Welcome to our PGA DFS Cash Game Plays. Where every week I will lay out two to three golfers in each tier (high price, mid price, low price) that I like for the week, as well as the three golfers that will be my core. This week centers around the Sony Open.
Last week was a slightly below average week for me, but I am glad I only played GPP in the no-cut field. I did not see DJ pulling away like that, so I had a lot less of him than necessary and that was the difference. My top lineup only 546.50 DK points, which would be gorgeous in a full field, but only provided me with minimum cash in some contests and no cash in others. You cannot win every single week, so you have to learn from your results and move onto the next week!
Welcome everybody to the first full-field event in 2018! This week we stay in Hawaii but move over to the island of Honolulu, to the Waialae Country Club. This course is barely over 7,000 yards long, with only two par-5’s. This means that big bomber golfers will not be as necessary for a lineup. Instead, we will be looking more towards guys who excel in par-4 scoring, so let’s get to work!
Jordan Spieth (DraftKings 12k, Fan Duel 12.8k, FantasyDraft 19.8k)
Shocker, Spieth is the highest priced golfer in the field on every single site. He is by far the most talented, and I expect either him or Justin Thomas to win this week, barring any foolish mistakes. The problem is, these two are so high priced that they are very difficult to fit in a well-rounded cash game lineup. He will be lower owned than he should be, so if you choose to take a “stars and scrubs” approach, look no further than Spieth.
Kevin Kisner (DraftKings 10.1k, Fan Duel 11.7k, FantasyDraft 16.8k)
This week Kisner could be the guy I build my lineups around. He is just such a perfect fit. A slightly higher price than I would have hoped and that is the only thing that is holding me back from having 100% of him. He loves the Bermuda greens that are featured on this course, and has finished in the top five each of his last two years here. He is coming off a very strong performance last week at the Sentry TOC, and should be considered a strong contender to beat Spieth or JT this week.
Zach Johnson (DraftKings 9.5k, Fan Duel 10.5k, FantasyDraft 16.4k)
Let me start off by saying this. Fan Duel does not have very good golf contests, and that is disappointing because they fill very fast and are fun to play. But my other beef is that they absolutely cannot price golfers. Zach at 10.5k on Fan Duel is the steal of the century in PGA DFS. People priced above him on Fanduel are priced 2k or more below him on the other two sites. Anyways, back to the analysis. He WILL be in every single lineup I make this week, regardless if I have Kisner or not. He has won here and has three top-10 in the past four years at this course. He is not a bomber, which will play very well this week on this short course. Give me all the ZJ.
Others to Consider
Marc Leishman (Draftkings 11.1k, Fan Duel 11.4k, FantasyDraft 17.6k)
Justin Thomas for extreme low ownership (DraftKings 11.6k, Fan Duel 12.6k, FantasyDraft 19.4k)
Daniel Berger (Draftkings 8.7k, Fan Duel 11.1k, FantasyDraft 16.2k): Berger is my top play for the middle of the field this week. He loves these Bermuda Greens, and has made all three cuts here that he has played. He is coming off an 11th place finish last week in the Sentry TOC, and I think he should fare very well here also. If I find myself with some extra salary I may be moving up from Berger to either Finau or Webb, who are both excellent plays as well.
Charles Howell III (Draftkings 8.8k, Fan Duel 10.1k, FantasyDraft 15.8k): This man is an absolute machine when it comes to this course. 16/16 made cuts here, with 11 top 15 finishes. The man may fade come August, but he is always primed and ready to attack these early year tournaments, and one that he has such gorgeous course history at is almost too good to pass up.
Gary Woodland (Draftkings 7.8k, Fan Duel 10.2k, FantasyDraft 16.1k): Woodland always seems to be that guy that shows up in the 7.5k-8.1k range every single week, and he is nothing if not consistent. I rostered him on my lineups last year more than any other golfer over the course of the year. He has a 6th, 13th, and 3rd place finish here over the past three years to add icing on the cake. This week he is borderline value, and makes a great guy to round out your lineup with.
Others to Consider
Webb Simpson (Draftkings 9.3k, Fan Duel 10.8k, FantasyDraft 15.9k)
Russell Henley (DraftKings 9.2k, Fan Duel 9.8k, FantasyDraft 16.4k)
Tony Finau (Draftkings 8.9k, Fan Duel 11k, FantasyDraft 16.3k)
Low Price (Value)
Hudson Swafford (Draftkings 7.3k, Fan Duel 8.8k, FantasyDraft 14.1k): Swafford is one of those guys that you really only feel like trusting when he is playing a course he likes, and he likes this one. Over the past four seasons, he has not finished worse than 13th place here, and he has the talent to take over any contest he plays in. He works as a great value here.
Jason Dufner (Draftkings 7.3k, Fan Duel 10.9k, FantasyDraft 15.4k): If Draftkings missed the price on anyone this week, it was Jason Dufner. He is priced incredibly too low for his skill set, and once again he loves this course. He tied with Berger last week for 11th place in the TOC, and sizes up incredibly well for this course. He seems almost too easy to plug in.
Others to Consider
JJ Spaun (DraftKings 7.6k, Fan Duel 9k, FantasyDraft 14.7k)
Russell Knox (Draftkings 7.1k, Fan Duel 9.5k, FantasyDraft 14.4k)