Tournament History, Performance, Stats and Salaries At Bottom!
What’s up PGA DFSers! Hope everyone had a profitable week at the Quicken Loans National. My sincerest apologies for not touting Billy Hurley III, I have to be better…yeah right.
This week, we have the WGC Bridgestone Invitational hosted at Firestone Country Club. It is a very unique event with only a 60 player field and no cut. That definitely changes the strategy for DraftKings lineups. It makes a lot of sense to leave more cash on the table than usual. With the condensed field, that’s one way to ensure a contrarian lineup for GPPs. There also seems to be quite a drop off in talent sub $7,000, which means a balanced lineup could be a strong option. Let’s take a stab at this, here are my picks.
Jordan Spieth – $11,300
I will probably not own any of the top 3 guys very heavily due to the drastic drop off in talent sub $7,000, but if I had to choose one guy to roll with, it would be Jordan Spieth. Ownership will be a huge factor this week, and Spieth seems like the likely choice to be the lowest owned of this group. His stats for this week correlate perfectly for Firestone, 3rd in birdie or better percentage and 2nd in Par 4 scoring, plus he finished T10 here last season. Give me the cheapest guy, at the lowest ownership, with as good of a chance to win as anyone.
Justin Rose – $10,200
If course history is your thing, look no further than Justin Rose. He has for consecutive top 20s, three of which were top 5s. The U.S. Open was his first tournament back after dealing with a back injury, so I am ignoring his result there. Rose ranks 2nd in strokes gained tee-to-green and 8th in birdie or better percentage on the season. There is some obvious risk if his back flares up he could withdraw, but his probable low ownership is too tempting to pass up.
Hideki Matsuyama – $9,300
Guess who is back?! If you have paid attention to any of my articles in the past, Mr. Matsuyama is a frequent name I like to talk about. When no cut and a lot of birdies are in store for the week, Matsuyama immediately comes to mind. His price has taken a hit lately because of his back to back missed cuts, which makes for a perfect time to get back on him. Low owned, underpriced, at a tournament that rewards scoring…Matsuyama seems like a perfect fit.
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