FantasyDraft Core Plays: 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills

Once again, our picks came through.  If you read our article you saw the names of Berger, Schwartzel, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Cink, and Chappell.  If you used a combination of those players you would certainly have been near the top of GPP leaderboards.  We are back with a full field in the second major of the year, The U.S. Open.  If you haven’t checked out our course preview, be sure to do so at the following link:

2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills Course Preview

Even though the field is deeper, I still believe in a balanced approach on FantasyDraft to give you the best chance at having at least 6 of your players survive the cut.

The statistics that we are focused on this week are:

  • SG: Tee to Green
  • Greens in Regulation %
  • Scrambling
  • SG: Approach
  • Total Driving
  • Bogey Avoidance

Core Plays

Even though the field is deeper, I still believe in a balanced approach on FantasyDraft to give you the best chance at having at least 6 of your players survive the cut.

Paul Casey ($14,900) – This is a crazy price for a player of this caliber.  Casey is lights out in the statistics we are looking at this week and is our TOP ranked golfer.  We will be absolutely loading up on Casey this week.  Casey ranks 3rd in SG:Approach, Scrambling, and Bogey Avoidance, 7th in GIR%, 12th in SG:T2G, and 18th in Total Driving. Going to be significantly overweight the field on Casey.

Sergio Garcia ($16,400) – Garcia is another player coming in HOT.  A stud off the tee,  Garcia ranks 2nd in Total Driving that will certainly help him avoid the fescue grass and hazardous bunkers this week.  Garcia will be looking to add the U.S. Open Championship Trophy to that Green Jacket he accumulated earlier in the year.  Garcia also ranks 3rd in SG:T2G, 7th in GIR%, 18th in Bogey Avoidance, and 30th in Scrambling.

Matt Kuchar ($14,600) – Kuchar’s “boring” golf is exactly what the doctor ordered this week.  Being able to avoid bogeys and put up scores on the Par 5’s should propel Kuchar to that backdoor top 10 that he is highly capable of.  Kuchar ranks 8th in Scrambling, 25th in SG:T2G, 16th in Bogey Avoidance, and 53rd in GIR%. As long as Kuchar is able to avoid blow-up holes he should see the weekend and do enough to stay near the top at the U.S. Open.

Rickie Fowler ($16,600) – The MC at the Fedex St. Jude have you scared away?  Fowler is an excellent play in tournaments for that very reason.  He is having the season of his career and a MC at a Fedex St. Jude shouldn’t change that.  Fowler ranks 1st in Total Driving, 5th in SG:Approach, 6th in SG:T2G, 13th in Bogey Avoidance, and 23rd in GIR%.

Also Consider: Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott

Lower-Priced Players

Here are the players below $14,000 that we are targeting to complete our lineups.  I don’t believe with the strength of this field that you need to take shots on the amateurs.  These players should compliment the studs this week:

  • Daniel Berger ($13,900)
  • Marc Leishman ($13,400)
  • Francesco Molinari ($13,300)
  • Byeong Hun An ($13,300)
  • Bernd Wiesberger ($12,800)
  • Ross Fisher ($12,600)
  • Brendan Steele ($12,500)

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