Well, DraftKings decided to give us an early Christmas present by having contests available for the 18-man Hero Challenge in the Bahamas. With such a small field, there will be a large overlap in rosters. You will have two options to consider when constructing your lineup: play all of the most popular players and have the same roster as a bunch of other people or if you are feeling risky and want to try and win a large field contest, try leaving $1000 worth of salary on the table. That is a great way to have a unique lineup to distinguish yourself. With a field of 18 world class players, your lineup will not hurt much by dropping down a bit on salary. For example, if you have $7,900 left for your last roster spot, maybe instead of rostering Fowler at $7,900 like everyone else will who has that amount left, you instead roster Emiliano Grillo at $6,900 and leave $1,000 on the table.
Now that our quick strategy chat is over, here are 3 players to construct your lineup around this week:
Brooks Koepka $8,900
Koepka has been on fire lately finishing second at the Shriners with birdies or better on 38% of his holes in that event. Right after that, he headed to Japan and won the Dunlop Phoenix. With an emphasis on birdies this week due to no cut, a Koepka birdie barrage will be a welcome site.
Patrick Reed $8,600
So we all know how much Patrick Reed gets amped up for certain situations such as the Ryder Cup and his head to head duel with Rory. Well this week, Reed is paired with his idol, Tiger Woods, for the first two rounds. Look for Reed to have the mojo going this week. He hasn't been playing great since the Ryder Cup but he is familiar with the course as he finished second here a year ago. Look for him to be a bit lower owned since he is priced between Stenson, Koepka and Rose.
Brandt Snedeker $6,400
At a rock bottom price of $6,400 it is almost impossible to not play Snedeker. He is one of the best putters on Tour and has been playing great as of late. By having him in your lineup, you will be able to pay up for one of the studs at the top of the salary scale.
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