2020 RSM Classic: The Primer – PGA DFS Analysis

Featuring in-depth analysis of The 2020 RSM 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 RSM 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).

In case you missed it – you can find my cheat sheet for the 2020 RSM Classic here! There was a lot to like about the picks for last week’s Masters, leading to some nice line-ups – led by DJ who was on both the cheat sheet and written up here as some good chalk, as well as Cam Smith who was on the cheat sheet, though Bryson was also a favourite of mine – who was quite disappointing given his salary.  This week the players will tee it up at Sea Island, splitting time between both tracks there in what should be a fun week of PGA action.  Let’s have a look at some of my favourite options this week!

The Best of the Best

  • Tyrrell Hatton, $10,400

Hatton had a disappointing showing at The Masters last week, but I like him to bounce back in this event.  Call me crazy, but I like him heads up vs. Webb Simpson this week and to me, he’s the favourite to win this event.  He was outstanding all season long last year outside of a poor stretch right after the pandemic, and had been playing some great golf before The Masters last week.  His chipping has been a bit of a mess so far in the 2020 leg of the 2021 PGA season – but he was above average in all facets of the game last season & I expect his short game to round into form as he builds more rounds into his sample size.  I like his chances of winning this weekend – and he’s my favourite option on the board this week.

  • Harris English, $9,700

English had an outstanding 2020 season, and I like his chances of carrying things over into the fall.  If you’ve been reading my articles, I’ve been significantly over-weight to him most weeks, and I see no signs of any cracks in his game as his SG: Total is actually up in absolute terms to his 1.4 SG Total figure that ranked him 7th on tour last season (he currently sits a touch over 1.5 SG: Total in a small sample so far in the 2021 season, which does rank 27th).  In a field like this one – I think he should be among the highest priced option – and he rarely seems to garner the type of ownership levels that I think he should.  He won’t be low owned – but at this price, I think he should be among the top 3 in terms of ownership levels, and I’d be surprised if he checks in within those parameters this week.

Others to Consider…

  • Mackenzie Hughes, $8,100

Not a sexy pick – but a player that has been rock solid over the past few months.  He isn’t the best ball striker on tour – far from it in fact, but as a result – he is often lower owned than I feel he should be and makes for an intriguing mid-priced option in a relatively weak field event.  Has only missed one cut since early June, notching four top 10 finishes and seven top 20 finishes over that stretch – which is outstanding value for just a touch over $8k this week.  What he lacks for in ball striking – he makes up for and then some around the green, as evidenced by his top 10 finishes on tour last season in SG: ATG and SG: Putting.

  • Doc Redman, $8,000

An elite ball striker that ranked 30th in SG: OTT and 11th in SG: APP in 2020, Redman has picked up where he left off so far in the 2021 season, gaining over half a stroke off the tee and with his approach shots in a small sample to kick off the 2021 season.  He’s priced very reasonably compared to the levels that we saw from him in some events a couple of months ago, and I don’t really know why.  He’s an elite play at this price – one that has a reasonable shot of contending in this event, and I like his ability to rack up birdies on relatively easy courses for PGA standards this week.

Do Not Forget About…

  • Adam Long, $7,000

I really don’t think you have to venture too far down the salary scale this week – but if you are looking for an option to free up some more salary for some higher spends, Long is a great option.  He has consistently been able to play into weekends, and there’s some upside here for the $7k tag.  Long has three top 15 finishes in his last six events, including one at the US Open in the fall.  His ball striking was really struggling at the start of the 2020 leg of the 2021 PGA season – but he looked much better in Houston, and ranked 41st on tour over the course of the 2020 PGA season in SG: APP.  He’s my favourite punt with upside on the board this week and worth mixing into your player pool.

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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