TPC Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas is playing host to the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship this weekend as the Tour moves back to Texas. At a course that should feature plenty of low scores, no matter how expensive the golfer is you’re choosing for your lineup, you’d better be expecting some birdies. Here are a few options from every price range.
Dustin Johnson ($11,900) – When thinking about a course that definitely rewards distance with plenty of approachable greens, DJ should be one of the first golfers who comes to mind. He has four top-10 finishes in his last five appearances here, and despite a lack of wins this season, he really hasn’t slowed down much (six top-20’s in eight 2016 tournaments). He should be able to put himself in position to compete for that win on Sunday.
Matt Kuchar ($10,500) – He is coming off a T3 at The PLAYERS that he earned with rounds of 67 on Friday and 68 on Sunday. That performance bumped his Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green ranking from 25th to 19th (one of my favorite stats this weekend), showing that he has the kind of game that will allow him plenty of birdie chances in Las Colinas as well. With an all-around game that has landed him inside the top-15 four times since the beginning of February, last weekend was no fluke, and he is definitely good enough to turn in another strong fantasy performance.
Louis Oosthuizen ($9,900) – He ended up T28 at TPC Sawgrass, finishing with a 74-72 over the weekend that ensured he wouldn’t be in contention. But that was only his second tournament on the PGA Tour outside of the top-15 this year, and even in one of his worse performances, he carded 15 birdies, enough to rack up 77 DKFP despite barely cracking the top-30.
Ryan Palmer ($8,900) – The Texas native always seems to play well in his home state, including four top-25 finishes here in the last five years. He plays long (11th in Driving Distance), certainly, but his putter has been working a bit more in his favor of late as well, as he has seen his Strokes Gained: Putting ranking rise from around 130th in the world to 88th in his last three outings. If he can combine those two here, there will be plenty of chances for fantasy points as he makes a run for the top of the leaderboard.
Danny Lee ($8,600) – He followed up a T9 at the Wells Fargo with a T35 at TPC Sawgrass. His weekend that started off beautifully with a 67 on Thursday, was finally sent completely off the rails with a 76 on Sunday that dropped him 24 spots down the leaderboard as the afternoon progressed. He is the kind of player who will attack pins relentlessly – sometimes to his detriment. His 19 birdies at The PLAYERS actually bested the 18 that earned him a T9 at the Wells Fargo – it was the 11 bogeys and 3 doubles that derailed him. But you want players who will be scoring you fantasy points at this price and if Lee can avoid that one disastrous round (especially early in the weekend), he’ll be able to do just that.
Bryson DeChambeau ($8,300) – His stellar start to his pro career is suddenly not so stellar, with missed cuts in each of his last two tries. But a player can only perform well at Augusta and Harbour Town by having the ability, when it’s going well, to put his approach shots exactly where he wants them. On this course, that means being able to work breaks in the green to get your ball as close to the pin as possible. And for an inexperienced player like DeChambeau, that means a caddy can go a long way towards helping you avoid too many long putts, even with huge, contoured and multi-faceted greens with which to contend.
Tony Finau ($8,100) – He missed the cut at The PLAYERS, but Finau is a young player who can already boast one elite skill. He is #1 on Tour in Driving Distance, a distinction that sets him apart from most other young players, who aren’t yet the best at anything. That distance will serve him well this weekend, as this course will allow a player to unleash his full power, which some tracks try to limit. If he can take advantage and attack pins, he should be able to give himself plenty of make-able putts.
Bryce Molder ($7,600) – He has made seven straight cuts, and has three top-15 performances in his last four tournaments, including T12 last weekend – without a single round over par. And at the Zurich Classic, he carded 15 birdies in just three rounds on a weekend shortened by weather, showing that he can show well on a scorer’s track as well. He has been inside the top-25 here twice before, and will look to make it three this week.
Andrew Loupe ($6,600) – He didn’t play last weekend, but is coming off a T4 in his most recent outing, at Quail Hollow. That came at the tail end of a terrible run of four missed cuts in five attempts – there’s a reason he costs $6,600, after all. But at the Wells Fargo, he carded 20 birdies, a demonstration of the kind of shot-making that makes a player a tournament consideration, at the very least, when he is swinging the clubs well.
Steve Wheatcroft ($6,300) – He has made eight straight cuts, but has done so without finishing inside the top-30 even once. If you are looking to get someone to help you in a cash tournament on the cheap, and get you at least 50+ DKFP to keep you in the running while your top choices put you over the top, Wheatcroft could be a logical choice.
Steven Bowditch ($6,200) – When you’re drafting a player in this price range, you’re looking for upside. Mainly because “consistently useful” is not really something that’s available for this price. But the best case scenario for Bowditch, even at this price, does include winning the whole thing, clearly. The defending champ, though, is coming in off a pretty brutal stretch of losing, so I wouldn’t trust him as anything but a flyer in one of your lineups.