Who are some players to target this week for PGA on Draftkings?
With DraftKings being under some heavy heat, this might be the last time possible to write a fantasy advice article before DFS is shut down for good. Therefore, let’s take a look at some of the players that could be good targets for the upcoming PGA week.
Elite Player Tier ($9,000 and up)
Zach Johnson ($11,500): He comes into this tournament in good form, having finished top 25 in his last 4 tournaments. Although his course history is shaky (MC, 16th, 49th, MC, and 12th in his last five years), he should fit the course very nicely, as he ranks top 20 in Par 4 Scoring Average, Par 3 Scoring Average, Driving Accuracy, and Strokes Gained: Total.
Kevin Kisner ($10,400): Kisner is likely to be highly owned this week, but for good reason. He has made 7 cuts in a row dating back to last year, and comes in having finished runner up in his last tournament. He ranks top 50 in every important stat this week, and has finished top 20 the last two years at this course. Him and Zach Johnson are my co-picks to win this week.
Charles Howell III ($9,100): CH3 has made 11 cuts in a row dating back to last year, and has finished top 25 in 3 of the last 4 tournaments he’s played in. He is also 5 for 5 making the cut at this tournament in the last 5 years. If you are looking for a safe made cut with decent upside at a decent price, Charles Howell III could be your guy.
Other elite options: Matt Kuchar, Bill Haas, Patrick Rodgers, Patton Kizzire.
Strong Players Tier ($8,000-$9,000)
Spencer Levin ($8,900): Levin comes in hot, having finished top 25 in his last 3 tournaments. His last two appearances here have been made cuts. He should be around on the weekend, and should make some noise as well.
Brandt Snedeker ($8,800): Snedeker is all over the place, having missed the cut last tournament right after placing top 25 in his two tournaments before. He is hard to predict, but at this price you have to at least give him a look. He could be on a GPP winning lineup if he plays to his potential.
Brendon de Jonge ($8,700): With Brendon de Jonge, you know that the chances of you getting a made cut are very good. However, you also know the chance of getting an amazing result from him isn’t so high. With beautiful stats, and beautiful course history (4 top 20s in his last 5 years here), I don’t see a reason why he can’t provide that upside he usually lacks. He’s a little more expensive than usual, but he is worth a look in both cash games and tournament games.
Robert Streb ($8,700): His form is questionable, but he is the defending champion at this course. He is elite at Par 4 and Par 3 Scoring Average, and Strokes Gained: Total as well. He could definitely finish top 25 this week and get on a roll.
Other Strong options: Johnson Wagner, Brian Harman, Scott Brown.
Mid-Tier Players ($7,000-$8,000):
Jim Herman ($7,500): He has finished top 20 in his last two tournaments, and comes to a course where accuracy is rewarded. His stats line up beautifully, which makes his course history confusing to me (MC, MC the last two years). I think he’ll make the cut, as he is in much better form than I’ve ever seen from him.
Smylie Kaufman ($7,500): I’m not sure if this course really fits him that well, but he is way underpriced. He should be popular this week, and has obvious upside as well.
Other Mid-Tier Players: Brendon Todd, Kevin Streelman, Jason Dufner, Vaughn Taylor, Chad Campbell.
Sleeper-Tier Players ($7,000 or lower)
Zac Blair ($7,000): Last week, I took a chance on him in a course that seemed to fit his play, and it paid off big with him finishing top 10. While it is a stretch to say he will finish top 10 again this week, I believe this course suits him very nicely as well. He finished T-32nd here last year, and is coming in with nice form. I love him for the price, and think he could be a great GPP play.
Hudson Swafford ($6,900): I believe that Swafford will be the most popular sleeper this week. He is a great player, who seems underpriced for this field no matter what his form was. He has solid form going into this tournament, having made 5 of his last 6 cuts. He also has stats that fit this course nicely, as proven by his T-12th here last year. I really don’t understand the pricing here.
Jonathan Byrd ($6,800): He always burns me when I get him, but I can’t help but get him again. He has also made 5 of his last 6 cuts, with 3 of his last 4 tournaments being top 40 finishes. He statistically fits this course really well, and has made 3 of 4 cuts at this tournament. He could be a nice punt play this week.
Greg Chalmers ($6,000): Some weeks, Greg Chalmers is surprisingly more owned than most would suspect. I think this could be one of those weeks. He hasn’t had a tournament in a long while that has been impressive, but he has made 5 cuts in a row. At this price, anything more than a made cut is just a bonus. He finished T-10th here in 2014, so there is hope for something more than a made cut with him as well.
Other Sleeper-Tier Players: Carl Pettersson, Jon Curran, Sean O’Hair, Andrew Loupe, Chad Collins
Edited by Robert Hess.
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