2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic: The Primer – PGA DFS Analysis

Featuring in-depth analysis of The 2020 Rocket Mortgage 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 Rocket Mortgage 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 health of the field seems to be holding up much better than it was for the Travelers a week ago – but make sure you keep an eye out for any late WD’s before the players tee things up on Thursday morning.

This week for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, we finally get a break from the short tracks (that have been Par 70’s) for the Par 72 Detroit Golf Club, which checks in at over 7200 yards.  With 4 Par 5’s on the course, you’re going to want exposure to guys that can score on Par 5’s, making that a metric to consider when building line-ups.  Of course with 10 Par 4’s on tap for four rounds, you’ll want players that perform well there as well in addition to the classic SG statistics, with more of an ephasis on SG: OTT this week than any of the other tournaments since the PGA returned after the pandemic due to the increased length this week.

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:

  • John Rahm – T37
  • Patrick Reed – T24
  • Sungjae Im – T58
  • Joaquin Niemann – 63
  • Mark Hubbard – T37

The Best of the Best

  • Tyrell Hatton – $10,200

The price point compared to historical prices to roster Hatton may help keep his ownership levels down – but this is a golfer, in this field that I think is fairly priced for this event given how well he has been playing.  He comes into this one with three finishes in a row (granted they straddle the pandemic) that have seen him place in the top 6, including a win at the Arnold Palmer back in March and a T3 finish at the RBC Heritage.  He has been an elite ball striker all season long, leading the tour in SG: Approach, SG: Tee to Green and SG: Total so far this season while checking in with a second place ranking in putting.  I think he’s well worth the price this week, and think he’ll be in the mix when the weekend rolls around.

  • Tony Finau – $9,300

I thought Finau would be pushing $10k this week, so to see him at $9,300 is a steal.  Now, I do think he’ll be highly owned, but I think this is a case where you eat the chalk and make him a part of a significant number of your builds.  The longer course should not pose a challenge for the long hitting Finau, and he’s shown in the past that he has the ability to score, something that is always important – but even more-so on a Par 72 course with plenty of opportunities to rack up birdies and chip in the odd eagle.  I like his chances of putting together four solid rounds in this one.

The Next Tier

  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout – $8,300

The 26 year old South African is not elite off of the tee, but I like what I have seen from his game – and he has the ability to toss darts out there on his approaches, evidenced by his 13th ranking in SG: Approach.  The price point is outstanding, I don’t think he is fully on the radar of many – and he is dollar for dollar one of my favourite plays for this week.  He’s an excellent option who shot under 70 in each round at the RBC Heritage in his last tournament.

  • Erik Van Rooyen – $8,000

Van Rooyen is another South African, one who has an excellent game….if he can putt…which is always nerve racking.  He is above average in all facets of the game, outside putting.  He’s long off the tee (315.8, ranking 3rd on Tour) – something that I think will help him a great deal on some of the longer Par 4’s – and that should give him some scoring opportunities on the Par 5’s this week as well.  The price point is fantastic – and he comes into this one – much like Bezuidenhout, with a strong showing at the RBC Heritage, coming into this one with some strong form.  I think there’s a lot of opportunity here as both of the players in this portion of the article are more expensive than the likely to be chalk HVIII option (who I do like as a play, but will be VERY popular).

Do Not Forget About…

  • Sebastian Munoz – $7,100

Munoz is under-priced in my books – and while he isn’t as cheap as last week’s option Hubbard in this section – I think Munoz should be priced around $500-700 higher.  He checks in with solid metrics that are above average in all aspects of the game other than SG: Around the Green, and while he missed the cut a week ago, I like his chances for a bounceback effort this week.  I think this course fits his game well.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he posts a T25 finish this week, and he has the potential if all things click to be in the thick of things, something that can’t be said for many golfers priced around $7k.

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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