Daily Fantasy Golf Preview: John Deere Classic
Recap Greenbrier Classic
The weather forecast looked bad where I live over the 4th of July week, so I took a spur of the moment, mini vacation and didn’t get my picks submitted on Fantasy Feud or Draftstreet. Judging by how the blog picks for Fantasy Feud went, it’s probably a good thing I didn’t get a lineup there. Webb Simpson finished T41 while Stuart Appleby missed the cut. On Draftstreet Woodland and Reavie combined for a +10 finish on Sunday and they both tied for 62nd place after it looked to be a promising week. Draftday is where I submitted my one and only lineup and I was lucky enough to cash in the double up, led by Bill Haas finishing T9.
Preview John Deere Classic
The last tune-up for the British Open is this week at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. The tournament will be held at TPC Deere Run which will play 7,268 yards to a par 71. If there is ever a trivia question involving the John Deere Classic, you can almost guarantee the answer is either Steve Stricker or Zach Johnson. Both have dominated this tournament in the past with Johnson capturing the win last year. His -20, 264 total was good enough for a playoff victory over Troy Matteson. Yes, I said 20 under par. It is imperative to have your entire roster make the cut at Draftstreet/Draftday because of the scoring formats, especially in GPPs.
As of now, every day is listed as a 0% chance of rain. Highs will be in the mid 80s with lows hovering in the low to mid 60s. Aside from the Pro-am Wednesday there won’t be much wind either. Scoring conditions will be excellent.
I’m skipping all the top picks across various sites and going straight to what I believe to be four value picks. Let’s take a look at them:
DraftDay, DraftStreet and Fantasy Feud Golf Picks: John Deere Classic
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John Huh (DS – $15,949): After slumping in February/March of this year, John Huh has rebounded quite nicely in May/June. In his last nine starts, he has a T8, two T11s, a T17, and most recently a T28 at the AT&T National where he consistently shot four rounds of 71. In this stretch of tournaments, Huh only has two missed cuts. This is his first time playing at the John Deere Classic.
D.H. Lee (DS – $14,265): After a first round 76, Lee withdrew from the Crowne Plaza Invitational. He followed that up with a missed cut in the St Jude Classic shooting 148, +8 over two days. Since then he is 3 for 3 in made cuts with the last two resulting in top 10s at the AT&T National and the Greenbrier Classic, with a combined -16 under par for the eight rounds. With his game on form and birdies being abundant it might be a perfect fit, especially given how low his price is on Draftstreet. Like Huh, this is Lee’s first trip to this tournament.
Keegan Bradley (DD- $15,800): You guessed it… another first timer at the John Deere listed in my picks. Bradley has been either hot or cold all year. He has followed missed cuts with top 10s all year and therefore he is really hard to gauge. His last tournament was the Travelers where he finished T18. Bradley would be a risky pick on other Fantasy sites, but at under $16k on DraftDay I think it is a must to have him on your team.
Erik Compton (FF -$10,000): It was a toss up between Chez Reavie and Erik Compton to fill this value pick on Fantasy Feud. If I didn’t write about Reavie two or three weeks in a row, he’d still be listed in this spot, but I mixed it up this week with Erik Compton. Unlike the previous three in the blog, he actually has some experience here at the John Deere, finishing T13 last year. April and May has not been kind to Compton but he did make his last three cuts in a row. A very disappointing 79 in the third round last week left him with an MDF. However, he did shoot 69-67 earlier in the week so his game is right on the cusp of a great week. At $10k I think it is worth a shot to add him in a lineup.
Good Luck this week and don’t forget to check for withdrawals. I will leave a note in the comments if any of the golfers I write about withdraw until Wednesday night at 8pm leading up to the tournament.