FantasyDraft Core Plays: 2017 Quicken Loans National

Can we call that a walk-off bunker shot? What a way to finish off the Travelers Championship for Jordan Spieth.  If you listened to our periscope you know that Spieth was my pick to win.  And win he did.

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If you are a fan of course history, throw it out the window this week.  Quicken Loans National is being held at a new course this year at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.  It is important to note that this is an invitational meaning the field is significantly reduced to 120 players as compared to the 156.  With a higher percentage making the cut, 6/7 will be important to cash, unless the chalk busts.  The course comes in a little over 7,100 yards playing as a Par 70.  There were a couple Web.com tournaments back in 2012 and 2013 as well as the Booz Allen Classic back in 2006 but I wouldn’t put much weight on those events.

The course added Scottish-style bunkers and tall fescue grass in the 2008 renovation so you don’t want to miss the fairways and greens here by a large margin.  The greens are bentgrass and the fairways were also narrowed in the redesign.  We are going to want to target the premiere ball strikers to make sure we are avoiding any native areas.

Past Winners

2016 Billy Hurley III
2015 Troy Merritt
2014 Justin Rose
2013 Bill Haas
2012 Tiger Woods
2011 Nick Watney

Weather

Looks like we should have another uneventful week of golf as the wind will be marginal and the rain should hold off until Sunday night.  This could all change in between now and Thursday so we will update with any changes.  However, it looks like it’s going to be a HOT one.

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Key Statistics

SG: Tee to Green: This is the most consistent statistic each week that we utilize to target the best ball strikers. With the narrow fairways from the redesign and fescue grass added at TPC Potomac, we want the golfers that are going to hit the fairways to give themselves a nice approach shot. It is important that our players are dialed in from their tee shot to the green to avoid having to scramble too often.

Par 4 Scoring: With 12 Par 4’s on the course and only 2 Par 5’s, we want the players that can gain an edge on the Par 4’s.  These holes will be important to avoid any big numbers. There are a few  Par 4’s that play over 470 yards so we want those efficient Par 4 Scorers.

Greens in Regulation %:  We want to target the players with the highest GIR%.  This will help us find the players that are really dialed in with their approach shots.  The more greens our players hit, the less we have to sweat.

Birdie or Better %:  We want those birdie makers to pad the stats for our lineups rather than playing par golf.  The more scoring the better.  Billy Hurley projected the winning score to come in between 10 and 12 under par.  We are going to need those birdies to reach that.

Core Plays

With a weak field and tight pricing on FantasyDraft, we are going to need to get very creative with our picks.  There is limited value this week so you are going to have to roster players you usually wouldn’t even think about considering.

Kyle Stanley ($15,300) – Oh no, let the fun begin.  Rostering Stanley is like asking for high blood pressure.  A solid ball striker, Stanley should be able to do enough to make the cut and rack up points on the weekend.  He has been playing solid golf lately making 6 of his last 7 cuts.  Stanley ranks 2nd in GIR%,3rd in Good Drive %, 8th in SG:T2G, and 14th in Par 4 Scoring.

Xander Schauffele ($14,900) – We were on X at the US Open where he finished T5 and last week at the Travelers when he had a T14 finish. In his last 12 rounds he ranks 4th in SG: OTT and 3th in SG: T2G.  I have learned that when a golfer gets hot you need to ride the wave until the wheels fall off.  We will continue riding the wave this week.

Si Woo Kim ($15,500) – Si Woo already has a victory under his belt for the 2017 season and he is looking to add to it before he has to fulfill his Korean military service. He has played this course in the 2013 Mid Atlantic Championship and shot a tournament low 65 in the Web.com event. In his last 12 rounds he ranks 1st in the field for SG: T2G and SG: OTT. 

Byeong Hun An ($14,900) –  Ben An got back to his cut making ways last week but faltered on the weekend.  He isn’t the prettiest play this week.  However, priced at $14,900, he stands out as one of the better options in this price range. We are looking for cut makers and I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t make the cut here and give himself a shot on moving day.  An ranks 17th in SG:T2G and 58th in Par 4 Scoring.

Also Consider: James Hahn, Kevin Streelman, Graham DeLaet

Lower-Priced Players

Here are the players below $14,000 that we are targeting to complete our lineups.  These players should compliment the studs this week:

  • David Hearn
  • Grayson Murray
  • Nick Taylor
  • Billy Hurley III
  • Nick Watney

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