DraftKings and FanDuel PGA DFS Lineup Targets & Picks – 2017 Quicken Loans National
Jordan Spieth captured last weekend’s event, holing out a bunker shot in a playoff to capture the title. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t on Spieth last week – which put a ceiling on what otherwise were excellent plays.
This week, for the Quicken Loans National, we have a rather mediocre field taking to the course. The tournament will be played at a different venue this week, the TPC Potomac, which is a bentgrass course. The course isn’t overly long, checking in at just over 7,100 yards for the par 70 course. Driving accuracy will be a key stat this week to keep the ball in play, as many golfers have commented on the length of the rough. I will continue to heavily weigh recent form in my selections. I find often at this time of the year guys that are playing well can get on nice runs between the 2nd and 3rd major of the year.
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.
I will be adding a cheat sheet to this article on Wednesday morning so make sure to check back then!
Rickie Fowler ($12,000 DK; $10,200 FD)
He’ll be chalky, but in a tournament with such a weak field – he definitely falls in the fade at your own risk category. He plays great on bentgrass, has been in world class form – and is the odds on favourite to win the title this week. Pricing remains relatively soft on both sites – and with that in mind, I expect Fowler to be in contention when Sunday rolls around this weekend. He has five top 5 finishes in 2017, and I would be surprised if he doesn’t make it six at the Quicken Loans National. All this said, if you do opt to fade him and he doesn’t contend – you could be in fantastic shape this weekend. It will be a tough decision you will have to make when building single entry line-ups.
Bill Haas ($9,500 DK; $8,400 FD)
Haas is an excellent choice this week as he tees it up after a week off, as he skipped the Traveler’s championship. He is fresh off of a T5 finish at the US Open, an should be well rested for this weekend’s event. He hits the ball extremely accurate, and even though he is a fairly boring golfer – I think he plays well enough to be in the running this weekend. He is a great pivot off of both Marc Leishman and Brendan Steele, both of whom will likely be quite popular this weekend. I expect lower ownership levels on Haas, while being a high floor play.
Danny Lee ($8,200 DK; $7,800 FD)
Lee, who can be a very streaky golfer – seems to be trending in the right direction right now. He has been making cuts over the past five weeks, including two top 5 finishes over that stretch. Last week at the Traveler’s, he managed to shoot 67 or 68 in each round – and I like his chances of building off his four consistent rounds this week at the Quicken Loans National. He is a great mid-priced option this week.
Si Woo Kim ($7,500 DK; $7,300 FD)
The course sets up fantastic for Kim’s game. He can be wildly inconsistent, and of course many DFS players who have been burned by his WD’s will steer clear of him, but you will have to think long and hard about rostering Kim at this price point on each site this week. He can be a bit of a boom or bust play, but when he is playing his best golf, few in this field can keep pace with the young South Korean. He tied for 13th in the US Open, and won the PLAYERS within the last two months – and I’ll be over-weight exposure to him 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:
- Ricky Fowler (I’ll be over-weight exposure)
- Marc Leishman
- Brendan Steele
High Risk/High Reward
- Ricky Barnes – for a min-priced golfer, there’s a lot to like here, especially in a small field event where a greater percentage of players make the cut.
- Xander Schauffele – His price has risen thanks to his recent showings, and even though the price to the eye-test is a little high, I think he continues the good run that he is on. Price point should help keep ownership levels from being too high.
Good luck this week!