Featuring in-depth analysis of The 2021 Travelers Championship! 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 Travelers Championship! 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 posted for The 2021 Travelers Championship here!
What a week we had last week with Jon Rahm picking up where he left off two weeks prior, where he had to WD from The Memorial with a six shot lead to pick up the win at the 2021 US Open! This week, we have a pedestrian field taking on TPC River Highlands, which checks in as a Par 70 at just over 6800 yards. A Pete Dye design, we will be relying on looking at golfers that have been gaining strokes on approach, Par 4’s, TTG as the primary metrics, while also evaluating course history and recent form when it comes to building line-ups. Let’s have a look at five of my favourite options to consider mixing into your builds for your DraftKings PGA line-ups for The 2021 Travelers Championship!
The Best of the best…
- Paul Casey, $9,900
The best two options on the board are DJ and Bryson – but honestly, I don’t think you really need me to tell you that. They both should be included in your MME builds. Dustin looks to defend his 2020 title here, while Bryson continues to play outstanding golf in all facets of the game. Casey is an interesting pivot off of them and frees up a lot of salary room. Casey has been striking the ball with the best of them, ranking 3rd on tour in SG: APP and 7th in SG: TTG – and at a price point that doesn’t break the bank in a weaker field event, he is dollar for dollar one of the best plays on the board and worth a significant amount of exposure in builds.
The Next Group
- Abraham Ancer, $9,100
Ancer is above average in all facets of the game outside of chipping, and we continue to see his ball striking improve as the season rolls along. He ranks 30th in SG: APP, 29th in SG: TTG, and has been one of the better players in the field in SG: Par 4’s as well. The course is an outstanding fit for his game – he is elite at hitting fairways (6th), greens (11th in GIR) and to me – the only downside to mixing him into a significant number of line-ups this week is the fact that he is likely going to be chalk, though I will be interested in seeing his ownership levels when compared with Streelman, who is $300 more expensive.
- Charley Hoffman, $8,600
I love what I have seen from Hoffman’s game over the past couple of months. He has been outstanding, and now sits 10th in SG: APP, 19th in SG: TTG – and as an above average putter, I think he has the chops to be in the mix on the leaderboard this weekend. He has had two pedestrian showings in the past two weeks at the US Open and the Memorial, and I am hoping that will help keep his ownership levels in check. There are some other intriguing options priced around him and I think that he has the potential to check in lower owned than I think he should be. Don’t expect low ownership levels here – but either way, I love the spot for him this week at the 2021 Travelers.
- Emiliano Grillo, $7,300
His short game can be a mess, but if he is even average, he has been playing so well with his approach game that he should be able to pay off this price point with ease. He ranks 6th on tour in SG: APP, a metric that has been skyrocketing with his recent form. He missed the cut at The Memorial, but has shown flashes of greatness with three top 10 finishes since late March, and I would not be shocked one bit if he was able to add a 4th to that list this week at The Travelers. He’s a great low priced option to have significant exposure to in your builds this week.
Don’t Forget About…
- Hank Lebioda, $6,700
I don’t really understand why he continues to be priced under $7k – but I have no problem going back to the well here after touting him for The Palmetto, where he finished 31st. He has made 4 straight cuts, which includes two top 20 finishes and while there is risk anytime you go dumpster diving sub $7k with your builds, he can open up a lot of things if you include him in a modest percentage of your builds. I wouldn’t go nuts here, but i think you could go into the low-mid teens. He does a great job of hitting greens, has been improving his SG: APP metric and now sits 53rd on tour, which is definitely in the top quartile of players for this week’s event. All in all, the price point is attractive, and I think that you can consider him if you are looking for a value play to compliment 5 other more expensive options from a roster construction standpoint.