Another great finish for an awesome week! We had the 2 titans going at it down the stretch and it ended up going into a playoff between Spieth and Dustin Johnson. With D.J.'s drive on the first playoff hole, it set the stage for him to win his 4th tournament of the season. For DraftKings, I had 12/15 golfers making it to the weekend. I needed Chappell and Reavie to make putts on their back 9 for me to have a shot at 1st place in the $4 gpp. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, however, I did make a nice profit overall. Onto the 2nd playoff event with only 100 players to go!
We are headed to TPC Boston for the Dell Technologies Championship. The course is 7,342 yards and a par 71. The “elephant in the room” is Adam Scott. He had a baby boy at the beginning of the week and with being one of the best ball strikers on tour, I'm all in on the “baby narrative”! For the rest of the field, this is when you just go to your “go to guys” and pick a couple low own guys and hope that it hits. For stats, I'm looking at SG: Around the Green; SG: Par 4; SG: Tee to Green; and guys making birdies.
3 Core Plays
Dustin Johnson ($12,000) – I think it's safe to say that D.J. is healthy now with his back after what we saw in the playoff against Spieth. He hasn't missed a cut since the U.S. Open and he finished inside the top 20 in the last 3 weeks before winning The Northern Trust. For Stats, he's 4th in the field for SG: Tee to Green; 3rd in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring; 7th in the field for making birdies; and 33rd in the field for SG: Around the Green. With a top 10 finish here last year, you can be sure that he will be a very popular pick this week.
Louis Oosthuizen ($9,100) – Louis has been playing very well this season. He missed only 1 cut and finishing T10 and a runner up finish at the PGA in his last 2 starts. I believe he has changed his scheduling this year to not play as much in order to have his back healthy and it shows. For stats, he's 30th in the field for SG: Around the Green; 24th in the field for SG: Tee to Green; 18th in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring; and 61st in the field for making birdies. With 2 top 15 finishes in the last 2 years here, he will be my dark horse for this week.
Adam Hadwin ($7,100) – I believe Hadwin will be one of those players that could be low own by Friday. He has missed 5 cuts out of his last 6 starts and the one he made wasn't a cut event and he finished T5 at the WGC. For stats, he's 69th in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring; 66th in the field for making birdies; 85th in the field for SG: Around the Green; and he's 80th in the field for SG: Tee to Green. He played here last year and made cut while finishing T46. He'll be a nice pivot option with some popular names around him.
3 Honourable Mentions
Jordan Spieth ($12,100) – It's no surprise that I'm picking the top 2 guys in the field for this week. At the top, I'm just going safe and go unique elsewhere. Spieth was in my core plays last week and this week, I will have to play him under my “honourable mentions”. For stats, he's 5th in the field for SG: Around the Green; 3rd in the field for SG: Tee to Green; 3rd in the field for making birdies; and 1st in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring. He has excellent form coming into this week and with only missing 1 cut in his last 4 starts here, he'll be a fine secondary play.
Paul Casey ($8,900) – Casey has been on a heater recently and with a runner up finish here last year, he should be one of the more popular plays of week. He has finished inside the top 15 in the last 5 starts and with being ranked 5th in the field for SG: Par 4 scoring and 1st in the field for SG: Tee to Green, he'll be a nice cash play of the week.
Adam Scott ($7,900) – Just like I said earlier, Scott has the “baby narrative” going for him this week. We thought he was done for the season, however, with the birth of his son, he has decided to play in the playoffs. He's actually been playing very well this season and if he can just putt average then you can bet that he'll be up there on the leaderboard.
Brooks Koepka ($8,700) – Normally, I like Brooks, but this week, I'm going to fade him. He doesn't have good finishes here with a miss cut and a T57 last year. With an ok finish last week, I think it will be ok to fade him this week. He's ranked in the top 10 in the FedEx cup, so he'll be fine for the rest of the playoff events.
Rory Mcllroy ($9,800) – Just like Koepka, I normally like playing Rory because he scores a lot of DK points. However, I think with his price tag, people are going to just pick him and not think about it. As for me, I have to fade. Just like last week, I can't play a guy if I don't feel comfortable enough for him to perform, especially with a rib injury looming.
Graham DeLaet ($7,300) – We all know what happen last week with DeLaet when he WD. It was due to a back injury. Just like I said with Rory, I can't play a guy if they're injured. I don't care if their stats line up or not, if he plays through the injury and plays well then that's good for him. I'm just not playing him because I don't want to play then all of a sudden withdraws and screws 1/3 of my lineups. Yes, he's a good player, much like Adam Scoot. However, after last week, he's a fade for me.
Core – For the core this week, I'm going to have the 3 guys around 50 – 70%. If you like to play the multi entry gpps, then use the 3 golfers and add no more than 12 guys for your player pool. For 3 entry max, just rotate the 3 around and add about 6-8 more. You need to be as aggressive as you can for these last few weeks.
Honourable Mentions – For honourable mention guys, I would expose them around 30-50%. Have the same strategy as the core. That way if your core guys play well, then you will have a really good chance of having a nice payday!
Good luck everyone!