PGA DFS Core Plays: RBC Heritage

Top-ranked grinder, Notorious, breaks down his favorite daily fantasy golf plays at various salary ranges for the coming week’s golf tournament. Who should you be building around? Find out below.

Masters Review

Even though it wasn’t the most climactic Sunday at The Masters, it was one that we will always remember. Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese player to ever win a major and the second Asian player to ever win a major. He took full advantage of the course after the rain delay on Saturday and built enough of a lead that it never really felt in doubt on Sunday. Xander Schauffele did birdie 12, 13, 14, and 15, but hit his tee shot into the water on 16. In my opinion, he deserves more credit than criticism. He knew he had to be aggressive and if his shot was one yard farther or one yard to the right, it likely ends up right next to the hole. He was still down two shots at that point. Ultimately, Xander’s water ball allowed Matsuyama to play a safe tee shot to the right of the green. He walked up to the 18th tee needing a bogey to win and that’s exactly what he did. It was an historic win and one that could have a major impact on golf in Japan. His caddie bowing to the course on 18 was such a fitting end to the tournament.

I usually don’t spend a ton of time reviewing the previous event, but I had a lot of notes. Jordan Spieth easily could have won another green jacket. He was the worst in the top 20 in strokes gained putting (by the unofficial stats I saw) and still finished T3. He’s back, baby. Will Zalatoris is not only an amazing young talent, but he has bigger ‘cahones’ than most. He stepped up to the plate and played well on all four days. It was an incredible run and I can’t believe he’s not eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs unless he wins an event. I wasn’t a big fan of the Abraham Ancer penalty. If you are going to enforce that, you need to have close-up HD videos of every shot of every player. We saw some meltdowns last weekend that were entertaining. Billy Horschel tried to hit it out of the water back-to-back days on number 13, he slammed his club into his bag, and he appeared to yell expletives at the flag right before the rain delay. Si Woo Kim slammed his putter on the ground and broke the shaft, which forced him to use a three-wood on the green for his final four holes on Saturday. Justin Thomas didn’t have an anger meltdown, but his snowman on 13 on Saturday cost him a chance at the green jacket.

As for myself, I had a tremendous week of DFS. Last week was by far the most hours I put into research and into content and it luckily paid off. I had a real sweat at the Millionaire Maker (finished 19th) and had that same lineup finish in the top five of the Drive the Green. I had a real shot in the $888 on DraftKings as well. While I didn’t walk away with any life-changing prizes, it was my best week of PGA DFS in a couple of years. I saw a bunch of Tweets from RotoGrinders members taking down some tournaments, so I hope a lot of my amazing readers had a good week as well. It’s sad that we have to wait another year for another trip down Magnolia Lane, but the wait is one of the many things that makes The Masters so special.

RBC Heritage Preview

We now turn our attention to the RBC Heritage. Harbour Town Golf Link is in stark contrast to Augusta National, where you can essentially hit driver on every hole. Harbour Town is a Pete Dye design that measures 7,121 yards on the scorecard. It features tight lines off the tee and landing areas narrow the closer you get to the hole. Average driving distance at this event is right near the bottom of the PGA Tour each and every year. Many of the forced layups result in golfers hitting their approach shots from the same yardages (many from 150-200 yards), so we can throw driving distance out the window this week. While hitting fairways is certainly a positive this week, golfers need to hit their tee shot on the correct side of the hole in order to avoid hanging limbs from trees. As with most Dye designs, this is a visually intimidating golf course.

Harbour Town features three gettable par fives and is a Par 71 in total. I’m not putting much stock into last year’s edition of this event because it was played at a different time of year. It was one of the first events back from the COVID break and featured one of the best fields that we saw all season. There was very little wind that week and the course was much softer than usual. A combination of easier scoring conditions and a stacked field is why the winning score ended up being so low. I expect it to play much tougher this year, especially with heavy wind in the forecast for Thursday. The greens here are very small and hard to hit, which makes approach play critical and scrambling more important than usual. My perfect golfer for this week is one that is accurate off the tee, great with their irons, and has a good short game. I’m also factoring in bermuda splits and previous success on Dye courses.

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About the Author

  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

Comments

  • Maddyb

    Grats on the great week Noto, well deserved

  • srr50

    Thanks so much for your hard work and insight. I am strictly a small-time for entertainment only kind of player, but your help makes it so much more enjoyable.

    I play to low-medium cash games and then a little sprinkle in GP. Last week won every cash game and broke even in GPP thanks to Spieth, Casy, and Zalitoris.

    Again thanks for the informative work.

  • Ksjackson143

    Weird how I looked up notorious in the $10 milly maker on Thursday and your name was nowhere to be found, but all of a sudden you show up in 16th place on Sunday with only 2 of the guys you wrote up. No mention of matsuyama. If I am paying for this content I want the best plays.

  • Notorious

    Lead RG Analyst

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    @Maddyb said...

    Grats on the great week Noto, well deserved

    Appreciate it! 🍻

  • Notorious

    Lead RG Analyst

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    • 2018 DraftKings FBBWC Finalist

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    @Ksjackson143 said...

    No mention of matsuyama. If I am paying for this content I want the best plays.

    Clearly, I didn’t expect Matsuyama to walk away with the win. But in my model video (which you should check out this week), I went over every single player in the field and every player that I would be including in my MME player pool. All the golfers in that Milly Maker lineup were included.

  • Notorious

    Lead RG Analyst

    • 261

      RG Overall Ranking

    • 2018 DraftKings FBBWC Finalist

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBBC Finalist

    @srr50 said...

    Thanks so much for your hard work and insight. I am strictly a small-time for entertainment only kind of player, but your help makes it so much more enjoyable.

    Love the grind! Keep it up and let’s keep it rolling this week 🙌

  • anthonyjamesyates

    @Ksjackson143 said...

    Weird how I looked up notorious in the $10 milly maker on Thursday and your name was nowhere to be found, but all of a sudden you show up in 16th place on Sunday with only 2 of the guys you wrote up. No mention of matsuyama. If I am paying for this content I want the best plays.

    He actually did mention matsuyama In his model breakdown. Maybe instead of complaining you should spend that time looking at the rest of the content on this site or others, or do your own research? This article should be a tool to help guide your decisions every week.. not your end all be all. You’re talking to probably the most transparent person in the entire industry… I challenge you to try thinking a little more critically and channel that energy into learning from the mistakes YOU made instead of trying to pin it on someone else. Be better.

  • Maddyb

    Frustrating to see unwarranted criticism of Noto, truly one of the good guys and one of the most transparent and hard working in the industry.
    Bring on another big week!

  • Notorious

    Lead RG Analyst

    • 261

      RG Overall Ranking

    • 2018 DraftKings FBBWC Finalist

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBBC Finalist

    I really appreciate everyone supporting me and having my back, but let’s not single anyone out. Ksjackson143 could be a new member here and could be under the false assumption that DFS is easy and that I have all of the answers. DFS is a very challenging game and half the fun is trying to put together the puzzle each and every week.

    Strategy for each contest type differs and the plays featured in this article are ones that I try to target in single-entry contests and be over-weight on in large-field tournaments. However, my player pool for something like the Milly Maker is going to be much larger and it doesn’t do anyone much good for me to sit here and spit out 40+ names every week. This is why watching the model video each week should give you a better idea on my overall player pool. And the emoji additions make it easy for everyone to understand.

    Love you all, best of luck this week!

  • Ksjackson143

    Ok. I know you are good at dfs golf. I just thought you would list your best plays for the milly maker in your core plays. I still don’t know how your name didn’t show up in the milly maker on Thursday but showed up later.

  • FlyingArmBar4u

    Thanks Noto last week’s cores and other players you mentioned treated me nicely. I wish I had more Deki but hey I’m not complaining. And don’t worry about this nincompoop complaining. There’s a reason why you have been here for years at rotogrinders doing the best you can helping us.

  • Money0227

    Can we talk a second about Kizzire???

    j/k 🤣

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