Why Brendan Steele Is a Good Bet to Finish Top-20 at U.S. Open


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For analysis of the top 85 golfers in the field, check out this page. “Best odds value” and “Best matchup value” listed below are determined by a proprietary model built by Colin Davy. It factors in the course plus a variety of weighted metrics.

The Info: Brendan Steele

DFS Pricing: $6,800 DraftKings, $9,100 FanDuel

U.S. Open History (2013-2017): MC, N/A, N/A, T15, T13

Odds: +12,500 to win, +1600 top-10 finish, +700 top-20 finish, -175 to make cut, +125 to miss cut

Best Odds Value: +1600 top-10 finish

Best Matchup Value: Lucas Glover (-110) over Brendan Steele

Tee Times: 7:07 a.m. (Thursday); 12:52 p.m. (Friday)

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The Outlook

Steele is an interesting top-20 play in that +500 to +700 range. He doesn’t have the short game to win, but his ball-striking ability translates well to the U.S Open. He’s recorded only three top-15 finishes in 14 career major starts, but two of those have been in the past two U.S. Opens. He’s the type of guy who can be the sixth man on a DFS roster and give you a chance at a decent finish for a fairly affordable price.

The Metrics

Here’s how Steele ranks in the U.S. Open field in several key metrics. For many more, be sure to check out the FantasyLabs PGA Models.

  • Long-Term Adjusted Round Score: T33rd
  • Recent Adjusted Round Score: T94th
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 19th
  • Long-Term Driving Distance: 32nd
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 20th

Want more U.S. Open coverage? Check out this page for tips on the 85 best golfers in the field.

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