PGA DFS Core Plays: Rocket Mortgage Classic

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.

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The drought continues for yours truly, but that doesn’t make having golf back any less sweeter (well, maybe a little). My two core plays from last week both missed the cut and the golfer that was the last out from making my article and my betting sheet was Dustin Johnson. Overall, it was another great event from the PGA Tour. We had a few players in the mix on the back nine on Sunday. From a DFS perspective, less than 2% of lineups got all six of their golfers through the cut. Eventually, we are going to have a week where the chalk starts to hit a higher rate. Perhaps it will happen this week since we have a much weaker field than we’ve seen for the last three events.

There are still plenty of big names teeing it up this week, but it’s clearly not as star-studded. For example, Kevin Na currently has the 10th lowest odds to win the event. As for the course, Detroit Golf Club is a Par 72 that measures just under 7,400 yards. The course features four par fives, three of which should be reachable by most of the field. This was a new tournament and new course last season, so we don’t have a ton of data to work with. We know the fairways were easy to hit, the greens were easy to hit, and scrambling was easier than tour average. We had a very weak field here last year and the course still gave up a winning score of 25-under par.

Course officials said that they will be growing out the rough this week in order to temper scoring, but I still expect the winner to reach at least 20-under par. Even if the thicker rough makes approach shots more difficult when you miss the fairway, this should still be a birdie-fest. This is one of three Donald Ross designed courses currently in rotation on the PGA Tour. The other two are Sedgefield Country Club and East Lake Golf Club. If you are a course history truther and want two comp courses for this week, I would start there. With us having a much weaker field, lineups aren’t going to look as pretty at first glance. This is one of those weeks where a little extra research could go a long way.

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

  • dogg47

    No such thing as a drought Noto. Every week is a new opportunity.

  • Notorious

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    @dogg47 said...

    No such thing as a drought Noto. Every week is a new opportunity.

  • clarkgriswold

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    Are u doing the PGA DFS First Look?

  • plew1776

    You Rock, Noto! Thank you.

  • Notorious

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    @clarkgriswold said...

    Are u doing the PGA DFS First Look?

    Yes, First Look can be found here:

    https://rotogrinders.com/articles/pga-dfs-first-look-rocket-mortgage-classic-3361848

  • Notorious

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    @Lafan310 said...

    Great stuff as usual. Does anybody no where to find putting stats for certain types of greens? I cant seem to be able to find strokes gained on bent anywhere…any recommendation would be appreciated!

    I’ll have them in my model video if that helps.

  • Notorious

    Lead RG Analyst

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    Kurt Kitayama was a Monday Q and will be added today. He’s 50/1 to win on most sportsbooks. Could be very interesting for DFS.

  • anthonyjamesyates

    If playing one high dollar entry this week, would you feel good with Patrick Reed being your most expensive golfer/ do you think he can win?

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