2020 US Open: DraftKings PGA DFS Daily Cheat Sheet

DraftKings PGA DFS GPP Cheat Sheet for the 2020 US 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 the second tournament of the 2020-21 season, we get the first of two US Open’s on the schedule, with the players teeing it up at Winged Foot this weekend for the 2020 US Open!  The course is a daunting one for the players with tree lined fairways emphasizing accuracy and the ability to score, meaning we’ll be focused on players that can gain strokes on approach as well as hit the ball accurately, not too worried about driving distance, though let’s be honest…it never hurts!

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!

Dustin Johnson, $11,500 – With Koepka sitting this one out – it’s hard to argue with the chalk given the run that DJ has been on.  His last four tournaments have all been wins or second place finishes – and while I would be worried if this was a less marquee event, having the US Open two weeks removed from his TOUR title doesn’t bother me one bit.  He’s historically been a streaky golfer that can rip off multiple wins in short time frames, and I would actually be quite shocked if he’s not in the mix come Sunday.  The price point and likely fear of high ownership should keep his ownership levels in check, which I think is a mistake this week!

Jon Rahm, $11,000 – Rahm pulled off wins at arguably the two toughest tracks during the 2020 season, so he’s a safe bet to play well at difficult courses, which Winged Foot definitely fits the bill for.  Most years, his 2020 season would have been good enough to be in the conversation with a strong case for player of the year – but given DJ’s end to the season, that squashed that pretty quick.  I like Rahm’s chances this weekend and like DJ, I think he’s worth the price point for a significant percentage of line-ups.

Daniel Berger, $9,200 – From a roster construction standpoint, you’ll have to be comfortable with him as your #2 golfer if you go the route of either of the above – and for me, I don’t worry about that one bit.  Berger was outstanding all season long in all facets of the game, ranking in the top 35 in all the major metrics, leading to a 6th place ranking in SG: Total.  He continues to be cheaper than I think he should be – and have no problem continuing to use him until either his game falters or his price point goes up into the $10k range.

Tyrrell Hatton, $8,100 – After a post pandemic slump, Hatton ended the year on a great note with three straight top 25 finishes, including a 7th place finish at the TOUR Championship.  He made great strides in the 2019-20 season, and I like his chances of taking another leap this year, starting this week at Winged Foot.  He’ll be popular, but for good reason.  His approach game is excellent, ranking 4th in tour in SG: Approach, something that will serve him well this weekend.  There is bad chalk and good chalk, and to me – he’s worth eating it for.

Kevin Kisner, $7,600 – I never feel happy touting Kisner, but I really think his game is a great fit for this course – and he’s shown the ability in the past to contend in majors and high calibre field events.  Have a feeling he may check in lower owned than he should with Wolff and Im sandwiching him in price (both of whom I also like, but both of whom I think will be higher owned).

Mackenzie Hughes, $6,900 – It’s all about the putter for Hughes, who not only shocked the PGA world by making it to the TOUR Championship – but also faired well placing 14th in it despite starting right near the bottom.  He’s not a great striker, in fact – he’s below average, but is an elite scrambler and putter, ranking in the top 8 in both SG: ATG and SG: Putting…both of which will serve him very well on the tough Winged Foot course.  I’d be shocked if he ever won a major – but if you are looking for a punt with upside, he’s an outstanding option.

Cheat Sheet – DraftKings and FanDuel

$ TierG
High
Dustin Johnson
(11.5k / 71.76)
Jon Rahm
(11k / 80.42)
Xander Schauffele
(10.1k / 75.41)
Medium
Tyrrell Hatton
(8.1k / 70.82)
Patrick Reed
(8.5k / 69.82)
Daniel Berger
(9.2k / 70.76)
Matthew Fitzpatrick
(8k / 58.04)
Low
Matthew Wolff
(7.7k / 52.38)
Kevin Kisner
(7.6k / 50.31)
Sungjae Im
(7.5k / 59.76)
Si Woo Kim
(7.2k / 47.02)
Mackenzie Hughes
(6.9k / 48.19)

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