2020 Safeway Open: DraftKings PGA DFS Daily Cheat Sheet

DraftKings PGA DFS GPP Cheat Sheet for the 2020 Safeway Open.  Featuring top plays, high ceiling candidates, contrarian, and value picks to target for this week’s DraftKings and FanDuel PGA DFS main slate.

We have grouped players into 3 key tiers based on price point.

You can also access a player’s “FC Player Card” by clicking their name or salary. This will bring up key news, stats and match-up data to help guide you along the way for their game that day. 

Our cheat sheets highlight the core plays (including some contrarian candidates) that we like the most on the slate and, as a result, would recommend a higher level of exposure to on the whole. It is not an exhaustive list, and if you are a multi-entry GPP player, you may decide to ultimately have a larger player pool to work from. Our hope is that this gives you a tight group of players to heavy-up your exposure to.

With literally no rest between last weeks TOUR Championship, won by Dustin Johnson – we get to see the start of the 2020-21 PGA season this week with the Safeway Open, which will be a nice little warmup for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot next weekend.  Unlike the FedEx Cup playoffs, we are back to a traditional tournament format with the cut back in play.  This week’s event is played at the North Course at Silverado, which is a Par 72 that checks in at just over 7100 yards – and I expect to see some low scores posted this week, generally the case in many Par 72 events.  The quality of the field isn’t great for this one, with many of the best golfers opting to sit things out this week to get some rest before next week’s event.

I’ve included my favourite options for this week’s event on the cheat sheet below, with a write-up of a couple of options that I think are the best of the best this week!

Good luck in your contests!

Joel Dahmen, $9,500 – Dahmen is a player that I think will have a great 2020-21 season.  He’s priced up in this one, but he has the ability to go low and score.  With this week seeing plenty of birdie opportunities out there, you are going to need some golfers that will get after it, and Dahmen fits the bill here.  Just hope that his short game shows up, something that can be a volatile aspect of his game.

Cameron Davis, $8,900 – Smith is probably my favourite dollar for dollar option this weekend, which may be chalk this week – but I don’t mind it.  Smith has been scoring at a great clip since things started up against post-pandemic, and with a strong all-around game that is above average on tour in all aspects other than putting – I like him to be up there on the leaderboard this weekend.  He ranked 45th on Tour last season in SG: TTG, and that was shooting up pretty quickly with each and every event.  I think he’ll start the season strong this week, and he has a chance to rack up DKP on this track.

Denny McCarthy, $7,900 – Outside of a dismal stretch right out of the pandemic that saw him miss 3 of 5 cuts (with both of his made cuts being finishes near the bottom of the field) McCarthy was remarkably consistent last season, only missing the cut two other times.  The reason for that?  The flatstick.  McCarthy led all PGA players in SG: Putting, which was enough to make up for the other areas of his game that are slightly below average.  I love using him in weak-field events, as the other areas of his game aren’t necessarily costing him strokes on the field, which is the case when the field is strong.  We’ll see how things go for him this week – but I think he’s as close to a lock as there is to make the cut in PGA DFS this week – and the price point here is fantastic.

Cheat Sheet – DraftKings and FanDuel

$ TierG
Shane Lowry
(10.2k / 67.42)
Joel Dahmen
(9.5k / 79.65)
Doc Redman
(9.2k / 77.45)
Kevin Streelman
(9k / 68.74)
Cameron Davis
(8.9k / 75.05)
Mark Hubbard
(8.1k / 81.11)
Denny McCarthy
(7.9k / 79.38)
Patrick Rodgers
(7.6k / 75.73)
Talor Gooch
(7.3k / 76.66)
Rafael Cabrera-Bello
(7.2k / 59.10)
Pat Perez
(7k / 67.71)
Jason Dufner
(6.9k / 64.22)

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