Fantasy Aces Ideas for the OHL Classic
The streak has been broken. After picking two straight winners and several top ten finishers, the picks came back down to earth last week. We had a couple guys who missed the cut on the number, a couple mired in mediocrity, and a couple who never got it going. We’ll look to get back on track this week by taking advantage of some mis-priced players. Many times when we get this situation, the result is high ownership. This week a couple of the cheap guys are not household names which should keep the ownership at more reasonable levels and give us a chance to have some real stacked lineups.
Russell Knox (5,800)
When you can afford the guy with the best odds to win you do it. Knox has played in two events so far in this swing season, and he has top tens in both of them. He had a pretty stellar fall highlighted by a win at the Travelers and two top 20s in the playoffs. He has made the cut here for the last three seasons including a 2nd place finish last year. Current form, course history, and roster flexibility align, so let’s get him in.
Keegan Bradley (5,500)
I have a confession to make. I have an anchoring issue with Keegan Bradley. The fact he only made the cut in 8 of his first 19 events last season is stuck in my head. It’s the first thing I remember every week when I see his name. Why can’t I think about the fact he hasn’t missed a cut over the last 10 events going back to the US Open? Well I think after two straight top tens, I’ve finally dropped anchor. I’ll be using Bradley this week. His Strokes Gained Tee to Green and Good Drive numbers are in the top 20, his recent results are awesome and he played this event last year finishing 8th.
Marc Leishman (5,100)
Leishman has the 7th best odds to win this week, but he’s priced as the 15th most expensive player. He’s only played one event so far this season, finishing 5th at the CIMB. He was pretty consistent over the latter half of 2016, only missing one cut since May. I think he has a good combination of talent and price and will go overlooked this week. I’m going to take a chance on him this week in his first return to this event since 2009.
Charles Howell III (4,900)
Howell plays this event every year, and every year he crushes. He’s finished in the top 20 in 5 of the last 6 seasons. Now that we have course history out of the way, let’s look at recent form. He missed the cut at the Safeway, but finished T39 at the CIMB and T15 last weekend. That’s a nice trend going into an event where he has historically performed well. Howell is known for playing well during the swing season, and I look for that to continue this week.
Si Woo Kim (4,550)
Now it’s time to take a trip to Value Town. Kim is the first of three players who are way too cheap this week. Kim won the Wyndham in August and followed his victory with two top 20s and a top 10 in the playoffs. He has started 2017 with a T10 at the CIMB and a T63 at the HSBC. This week he comes in at 33-1 to win which is tied for the 8th best odds, but for some reason he is priced as the 52nd highest golfer on Aces. That compares to being the 13th highest on DK. Good talent, good odds, great price!
Harris English (4,450)
Next up is Harris English at 4,450. He’s has the 6th best odds and is priced as the 60th highest golfer. Harris started the swing season with a T35 at the Safeway and then finished T4 last week. Going back into end of the 2016 season, he’s made 13 straight cuts. He’s no stranger to this event, and he actually won here in 2013. Don’t overthink it and get him in your lineups!
Martian Laird (4,400)
Laird is another guy who is not too popular despite the results he’s been delivering. Maybe that changes this week due to his price? At 4,400, he’s the 63rd priced player vs the 14th at DK. Laird finished T8 at the Safeway and T27 last week at the Shriners. He was also pretty consistent to end the 2016 season. He’s played here a few times including a T40 last year. He’s not necessarily a guarantee (really, who is?), but with his price compared to his odds, I like him in a few lineups!