Lee Westwood is class of St. Jude field for DFS owners
The second major of the season begins Thursday, June 12, as the PGA Tour stops at Pinehurst No. 2 in the sandhills of the beautiful and great state of North Carolina. Plenty of Daily Fantasy players tend to focus on the majors, but do not take the time to practice and study up in the preceding tournaments, then get killed when the big one comes along.
I haven't written much golf this season, but I watch the tournaments on a regular basis, and attend when I can. I took in the Web.com REX Hospital Open Final at TPC Wakefield in North Raleigh May 25, as Byron Smith ran away with the win. Last season, Raleigh local Chesson Hadley won at the REX, and it was a springboard into the PGA Tour. And I enjoyed my time at Sedgefield when Patrick Reed topped Jordan Spieth in a playoff at the Wyndham Championship.
Anyway, let's focus on picking winners this weekend at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis. Truth be told, picking winners in the 'lesser' tournaments and in the majors mean the same. And you actually have many fewer users to topple when playing when the casual players are busy somewhere else.
TV SCHEDULE/WEATHER FORECAST
Thu June 5 - GOLF (3-6pm ET) (mid 80's, 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
Fri June 6 - GOLF (3-6pm ET) (mid 80's, 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms)
Sat June 7 - CBS (3-7:00pm ET) (upper 80's, 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)
Sun June 8 - CBS (2-7:00pm ET) (upper 80's, 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms)
(DraftStreet.com salaries in parantheses)
SO YOU WANT A BIG TICKET ITEM? ($17,000 and above)
Charles Howell III ($17399): Howell has been busy, playing 20 events this season, making 17 cuts. That's a nice percentage, and it is always nice to know your Fantasy option has a very good chance of playing meaningful golf on Sunday. CH3 came close at the Byron Nelson three weeks ago, tying for third while playing perhaps his best golf, not only this season, but in years. He posted scores of 69 or better in each of his four rounds. Howell wasn't much of a factor at the Memorial last week, but he has been 35th or better in five of his past nine events.
Patrick Reed ($17940): Hey, we were just talking about Reed up top. After the past month or so, that victory at the Wyndham last season seems like years ago. In fact, his wins at the Humana Challenge in January and WGC Cadillac Championship in early March seem like a distant memory. His game has deserted him a bit, and he has failed to make two straight cuts and three of the past four, including his first foray at Augusta National. Still, the talent is there if he re-discovers his stroke, and his poor play has sent his salary tumbling, making him worthy of a pick as your No. 3 or 4 golfer on a six-team roster.
Lee Westwood ($24522): The way he has been playing lately, Westwood appears to be the class of this field. He has been 17th or better in three of the past four outings, including a seventh-place showing at The Masters, and a sixth-place finish at THE PLAYERS Championship. He'll use Memphis as a tune-up for Pinehurst No. 2, and don't be surprised to see him burn it up at TPC Southwind.
MID-LEVEL VALUES ($13,000-$16,999)
If you spend big up top, you're going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the mid-levels and bargain bin:
Robert Garrigus ($15534): Garrigus has been building something lately. Every once in a while he will make an appearance in the Top 5. In fact, over his past eight events, he has two Top 5 finishes. But more often than not, he is a consistent, yet unspectacular player. He doesn't make a lot of mistakes to hurt himself, but he isn't a threat to win most weekends. Still, he has made the cut in 13 of his 18 events, he has a pair of Top 30 finishes in his past two events, and he is a safe Fantasy play.
Scott Stallings ($13776): Stallings played his college golf at nearby Tennessee Tech, and he will likely have a big cheering section. Will it translate into success at the St. Jude? Maybe. He is starting to turn it around, making two cuts over his past three events after missing the cut in six straight events from mid-March through early May. Stallings is on the upswing, and is a nice play as your No. 5 or 6 Fantasy option.
BARGAIN BASEMENT ($12,999 and below)
Jerry Kelly ($11894): Kelly has been playing some pretty good golf lately. Sure, he missed the cuts at the Zurich in NOLA and THE PLAYERS Championship, but he rebounded in his most recent event at Colonial, making the cut and tying for 38th. In fact, over his past seven events, he has been 38th or better in three outings, and he has made the cut five times. You won't find that kind of value at these low prices.
Retief Goosen ($12680): If you're looking down the salary list for a sleeper, you must consider Goosen. Sure, he got off to a terrible start this season, but he has made the cut in each of his past five events, and seven of the past eight. During that stretch he has turned in finishes of 50th or better, which isn't great, but isn't nearly as costly as someone missing the cut and finish 110th or something like that. Goosen has been consistently average, and sometimes you need guys who will hover around the 35th to 50th place area if you want to afford a stud or two up top.
NOT QUITE READY FOR PRIME TIME
Matt Every ($14997): Every was flying high after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in late March, but perhaps too high. He has been a disaster lately, withdrawing or missing the cut in each of his past four outings. He has finished 87th or worse in five of his six events since that win, which seems so long ago.
Dobish's Lineup at DraftStreet.com
|NO||GOLFER||WORLD RANK||SALARY||NO||GOLFER||WORLD RANK||SALARY|
|1||Lee Westwood||29||$24522||4||Robert Garrigus||108||$15534|
|2||Patrick Reed||26||$17940||5||Retief Goosen||217||$12680|
|3||Charles Howell III||68||$17399||6||Jerry Kelly||129||$11894|
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