DraftKings Fantasy Golf Picks: Sony Open DFS Lineup Tips

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Every week the  PGA CHEAT SHEET will be updated with the field and stats necessary to look into when determining your lineups. We have included 101 from the field this week in the spreadsheet. If anyone needs to be mentioned, they will below.

Hello Everyone! We’ve finally made it to 2017 and now we’ll have golf each week for pretty much the next ten months! On top of the terrific spreadsheet I will be providing analysis via the stats shown throughout the spreadsheet each week!

Generally, the goal is to have a lineup of all six golfers making the cut. Some weeks it will vary, but a majority of the time, six is the goal. Every week the spreadsheet will be updated with the field and stats necessary to look into when determining your lineups. This week, we truly begin the season with a normal sized field, cuts, and deep competition. We’ll want to begin searching for guys who can make cuts, rather than take a risk on high reward, high risk guys. Let’s discuss this weeks slate!

KEY STATS FOR THIS WEEK:

  1. Strokes Gained Tee to Green
  2. Strokes Gained Putting
  3. Birdie or Better
  4. Fairways Hit
  5. Par 4 Scoring
  6. GIR
  7. Scrambling

 

– DFS PGA Plays of the Week –

Hideki Matsuyama ($11000)

  • Are people really considering fading him due to his course history? Typically I hold course history very much over a golfers head when deciding who to sit and start each week, but come on. As I’ve alluded to in the past, Hideki is in the midst of a historical run, one we probably haven’t seen since Tiger Woods in his prime. He’s finished no worse than 2nd since The TOUR Championship where he finished 5th. Hasn’t missed a cut since August at The Barclays, and had two more top fives to precede that missed cut. Now, at Waialae CC, Matsuyama has finished no better than T78 which is a MDF but how highly do we hold that against him? We’ve seen plenty of golfers with poor history waltz in and perform at a high level. In this historic run, it’s impossible to fade Matsuyama. He’ll be chalk, and that’s not something to mess with in cash games. He’s the man to build around and if you’re multi-entering tournaments, then a fade is in play.

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Jimmy Walker ($9900)

  • This is a large discount from last year when Walker was the highest priced golfer in the field at $12200. Walker loves the bermuda grass and he’s shown why at Waialae CC having won back to back Sony Open titles prior to his T13 finish last year. Now, I’m not taking Walker’s rank in our Cheat Sheet too deeply as he really falls off as the Tour heads east. His course history is the more important factor here and he does have some season long numbers to be excited about. He maintained Top 50 ranks in both T-G and Putting, as well as 14th in Birdie or Better rate. With the discount from last years price, Walker will be a very strong #2 option behind Matsuyama.

Pat Perez ($8000)

  • Another man who LOVES him some bermuda grass. Sense a bit of a theme? Perez had a forgetful 2016 campaign spending a majority of it on the DL with a shoulder injury. However he came back towards the end and finished how we expected him to start. Since his return at the CIMB Classic, Perez has finished T33, T7, 1st, and T3. Not taking last years early finishes into consideration as he was clearly playing through the injury, he’s finished T17, T8, T9 in his last three trips to Waialae CC and has yet to miss a cut since 2009. He ranks fourth in this weeks Cheat Sheet, only behind Matsuyama, Casey, and Will McGirt. Perez ranks inside the Top 80 in each stat we’ve looked at this week and will remain in play for cash games this week as he’s been a cut machine on the West Coast.

Charles Howell III ($7800)

  • Some quick notes on CH3. He’s made 14 of 14 cuts at the Sony Open. Yes, 14 OF 14!!!! Within his perfect cut rate, he’s finished inside the Top 10 seven times, six of which were Top 5 finishes. He’s an elite play this week as one of the members on Tour who starts off hot and fades late into the season. We saw that trend continue to close 2016 where he finished T15, T7, T13 in the Fall Swing. CH3 is my favorite play this week, and will be using him in all formats.

Kevin Na ($7700)

  • This is CHEAP. Too cheap for Kevin Na. While he had a bit of a down year in 2016, Na is just the man you want as a mid range cash option this week. He’s missed just 8 cuts in 54 events over the last two years, and hasn’t missed at the Sony Open since 2013. Typically you’d want a Top 20 finish out of Na but at just $7700, a made cut with a Top 40 finish will do just fine in cash. He brings tournament upside as someone who can generally avoid trouble. He hits fairways, gets himself onto greens in regulation, and is one of the best Par 4 performers on Tour. This is a bargain value for someone who in non major fields is generally priced around $9K.

Hideto Tanihara ($6400)

  • Who is Hideto Tanihard? Well, he’s the 55th ranked golfer in the world. And he’s $6400?!?! Tanihara spends his time on the Japanese Tour which is why we never see him, except for Majors and in last years case, the WGC events. Tanihara has electric stuff and has performed well in the States. He’s played the Sony Open a decent amount though, seven times actually, making five of seven cuts, and each of his last four including a T8 finish in 2014. Tanihara’s success in Japan shouldn’t go unnoticed despite the competition not being as stiff over there. He won 3 times last season with 12 more Top 10 finishes to go along with his three victories. With some success at Waialae CC, he’s worth taking a look at in tournaments at this price tag.

Others to consider in cash:

Justin Thomas ($10500)

Paul Casey ($9500)

Daniel Berger ($8700)

Russell Knox ($8100)

Will McGirt ($7900)

Harold Varner ($7800)

Branden Grace ($7500)

Hudson Swafford ($7000) (You all know my love for Swafford who has still owns the 4th longest consecutive cut streak at 17)

Jason Bohn ($6400)

Spencer Levin ($6300) (Hasn’t missed a cut at the Sony Open in six tries. Perfect cash play for those looking at a punt)

Others to consider in GPP:

Jordan Spieth ($11500)

Brandt Snedeker ($9700)

Justin Rose ($9300)

Bill Haas ($8400)

Fabian Gomez ($8100)

Kevin Kisner ($7400)

Sean O’Hair ($7200)

David Lingmert ($7000)

Webb Simpson ($6800)

Bryson DeChambeau ($6800)

Wesley Bryan ($6700)

Sheamus Power ($6400)

David Hearn ($6400)

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