2020 Masters: The Primer – PGA DFS Analysis

Featuring in-depth analysis of The 2020 Masters! 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 Masters! 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).

In case you missed it – you can find my cheat sheet for the 2020 Masters here It should be a great weekend of golf with a limited field teeing it up at Augusta, and the question that everyone is asking heading into the tournament revolves around Bryson DeChambeau.  Will he be able to cut the corners enough to ‘break’ Augusta?  The jury is out on that one (I’m in the camp that he deserves to have the best odds heading into this one along with DJ) – but with the clubs that he was said to be hitting into some of the greens in his early week practice round, the potential is certainly there.  Of course, he isn’t the only world class golfer teeing it up – we have a loaded field here and have plenty of great options to choose from in terms of building line-ups this week.  Let’s have a look at my favourite plays on the board, with a few options added here that weren’t on the cheat sheet to avoid some repetition!

The Best of the Best

  • Dustin Johnson, $10,000

The price point here is pretty silly.  I have a feeling he’ll check in as the highest owned golfer this week as you have a chance to get the player with the second best odds heading into the event for the 5th highest salary – and I think this is good chalk to eat.  If you were worried about his form after his bout with Covid – he shook off some early round struggles at the Houston Open to finish second at last week’s event – and there has been no hotter golfer on tour than DJ over the past few months.  He’s been great at Augusta in the past and while he hasn’t gotten to wear the Green Jacket, I think it’s only a matter of time before he does.  For what it’s worth, you can get some pretty solid builds that have both Bryson and DJ in them….something that I think is quite intriguing this week.

  • Bubba Watson, $9,000

The two-time winner here, Watson comes into this one playing great golf with back to back top 10 finishes in his last two events.  He has the potential to fly under the radar a little bit with the plethora of quality younger golfers that are priced just above him.  Don’t expect rock bottom ownership levels here, his success at Augusta will keep him popular – but I do think he’ll be lower owned than he should be this weekend.  Even when he wasn’t playing nearly as well as he is right now, he still came 12th here last year and 5th the year before – so all in all, I love how this week is lining up for Bubba – and I think he’ll be among the final pairings for Sunday’s round this weekend.

Others to Consider…

  • Louis Oosthuizen, $7,900

While I really like the spot for Scottie Scheffler this week, Oosthuizen is a great pivot off of him.  He has a history of playing well in majors, including a 3rd place finish at the 2020 US Open and is no stranger to being in the mix in high calibre field events, like the recent WGC FedEx at the end of July, where he finished 6th.  While he has yet to crack a top 10 at Augusta – he has consistently been in the mix with three top 20 finishes in the past 5 years, and I think his game is in a much better spot heading into this week’s event than many of those years.  I think he puts together four strong rounds, and he’s an excellent mid-range option this weekend.

  • Zach Johnson, $6,800

A previous winner here – granted it was back in 2007, ZJ has been someone that I have really liked what I have seen from him of late where he saw a surge in his rankings in SG: Approach and SG: Putting in the second half of the 2020 PGA calendar, and into the ‘2021 season’, where he has carried over those positive trends.  He’s had a pretty disappointing last 4 trips to Augusta with only 2 cuts made and none of those being in contention – but I think his game is as strong as it has been since he won The Open in 2015.  I’m not expecting him to be too popular of a choice this week, and if you are looking for a ‘safe’ option sub $7k with the ability to contend that shouldn’t be too highly owned, he’s my favourite option this week to open up salary room for some higher spends.

Do Not Forget About…

  • Si Woo Kim, $6,800

He has been able to navigate Augusta pretty well in the past, with two top 25 finishes – and those came when his game was nowhere near what we have seen from Kim of late, who has been playing great golf since play from the break for Covid returned, with six top 20 finishes including top 10 finishes at the Wyndham and the Shriners.  That combination is a great one for a player priced in his range – and I like his chances of navigating Augusta this weekend to have an outside shot at being in the mix when Sunday rolls around.

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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