PGA DFS Core Plays: Travelers Championship


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 U.S. Open will be a sweat I remember for the rest of my life. While you have to feel for Rory McIlroy after bogeying three of his last four holes and missing two putts inside of 4 feet during that stretch, it was an incredible finish for Bryson DeChambeau. He struggled with the driver all day and pulled his drive left on 18. He was under a tree and could only hit a runner that ended up in a bunker 55 yards short of the hole. Many professionals say a 50-yard bunker shot is the hardest in golf. Not for Bryson, at least not on this day with a major championship on the line. He stuck it to 4 feet and drained the putt. I was watching with my family and told all my nieces and nephews I would give them each $20 if Bryson made the putt. They were just as ecstatic as I was. In addition to the outright, I also had a nice week of DFS, so the vibes are high.

This is an interesting spot in the PGA TOUR calendar, as the Memorial Tournament was a Signature Event. We had the U.S. Open, and now we have another Signature Event. With the exception of Rory McIlroy and the LIV golfers, the world’s best will be teeing it up for a third straight week. Given the difficulty of the courses over the last two weeks, we could see some fatigue set in for golfers, especially those who have been in contention in these events. These factors are always hard to quantify, but it might actually be a positive for this week if golfers missed the cut in one of the last two events.

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TPC River Highlands is one of the shortest courses on the PGA TOUR. It’s a par 70 that measures only 6,835 yards. Due to the length and the fact that the fairways narrow the farther you get from the tee boxes, this is one of the few courses that rewards accuracy over distance off the tee. A combination of both is always preferred, but this is an event where any type of golfer can contend. We’ve seen Dustin Johnson and Chez Reavie win here over the last 5 years, and their games couldn’t be more different.

The greens at TPC River Highlands are small (5,000 square feet) but easy to hit on average. In 2023, the field hit 73% of greens in regulation. This naturally lessens the importance of around-the-green play, as there will be fewer scrambling opportunities. Given the quality of the field, we can expect the winning score to be at least 20 under par. As is usually the case at birdie-fests, it often turns into a putting contest. The greens here feature a mix of bentgrass and poa annua.

I’m keeping it simple this week — total driving, iron play, putting, birdie-making, recent form, and course history.

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Tool Highlights

PGA DFS Picks: DraftKings & FanDuel Core Plays for the Travelers Championship

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TPC River Highlands

Event and Course Notes

What to Look For

Core Plays

Russell Henley
DraftKings: $8,600 / pOWN%: 9%
FanDuel: $9,900 / pOWN%: 9%
Total Driving: 35
Strokes Gained: Approach: 25
Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green: 9
Strokes Gained: Putting: 12
Birdie or Better %: 32
Bogey Avoidance: 10


Birdie fests are the only events where I feel somewhat comfortable being underweight on Scottie Scheffler. He looked lost on the greens at Pinehurst and was visibly frustrated. His tee-to-green prowess can still carry him to a high finish, but I’m not sure he can win without a decent week on the greens. I prefer the balanced builds this week, which usually isn’t the case in no-cut events. Henley is the easiest click on the board, in my eyes. He’s accurate off the tee, he’s one of the best iron players in the field, and he has quietly had an elite year on the greens. He’s been a top 30 machine this season and already has four top 7 finishes, including one last week at the U.S. Open. He also has solid course history, finishing in the top 20 here in back-to-back years and in four of his last six appearances.

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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