Featuring in-depth analysis of The 2020 Travelers Championship. 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 Travelers Championship! 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).
We’ve had a few players withdraw from this week’s event due to the Coronavirus for various reasons – with the end result as of 7pm Wednesday night seeing Brooks Koepka, Webb Simpson and Graeme McDowell withdraw from this week’s event – which removes two of the options over $10k from this week’s player pool. Simpson was likely to be one of the highest owned players this week, so with him out – I expect Justin Thomas to see a significant uptick in ownership levels, with some other golfers seeing a slight uptick.
As for the course this week, we have another Pete Dye course on tap – making it back to back weeks at Dye designed courses. This week is a short Par 70, playing under 6900 yards – which means that once again – and maybe even more than the previous two tournaments, driving length is not of paramount importance here. Instead, we will be focusing on players that are great ball strikers – hoping that we find a few that get hot with the flatstick along the way.
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:
Last Week’s Picks:
- Rory McIlroy – T41
- Webb Simpson – Win
- Patrick Reed – MC
- Ian Poulter – T14
- Denny McCarthy – MC
The Best of the Best
- Jon Rahm – $10,200
Rahm finished last week’s tournament with rounds of 67-66-68 after shooting over 70 in two of his first three rounds since the PGA returned. Before the break for the pandemic, he was arguably the best player on tour – and I expect him to be in contention this weekend at a course that I think suits his game well. He’s an elite ball striker, and has the ability to go low when he is firing on all cylinders. He’s great off the tee, and while that is not of paramount importance this week – it definitely doesn’t hurt. He’s also above average in other metrics as well, and I could see him being lower owned than a few others in his price range, with the same upside.
- Patrick Reed – $8,700
Reed is my first of two bounceback candidates for this week – and I have no problem going back to the well with Reed after his disappointing showing last week at Hilton Head. He’s an elite putter, does a great job of scoring, which will be paramount on a course where players have tended to go low historically. I expect him to be popular this week, but take advantage of the fact that some people will be scared off of him from being burned a week ago. It won’t cause low ownership levels, but he will likely be lower owned than he should be.
The Next Tier
- Sungjae Im – $8,600
Im is my second example of a player that let down a lot of people a week ago. He finished 10th at the Charles Schwab and heading into the pandemic had a 3rd and a 1st place finish. I think this week’s course fits his game well, and much like with Reed – I think he will see lower ownership levels than he should after firing two disappointing rounds last week in the RBC Heritage Classic.
- Joaquin Niemann – $7,600
Niemann is a player that I have been over-weight on in most of his tournaments, though admittedly, I didn’t have him on my short-list a week ago, missing out on his 5th place finish. When he is playing well, few in the game have his talent – and he comes into this week’s event fresh off a tournament that saw him shoot in the 60’s all four rounds, highlighted by a 63 and a 65 on the weekend. He can go low, and I loved what I saw from him a week ago. I like his chances of carrying that over into this week’s event.
Do Not Forget About…
- Mark Hubbard – $6,500
Hubbard continues to fly under the radar, and I was quite surprised to see him priced in this range again this week. He has made both cuts since the PGA returned, firing 7 of his 8 rounds in the 60’s. At this price point, you are looking for a player that has a high probability of making the cut, with upside – and I think Hubbard fits that bill for this week’s event. He should be in the low $7k range in my opinion, and he’s well worth giving moderate exposure to in your builds for the Travelers Championship!
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