DraftKings and FanDuel PGA DFS Lineup Targets & Picks – 2017 Travelers Championship
After Brooks Koepka managed to win the 2017 US Open title, we have the Travelers Championship taking place this weekend. While there is sometimes a bit of a lull after a major championship, we do have a pretty talented field taking to the course in Hartford this weekend.
I’ll be focused on course history, and recent form more than anything else when it comes to selecting my line-ups for this weekend. The course is short (approximately 6800 yards, Par 70) – and players do tend to go low in this event – so the ability to score well will be paramount.
The picks will be focused on some of my top plays for each price level, quickly noting their DraftKings and FanDuel prices – and rationale for why I like the play.
Patrick Reed ($9,500 DK; $9,200 FD)
Reed struggled in April this year, but seems to be rounding into form, making 5 straight cuts. Now, at his price point, we aren’t just looking for made cuts from Reed – but I do like how his game is rounding into form. The winner this week will go low, and we have seen glimpses lately from Reed of how he can score at will when he is rolling. I like his chances of contending this week – and you may get him at lower ownership levels than he should have, given his struggles earlier in the year. It’s only a matter of time before he goes on a run, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see that start this week. He finished 11th here last year.
Marc Leishman ($9,300 DK; $8,300 FD)
Leishman will be a popular pick this week, and I’ll be over-weight exposure to him. He has made the cut here in each of the past 5 seasons, including a win in 2012, and a 9th place finish last year. He has the ability to go low, as we saw in the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier in the year, and I like his chances of continuing to play quality golf.
Brendan Steele ($9,000 DK; $8,200 FD)
Steele is a cut making machine, missing the weekend only once this year. He has competed in two tournaments with big-time fields, finishing 13th at the US Open, and 6th at the PLAYERS in the past 5 weeks. I like his chances of going low this weekend, and will be over-weight exposure to him as far as ownership levels go. He finished 17th last year, and 25th the year before.
Graham DeLaet ($7,100 DK; $6,700 FD)
He can be remarkably inconsistent, but he has the ability to contend when he is striking the ball well – which is something he has done each and every year at the Travelers Championship. He’s affordable, I don’t expect ownership levels to be too high on him – and he has shown signs of bringing his A-game to the table lately, finishing 10th at the Memorial at the start of June.
Chez Reavie ($6,900 DK; $6,400 FD)
I’m expecting Reavie to fly under the radar as far as ownership levels go this week, and I am quite excited by it. At this price, we are looking for him to make the cut, and he is 4/4 in doing so over the past 5 years. When you layer on the fact that he came 4th at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, and 16th at the US Open, it is clear he is playing great golf right now. I’ll be significantly over-weight exposure to this value play this weekend.
Below are good plays, but ones that I expect to be fairly popular. Unlike any chalk picks mentioned above, I will not be going over-weight with exposure here – but will have exposure to the names listed below. There is risk to going with zero shares of any of those listed, but if you fade and they don’t make it to the weekend, you could be in great shape:
- Justin Thomas
- Bubba Watson
- Tony Finau (I’m going to fade)
- Charley Hoffman (I’ll be over-weight exposure)
High Risk/High Reward
- Keegan Bradley – great course history here.
- Xander Schauffele – great showing at US Open, looking to ride that momentum.
Good luck this week!