Every week of the year the PGA Tour plays on a new course. There are some examples in other DFS Sports of environment impacting performance, such as Coors Field in Baseball; Golf, however, offers an entirely unique environment each and every week. This article will break down the week’s PGA course and attempt to find what skill sets are needed for success. This article will then combine the course breakdown with the DFS Army Domination Station and give a few players to target in both Cash Game and GPP formats. For more updates throughout the week follow me on twitter @_bschnarr
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*I know this event was 2 weeks ago, however, I took last week off so I thought I would still recap my plays.*
Jordan Spieth – Rickie Fowler – Tony Finau
I went into detail about this group and how although I liked all three players if you were choosing to play anyone over $11k on DraftKings. Of the three, I wrote how I personally was leaning Finau, Spieth, Fowler (oops).
Patrick Cantlay – 2nd
Although I liked all three players up top I thought it was a viable play to avoid the top end salaries and drop down to Cantlay to start your teams. Cantlay has potentially found his favourite course with a win at this event last year and a second place finish this year.
Lucas Glover – 7th
I wrote up glover as a cash game play for me for the week. I felt he was at a good price point that allowed for flexibility elsewhere. Glover went off on Saturday and vaulted himself into contention making for happy fantasy owners.
Ollie Schniederjans (T57), Kelly Kraft (T66), Corey Conners (MC), Adam Svensson (MC), Dominic Bozzelli (T41)
Overall, a very bad week for me within this range. The only saving grace was playing guys that were popping off on our research station – like Jason Spaun and Troy Merritt.
The RSM Classic Preview
We are at the end of the swing season once again. The RSM Classic takes place in Georgia with two courses being played at Saint Simmonds Island. First, players will be playing three rounds at The Seaside course, a par 70 measuring 7,005 yards. Players will also play a round at the Plantation course, a ridiculously short 6,907 yard par 72.
The field is not the greatest, with other solid events overseas and the event being the last of the season we do not see many top names in attendance. Webb Simpson headlines the field as the only “top” player in attendance. Other notables include; Cameron Champ, Chesson Hadley and Kevin Kisner.
Overall, with three rounds taking place at Seaside and only one at Plantation we should be putting more focus on the Seaside course. However, that does not mean we should ignore the Plantation course. The plantation course is the shortest par 72 we will see on tour all year and players absolutely light it up with a scoring average greater than -1.5 a round. An important note for showdown players will be to load up on this course as we should expect to see plenty of guys going low. Targeting birdie makers and guys who can score on the short par fives will be critical to your fantasy success. This course, as well as Seaside feature plenty of par fives measuring between 400-450 yards. Using our Medium par 4 tab on our research station can point out players that have done well within this range. Off of the tee, driving distance has shown to be more important than we usually see. With length not challenging players if they can stay in the fairway they set themselves up for plenty of birdie opportunities. Finally, I will be targeting shots gained: Approach, birdie or better% and course history as important statistics for the week. Approach and birdie or better speak for themselves, as far as course history goes I think we have seen many guys who consistently perform well at this event.
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Webb Simpson – DK: $11800 FD: $12200
The world number 20 is the only player in the field within the top 30 of the OWGR. With his consistent approach game Webb has been able to find success at this event although his last few appearances have not been the greatest. Webb does find himself near the top of the field in medium length par fours and has looked good in his recent appearance at the Shrines (T15). Overall, Webb is tough for me because of his price tag, I am still not sure how I stand on Webb and if I will be playing him. I will have more thoughts in my final notes tomorrow for SlackChat members.
Cameron Champ – DK: $10900 FD: $11400
At this price tag with all the hype around him I think I will be off of Champ this week. I think his game does not necessarily fit the course and if you are paying this much Champ needs to finish at the top of this field to justify the price. Champ has not been the greatest on medium par fours and I think his distance is somewhat minimized to the setup of this event. Showdown players however should take not when he does have his round at Plantation.
Lucas Glover – DK: $9900 FD: $9700
Glover has had a terrific swing season with three top 20’s in his last three appearances. Glover has also shown great form at this event in the past and had a 9th place finish here two appearances ago. I will be on Glover this week
Zach Johnson – DK: $9100 FD: $10700
ZJ has been hit or miss at this event with either top 20 appearances or missed cuts. The price is right on DraftKings and we will likely see some ownership as a result. I am still unsure on ZJ although I am leaning playing him more than the field.
Joaquim Niemann – DK $8900 FD: $11000
Niemann shows up as our Research Station top DraftKings value of the week. Although he has never played here Niemann projects as a great course fit and excels at the medium length par fours. Niemann’s (relative) struggles as of late can be chalked up to his struggles with the putter. We all know how fast the flatstick can turn for a player. I will be on Niemann this week.
Under $7k DraftKings (Guys I like)
Kevin Streelman, Graeme McDowell, Joel Dahmen, Ben Crane, Dominic Bozzelli.
As always, these are initial thoughts and not necessarily the plays I will be making. As the week goes on I will update my thoughts in our member SlackChat as well as discussing multiple other players and my thoughts for both Cash and GPP’s.
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