The First Tee at The Barclays Classic (Bethpage Black)
If you saw Si Woo Kim winning the Wyndham Championship by six strokes, well, I'll pause a brief moment for you to give yourself a hand, you deserve it. I rostered Kim in several lineups, some of which had fairly deep runs, but the winner's team was ridiculous in the $300K guaranteed on DraftKings, as well as many of the other large field tournaments on DK. It is worth mentioning that in order to win large field GPP's (50,000+ entrants), you really have to be creative, especially on weeks where there is a mixture of close-to-but-not-really elite players (Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama). What ends up happening is these players are priced as though they were elite options, which then forces each tier to continue the salary pattern for that week. The interesting thing about last week was that there was so much value between $7,000-$10,000, and it played a huge part in determining the winner, specifically Brandt Snedeker, Luke Donald, Kevin Kisner, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Kevin Na. Balanced lineup construction is not generally the ideal type of strategy for large field GPP's, but if you followed our blueprint last week, you most likely had some deep runs in your tournaments. Understanding where the “value" is in the pricing structure is the key to determining what type of lineup construction is needed for each given week. This week is much different with the opening round of the Fed Ex Cup playoffs, as the best players in the world are all here, and there are a variety of lineup construction strategies that could work to your advantage. I will be dividing these strategies among my lineups, with a one high/one low-balanced lineup being the most prevalent among my entries thus far.