Welcome to Forward Mile's PGA DFS Cash Game Plays. Every week I will outline three tiers of golfers for you (high, mid, and low price), with two to four golfers in each tier depending on the week. If I feel very strongly about certain golfers, I will provide them in my core plays at the bottom of the article. Before we talk about this week's plays lets go over last week's suggestions.
SONY OPEN RECAP
Last week, both of my cash lineups hit the green, just barely. It turns out the lineup I had less confidence in performed better than my Jordan Spieth lineup, which barely snuck in the money. The core of Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson, and Gary Woodland is what carried by one lineup to the green, while a core of Woodland, Dufner, and Spieth led me to victory in my other lineup. All plays were regarded very highly in my article last week, and the same will be for this week.
This week we come to the Career Builder Challenge, which is a giant pro-am style tournament for the relative newcomers to the PGA tour. This tournament is unique however, it spans three different courses across its four days. It also features a 54-hole cut, instead of the standard 36. This gives every golfer a chance to play each course, as well as accruing extra fantasy points if they were to miss the cut. The final round will be played on the same course as the first round, the TPC Stadium Course. It will be difficult to gauge how golfers will do on different courses in the same tournament, but they are all relatively similar, short, par-72 courses. Simply put, pick good golfers.
John Rahm (DraftKings 11.8k, Fan Duel 12.5k, FantasyDraft 17.3k)
Rahm this week is my favorite to win this tournament barring any bonehead mistakes. He easily has the most raw talent in this field, and should have no problem taking care of these par-72 courses. My only issue is that he is very expensive, thus making it difficult to play him in cash this week. If you can find enough value, by all means play him.
Phil Mickelson (Draftkings 10k, Fan Duel 11.7k, FantasyDraft 16.3k)
Phil is as veteran as they come in this event, and has won twice. Granted, they were on different course rotations than these, but it shows that he is very comfortable in this type of event. With a somewhat disappointing season last year, he sits just barely inside the top 50 in World Golfer Rankings. If he misses the top 50, he would miss his first World Golf Championship event in his career. He knows what’s at stake, so do not sleep on the vet.
Patton Kizzire (DraftKings 9.1k, Fan Duel 10k, FantasyDraft 15.9k):
Welcome to a world where this man has won two of his last four events, last week against some of the world’s best golfers. He’s a relative newcomer, but he is for real. His confidence is at an all-time high, and when someone is running this hot and is priced this low, its going to take a lot to talk me off of playing him here.
Others to Consider:
Brian Harman (DraftKings 11.5k, Fan Duel 11.6k, FantasyDraft 16.9k)
Webb Simpson (DraftKings 9.7k, Fan Duel 11.1k, FantasyDraft 16.5k)
Chez Reavie (DraftKings 8.8k, Fan Duel 9.4k, FantasyDraft 15.7k)
This guy is shaping up to be chalk this week, but I do not care. He is a cash game staple for me this week, and has been as consistent as they come lately. He posted an 18th last week, and a 17th and 12th here the last two seasons. In this field he can easily crack the top 10, something he has not done in a bit. But when you are posting finish after finish in the top 25, it is hard to ignore that type of consistency in relation to fantasy scoring.
Bud Cauley (Draftkings 8.4k, Fan Duel 9.5k, FantasyDraft 15.5k)
If I had to pick someone in the mid-range price tier to win this week, I would lean towards Bud Cauley. The man has tremendous course history, culminating with a 3rd place finish last season. He is elite off the tee, which is vital here, and has a sub-par putter, which is the same as the last few winners in this event. Bud is primed for his first career PGA Tour win, and I would not be surprised if it came here at slightly lower ownership than expected.
Charles Howell III (Draftkings 8k, Fan Duel 10k, FantasyDraft 15.5k)
If you are looking for one of the safest plays on the board, look no further than CH3. He didn’t finish quite as high as we were hoping for last week, but I am jumping right back on the bandwagon again. Impeccable course history here, with a 2nd place finish here as well as a few more top 10s. He is incredibly consistent and has a great shot off the tee, something that will be very important this week. He is another cash game lock for me.
Others to Consider:
Brendan Steele (Draftkings 8.9k, Fan Duel 10.2k, FantasyDraft 15.7k)
Russell Knox (Draftkings 8.5k, Fan Duel 9.7k, FantasyDraft 15k)
Hudson Swafford (Draftkings 7.8k, Fan Duel 8.8k, FantasyDraft 14.7k)
We were on Hudson Swafford last week while it seemed like nobody else was, and unfortunately, after a decent start he faded away from where we wanted him over the weekend. Nevertheless, it is a new week and a new chance to play him. He is the returning champion of this event, and anytime you can get the returning champion at sub-8k value, that deserves a long hard look. Look for him to be in contention again come Sunday.
Adam Hadwin (DraftKings 7.6k, Fan Duel 9.5k, FantasyDraft 14.5k)
I really think that DraftKings missed the price on this guy, and I am not complaining at all. Hadwin has posted back to back top 10 finishes here, and loves the courses that this tournament is played on. He dominates par 5 scoring, which as I said earlier will be vital this week. Hadwin will be one of my highest owned golfers this week.
Aaron Wise (Draftkings 6.8k, Fan Duel 7.3k, FantasyDraft 12.1k)
This guy is going to be something special on the Tour for years to come. He’s a hotshot golfer who dominated the links in college, and has moved right through the Web.com tour up to the big leagues. He is aggressive, but will open up with lessened pressure since he is guaranteed three rounds of golf before the cut. Before a disappointing performance last week, he posted a 13th place finish at the RSM Classic, shooting a 68-69-65-68 over four rounds. He also is very familiar with golf along the West Coast and in desert regions, such as the ones he will be playing in this week. He has top 25 upside and is absolutely dirt cheap.
Others to Consider:
Ryan Palmer (DraftKings 7.1k, Fan Duel 8.5k, FantasyDraft 12.7k)
Talor Gooch (DraftKings 6.6k, Fan Duel 7.9k, FantasyDraft 11.8k)
This week is looking like it could be a two lineup week in cash for me, but as of right now my core golfers are Reavie, CH3, and Hadwin.
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