DRAFT PGA Value Watch
Each week, Justin Van Zuiden will list the players he is overweight (heavier exposure than the field) and underweight (lower exposure than the field) on. Dominate your DRAFT drafts with this cheat sheet from one of the best in daily fantasy sports!
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Golfers I Am Overweight On
Rinse, lather, repeat. These are two of my favorite golfers of the week on the salary cap sites, and they are priced among the elite golfers on those sites. On DRAFT, all three are projected near the bottom half of the field. Don’t miss out on them, as you could feasibly take any of them in the first round. These young golfers are going to have fantastic years on the PGA Tour. Scheffler is off to a great start after a top ten at the Greenbrier last week, while Im has been a consistent performer for months now.
Lucas Glover – It’s weird to see Glover as one of the highest projected options on the board, but it’s all relative based on the strength of the field. He has made the cut in each of his last four trips to this event, with a pair of top 15 finishes in his last two visits. Glover is also coming off one of the best seasons of his career, with seemingly everything trending in the right direction. This is a spot where he could easily win the tournament, and he is my favorite option at the top. He is a class golfer in a weak field, and I expect him to play like it. As long as the flat stick cooperates, it would be shocking to see him completely flop here. There’s a nice combination of safety and upside with him these days, and he’s worth a top tier pick.
Kyle Stanley – After a rough patch of form last spring, Stanley figured some things out as the summer kicked into gear. The notoriously strong ball striker made eight consecutive cuts to close out last season, and I expect him to head into the new year with momentum. He doesn’t have much course history to write home about with missed cuts in his last two trips here, but I only hope that keeps people away from drafting him early. He’s a great target in the middle rounds due to the fact that he’s simply a better golfer than most of those in this field — especially since his form is trending well.
Vaughn Taylor – Taylor has logged four straight top 30 finishes at this course. In addition, the current form is pretty solid. Taylor made 20 of 26 cuts last year, including ending the season with ten consecutive cuts made. I love the combination of current form and course history, and Taylor is a top option on DRAFT. His projection is pretty mild there, so he’s a great fit in the middle to later rounds.
Golfers I Am Underweight On
Emiliano Grillo – I like Grillo just fine, but he’s not the top golfer on my board. You’ll need a top two pick on DRAFT to get him, since DRAFT has him at the top. That’s not a premium pick I would use, and I actually hope to get a back-end first round selection in my larger field games this week.
Joaquin Niemann – I wrote him up as an “overweight” play last week, and I’ll take the profits and sit on the sidelines this week. Niemann will undoubtedly go as a first round pick on DRAFT, and there’s a likely letdown factor for a player coming off a huge win — being the first Chilean-born player to win on the PGA Tour. Congratulations are absolutely due for Niemann, but I don’t have high expectations this week.
Zach Johnson – The poor form continues. Zach Johnson has not posted a top 35 finish since April. He hasn’t posted a top 15 finish in ten months. He didn’t even make the FedEx Cup Playoffs in 2018-2019. He is generally over-drafted based on his name recognition. He started the 2019-2020 season with a missed cut at the Greenbrier last week. As I stated in this space prior to that tournament, don’t be the person to fall into that trap; there are better options. Johnson will get drafted in almost every large field game because DRAFT has his pre-ranking so high.
Peter Malnati – Buyer beware. Malnati made the cut last week at the Greenbrier, but he withdrew in the middle of the third round with a back injury. A golfer is guaranteed a paycheck if they make the cut, except when they withdraw. That means this was likely a fairly serious injury. I wouldn’t be surprised if he pulls out of this field before his first round. Stay away on DRAFT, as the risk greatly outweighs the rewards.
Si Woo Kim – There’s name recognition here, but Kim is always a threat to withdraw, and he has never made a cut at this track. I expect him to get some love as a late round pick, but I’d rather go for other options in his similar projection range.
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