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PGA DFS: John Deere Classic 2024

by IBT Media Staff

Welcome to another week of PGA DFS action! This time, we’re at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., for the 2024 John Deere Classic. Known for its birdie-friendly layout, this par-71 course stretches 7,289 yards with bentgrass fairways and greens. While the course isn’t particularly challenging, its large, undulating greens and elevation changes can test players.

Let’s dive into the field and identify the best plays to build winning lineups for the weekend.

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PGA DFS: John Deere Classic 2024

Course Overview

  • TPC Deere Run
  • Silvis, Ill.
  • Par 71
  • 7,289 Yards
  • Bentgrass Fairways
  • Bentgrass Greens

The John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run is known for its relatively straightforward layout, leading to low scores and high volatility. The course features tree-lined fairways, which require some control off the tee but aren’t overly punitive. The large greens with challenging slopes, undulations and some elevation changes serve as the primary defenses. However, the course remains very gettable, especially under favorable weather conditions.

Expect some moisture throughout the week, which will keep the course receptive. Winds will be present but not extreme, with sustained winds around 10 mph and gusts in the low teens. These conditions should contribute to the birdie fest, with the projected winning score around -22 and the cut at -3 or -4.

Former John Deere Classic Champions include Sepp Straka (2023), JT Poston (2022) and Lucas Glover (2021).

Stats to Build Around

  • Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green
  • Strokes Gained Approach
  • Strokes Gained Putting on Bentgrass
  • Opportunities Gained
  • Birdie-or-Better Percentage
  • Approach From 100-150 yards and 200+ Yards
  • Good Drives Gained (Distance + Accuracy)

PGA DFS Strategy

Given the lesser field and the nature of the course, it’s advisable to expand your player pool and play more entries at a lower cost per entry. This buckshot approach mitigates the risk of over-investing in any single player. Each pricing tier has multiple viable options, so diversify your picks.

John Deere Classic PGA DFS Picks

(Prices courtesy of DraftKings)

High-Tier Plays ($9,000 & Above)

  • Sepp Straka ($10,400)
  • Aaron Rai ($10,000)
  • JT Poston ($9,100)
  • Sam Stevens ($9,000)

High-Tier Fades ($9,000 & Above)

  • Sungjae Im ($10,300)
  • Denny McCarthy ($9,500)
  • Keith Mitchell ($9,200)

Mid-Tier Plays ($7,000-$9,000)

  • Nick Dunlap ($8,900)
  • Luke Clanton ($8,600)
  • Adam Schenk ($7,700)
  • Andrew Novak ($7,500)
  • Joel Dahmen ($7,300)
  • Chandler Phillips ($7,100)
  • Zach Johnson ($7,000)

Mid-Tier Fades ($7,000-$8,500)

  • Mark Hubbard ($8,400)
  • Seamus Power ($8,300)
  • Neal Shipley ($7,500)
  • Justin Lower ($7,200)

Low-Tier Plays ($6,800 & Below)

  • Troy Merritt ($6,800)
  • Pierceson Coody ($6,700)
  • Kelly Kraft ($6,600)

Low-Tier Fades ($6,900 & Below)

  • Patton Kizzire ($6,900)
  • David Skinns ($6,900)
  • Russell Knox ($6,300)

Check out all of our content for the John Deere Classic 2024:

Good luck this week! Thanks for checking out our PGA DFS picks for the John Deere Classic 2024, and be sure to check out our golf crew live every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. EST on the 19th Hole

*Photo Credit: Raymond Carlin III – USA TODAY Sports*

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