Fantasy PGA Preview: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
It’s busy times in the DFS world these days. NFL is in full swing, the MLB is winding down. The NBA is around the corner. The pucks have been dropped in the NHL and the the new kids on the block (Soccer) are diving right into this crazy world. Oh, and more importantly for me, another season of PGA is officially underway.
A few months ago there was chatter in the forums about a possible live event for a major. Never occurred to me, why not the Shriners? The event itself is in Vegas (20mins from the strip). You could run contests from the McGladrey Classic (the week after the Shriners) all the way through the year right up to the Vegas event. Sure there is not a whole bunch of named players, but I think it would be a perfect tournament to have a live DFS event. Just a thought.
I have to say I was happy on all fronts last week. My picks were solid, my team was solid and golf is back with a brand new season.
For my picks, one thing will haunt me the most is this one line from last weeks article. “I like both Scots in this tournament but Knox is slightly cheaper than Laird”. Laird was $300 more expensive and would have got you a third where Knox got you a 68th.
After a strong start Kevin Chappell stumbled and never got up.
Besides those two mishaps Hideki was solid, Charles Howell III made the cut (but was disappointing) and my 4K sleepers came in 39th (Max Homa) and 53rd (Chez Reavie).
One of the bigger surprises that happened was Jimmy Walker. The defending champ (heavily owned at 51%) struggled all four days on his way to a 63rd. I ended up taking both my sleepers and was able to roster Jimmy, Kuchar and Hideki. Kuchar once again decided to break the hearts of his owners on Sunday. With 9 holes left to play dropping from one stroke out of solo second to finish 21st overall.
The winner of the Frys went to Sang-Moon Bae (0.7% owned). This marks his second win on Tour, beating out Keegan Bradley at the Byron Nelson in 2013.
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
The PGA lads are now in Vegas at the TPC Summerlin course. The course is a Par 71 track that runs 7,243 long. Over 100 bunkers and 4 water hazards. The greens are big, the stimp is a slow (11). This, ladies and gentlemen, will be a birdie fest. To win this event 19 under or better is what it takes. In the case of Webb Simpson last year 24 under was the winning score.
The weather for this event should be close to perfect golf conditions as they come. Temperatures in the 70’s, humidity in the 20’s, no chance of rain and little to no wind.
The strength of field for this event is 203. Last week at the Frys.com Open the strength of field was 191. To give you an understanding of strength of field. The PGA Championship comes in around 890.
|I know I wrote about Hideki last week, and his value has now increased to the second highest priced golfer on DK. I just think sometimes you need to pay for a solid anchor. He was not able to compete last year due to illness and withdrew prior to his tee time. His history of random withdraws have hurt people in the past, combined with his high price will make him a great tournament play this week. Of course you will need to find value in the lower priced players to roster him. Hideki is coming off a third from last weeks Frys.com Open.|
|With this pick you are paying for recent form. His price has increased, jumping up 2K. Some people will shy away from him because he won last week, others will be drawn to him because of the same reason. Here is a quick recap of the following weeks finish for those who have won the first tournament of the season. Jimmy Walker – Shriners (12th), Ryan Moore (DNP), Kevin Na – Frys (15th), Bill Haas – McGladrey (2nd), Matt Kuchar – Shriners (7th) and Dustin Johnson – Texas Open (15th). A nice 10th place average there.|
|Goosen is now healthy and has been playing solid golf on Tour. The last time he missed a cut on Tour was at Valero Texas Open. His current streak is at 15 consecutive cuts. It also does not hurt that he finished third last week at the Frys.com Open. He was first in strokes gained putting and third in all around ranking.|
|Lingmerth is the first of three players I will write about who used the Web.com playoffs to their advantage. For Lingmerth his motives were to retain his PGA card after a lackluster 2013/14 season. He played solid golf over the course of the 4 playoff events and then backed that up with a respectable 17th place finish last week. Last season he missed the cut at the Shriners, but he did come in missing five straight cuts before that event.|
|Fathauer is a very intriguing play for me. He ripped through the Web.com playoffs with three top 10’s and a 16th. Then after securing his Tour card finished last weeks Frys.com event 12th. Derek was 9th last week in greens in regulation (among those who made the cut). Derek shot seven under on Saturday and Sunday to finish strong. At $6,700 he is a nice value play.|
|Again its hard not to go with someone I liked last week. He placed 39th last week despite being priced at the bottom of the barrel. This week his price jumped $500. He placed 30th at the Shriners last year. To make birdies you need to make greens in regulation and sink putts. Last week he was 9th in GIR (of those who made the cut) and 6th in strokes gained putting. Two key aspects of making those birdies.|
So there you have it folks, my picks for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Good luck to all