Last week started with some drama and ended with more drama. By Wednesday, we've learned that Adam Hadwin withdrew, who would've been one of the most popular plays being only at $8,100. Then on Sunday, the tee times were moved forward to avoid the severe weather that was supposed to hit by mid afternoon. Si Woo had the tournament won with 4 holes to go, unfortunately, he missed 4 putts inside 10 feet and if just one of those went in, he would be champion. Luke List was very close to capture his first win, however, every time when he made a birdie, he'll make a bogey right after. Overall, for Draftkings, I made 3 lineups total and I almost had a perfect player pool if it wasn't for Kevin Na. I needed to go to Bryson who was hitting a lot better than Na who decided to miss the cut by 1 stroke. Even with that, all 3 lineups ended up cashing in the $5-dollar GPP which was nice to see. Congrats to Kodaira for his first win and now a full-time member on the PGA Tour.
We are headed to San Antonio, Texas for the Valero Texas Open. The course is called TPC San Antonio and it's a Par 72 and 7,435 yards. It's another field that's very similar to last week. Sergio Garcia is the biggest name here and then you have your usual guys that like playing here. The stats that I will be looking at this week are B.O.B.%; SG: Off the Tee; SG: Approach the Green; Proximity; Driving Distance; and SG: Par 5 scoring.
Charley Hoffman ($10,900) – Hoffman is the course horse this week. He won here back in 2016 and likes to contend here almost every year except for last year when he finished 40th. He's made 4 top 25s in his last 5 events. For stats, he's 3rd in the field for SG: Par 5 scoring; 6th in the field for Proximity; and 8th in the field for B.O.B.%. He'll be a nice one and done pick this week if you haven't used him yet.
Brendan Steele ($8,900) – Steele is finally being price where he should be. It will make people think this week to play him or not. We've always like using him for our core and there's no reason to fade him this week. He's 1st in the field for SG: Off the Tee; 8th in the field for Driving Distance; and 14th in the field for B.O.B.%. He has 3 top 20s in his last 5 events including a 3rd place finish at the Waste Management Open. He also has 2 top 15s here in the last 3 years.
Kevin Streelman ($7,700) – Just like Steele, Streelman finally got bump up in price this week and I think it's fair. He has 2 top 10s in his last 6 events. He's made the cut here in the last 2 years. For Stats, he's 12th in the field for Proximity; 15th in the field for SG: Off the Tee; and 24th in the for SG: Par 5 scoring.
J.B. Holmes ($7,800) – Holmes is not usually the guy I like to play. I do have a bias towards him, however, I need to try to put that aside because I think he suits well here. He's 14th in the field for Proximity; 18th in the field for SG: Off the Tee; and 39th in the field for SG: Approach the Green. He finished 13th here in 2016 and with 5 straight cuts made, he should fare well here this week. He'll be my dark horse this week.
Kevin Tway ($7,000) – Just like Holmes, Tway is not that golfer that I go to every week. I like the way he's playing right now and being only at $7,000, I feel that's value being that he finished 3rd here last year. He's made the cut in his last 4 starts including a 32nd at the Shell. He's 6th in the field for SG: Par 5 scoring; 12th in the field for Driving Distance; and 24th in the field for SG: Off the Tee.
Cash Games: For cash games, I like to play the small field 50/50s, for example, anything less than 100 entrants. I tend to make just 1 lineup and that lineup will have the 6 golfers who I think will have the best chance of making it to the weekend and have the upside of a top 10 finish.
3 Entry Max GPPs: For these tournaments, think of it as one lineup for cash, one for leagues and one that is completely different than the first 2. This technique is very common among the DFS community and even the DFS pros. Just start of with your cash lineup then use a “2 vs. 2" strategy for the other lineups.
20 – 150 Max GPPs: With these, you can have a player pool anywhere from 15-100 players. For 20 max GPPS, I tend to stay closer to 15-18 golfers in my pool. For 150 max GPPs, I recommend using around 25-30 golfers.
As of Monday evening, it does appear that there might be some rain come Friday and into Saturday with some chance of thunderstorms. If anything, I'll give a slight to late-early tee times to see if those golfers can beat the potential that might be coming. That's only a slight advantage and only a concern if you're making more than 20 lineups. If there are any updates, I will let you guys know via twitter.
Good luck everyone!!