2020 RBC Heritage Classic: The Primer – PGA DFS Analysis

Featuring in-depth analysis of The 2020 RBC Heritage Classic. 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 2020 RBC Heritage Classic! We 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).

The RBC Heritage Classic usually follows The Masters – so typically we see a weak field compared to the stars that we’ll see tee it up this weekend as we head into the second tournament since the break due to the pandemic.  Harbour Town Golf Links will host the field this week, and much like last week – distance is not likely to be the determining factor when it comes to deciding this week’s event.  Instead, I’ll be focusing on players that can make up ground with the likes of SG: Approach and SG: Around the Green when it comes to building line-ups.  Everyone is priced down on DK this week, making it pretty easy to build a stacked line-up – so it’s not likely you’ll see too many line-ups constructed that are drawing dead.

Let’s have a look at four options that I like along with a bit of a dart throw – `and some rationale for why I think you should include them in your player pool:

The Best of the Best

  • Rory McIlroy – $11,300

I have no problem doubling down with McIlroy this week.  He was in the hunt heading into Sunday before shooting a final round 74, which shot him down the leaderboard to end up in a tie for 34th.  This really is a function of the soft pricing, he’s the top play in the field this week at 12 to 1 – and given his pedestrian finish a week ago, I wouldn’t be surprised if he checks in with lower ownership than he should.  It’s easy to build a roster with McIlroy in it that has quality complimentary pieces.

  • Webb Simpson – $9,000

Simpson blew up all kinds of line-ups a week ago after being a popular choice, missing the cut by 4 strokes.  His putting was atrocious, losing 3 shots on the green – which was odd as during his run before the pandemic he was gaining strokes on the field with regularity.  Much like with McIlroy, the price point here is pretty ridiculous – I thought he’d be much closer to $10k than $9k this week – so to see him at $9k is pretty surprising.  There’s some risk here if he doesn’t find his stroke on the green, but I have no problem using him this week – he’s played too well this year to be $9,000, and has a great track record at this event.

The Next Tier

  • Patrick Reed – $8,800

Reed notched his 6th top 10 finish in 11 tournaments last week at the Charles Schwab, and I like his chances of being right in the thick of things again this week.  He leads the tour in SG: Putting this season – and as long as he’s consistently making putts and sticking his approach shots, it’s hard not to like him.  Reader beware – when I pick Reed he tends to blow up, but this is a week that I think all signs point to him contending.  He’s only played in this tournament once – but it was years ago back in 2015 and he missed the cut, but that doesn’t concern me – I think he’s a great fit for Harbour Town.

  • Ian Poulter – $7,600

Poulter doesn’t have much off the tee, but that doesn’t matter too much this week on the Par 71 course that checks in just under 7100 yards.  He finished T29 a week ago, and while that is nothing to write home about, he showed that his game is pretty solid right now.  I think some other options in his price range will see higher ownership levels – but I like his chances of being relevant into the weekend.  If you like course history, and that seems to play in at this event from what I can tell – Poulter has made the cut here every year since 2015, including top 10 finishes each of the past two seasons.

Do Not Forget About…

  • Denny McCarthy – $6,200

The pricing is soft enough that you should be able to minimize your exposure in this price range – but if there is someone to consider, McCarthy is a great option.  His game was a mess last week – but he still managed to stick around into the weekend and make the cut, something he has done with great regularity this season – making 12/14 cuts with 3 T10’s.  Doesn’t have much history here, but did make the cut in last year’s event, tying for 33rd.

If you have any questions at all, you can find me on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.

About Brad

Brad hates the term fantasy sports expert, so instead he is someone who specializes in NFL, NHL and MLB DFS notes and analysis. He had a 68.2% win rate in 2015 NFL cash games to go along with a 83.5% win rate for the 2014 season. For NHL he had a 58.7% win rate in the 2015-16 season for cash games and a 66.2% win rate for the 2014-15 season. You can follow him on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.

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