Welcome to the 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. Let’s get to work.
NOTE: This is the most extensive version of this article to date, and due to the amount of info being provided here, I will only be listing DraftKings prices along with the golfers. Also, they will not be divided into tiers this week, but rather just a solid player pool for both cash and GPP rosters. DraftKings will have a massive amount of new players this week with their Millionaire Maker, and this article will be tailored to lineup construction on DK. These plays will all still be good on the other main sites, the prices may just be slightly different. There is an edge to be had with all these new casual players this week, in cash and GPP, so take note on who will be popular and who might fly under the radar.
I will specify if a prefer a player for cash games, GPP, or both.
Plays of the Week
Justin Thomas (10.8k) (GPP)
JT is looking like a fantastic option that may go a little lower owned than he should be with people looking to make balanced lineups with the very soft pricing this week. He has finished top-5 in his last three starts coming away with one victory. Thomas has been top-25 in all but one of his last 15 events. The only reason I do not have him listed as both a cash and GPP play is because there are plenty of other options for cash games besides JT this week.
Jordan Spieth (10.4k) (both)
Watch out for the most dangerous man in golf this week. No, I am not talking about Tiger Woods in the early 2000s, but one of the big J's on tour. Spieth is near the top in every statistical category this week except putting, but we know that he lives and breathes these bentgrass greens at Augusta. These greens will get his putting back on track, and when that happens they better start tailoring a jacket for him come Sunday afternoon, because a hot putter for Spieth makes him unstoppable.
Tiger Woods (10k) (GPP)
It wouldn't be the 2018 Masters without talking about how Tiger Woods is back, which he may be back more than he ever has been before. My problem with Tiger lies in the DFS realm. With so many options this week, I will not even look his way in cash, and I am taking a stand at pulling a 95% fade of him this week. So many casual players are coming to play this week, and they are going to want to play Tiger because he is the GOAT. I will gladly let them. Tiger has certainly been hot lately, but he has not been competitive in this stacked of a field in some time. He is gaining plenty of strokes on the field, and coming to a place that he has won multiple times bodes well for him. I still will not play him in cash, and my fade of him in GPP is strictly ownership based, so if you are willing to eat GPP chalk, unleash the Big Cat this week.
Rory McIlroy (9.9k) (GPP)
After finally figuring out his putting at Bay Hill, Rory collected his first win in some time. He had looked good over on the Euro Tour, but he could not bring his game to the States. He had looked nothing like the man who took over the name of the Tiger Woods video game franchise. His stats have nothing respectable to show outside of his Bay Hill victory, and for that reason, I trust Rory this week as far as I can throw him. He is incredibly unpredictable, and could charge in and win by five but I cannot see a scenario that it happens in. Stick to Rory at 5% if any of your lineups this week. He will be a higher owned player, and I am going to be looking at safer options for my high dollar buy-ins this week.
Jason Day (9.8k) (GPP)
Of all the players priced above 9500, I believe Day will come in at the lowest owned. I currently have him projected around 12% ownership, and I believe he could be a real good pivot off the somewhat chalky Phil at 9500 and Rory at 9900. He started off this season on fire, with a win at Torrey Pines and a second place finish at Pebble Beach. He then proceeded to take a bunch of time off and came back for a T22 at Bay Hill. He has always had back issues, so I think easing his body through the season is a smart move for him. He is familiar with Augusta, and is coming into this tournament ranked number one in the field in Strokes Gained Putting. Do not go too overweight on him, but about 15% should put you above the field ownership while not sacrificing too many of your rosters.
Phil Mickelson (9.5k) (Both)
Lefty is back to looking like his prime self this season, with a win already this year and coming back to a place he could consider a stomping grounds. Having won three times here in his career, he comes in ranked 6th in Total Strokes Gained, as well as 2nd in Putting and 6th in Approach, all of which will be key stats this week. He is obviously not as long off the tee anymore but with someone with his experience, it should not affect him much this week. I do like Phil as a cash game play as well as taking him around 25% in GPP. Interestingly, lefties have won here 6 of the last 15 events, largely due to the slight right to left doglegs that many of these holes have. Just something to think about.
Justin Rose (9.2k) (Both)
If you are not starting your cash game rosters with Rose this week, send me a H2H on DK at Packerfan1132. Rose has been the most consistent player here over the last few years, and is coming in white hot in recent form. He has 13 top 10 finishes on the PGA tour since August, and has come in 2nd twice here in the last three years. If he does not win this year, he may be known as the "almost" man, but about 50% of all the PGA touts this week are picking Rose to win. I personally am not, but he is a virtual lock for top-5 this week. He will be the chalkiest player, but I do not care. Get as much of him as you can bare in cash and GPP.
Paul Casey (8.8k) (Both)
Casey has finished in the top-6 in the Masters the last three years, and now that he has finally got the monkey off his back with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he could realistically win this thing. He has earned himself the title of "Mr. Consistency" around the Tour, as he always seems to post top-25s week in and week out. He is ranked second in the field in Strokes Gained (SG): Tee to Green, 8th in SG: Approach, and 11th in SG: Around the Green. He is a mediocre putter, but with stats like those it should offset his putting woes and lead to another top 10 finish.
Bubba Watson (8.7k) (Both)
Here is another lefty with plenty of experience at Augusta, including a win in 2012 and 2014. He has resurged this year as the Bubba of old, having won twice in the last seven weeks. Outside of that, his finishes have not been anything to write home about, but combined with his experience at Augusta, the fact lefty hitters have an advantage, and top 25 in Greens in Regulation, he could be a serious threat to add to his already legendary career here at Augusta.
Alex Noren (8.1k) (Both)
I have not heard as much chatter about Noren as we have in recent weeks, and trust me I have been doing nothing but listening since Saturday night. The Swede is hot this year, and after only playing two rounds and missing the cut at Augusta last year, his game has improved light years beyond what he brought to the table at the 2017 Masters. With three top-5s and six top-25s in the last seven tournaments, he is approaching Paul Casey levels of consistency. He ranks 3rd in total strokes gained and 9th in approach over his last 24 rounds. He also is coming in ranked 11th in putting over the last 24, more than enough for me to pull the trigger on him this week.
Matt Kuchar (7.6k) (Both)
KUUUUUUUUUCH has not missed a cut here in eight tries while posting four top-10s in that span. He has also finished in the top 10 in his last two weeks, Match Play and Houston Open, so his recent form is looking great. He is also ranked 22nd in SG: Putting and is in the top 50 on tour in Greens in Regulation, which will be big this week.
Bryson DeChambeau (6.9k) (Both)
If you feel the need to drop down this low in cash, I would roll with either Bryson or Kevin Chappell, who will be the next and final write-up here. Bryson was the runner-up at Bay Hill, finishing two strokes behind Rory. Obviously these prices came out before that, as there is no way he should be priced this low this week. He is 13th on Tour in SG: Off the Tee, 14th in SG: Tee to Green, and 31st in SG: Approach. He is much better at these than scrambling or putting, and on these greens that could be a little dangerous. Nevertheless, I think his Tee to Green game carries him this week into a Top 20 finish.
Kevin Chappell (6.9k) (Both)
He withdrew from the Dell Match Play with a lower back injury, but says he is feeling healthy now and is ready to play here at the Masters. He tied for 7th here last year, and is in excellent form coming into the tourney this year. He ranks 3rd in SG: Off the Tee for the season, as well as 8th in SG: Tee to Green and 16th in SG: Total. He has yet to miss a cut this year, and with three top 10s for him already he could easily make a push at a fourth this week.
Hideki Matsuyama (8.4k) (GPP)
Xander Schauffele (7.5k) (GPP)
Adam Hadwin (7.2k) (Both)
Louis Oosthuizen (7.9k) (GPP)