Unlike the Players, there are very few value options on DraftKings this week. A lot of the favorites (i.e. Hoffman, Kuchar) are at their highest prices of the year, and some of the typical bottom tier options have shot up in price based on recent play (I'm talking to you Colt Knost). Here are four players who may fit into your lineup and provide good value:
Ryan Palmer $8,900
Palmer has quietly had a very solid 2016 campaign in which he has made every cut, with his best finish of 4th place happening in the Lone Star State itself at the Texas Open. In his last 5 starts at this event, he has finished no worse than 33rd and recorded 3 top 10s in that span. Expect him to be heavily owned this week since he provides some salary savings from the favorites that are priced above $10k.
Bryce Molder $7,600
Molder has been on an absolute tear over the past month, racking up 3 top 12 finishes and recording at least 14 birdies in each event. I look for him to continue this trend this week.
Jason Dufner $9,100
Dufner may fly under the radar a bit this week. He has played very little tournament golf over the last two months (only 3 events). He finished no better than 49th in those events. So you may be asking me, why in the world would I pick Dufner? Well, he has great course history and seems to be really close to breaking out again. In his last 5 starts at this event, he has 3 top 10s highlighted by a win in 2012. Last week at the Players, he was -8 through two rounds and on the cusp of contention but ultimately faded on Saturday under the extremely difficult conditions (shooting 80). With so many “obvious” picks priced similarly to Dufner, he could be a sneaky play that could differentiate your lineup.
Will Zalatoris $5,400
Zalatoris is the ultimate dark horse pick. He is a local amateur who grew up less than 30 minutes from the course and attended the same high school as Jordan Spieth. He is an All-American at Wake Forest and may surprise some people this week. We’ve seen some local amateurs succeed at events in their own backyard. One word of caution with Zalatoris is that he is currently competing at NCAA regionals in Arizona and won't be arriving in Texas until Wednesday evening. By rostering Zalatoris, you will be able to afford to put a few more of the favorites in your lineup.