Howdy boys and girls!! Welcome to the inaugural fantasy golf column here at Fantasy Assembly. In my opinion, daily fantasy golf is the best game that DraftKings and (as of 2 weeks ago) FanDuel offer, and I am excited to bring you some golf advice.
This is a great week to start writing about golf as it is the first Major Championship of the season! The world’s best golfers will tee off at Augusta for the Masters starting on Thursday. The weather promises to be windy and the course will likely play even longer than its already long 7,435 yards. I am all about the big hitters this week, with a couple of dart throws sprinkled in. Let’s get right to it!
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Dustin Johnson ($11,300 DraftKings; $11,000 FanDuel) – DJ is the #1 player in the world and far and away the hottest player in golf. Johnson has won his last 3 starts and is looking to become the first golfer since Tiger Woods in his prime to win 4 tournaments in a row. As noted above, this is a long course that is only going to play longer, and Johnson is one of the biggest hitters in the field. Moreover, he has consecutive top tens at the Masters and is great on fast greens with 3.133 strokes gained putting on quick surfaces. Fade him at your own risk.
Rory McIlroy ($10,600 DraftKings; $10,400 FanDuel) – I have a hunch that Rory is going to be wearing the famed green jacket at the end of this tournament and emerge as the winner. 3 is the lucky number for Rory. He has 3 consecutive top tens at the Masters, and in 3 starts this year he has been in the top-10 each time. I think it is his time to shine.
Upper Middle Class
Jon Rahm ($8,600 DraftKings; $9,300 FanDuel) – The big hitting Spaniard is the hottest golfer this side of Dustin Johnson. Rahm has finished in the top-20 at his last five events and in the top-10 in his last 3 outings, including a thrilling 2nd place at the World Match Play. As I have noted already, length off the tee will be key this week, and Rahm can drive it with the best of them. Note that there has not been a first time winner at the Masters since Fuzzy Zoehler in 1979, so I don’t necessarily think Rahm will win. But I think he will make it close.
Sergio Garcia ($8,300 DraftKings; $8,100 FanDuel) – For years Sergio carried the mantle of the greatest golfer never to win a major. He was constantly in the shadow of his contemporaries like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and was always a bridesmaid. Now that he is in his late 30s, Sergio seems more comfortable and I think he will relax and do some damage this week. Garcia is in pretty good form this year with 3 top-15 finishes in 4 starts. And he has been in the top 20 in 3 of his last 5 trips to Augusta. I will have some decent exposure this week.
Paul Casey ($7,800 DraftKings; $8,300 FanDuel) – Golf is a funny game in that sometimes a certain course just suits a certain guy’s eye. That is the case with Casey at Augusta where he has finished in the top-10 each of the last two years. But Casey is not merely a specialist at the Masters as he has made the cut 6/6 times this season and has finished in the top-20 in 2 of his last 3 starts. Another top-10 could very much be in the cards.
Tyrell Hatton ($7,600 DraftKings; $7,600 FanDuel) – Hatton is criminally underpriced in my humble opinion. In my estimation, Hatton is the British version of Jon Rahm – a big hitter, a young player and a guy getting fantastic results. In fact, Hatton has not finished outside the top-13 in any tournament this year and he has finished in the top 10 in his last 4 starts. Vegas lists Hatton at 50-1 and both major DFS sites are pricing him more like a 100-1 longshot. He should be a staple for cash game lineups and a good guy to build around in GPPs as well.
Bang for your Buck
Matthew Fitzpatrick ($7,400 DraftKings; $6,700 FanDuel) – You are probably starting to see a pattern emerge here. Aside from Dustin Johnson, I am enamored with many of the European players at this event. It seems as if the major DFS sites have underpriced the good European golfers, assuming that many American DFS participants will select mainly American players. Take advantage as a great golfer like Fitzpatrick, who is ranked 30th in the world and finished 7th at the Masters last year, is available at a low price. Fitzpatrick also excels on bentgrass greens like the kind the Masters is played on as he gains 1.667 strokes on this type of grass.
Tommy Fleetwood ($6,900 DraftKings; $6,800 FanDuel) – I really like this guy’s game. I watched him go toe to toe with Dustin Johnson at the WGC in Mexico and this guy was sinking putts from everywhere. Fleetwood has 5 top-13 finishes in his last 7 events, including top tens in his last 2. The 33rd ranked player of the world is priced favorably, and he will certainly make his way onto my squads.
Soren Kjeldsen ($6,500 DraftKings; $5,600 FanDuel) – The talented Dane had an inauspicious start to his season, missing the cut in his first four events. Kjeldsen has bounced back nicely, though, with cuts made in his last 3 stroke play events. Even more encouraging was Kjeldsen’s performance at the Match Play championship where he made an impressive run to the quarterfinals, and took out Rory McIlroy along the way. Kjeldsen is the world’s 59th ranked golfer and finished in a tie for 7th at Augusta last year. I like him at this low-low price.
Jhonattan Vegas ($6,700 DraftKings; $5,300 FanDuel) – Apart from having one of the coolest names in all of professional sports, Jonny Vegas is having himself a heck of a year. He has made cuts in all 7 events that he has played this year and finished in the top-40 at all of those events. In addition he has finished in the top-15 in 3 of his last 4 starts. Vegas is a very long hitter off the tee and should like the conditions at Augusta this year. I expect a top-25 finish which would be excellent value at this price.
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