PGA DFS Core Plays: The American Express

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.

The American Express

After a two-week stretch in Hawaii, we return to California for The American Express. This event has always been a pro-am, but they had to cancel that portion last year due to COVID. They cut it down to two courses and were able to use tougher pin locations. With the pro-am set to resume this year, we will go back to the three-course rotation. This means that we won’t see a cut until after 54 holes (Saturday’s round). This also means that they will be friendly with the pin locations given how many amateurs are set to tee it up this week.

The three courses in play this week are the Stadium Course, the Nicklaus Tournament Course, and the La Quinta Country Club. Each golfer will play each course once over the first three days before returning to the Stadium Course for the fourth and final round (if they make the cut). The Stadium Course is usually the hardest of the three, but these are some of the easiest courses on the PGA Tour. They have all ranked in the bottom 15 in difficulty most years. Each of the last nine winners of this event have finished with a score of at least 20-under par, so you will need to go low in order to contend this week.

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  • 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.

  • Blshortstop2

    Just out of curiosity did you consider hedging to a certain extent after the 11th hole and live betting Matsuyama last week?

  • havoc73

    Noto read the story about C-bez…it’s quite inspiring!

  • Notorious

    Lead RG Analyst

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    • 2018 DraftKings FBBWC Finalist

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBBC Finalist

    @Blshortstop2 said...

    Just out of curiosity did you consider hedging to a certain extent after the 11th hole and live betting Matsuyama last week?

    I’m usually on team no hedge and it cost me last week.

  • Notorious

    Lead RG Analyst

    • 208

      RG Overall Ranking

    • 2018 DraftKings FBBWC Finalist

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBBC Finalist

    @havoc73 said...

    Noto read the story about C-bez…it’s quite inspiring!

    I need to check it out.

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