So this week is a bit unique with a limited field and no cut. This will lead to condensed standings on DraftKings with a lot of roster overlap. Based on DraftKings’ scoring system, which heavily rewards birdies, I’m going to target players who have a tendency to be birdie machines. Here are my picks this week:
Brooks Koepka: $9,900
Koepka has been knocking on victory’s door the past month. His last three finishes are 2nd, 2nd and 13th. He also has one of the highest birdie conversion rates on Tour. Firestone fits his eye as evidenced by his 6th place finish last year. Look for him to be in contention come Sunday.
Rickie Fowler: $9,000
A few months back, we were putting Rickie in the same sentence as Day, Spieth and Rory. However, with Fowler’s struggles over the last month, his public perception has changed a bit. We will exploit that this week by rostering at his reduced price of $9,000. We saw glimpses of the Rickie that we know and love last week. I look for for him to break out this week and make a ton of birdies on a course where he has recorded top 10s the past two years. He will be a great DraftKings tournament option, who should see low ownership based on his recent play and the fact that he is priced similar to Furyk, Lowry, Reed and Mickelson (all of whom I expect to be owned by a fair percentage of teams).
Danny Lee: $7,400
Lee’s salary has plummeted down to $7,400 since his best finish in his last 5 events is 18th. He has been really close to some good finishes but just hasn't been able to put together four rounds. He now travels to Firestone where he had success last year, finishing tied for 6th. Lee has one of the highest birdie rates on courses similar to Firestone that require precise mid-iron shots. Look for him to be a sneaky pick to finish top 10 and provide your team enough salary relief to afford some of the favorites.
Kyung-Tae Kim: $6,200
You may be asking me “Who is he and why is he in the field this week?”. Kim plays primarily in Asia and has made a great living doing so. He has been on an absolute tear, making it into the top 3 in six of his last seven starts in Asia!!! He sparingly plays in the US but did narrowly miss the cut at Oakmont by 1 shot. Just based on all of the above alone, he is a good value at $6,200 during a week with no cut. Now let me tell you why he is a great pick. In his two previous appearances at Firestone in 2011 and 2012, he finished 6th and 24th. During those two appearances, he had 27 birdies and 2 eagles on a very difficult golf course. Plug Kim into your lineup to allow yourself to have a unique lineup filled with many of the favorites.