2020-2021 PGA Tour Sleeper Picks and Rookies for Fantasy Golf

PGA Tour Sleeper PicksJust as you blink…the new 2021 PGA Tour season begins and that means we have a short window of time to look at the past year and see which golfers underperformed and see who we think will bounce back once again and have a good year. We call them sleeper picks only because in some cases they are forgotten about in fantasy golf circles but if you are playing in a full season long fantasy golf league these are the guys that are the best candidates to bounce back and get back to their past glory.

Because last year wiped out a big chunk of the PGA Tour season there are some players that made very little money on the official standings that are used by season long fantasy players and thus there are some great opportunities to pick up some really great golfers on the cheap.

We also have a rundown of some of the rookies to keep an eye out for and to use in DFS lineups in certain events during the year. These are some of the Top 25 Korn Ferry grads that earned a PGA Tour card but because of how the PGA Tour ended, these young rookies won’t get into many tournaments as they are on a list behind the Top 150 golfers from last year’s money list. We are keeping an eye on them as they will enter some of the alternate PGA Tour events as well as get some sponsor exemptions.

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Expert Sleeper Picks for 2020

Enjoy the 2021 Fantasy Golf Season and good luck!

Fantasy Sleeper Picks for 2020-2021 PGA Tour Season

Brooks Koepka – Brooks is one of the best golfers in the world but because the majors got wiped out (all but one) he really didn’t get to play in as many events as he would have. Combined with him having some issues with Covid, some injury issues and also some slumps in his game and you get a really bad year for Koepka in relation to his money finish standings. With an abundance of major tournaments this year that he will play in Koepka will be a top fantasy pick for all full season players. ***Keep in mind, Koepka has been dealing with injury issues lately and backed out of the 2020 US Open which to back out of a major is a pretty big deal. Proceed with caution***

Justin Rose – Although Rose is starting to have father time creeping into his game he is still playing some great golf and will be entered into all the majors and those are the biggest money tournaments played during the year. He will have a bounce back year but temper your expectations, he’s not going to win many tournaments going forward..

Rickie Fowler – Fowler had a disappointing year no matter how you look at it but now is a fresh start and I still think Fowler does want to be an elite golfer on tour and it will finally click for him at some point. Will 2021 be the year? That I can’t guarantee but at a sub $1 million salary cap number he is worth a gamble to see what he does and whether he makes the next jump up.

Patrick Cantlay – Cantlay was at the top of his game when the Covid break happened and never really got back on track during the restart. He still made a decent amount in earnings regardless and he should be still considered an elite PGA Tour player that should be back in the Top 10 in money earnings by the end of 2021.

Tommy Fleetwood – Fleetwood was only getting his season started when the break occurred and then took his time returning to the US to quarantine and then get back to playing. He did make it into the FedEx Cup playoffs but didn’t earn nearly enough to make it to the end. No worries, for us fantasy players it’s a chance to get a Top 20 ranked golfer into our fantasy lineups for a cheap price. I like Fleetwood to make a big jump in his game this year and be amongst the elite golfers in the world.

Paul Casey – Casey is a bit of an interesting play to consider. He has in recent years started to play more events on the PGA Tour and has had some close finishes in major tournaments but has only 3 career PGA Tour wins along with over a dozen international event wins which puts him in the Top 25 of world golfers. He is also in his 40’s which usually begins a decline in his game. However, there are some golfers that get a bit better with age and wisdom and Casey is still in good shape which means he could be poised for a decent run at a major given there are 6 of them to be played in 2020-2021.

Doc Redman – Based on the list of golfers above Redman can be considered a sleeper pick this year on the PGA Tour but he has shown that he could one day be mentioned in the same breath as some of the names above as well. Redman had a non-descript year going on Tour before the break and then put together some really good finishes that got him into the FedEx Cup playoffs. He’s had a couple of Top 5 finishes and will play in a good amount of events to be a decent return on your fantasy golf investment.


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PGA Tour Rookies for 2020-2021 to Keep an Eye on

As mentioned, these are players that earned a PGA Tour card but won’t get to play in many tournaments because of their priority. If you are a DFS player however these are the rookies to follow as they continue to play on the Korn Ferry Tour and if they do get an invite to a PGA Tour event, make sure you stick them into a lineup before they get to pricey for salary cap lineups. Some of the events they will get to play in are the Puerto Rico Open, the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship (in March), the Barbasol Championship and the Barracuda Championship.

Will Zalatoris - Led the Korn Ferry Tour in just about everything. Was consistent all season long finishing in the Top 10 nine times. Hopefully he gets some opportunities to see what he can do against the pros.

Davis Riley - Only 2 time winner on the Korn Ferry Tour last year he’s made the cut in all three PGA Tour events he’s played in. One more win this year and he gets an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour.

Brandon Wu – Played in only 6 Korn Ferry events and still had a win and a 2nd place finish. Has played in others around the world and had sponsorship events on the PGA Tour. One to watch!

Lee Hodges – Five Top 10’s and a win on the Korn Ferry Tour will get him into a few tournaments.

Taylor Pendrith – Close but no cigar, Pendrith has come in 2nd three times and has five Top 10 finishes. Bright future on tour for him.