2020 US Open Sleepers and Longshots

US Open Sleeper PicksIt’s easy to pick the favorites to win the 2020 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.

2020 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!

Phil Mickelson - Mickelson returns to the site of the US Open that he threw away on the final few holes in 2006. Combined with the fact that he has finished in 2nd at the US Open 6 times in his career and it is the one he has always wanted to win puts him into an interesting place this week. He didn’t play particularly well last year but then had his first seniors tour event and won! Throw in that he played well at the Safeway Open last week and you have a recipe for a sleeper pick to come through. For DFS purposes it’s not a horrible play to have Mickelson in your lineup especially since this will be a tough course and a veteran may have an easier time surviving. It’s been publicized that a bettor has already put a $45K bet on Phil to win at 75-1 odds so someone else has confidence in him pulling off the longshot win. I have seen him as high as 100-1 so you decide if he’s worth a wager or not.


Sungjae Im - 80-1 Odds? A golfer that was at the top of the FedEx standings almost all year, had a win and three other Top 5 finishes and came in 11th at the Tour Championship is an 80-1 longshot to win the 2020 US Open? First I say thank you as I have already put in a wager on him at Intertops to win outright (the odds have fluctuated a bit but many places are still between 66 and 80-1) but he will also be a cornerstone of many of my lineups at DraftKings this week for the Fantasy Golf Millionaire. Im is a solid golfer and although he’s only played in one US Open before (he missed the cut) he isn’t the type of golfer that will play himself out of a tournament because he is such a good all-around golfer.

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