2020 Houston Open: DraftKings PGA DFS Daily Cheat Sheet

DraftKings PGA DFS GPP Cheat Sheet for the 2020 Houston 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.

This week we have a return to a pretty strong field the week before the best in the world tee it up at the 2020 Masters!  While this week definitely doesn’t have all the big players in the field, there are plenty of quality options and the field quality is pretty solid overall for a PGA event, creating an environment where we aren’t seeing usual mediocre PGA players priced way up this week.

As for the course itself – Memorial Park was redesigned a couple of years ago with major changes to the course layout – generally geared at making it more playable for the general public.  The course is set to check in at just over 7400 yards this week – nothing that the players shouldn’t be able to handle here, and with the reduced hazards and potential trouble areas, I’m expecting scores to be fairly low here.  SG: TTG and SG: APP are going to be the primary metric that I look at this week as I want guys that have the ability to hit the ball a long way to handle the length here as well as stick it close on the large greens to rack up some birdies and eagles.

Let’s have a look at a few options that I think are great core options this week and then you’ll see an expanded cheat sheet below!

Viktor Hovland, $9,800 – The putting from Hovland is always a question mark – and so far through a few events in the 2021 PGA calendar, nothing has changed there.  However, he remains an elite ball striker that gains strokes on the field both off the tee and with his approach, ranking 18th and 7th in those metrics, respectively.  He’s as good of a golfer in my opinion as a few of the options that are more expensive than him – and I like his chances of going low this weekend in this event.  I think he’s a great fit for the course here.

Zach Johnson, $8,600 – I don’t really know what happened to his game for a pretty long time, but I was encouraged by ZJ down the stretch in the summer, and he has carried over his play into the fall calendar as well – coming into this one with strong showings in four of his last five tournaments, finishing in the top 25 – highlighted by an 8th place at the US Open and a 7th place showing at the Wyndham.  He won’t pop on a lot of analytic systems, but he’s really playing great golf right now, especially with his approach shots ranking 28th in SG: APP (granted in a small sample).  Nonetheless – he has a pedigree and a history of being able to play with the best when he’s rolling, and I think there’s a strong chance he’s rediscovered his game.

Stewart Cink, $8,000 – Currently ranked 2nd in FedEx Cup standings, and surely not to come close to retaining that – this may seem like it wreaks of chasing points here – but I have no problem continuing to lock and load Cink with how well he’s playing.  He won the Safeway Open, came 4th at the Bermuda last week and has another top 15 finish sprinkled into resume for the last four events.  He has gained strokes on the field in all phases of the game in a small sample, and I’m expecting him to have another strong tournament this weekend.

Cheat Sheet – DraftKings and FanDuel

$ TierG
High
Tyrrell Hatton
(10.3k / 77.06)
(11.7k / 77.06)
Viktor Hovland
(9.8k / 65.23)
(11.1k / 65.23)
Tony Finau
(10.9k / 68.68)
(11.5k / 68.68)
Medium
Scottie Scheffler
(9.6k / 67.82)
(11.3k / 67.82)
Sungjae Im
(9.3k / 65.44)
(10.9k / 65.44)
Zach Johnson
(8.6k / 66.11)
(10.6k / 66.11)
Si Woo Kim
(8.3k / 55.73)
(10.1k / 55.73)
Stewart Cink
(8k / 65.70)
(9.4k / 65.70)
Low
Denny McCarthy
(7.9k / 63.04)
(9.6k / 63.04)
Erik Van Rooyen
(7.7k / 60.82)
(9.3k / 60.82)
Sam Burns
(7.5k / 68.23)
(9.3k / 68.23)
Maverick McNealy
(6.9k / 60.04)
(8.5k / 60.04)

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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