Wow, what a performance by Mr. Top 5 (Patrick Reed) last week at the Barclays. Don't stand between that man and playing for his country. With two of the picks from last week (Reed and Grillo) finishing 1-2, there was a chance to hit the jackpot in some tournaments on DraftKings. Hopefully, those picks led you to some success last week. Personally, I know that Henrik Stenson’s WD (knee injury) killed the chances for a good portion of people’s lineups. We will look to exploit the hatred that some people will have for Henrik after feeling burned for the second time this year (also WD from US Open with knee injury). With that being said, here are my picks this week:
Henrik Stenson - $10,700
Didn't I just say he had a knee injury and he ruined many lineups last week? Why would we pick him now? Even though Stenson has a great track record at this event (a win and a 2nd in the last 3 years), I expect him to be under owned because people will either shy away from him due to injury or because they refuse to play Stenson after what he has done to them twice this year. I will have heavy exposure to Stenson this week (barring any bad health news between now and Friday). When he WD from the US Open, he went out and won his next event on the Euro Tour. I think there is a good chance he does that again this week.
Steve Stricker - $7,000
In his last 6 starts at this course, Stricker has recorded 5 top 13 finishes. With his limited schedule this year, he has still played well including a runner up in Memphis and a 4th place finish at the British. At 97th in the FedEx Cup, look for Stricker to play well to sneak into the top 70.
John Senden - $7,200
Another guy who needs a high finish this week to move on (80th in points). Senden is the typical horse for the course. In his last 7 starts here, he has finished no worse than 33rd, meanwhile racking up 4 top 12 finishes. I look for him to beat his previous best finish on Tour in 2016 this week (10th at the Honda). He very well could be that low owned player that distinguishes your lineup from others.
Jim Furyk - $8,800
Furyk's back is against the wall this week. He sits 84th in the FedEx and needs a good finish to get into the top 70 to move onto next week. This may also be the last chance he has to make an impression in hopes of being a Captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup. In his last 7 starts at this event, he has finished no worse than 37th, meanwhile having 3 top 10s. Look for Furyk to make some noise come Monday.
Hudson Swafford - $5,500
At the minimum salary this week, I would expect Swafford to be rostered heavily. He has quietly recorded 10 straight top 50 finishes dating back to May! On top of that, he has recorded at least 15 birdies or better in his last 5 events. Look for him to play solid again this week, providing you with good value and the ability to stock up on some higher priced players.