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2023 Wells Fargo Championship DFS Best Picks & Top Plays

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2023 Wells Fargo Championship DFS Best Picks & Top Plays

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Golf daily fantasy players and bettors can finally get back to their bread and butter this week at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. The past two weeks have presented unique challenges – first at the team-format Zurich Classic and again last week when the Mexico Open was played under the PGA Tour umbrella for just the second time. 

Now we have an elite field gathering at one of the most well-known tracks on the schedule in Quail Hollow. Serving as annual host for the Wells Fargo, the venue also held the 2022 Presidents Cup and 2017 PGA Championship. 

Quail Hollow is one of the most demanding courses that players will see all season in terms of tee shots, and tricky greens complexes on a long track provide an exciting challenge for players at every turn. 

This is one of the PGA Tour’s elevated events and always draws a strong field, with Rory McIlroy atop the golf betting board this week at +750. Masters champ Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler are among the few big names sitting this one out, but the board is absolutely loaded and includes Mexico Open winner Tony Finau. 

The PGA Championship is just two weeks away, and the Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow gives players and DFS enthusiasts a chance to dial it in ahead of the year’s second major at Oak Hill Country Club. 

2023 Wells Fargo Championship Key Details

Course: Charlotte, North Carolina

Quail Hollow: 7,538 yards, Par 71. Greens: Bermuda

Past Winners

  • 2022 – Max Homa, 272 (-8)*
  • 2021 – Rory McIlory, 274 (-10)
  • 2020 – Cancelled
  • 2019 – Max Homa, 269 (-15)
  • 2018 – Jason Day, 272 (-12)
  • 2017 – Brian Harman, 278 (-10)*
  • 2016 – James Hahn, 279 (-9)
  • 2015 – Rory McIlroy, 267 (-21)
  • 2014 – J.B. Holmes, 274 (-14)
  • 2013 – Derek Ernst, 280 (-8)

*Tournament not held at Quail Hollow

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Wells Fargo DFS Picks By Price

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Patrick Cantlay, $10,500: Cantlay is a terrific course fit, he’s playing at an elite level and there’s really no need to overthink this one. He’s second on Tour in Strokes Gained off the Tee, fifth in Greens in Regulation and 17th in Strokes Gained putting. The irons have also been dialed in for months, and he’s finished inside the top 20 in seven straight events – including five top 10s. He doesn’t have much course experience here, unlike most of the field, but this is more of a demanding straightforward test than a tricky puzzle to be constructed over the years. Given the state of his game, we love Cantlay’s chances to make a serious run on Sunday. 

Jordan Spieth, $9,500: Like Cantlay, Spieth doesn’t have much significant course history at the Wells Fargo proper. But he absolutely tore it apart last fall in going 5-0 at the Presidents Cup, capped with a 4&3 singles win over Cam Davis. He’s hit his irons better over the last three months than he has in two years, leading to five top-6 finishes over his last eight starts. The putter has been hot as well and he’s long enough off the tee to contend here. Plenty of tempting options around this price with guys like Sungjae Im, Max Homa and Jason Day, but we believe the biggest payoff lies with Spieth. 

9K-8K Range

Rickie Fowler, $8,800: What a story it would be if Rickie Fowler finally got over the hump and won on Tour for the first time in four years, at the site of his first professional victory. But this isn’t a narrative-based pick. Fowler is slowly but surely working out of a slump from which some speculated he’d never recover. He’s finished T-20 or better in eight of his last nine starts and also logged a T-2 at the ZoZo Championship last fall. The irons are in great shape, he’s had some hot weeks with the putter and this has always been one of his favorite courses on Tour. Fowler has four top-10s here in just nine starts and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him add another this week given the improvement he’s shown this spring. 

Cameron Young, $8,700: Young is coming off a disappointing T-51 at the RBC Heritage, but it’s been a terrific spring with a T-10 at the Arnold Palmer, runner-up at the Match Play and T-7 at the Masters. He also needed a break after a busy winter and should come in refreshed and ready to go after two full weeks off. This also looks like a perfect course for Young – distance is a huge advantage here and Young has it for days. Augusta National is a useful course comparison here and while Young isn’t known for his short game, he was sharp enough to contend on maybe the toughest greens they see all year. Another good week with the irons should have Young near the top of the leaderboard entering the final round. 

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Emiliano Grillo, $7,400: It still seems like Grillo has a higher ceiling than he’s shown throughout his career. He hasn’t won in seven years, but he’s still chugging along and eligible for all the big Tour events. We’ve seen him get hot in bursts before and he’s knocking on the door at the moment, with a T-5 at the Mexico Open and T-7 one start prior at the RBC Heritage. The irons are completely dialed in at the moment and the putter is cooperating. He’s also never missed the cut at this event, and he finished T-9 in 2018. Grillo has burned us many times in the past, but we feel good about his chances this week in Charlotte. 

Adam Scott, $7,300: The 42-year-old Aussie is driving the ball better than he has in years, which bodes well at Quail Hollow. He’s added some distance and keeps it in play more often than not. The short game is still excellent, but the added focus on the driver has clearly led to a slight decline in irons play. The results have been so-so and he hasn’t seriously contended in a while. But he’s made 20 consecutive cuts, knows the golf course in and out and had two weeks off to recharge after the RBC Heritage. We expect a strong showing from Scott this week at an honest price. 

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Adam Svensson, $6,900: The 29-year-old Canadian is still living safely inside the Top 30 of the FedEx Standings thanks to his victory last fall at the RSM Classic, but he’s maintained strong standing with solid play in the big events. Svensson was T-9 at the Genesis Invitational, T-24 at the Arnold Palmer and T-13 at the Players Championship. That’s a great sign this week and Svensson’s irons have been consistently above-average for much of the season. He’s one of few players in this price range who’s been playing well and has all the tools to have a great week with a little help from the flatstick. 

Cameron Champ, $6,600: Quite a leap of faith here, but if you’re in need of a sub-$6,700 player you can’t exactly get picky. He’s coming off his second top-10 of the season with a T-8 at the Mexico Open, which snapped a streak of six consecutive missed cuts. The short game is still a major work in progress, but his length off the tee makes Quail Hollow a potentially-intriguing course. Champ has often punched above his weight with strong results at the Masters and the driver has been dialed in lately. There’s a chance he found something in Mexico, and with this price tag that’s really about as much as one can hope for. 

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2023 Wells Fargo Championship, Date & TV

When: Thursday-Sunday, May 4-7

Where: Quail Hollow, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV: Golf Channel, CBS

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Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com
Dan Kilbridge
Handicapper Dan Kilbridge writes about college football, MLB and other sports for Bookies.com after spending three years covering Tiger Woods’ comeback and the PGA for Golfweek.