Each week we will break down the tournament field by pricing tiers and give our favorite cash & GPP Draftkings plays. Brandon, Miles and Dan have also started picking our One and Done’s in this article. We use advanced stats from FantasyNational.com to determine our plays of the week that correspond to the course and history of the event. We will continue to update our picks if news changes prior to the Draftkings contest start time on Thursday mornings. Be sure to check the weather updates as well on our Course Preview article, we will also be updating the article with any necessary changes up until lineup lock. Cheers!
Brandon’s Cash Core Picks
Matt Kuchar ($8,500) – Kuchar gets bumped down in price on a course that he has absolutely destroyed. Kuchar’s putter held him back last week as we was gaining strokes tee to green. Kuchar has 3 top 5’s including a victory in his last 5 years here. I will be locking Kuchar into my cash lineup.
Marc Leishman ($9,000) – With this field it is easy to construct a balanced cash lineup. Leishman ranks 2nd in course history the last 5 years with 3 straight top 15’s. Leishman is coming in hot to The Memorial as well with a 2nd place finish at the Byron Classic.
Tony Finau ($8,100) – They just don’t want to bump Finau’s price up on Draftkings, ever. I will hammer Finau into my lineups until the day he is north of 9.5k. Finau is playing the best golf of his career to go along with solid course history at Muirfield. He fits the mold of a ball striker. Finau has two top 11’s in his last 3 tournaments here.
Patrick Reed ($8,900) – It’s a Ryder Cup year. You know what that means. Ryder Cup Reed shows up to play golf. It is criminal to price Reed this low in his current form. Reed finished 8th here in 2016 to go along with 6 straight made cuts with 4 top 10’s along the way. Reed is playing solid golf and ride that wave.
Dan’s GPP Core Plays
Others to consider: Jason Dufner, Bud Cauley, James Hahn
Mats ($9,100) – With all of the great, relatively cheap options out there, I think Mats is going to go very overlooked. He’s 3/4 in making the cuts here over his last 4 years, and that includes a 5th place finish as well as an outright win. While is recent SG:T2G and GIRS Gained are lower than I want them to be – 48th and 86th respectively – he’s 3rd in SG: Par 4’s, 5th in BA, and 9th in Scrambling. He also really started to flash signs of life last week with a brilliant Friday that allowed him to move on to the weekend.
Patrick Cantlay ($7,400) – As Brandon alluded to, I think going with a balanced line is optimal here, so this is about as low as I’m going to go price-wise. Either way, I think Cantlay makes for an excellent pick here since he dashed a lot of hopes last week and will be lower-owned because of it. He doesn’t have much course history as he finished 35th here the only time he played it, but he does rank 11th in SG:T2G, 12th in Par 4: 450-500 yards, and 15th in SG:T2G.
Rickie Fowler ($9,500) – I haven’t played very much Rickie recently, but that’s going to change this week. His recent form is decent but definitely not great compared to some of the other big names, and he has a spotty course history at best (even though he finished 2nd here last year, he had 3 straight MCs before that), but I really like this price point for the ownership we should get him at. Either way, he ranks 2nd in BA, 10th in SG: Par 4’s, 17th in Scrambling, and 19th in Good Drives.
Others to consider: Brendan Grace, Kevin Tway, Aaron Wise, Ryan Moore
Miles’s Don’t Eat the Chalk Pick
Here’s my weekly chalk pick that I refuse to touch since avoiding bad chalk is just as important as taking low-owned flyers (if not more so).
Emiliano Grillo ($8,400) – While Grillo is 2/2 in making cuts here over the past 2 years and his recent form is excellent, FNGC currently has him as the highest-owned player period. While I doubt he will end up as literally the highest-owned guy, I assume he will be top 5, and that makes him an easy fade for me at this price. The price is really what does it for me as I prefer almost everyone else who is +/- $400 from this price tag.
One and Done Picks
Miles’ OAD: Justin Rose
Bet(s) of the Week
Just as an FYI, Dan and Brandon use Bovada while Miles uses Nitrogen.