Dean & Deluca Invitational DK Picks
Welcome to daily fantasy golf! I know this may be new to some of you, but this is a growing industry. If you have not yet tried it and follow golf at all, I would highly recommend trying it.
For those of you who are not familiar how the scoring works on DraftKings for golf, I’ll give you a quick little rundown. First off, you want guys who are making lots of birdies. Even if they have a bogey here and there, you really want players who can make birdies at a high rate. You get three points for each birdie made and only lose one half of a point for a bogey. You can check the “Rules and Scoring” on DK to see the full scoring rules.
Another important point of daily fantasy golf is picking players who make the cut. In cash games, you are going to want at least four of your six players to make the cut in order to have a chance to place in the money. If your players miss the cut, you are losing out on two days of scoring since they will not play the weekend.
This week they are playing in Texas for the second week in a row at the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Here are my DraftKings picks for this week:
Jordan Spieth ($12,000)
Even though I normally don’t like to target the highest priced player on the board, I think everything lines up very well for Spieth. He is not in great form as of late coming off of two missed cuts in a row. In his career, he has never missed three cuts in a row. I also like this spot he is in because of how well he has done at this tournament in the past making the cut and finishing in the top 15 in each of the past four years (1-T2-T14-T7). Jordan will be a staple in my cash games.
Phil Mickelson ($8,800)
I’m usually not on Phil because of his recent price points, but I think he is in a great spot here. Phil is always finding ways to make birdies and that is where the points come from on DK. He ranks 9th on tour in birdie or better percentage and 14th in par 4 birdie or better percentage. Another bonus is the amount of TV coverage he will get, they will probably show every single shot of his. That’s usually annoying but I’ll love it when he’s on my team! No matter how he is playing, he always finds a way to make the cut.
Charlie Hoffman ($7,300)
I’ll start off by saying that he has made the cut here all eight times he has played this event. When you look at his odds (50-1) compared to the odds of players in his price range, it is obvious that he is too cheap. Hoffman has also made six of his last seven cuts on tour, and three of them were good for a top 25.
William McGirt ($7,100)
For where he is priced, it is tough to pass him up. He got off to a very hot start at the Players being the first round leader then kind of fell apart. However, it was still enough for a T22. McGirt is always solid in terms of making the cut and has a solid course history here making six of the last seven cuts. One place McGirt struggles would be with his driving distance but it should not be a factor here since there are only two par 5’s on the scorecard.
Bill Haas ($6,900)
Here's another players who has been off his game recently but is just too cheap to pass up. Bill Haas can play with anybody and in a field as weak as this. Aside from the top four, there is no reason he should be priced down here. Also, he has not missed a cut at this tournament in his last five appearances, finishing: T47-T21-T55-T8-T13. Forget his recent form, this is a great value for a player like Haas especially with a course history as consistent as this. His price also allows you to build a solid team around Spieth. Probably best suited for GPP lineups, but not a bad cash game play.
Other Cash Game Plays: Jon Rahm ($11,800), Sergio Garcia ($10,800), Jason Dufner ($9,000), Tony Finau ($8,700), Pat Perez ($7,600), Ryan Moore ($7,200).
GPP Plays: Paul Casey ($10,200), Webb Simpson ($9,100), Emiliano Grillo ($7,800), Ben Martin ($7,200), Cameron Tringale ($6,400).
(more risk involved with these players, but should see low ownership in tournaments)