PGA DFS Core Plays: Charles Schwab Challenge


Top-ranked DFS player, Notorious, breaks down his favorite PGA DFS picks at various salary ranges for this week’s tournament. Who should you be building around? Find out below.

The conviction plays were the star of the show at the PGA Championship, as Brooks Koepka won, Scottie Scheffler finished in a tie for second, and Cameron Smith put together a strong final round to finish T9. For the third straight week, we have hit an outright winner, so hopefully a few of you have been tailing the bets. There were so many storylines and takeaways from last week. Koepka is back, skinny Bryson DeChambeau looks like he knows how to golf again, Michael Block won over everyone’s heart (except for the strange curmudgeons on Twitter), and Scheffler is a machine. It’s sad that two majors are already behind us, but that means two are still ahead of us.

I could write about the PGA Championship for hours on end, but we have another tournament to cover. If you want a longer recap, check out this week’s Drive for Show, DFS for Dough with myself and Justin Van Zuiden. This event has changed names a number of times over the years, but has always been held at Colonial Country Club. This is a Par 70 that measures 7,209 yards. The course has only two par fives and they are tough compared to tour average, so there are no free birdies out there. This is typically one of the 10 toughest courses on the PGA Tour. With that said, the early forecast shows very little in terms of wind, so we could see easier scoring conditions this time around.

This has never been a course that golfers can overpower off the tee. The fairways are narrow (27-28 yards wide), they are tree-lined, and many of the holes require golfers to shape their shots. The greens are small (5,000 square feet), they are fast, and they feature pure bentgrass. The course doesn’t necessarily favor any specific type of golfer and we’ve seen a wide range of winners here over the years — Sam Burns, Jason Kokrak, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Na, Kevin Kisner, etc. Accuracy is more important than distance off the tee, golfers will be hitting a lot of wedges (100-150 yards), and golfers will need to gain strokes on and around the green to contend.

The only other note that I have is that there are only 120 golfers in the field this week. This means a much larger percentage of the field will end up making the cut. Given the strength of the field at the top, I am in favor of the stars and scrubs lineup construction this week.

PGA DFS Picks: DraftKings & FanDuel Core Plays for the Charles Schwab Challenge

Field Breakdown Video & Model Download Link for the Charles Schwab Challenge

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Scottie Scheffler

DK: $11,500 — FD: $12,000


SG: OTT — 1
SG: APP — 1
Bogey Avoidance — 1
SG: ATG — 5
SG: Putting (Bent) — 78
Noto’s Rating — 97.6

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Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

Derek Farnsworth (aka Notorious) is a lead RotoGrinders Expert and one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Master’s Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the DFS industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in several sports and multiple Live Final appearances. Noto provides expert NBA, NFL, MLB, and PGA analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards. Follow Noto on Twitter – @RG_Notorious