DraftKings and FanDuel PGA DFS Lineup Targets & Picks – 2017 WGC Bridgestone
After a little bit of a hiatus, we are back at it this week. For those missing the column, don’t worry – you didn’t miss much over the past couple weeks – as many of my picks from the past couple of weeks have been off, especially for the Canadian Open last week, which was a bit of a tirefire as far as my entries went.
This week, we have a 7400+ yard, par 70 course at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. With that said, bombers will be quite valuable, needing great distance off the tee in order to score here. Something to keep in mind is the fact that unlike most events, there is no cut here – so you don’t have to worry about nailing a 6/6, or 8/8 in order to have a shot at the top prize. You’ll want guys that can go low, score at will – and it may be a week where you can afford to roster guys with lower finishes, as long as they score in the process.
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.
Rory McIlroy ($11,400 DK; $9,600 FD)
I have a feeling that despite the fact that he played great golf at The Open, McIlroy may fly under the radar in terms of ownership levels with some of the other golfers priced around him (DJ, Koepka, Fowler, etc). I really liked what I saw from Rory after the first 9 holes, and it would not shock me to see him go out and put together four low rounds this weekend. I wouldn’t expect rock bottom ownership levels, but this could be one of the last times you have a chance to get him at lower ownership levels than he should have – if in fact he is about to go on a run and ascend back to the top of the golf world.
Justin Rose ($9,900 DK; $7,900 FD)
Rose had a disappointing showing at The Open, but he’s another guy I think will be lower owned than he should be – and when you couple that with the fact that he has great course history here, I’ll be over-weight exposure to Rose. He can score, is remarkably consistent, and I think he is in contention when Sunday rolls around this week.
Daniel Berger ($8,300 DK; $6,900 FD)
Berger is another golfer on a heater right now, with 3 top finishes in his past 5 tournaments, including a win. He has the ability to go low, and with no cut in play this weekend – I think he scores well in at least 2 of the 4 rounds this week. Some may shy away from him after he showed up at this tournament to hit one drive and collect his cheque at last year’s event, but I like that to drive ownership levels down on him this week – and I’ll be over-weight exposure. Just know, if you roster him – you have to know that is a ‘risk’ you are taking at your own peril.
Xander Schauffele ($7,300 DK; $5,500 FD)
I’m likely dreaming, hoping that we will not see high ownership levels on the young golfer, but I am going back to the well this week. He has been playing incredible golf this season, and has helped me make a lot of money in the process. He has been in the top 20 4 times since the US open, including a win at the Greenbrier, and he is the most likely golfer to contend for a title in this price range this week. He’s an excellent play for salary relief, even if he will be higher owned than he has been in the past.
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:
- Dustin Johnson
- Brooks Koepka
- Rafael Cabrera Bello
High Risk/High Reward
- Jason Day – His game has been in relatively poor form, at least for his standards – but if you are looking for a guy that has the potential to go low, in an event where there is no cut, you can make a case that he is a fantastic high upside play this week.
- Mackenzie Hughes – If you opt for a studs and scrubs line-up this week, take a long, hard look at using Hughes for salary relief. He has been playing excellent golf of late, with 3 of his past 4 finishes in the top 32 – and is fresh off a week where he registered 21 birdies. Sure, it was offset by 13 bogies, but nonetheless, I like his ability to go low when he strings together quality shots, and he is a great value play this week.
Good luck this week!