Hey guys and gals! Welcome to another PGA DFS preview. The FedEx Cup Playoffs are in full swing as the PGA Tour heads to my former hometown of Boston for the Dell Technologies Championship. There are only 96 players in the field this week and the cut is top 70 plus ties, so it is nearly a no-cut event this week. TPC Boston is a par 71 course measuring about 7,300 yards and is among the easiest on tour. I am looking at birdie makers this week, as well as efficiency on short par 4s and on par 5s. Let’s get right to it.
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Rickie Fowler ($9,700 DraftKings/$9,000 FanDuel) – Fowler enjoys this stop on tour as he has a win at the TPC Boston back in 2015. Fowler is also in good recent form, having finished in the top 25 in 8 of his last 9 tournaments, including 6 top 10 finishes. Fowler has been playing good ball, ranking 2nd in strokes gained total over his last 36 rounds. I think he wins the event this week.
Jason Day ($9,500 DraftKings/$9,400 FanDuel) – The easiest hole on the course at TPC Boston is a driveable par 4 that usually plays at less than 300 yards. Jason Day has been dynamite on those types of holes recently, ranking 2nd in the field in par 4 efficiency on short par 4s. Day also really enjoys playing this event, with top 15 finishes 6 of his last 7 trips to Boston. And he is in his best form of the season with consecutive top 10 finishes. I like Day for a nice finish this week.
Upper Middle Class
Patrick Reed ($8,500 DraftKings/$8,300 FanDuel) – Reed is another guy who really enjoys playing at TPC Boston, having finished in the top 5 in his last 2 trips to this course. He is also quietly in pretty good form with top 20 finishes in 3 of his last 4 events. On top of that, there are 3 easy par 5s at this event and Reed ranks 11th in the field in strokes gained on par 5s. Reed should have a stellar week.
Adam Scott ($7,900 DraftKings/$8,600 FanDuel) – If you have not yet noticed, one of the areas that I am really focusing on this week is course history. And Scott has among the best course history at TPC Boston, with top 10 finishes in 4 of his last 6 appearances. Scott missed last week as he became a father for the 2nd time. I think he will become a top 10 finisher for the 5th time at this event this week.
Keegan Bradley ($7,600 DraftKings/$5,900 FanDuel) – I love Bradley’s price on FanDuel, considering he is playing pretty good ball and has good course history. I think his ownership will be low due to an abysmal final round on Sunday last week. But Bradley has 4 straight top 25 finishes at TPC Boston and has made 8 straight cuts overall on tour. Bradley is a native New Englander, and I think he is in for a great finish this week.
Brian Harman ($7,400 DraftKings/$5,700 FanDuel) – It has been a banner year for the diminutive lefty who has won on tour and also had a runner-up finish in a major. He will look for the magical year to continue at a course that he really enjoys as he has consecutive top 25 finishes at TPC Boston. At this price, I will have plenty of Harman exposure.
Bang for your Buck
Jhonnattan Vegas ($7,000 DraftKings/$5,500 FanDuel) – After a rough stretch in the middle of the summer, Vegas has come on strong in the last month and been one of the hottest players on tour. He has top 20 finishes in 3 of his last 4 starts, including a win and another top 3 finish. Vegas is 6th in strokes gained par 5 and 8th in strokes gained total over his last 12 rounds. His price is ridiculous on FanDuel and I will be playing Vegas a bunch.
Kyle Stanley ($6,900 DraftKings/$5,600 FanDuel) – There are a lot of good players in the $6,900-7,000 range on DraftKings and I expect heavy ownership for guys like Francesco Molinari, Xander Schauffele and Marc Leishman. I am preferring Stanley this week, partly based on a bit of a hunch, partly based on the expected lower ownership and partly based on good ball striking and par 5 performance, where Stanley ranks 18th in the field.
Chris Kirk ($6,800 DraftKings/$4,900 FanDuel) – If you need to go under $6,900, it is kind of slim pickings on DraftKings, but I like Chris Kirk as a punt play this week. His price is also quite enticing on FanDuel. Kirk has made his last 6 cuts in Boston and has won this event in 2014. I like him to do pretty well again.
James Hahn ($6,700 DraftKings/$5,200 FanDuel) – For the bare minimum price on DraftKings, you can play Hahn, who finished in 5th at this event last year. Hahn has missed his last 2 cuts, but had top 15 finishes in the two events prior to that. I think he can regain his form this week.
Good luck to all of you this week!