DraftKings PGA DFS Cash Game Lineup Targets & Picks – Wyndham Championship
Another week of recommending a champion. If you read this article for the John Deere Classic, I mentioned Ryan Moore as a play. He was comfortable all week, only making 2 bogeys all week, including 0 on the weekend.
The last week of the PGA Tour Regular Season hits North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. It is another Par 70 course, with only 2 par 5s and a few long par 4’s, especially on the back 9. Besides the drama of who will win the tournament will be in play this week, we will also see the drama of those golfers trying to get inside the top 125 to make the Playoffs. There are a lot of potential value plays, but I think the balanced lineup approach makes the most sense in cash games. Here are my picks for your cash games this week:
Webb Simpson (10,200)
As part of the balanced lineup approach, I don’t think you need to go higher in cash games. You can, but starting with Simpson is a good idea. He’s made 6 of his past 7 cuts (U.S. Open only missed cut) with 4 top 25 finishes in that time. Simpson has loved Sedgefield CC, making 6 straight cuts, with 22nd being his worst finish. He won in 2011 and has 3 other top 10s in this 6 year span.
Simpson has some good stats: 11th in Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green and 23rd in Total Strokes Gained. The only concern is his putter, but I’m not as concerned here, as he is 7th in Strokes Approaching the Green. He’s in good form and loves this course. I think he’s a perfect building block to your lineups this week.
Bill Haas (9,600)
There is no Matt Kuchar in the field, but Haas plays a similar type of game to Kuchar, so he’ll be my replacement for Kuch this week. Haas has made 5 straight cuts, including 3 majors and a 9th at the British Open. Haas is 14 of 18 in making cuts this season with 5 top 10 finishes. At the Wyndham Haas has made 6 of his past 7 cuts, with 4 Top 10s, and 2 consecutive top 6 finishes here.
Haas has similar stats to Simpson, being 21st in Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green and 34th in Total Strokes Gained. He’s also 28th in Scoring Average and 31st in the FedEx Cup. Playoffs aren’t a worry for Haas, but making the Tour Championship could be. I love Haas as either a building block or a 2nd golfer option and should be able to do very well here.
Rafael Cabrera Bello (8,900)
I feel like I include him anytime he plays. This is what happens when a player is 17/18 in making cuts, and the only missed cut was on the number at the Players Championship. RCB has 2 top 5s, and 8th, and 2 other top 25 finishes in the past 9 worldwide tournaments (not including the Olympics) since that missed cut.
He isn’t ranked for stats, as he’s not a member of the PGA Tour. However, he shows positive numbers (strokes gained) in all of the strokes gained categories. He’s been ultra-consistent this year and makes for a great cash game play this week, as he should be able to make the cut and finish well.
Jason Dufner (7,900)
Dufner seems a little under priced for me, but I won’t complain. He has only missed 3 cuts in 22 starts this year, with a win and 4 other top 10s on tour this season. He’s made 9 cuts in a row, with his last MC being at The Masters. He’s made 4 of 6 cuts at the Wyndham, with a 7th in 2012 being his best finish.
Another player that struggles with the putter, but it doesn’t look like putting is as important this week. Dufner is 12th in Greens in Regulation, 20th in Birdie Average, and 28th in Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green. Someone who is 22nd in the FedEx Cup Standings, in this field, should not be under 8k. Play Dufner in all game formats this week.
Harris English (7,500)
English has played a limited scheudle this summer, limiting himself to majors and WGC events. However, he has made 7 straight cuts, including all 3 majors. He’s 2 for 2 at this event, including a 31st last year, and 10th in 2012.
English is a great putter, ranking 6th in Strokes Gained Putting. He’s 110th in Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green, but still has gained more strikes than he has lost. He’s also 35th in Total Strokes Gained and in Driving Distance, which should help him this week with some of these long holes. I’m not sure if you will get anything flashy from English, but I think a Top 25 is likely and makes for a nice value at 7500.
Martin Laird (6,900)
Laird had a rough May and early June, missing 3 cuts in a row. He has bounced back nicely, making 4 straight cuts, which includes a 2nd at the Canadian Open a couple weeks back. He’s made all 5 cuts at the Wyndham, including a 14th 2 years ago.
He’s top 100 (all positive) in both Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green and Total Strokes Gained. He also is 30th in Driving Distance, 50th in Birdie Average, and 52nd in Greens in Regulation. A decent history here and good form, Laird is a good option under 7k to put into your cash games this week.