From a loaded field at the Masters to a normal field where value counts and picking lesser known names are key. Will the rookies who started playing fantasy golf last week because of the Masters continue? We can only hope since we’ll be taking more of their money!
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With a Masters success, finishing 5307/125950 (~4.2%) in the Million dollar DK GPP, I’m feeling better after my loss at the Shell Houston Open. This week’s salaries are back to normal, which looks abnormal considering the prices last week. Salaries are no longer depressed due to a weaker field, and that means we need to search a little harder for value. Don’t fear though, that’s a good thing since we’re better at finding that value than a random person inspired by the Masters to start playing DK fantasy golf. They look for names they recognize. We look for up and coming talent.
This week especially, I feel like there are a couple of different ways to make your lineup. 1) Super low salaried players coupled with high salaried players. 2) Bunch of mid salaried players. Note that I say “this week especially” since there seems to be a little more of a spread than in the previous tournaments. Me being the 50/50 player and not really wanting to commit a lot of money to one player (yes, even Spieth), I’m going the mid salary route.
Brendon de Jonge ($7,900) — Still going to be a must pick. Salary has jumped a ton since Shell where I think he was listed at $6,300 or something, but still a solid pick in this price range.
Russell Henley ($9,100) — Hasn’t missed a cut, and all we’re waiting on is for him to breakthrough again and win. Easily could happen this week.
Charles Howell III ($7,500) — Seems like a low price for someone with as much experience as him, but that must mean he isn’t playing too well. This course should do well for him and his more accurate nature.
Russell Knox ($7,300) — Flipping from Charles Howell. This is a course history move.
Graeme McDowell ($8,500) — I was going to go with Kokrak (who also wouldn’t be a bad pick this week) but flipped to GMac despite his weak play of late. Course history again, but also that he’s a major champion.
Brandt Snedeker ($9,400) — Expecting a little bit of a bounce back on a course he has history on.
Cameron Tringale ($7,400) — Hasn’t missed a cut since Phoenix way back in Feb., and coming off a T5 at Shell and a good performance in the Masters.
Even with the normally steady Jim Furyk missing the cut at the Masters, I was able to cash comfortably in my 50/50 thanks to Jordan Spieth. As Jack mentioned, the salaries are back to non-major status, and with this change many salaries are inflated past holding value. As always, I’m looking to get all six of my guys to make the cut first and foremost. There seems to be an abnormal amount of players in the $9,000+ range this week, many of whom have been bumped higher than what they probably should be.
Zach Johnson ($10,900) — I couldn’t find a way to get Spieth in my roster and still have 6 guys who I think will make the cut so ZJ is my top pick. Little iffy course history, but good form. If I find out he’s testing out another new putter he’ll probably get swapped out.
Luke Donald ($9,300) — Lots of players with really good course histories, but his is the best. I’m doing my best to ignore is garbage play recently.
Kevin Streelman ($8,000) — His salary might be a bit high, but he hasn’t missed the cut here in his last four attempts and his form is ok.
Charles Howell III ($7,500) — Seems highly undersalaried with solid recent play and a so-so course history.
Russell Knox ($7,300) — Top ten in his only previous appearance, and can’t really blame him missing his last cut (that Valero wind…).
Brendon Todd ($7,000) — Probably the best value of the week, he’s been extremely steady other than his first ever competitive round at the Masters. Which is totally forgivable.