The final leg of the FedEx Cup Championship is here with the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club. In a field of only 30 players and no-cut, we’ll have to carefully navigate our selections. Below is a list of golfers I love, like, and hate for some guidance when building your lineups this week.
Golfers I Love
Dustin Johnson ($11,700) – Dustin Johnson is ordinarily a very popular fantasy selection on any given week. Add in the fact that DJ is coming of a very convincing win, and there are only thirty golfers in the field, and you can assume that he will be extremely popular once again. He’s having one of his best seasons ever and is ranked first in Birdie or Better Percentage, Par 4 Scoring, and Scoring Average which makes him a top play in my opinion.
Adam Scott ($10,100) – Adam Scott should also be fairly popular, but again I think we see Scott at high ownership for good reason. With three straight fourth place finishes, Scott comes into this event in some of the best form he’s had all season, and statistically he fits this course as well as anyone.
Hideki Matsuyama ($8,600) – Hideki Matsuyama makes a great alternative to the aforementioned golfers, and makes for really great value at only $8,600. With a short field and no cut I’ll be targeting the golfers who can really make a lot of birdies for fantasy scoring purposes, and Matsuyama fits that mold nicely.
Golfers I Like
Paul Casey ($9,500) – Paul Casey has the best recent form of almost any golfer coming into this week’s event with back to back second place finishes. Coupled with the fact that in two tries at this event he has never finished outside the top five, Casey has a nice resume for this event. My only gripe with Casey is that he is ranked only fifty-fifth in Birdie or Better Percentage which concerns me a bit in such an elite field with no cut.
J.B. Holmes ($7,400) – Perhaps the strongest case to be made for playing J.B. Holmes this week is his price. At only $7,400, this Ryder Cup captain’s pick should not be overlooked in my opinion, particularly with his seventh ranked Birdie or Better Percentage.
Golfers I Hate
Jason Day ($10,300) – The Jason Day situation is one that I am going to be monitoring very carefully throughout the week following his withdraw from the BMW Championship citing back pain. If news comes out that Day is 100% healthy and good to go, I think he makes a great play, but unless that information comes out, I think I’ll avoid the risk of another withdraw, which would be crippling on a week with no cut.
Justin Thomas ($7,100) – Justin Thomas is well known on Tour as a bomber off the tee, which should have set him up well at Crooked Stick last week which seemed to favor bombers in a big way. However, Thomas ended with a lackluster thirty-second place last week and has missed two cuts in four recent events. Due to his recent form, I’ll be staying away from Thomas this week.
Sean O’Hair ($6,200) – In terms of sheer talent I just don’t think Sean O’Hair belongs in the field this week. With several very poor finishes recently and a lack of statistical fit for this course, in my opinion, O’Hair seems like an easy player to avoid this week despite his low price tag.
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