DRAFT PGA Value Watch: John Deere Classic
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!
John Deere Classic
Golfers I Am Overweight On
The strategy on DRAFT is fairly simple this week. The site has under-valued all the young golfers with a ton of potential. Wolff won last week. Morikawa finished second last week. Hovland has been peppering top 15 finishes. Im has been a consistent force even in strong fields. All four of them are projected in the bottom third of this entire field on DRAFT. All four of them are priced among the top ten golfers on salary cap sites.
This makes determining when to take them a challenge, but you can essentially eschew the DRAFT pre-rankings in their entirety this week. Don’t be afraid to grab these four golfers in any round, and I rank them Hovland > Morikawa > Im > Wolff, but it’s close among all four. You can’t go wrong here. If you manage to get any of the four in the later rounds, it’s an absolute steal.
Vaughn Taylor – If you look at course fit/history, and recent form, you could make an argument that Vaughn Taylor is one of the top plays on the entire board. Some of that is a testament to how weak the field strength is, but Taylor certainly seems under-priced here. In terms of course fit, he has made the cut in five of his last six trips to this event. In terms of recent form, he is riding a streak of six straight made cuts on Tour with three top 25 finishes. He surprisingly ranks inside the top 15 in this field in birdie or better percentage, and I love the trends. Look to him in the middle rounds.
Sam Burns – He is a birdie-maker that doesn’t quite have the recognition of the other young studs, but he certainly fits in as a great play in a weak field. He closed with a seven under par round last week and finished inside the top ten, and there’s all kinds of potential here. He’s another under-valued option that you can take in the middle to later rounds of larger field DRAFT games.
Golfers I Am Underweight On
Charles Howell – I have nothing against Howell, but he’s projected as the top option on the board and is going to be picked first or second in almost every contest. I have Niemann as my top overall play and would take him if I got the first or second pick, and I’d almost rather have a late round pick to grab one of the under-valued young players.
Beau Hossler – You’ll have to explain to me why DRAFT has him listed as a top five option. I don’t get it. His last top 30 finish on the PGA Tour was five months ago. You can count on me having a grand total of zero exposure to Hossler in this spot.
Pat Perez – He batted a calf injury back in May and has finishes of 78-WD-58-53 in the stretch since he battled that injury. He’s always been a streaky player, and I will need to see some consistency before hopping back in. He is another easy fade with a ridiculous top six projection on DRAFT.
There aren’t a lot of other players that I am adamantly against taking this week, especially if they happent o fall into the later rounds. Based on their DRAFT projections, Austin Cook, Ryan Palmer, and Brandon Harkins are three other players that likely won’t find their way onto many, if any, of my rosters.
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