What’s goin’ on everyone?! I hope everyone enjoyed The Travelers Championship and had a piece of Russell Knox’s win or Jim Furyk’s historic 58 on Sunday. That certainly came out of nowhere and was a treat to watch.
Golf on DraftKings this week is packed, with two slates running thanks to the Summer Olympics. There’s a million dollars up for grabs for the Olympic slate, so that is what the main focus for this article will be about. My initial thought on the Olympic slate was how tough it will be to gain an advantage in GPPs, due to the small field, no cut, and seemingly endless amount of no name golfers. I will also touch on the John Deere Classic, where DFS players who do a bit of research on the field will definitely have the upper hand. Let’s get to it.
My Olympic Staples
Sergio Garcia – $11,900
Assuming Henrik Stenson becomes the chalk at the top, I will gladly take my $500 in savings and drop down to Sergio Garcia. I could easily put Garcia in the “So you got burned?” section after missing the cut at the PGA Championship, so hopefully that is still fresh in people’s minds entering the Olympics. He’s elite compared to the field in the strokes gained stats, minus anything on or around the green, and ranks 3rd in Par 3 scoring – The Olympic course has five Par 3s. So what Sergio can’t win a major, maybe the gold medal is his thing.
Danny Willett – $9,900
I thought for sure Willett would be inside the top 5 in terms of pricing, so to see him come in 9th and under 10k seems like tremendous value to me. His recent form is suspect at best, which is fine, as that will scare off tons of DFSers keeping his ownership low. It’s a no cut event, so four rounds are guaranteed limiting any risk associated with Willett. Give me four rounds from a top 10 player in the world at a discounted price and low ownership, and Willett becomes a must play in all formats.
Jhonattan Vegas- $8,300
Vegas will likely be a popular pick, so he becomes more of cash game play than anything. His recent form is impressive, winning two weeks ago at the RBC Canadian Open, and making five straight cuts. With no course history to look at, current form becomes a strong factor into dictating a player’s value. At $8,300, you won’t find a player coming in with hotter for that Vegas. Narrative street – Venezuela (his native country) is in South America and so is Brazil!
Alex Cejka – $6,600
This seems like a no brainer to me. He’s playing very well, coming in with 5th and 11th place finishes. His stats are also elite in the ones I am targeting this week. He’s 3rd in Par 3 scoring, 11th in Par 5 scoring, 1st in bogey avoidance, 21st in birdie or better percentage and 4th in scrambling. Cejka seems like a golfer a lot of players will gravitate towards in this range, so make sure you are either extremely overweight on him (my recommendation) or fade him completely in GPPs. Cejka is also a cash game lock in my eyes.
Bubba Watson – $10,500
This strategy worked out for me at the Travelers Championship, so why not try for two in a row. His form is just so far off of what we are used to with Bubba, I can’t justify his price. I’d easily be willing to drop down to Kaymer or Kuchar, and also look for savings to jump up to Reed or Fowler.
Jeunghun Wang – $7,500
Sorry Jeunghun, nothing against you I just do not think you have anywhere close to the pedigree that players in your price range have. Sure, he is ranked 75th in the Official World Golf Rankings, but he’s missed five of his last six cuts, and hasn’t placed inside the top 10 of an events since mid-May. I like both Canadians as better options, bias or not, or prefer Joost Luiten, priced the exact same as Wang.
So you got burned?
David Hearn – $7,400
The last time Hearn played was the Canadian Open where he was talked about heavily due to his nationality and recent success. He missed the cut, letting a bunch of DFS players down. Have faith! This is a great time to jump back on the Canadian, at what I believe is a solid price at $7,400. He has been playing extremely consistent this season, and I really like his Par 3 scoring average where he ranks 8th. His driving stats and proximity stats are very solid, and should translate well on any course. This is a great bounce back spot for Hearn.
As for the rest of the Olympic field, there are a bunch of players from tours all over the world who are competing and no one has heard of. I suggest looking into a few guys, checking their world golf rankings and sprinkling exposure across many players. One of these sub 7K players will win someone a ton of money this week.