Featuring in-depth analysis of The Masters, 2019. Daily fantasy golf analysis for this week’s DFS slate to help you build winning cash game and tournament lineups on DraftKings.
Welcome to The Primer column for The Masters! We’re thrilled that the first major of the 2019 golf season is here, and are here to help you build your DFS lineups for FanDuel, DraftKings or whatever other sites you choose to play on (this article does have a DraftKings bias though).
This week, the top players in the world tee it up for the first 2019 PGA major, the Masters! We have a narrow field this week taking their shot at one of the toughest courses they will face if the conditions are up for the task. Approaching 7500 yards, distance is key here, and past players have had success working the ball left to right. With such a strong field, and pricing that is fairly soft – I don’t think you have to get too wild in terms of going too low on the value end of things when building line-ups. There are quality golfers available in the high $6k range – so I wouldn’t try and pinch pennies on the value side of things this week.
Let’s look at some of my favourite plays on the board this week…
The Best of the Best
- Rory McIlroy ($11,600)
Rory is fresh off of a win at The Players, and despite his struggles historically at the Masters, I do think it is only a matter of time before he breaks through. He was in the final pairing with Patrick Reed a year ago – and with how well he is playing, he is the favourite to win this week. Of course – he’ll have to hold off a strong, deep field – but as the most expensive player to roster, I am hoping it helps to keep his ownership levels reasonable for this week’s event. Pricing is soft enough that you can still build a very quality line-up rostering him, and I’ll be over-weight exposure here.
- Justin Rose ($10,800)
If you want to save a little bit of cash – or want to spread out your high spend exposure across two players, Rose is my other favourite out of the high spends. He’s one of the best players in the world, and while he doesn’t quite have the same length as some of the other frontline contenders, it’s hard to argue with a golfer that has finished second at Augusta in two of the past four Masters. He’s an elite option, and is a great way to save a little cash while still getting exposure to a front-line player to build your roster around.
The Next Tier
- Tommy Fleetwood ($9,200)
Fleetwood comes into this one hot – with back to back top 5 finishes. He’s affordable, played strong at last years event – finishing in the top 20, and is priced affordably. I think that he will soon have a year where he breaks through and enters the true elite level of golfers – and it wouldn’t shock me one bit to see that happen in 2019 or 2020. He’s an excellent core play this week, and I’ll be over-weight exposure to him when building out my line-ups.
- Adam Scott ($8,400)
One of the game’s best ball strikers, we will see if Scott is able to put well enough to contend on the weekend. His game suits Augusta very well, and he has had a strong 2019 season thus far – with three top 12 finishes, including a 12th place finish at the PLAYERS. He’s priced in a range where I could see him ignored for some of the other favourites priced around him, and I love the spot he is in to contend this weekend.
- Kevin Kisner ($6,700)
Kisner comes into this one hot – and while he is far from a bomber, he hits the ball just long enough that I think he could be in one of the final pairings this weekend. I think he’s a near lock to make the cut, something he has done in all three of his previous Masters appearances, and I like his chances of building off a gruelling win at the WGC Match Play. Prior to that event, he had six straight top 30 finishes. He’s a safe value play this week, but I do expect him to be popular with the masses.
- Keith Mitchell ($6,800)
I’d temper expectations here – but there is a lot of intrigue in terms of Mitchell this week. He’s a bomber, is in great form – and the only downside that I see for him is that this is his first trip to Augusta (which is a big negative in my humble opinion). With that said, you are getting a quality golfer for a great price here, and I have no problem rounding out some rosters with him for an over-weight position this week.
Best of luck to everyone in the first major of the year! It should be a fun week of PGA action – and here’s to hoping it’s a good one for you. If you have any questions at all, you can find me on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.