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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Harold Varner
Emiliano Grillo has a few things working in his favor this week, and Ryan Andrade suggests looking his direction in the first FanDuel contests of the 2021-22 campaign.
The 2021-22 PGA Tour season kicks off this week, and Greg Vara tells you why Harold Varner III will be worth using in a couple different contests.
Ryan Pohle runs down his favorite wagers for this week's season opener and explains why he is expecting a high finish from Hudson Swafford.
You don't need to be proficient with the putter to succeed at Silverado, and that helps Hideki Matsuyama land a spot among Len Hochberg's picks to click in the first DraftKings contests of the season.
The RotoWire golf crew projected 2021-22 earnings for more than 200 golfers who have PGA Tour cards for this season. Will Justin Thomas top the Official Money list this season?
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Varner had statistically his best season to date, despite him only finishing 80th in FedEx Cup points. The East Carolina product ranked 25th in SG: Total thanks to awesome ball striking that saw him finish top-15 in SG: Tee-to-green and GIR percentage. 153rd in SG: Putting is his biggest area for improvement.
Varner's claim to fame during the 2018-2019 season will likely end up being his placement in the final group on Sunday at the PGA Championship. Things certainly didn't turn out as he'd hoped that day, but the season as a whole was pretty solid. Varner has been a decent player since joining the PGA Tour in 2016, but he's rarely been spectacular. There does appear to be something there however, which puts him in the class of "those to consider" when putting a salary cap team together this season.
Varner III is a consistently decent golfer. In his three years on the PGA Tour, he's done nothing spectacular, yet he's managed to keep his card each season. He could spend the next 20 years playing like he has over the past three years and he'd make a lot of money, but once you've established yourself on the PGA Tour, you obviously want more. Does Varner III have another gear though? In three seasons on the PGA Tour, he has exactly zero top-3s. Not once has he played above his current level for a four-day span and threatened to win a PGA Tour event. That's a little troubling, especially in a salary cap format because that format is all about upside. As such, Varner III makes a much better draft-league option than a salary cap option this season.
Varner III made his money last season by making cuts and grinding out top-25s. Varner III teed it up 31 times and made 19 cuts, along with seven top-25s, but only one top-10. In fact, his T10 at the Wyndham Championship was his best result all season. It wasn't all that dissimilar from his rookie season the year prior, except during his rookie campaign, Varner III earned four top-10s. Through two full seasons on the PGA Tour, Varner III has yet to find a top-3 and without those high-end finishes, it's difficult for anyone to jump up the rankings. Varner III will likely rebound this season to his rookie levels, but that's not enough improvement to warrant a salary cap selection.
Varner III quietly had a very strong rookie campaign last year. He made the cut in 18 of 28 events, and captured four top-10s. In all, he earned over $1.3 million and was safely inside the top-125 at the end of the season. It's hard to get a gauge on Varner because he didn't have a ton of success on the lower tours, so his play last season came as a bit of a surprise. The upside is unknown with Varner III, it could be very high, but at this point, it's just too risky to take a chance on him in salary cap leagues. In draft leagues, he can safely be taken in the ninth or 10th rounds.
More Fantasy News
Another solid playoff showing
Varner closed with a seven-under 65 in the final round of the BMW Championship to finish tied for 12th place.
Disappointing weekend leads to T-11
Varner carded an even-par 71 in the final round of The Northern Trust to finish in a share of 11th place.
Gains entry into The Open field
T-2 finish at RBC Heritage
Varner shot a five-under 66 on Sunday at the RBC Heritage to finish in a share of second place.