that I can try out different lineups. Some fantasy golf players will keep a core of 4 players in every lineup and then fill in the remaining spots. Regardless, first you need to have your sleeper picks chosen, then decide on which strategy you have the best shot of winning with.

2021 US Open Fantasy Golf Sleeper Picks

The US Open Sleeper Picks below you can use for both DFS lineups and for betting purposes. The odds we are using are from Intertops which is a great site for golf betting!

Jason Day 50-1 odds - I think that the betting odds on Day should be higher and he’s only a 50-1 pick because he has won at Torrey Pines twice in his career. That being said, he makes an interesting sleeper pick because he hasn’t played particularly well this year and could pull out a solid showing at the US Open based on his comfort with the golf course.

Phil Mickelson 50-1 odds - Two majors in a row? Win the one major that he’s always wanted to win, come oh so close to winning yet not win? Phil proved last month that anything is possible and he now goes to a golf course that’s he’s won at 3 times and finished a T18 in the US Open held at Torrey Pines. He would still be considered more of a longshot than a sleeper pick and the 50-1 odds show the public’s hope for him winning more than the actual chance he has to win…but he was a 200-1 longshot to win last month’s PGA Championship so do what you will with that one.

Brandt Snedeker 125-1 odds - A pure longshot pick that gets on this list because of his history at Torrey Pines. Snedeker has won twice, finished 2nd twice and has 3 other career Top 10 finishes which includes the 2008 US Open. He even shot a 61 there as a rookie! Sneds is well past his best before date and I wouldn’t bet on him to win outright this week. As a DFS sleeper pick he makes an interesting choice and you could always see what the current betting odds are for him to finish in the Top 20 and see if that’s worth a play.

Corey Conners 55-1 odds - Conners hasn’t played well in his 2 US Open appearances and has played simply OK at Torrey Pines in his two events there. Conners is one of the best ball strikers on the PGA Tour and is playing some pretty good golf leading up to the 2021 US Open. He is a great fantasy golf play this week and an interesting bet to either win outright or to finish in the Top 20.

Mark Leishman 60-1 odds - Leishman has a solid record at Torrey Pines winning in 2020 but prior to that finishing in 2nd twice and three other Top 10 finishes. He was a T18 this past January and will play with confidence this week even though his history at the US Open has been a bit weak in his career.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout 100-1 odds - A lot of hardcore DFS players liked Christiaan Bezuidenhout leading up to the PGA Championship and he looked like a great pick until he shot a 77 on Sunday. He’s a longshot to win and I wouldn’t touch him in betting unless it is in some prop plays but as a daily fantasy golf pick this week he should be a solid cheaper sleeper to look at for your lineups.

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