Well, that was a solid opening week lineup in California with all of our players making the cut (I apologize for having Michael Kim in my lineup and not putting him in the article last week :( ). Now, we move onto the CIMB Classic which boasts a small, yet strong field. With no cut this week, we will be placing a larger than normal emphasis on birdies and recent play. With that being said, here are the four must plays this week:
Paul Casey: $11,600
Fresh off another top 4 finish, Casey heads to Kuala Lumpur to try and get the proverbial monkey off of his back and get into the winner’s circle. In his last four events, he has finished 2-2-4-3. With that alone, I would expect extremely high ownership on Casey this week. The only thing that might temper the high ownership is his average course history, which will not affect my view of Casey this week.
Ryan Moore: $10,600
A two-time champion at this track, Moore looks to add another trophy to the mantle. He has been playing outstanding over the last couple of months with a win at the John Deere, 3 top 10s in the 4 FedEx Cup events and stellar play at the Ryder Cup. During that time, he has been a birdie machine with at least 15 birdies in each event. Don't be surprised to see his name next to Casey’s on the leaderboard come Sunday.
Derek Fathauer: $6,200
Anytime you can roster a minimum priced player fresh off of a top 15 finish in which he recorded 21 birdies, you must do it. Fathauer is clearly not the best player in the field, but with no cut and him currently playing well, he can provide some salary relief to your team in order to afford the top tier players such as Moore and Casey.
Ryo Ishikawa - $7,500
Here’s a name you probably haven’t seen in awhile. While the former phenom hasn’t quite lived up to his billing as the next big thing, Ishikawa has been red hot on the Japan Tour. His last 4 starts have netted the now 25-year-old a 1st, t2nd, t3rd and t7th. Pretty good stuff.
One and done picks
We have decided to add to our picks to accommodate the non-Draftkings players out there with one and done picks. Each week, we will give you a couple of names that we like for your one and done league. This week’s event in Kuala Lumpur attracts a strong field, so we have a few solid players that should turn in good showings and have a chance to win, but would be unlikely major championship picks.
The defending champion comes into the CIMB in top form after a strong week at the Safeway Open where he finished 4-shots back in a tie for 8th. Thomas is still searching for his second career win and where better to get it than a course he has already won at.