WATCH: CHASE OR FADE – GARCIA OR SPIETH
Being played at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas for the last time this year, the AT&T Byron Nelson has drawn a star-studded field in the week following THE PLAYERS, which gives you plenty of choices to make at the top of your lineup. Here are a few names to consider from every price range to get you started.
Dustin Johnson ($12,500) – The question is only whether you like him at least $1,500 better than the next few guys on the list. The only thing making that decision for you might be how much you like some of the cheaper options on the board and how easy it is to fit the world No. 1’s salary onto your roster. He is clearly playing great golf right now – even on a course where he has never had success, he turned in his best performance last weekend with his T12 at TPC Sawgrass.
Sergio Garcia ($11,000) – Someone who has for most of his career been an even better fantasy option than his position on the leaderboard might suggest because of his propensity to make birdies regardless, he is currently second in scoring, but only 28th in Birdie or Better %. This belies a more conservative approach, really limiting the mistakes he is making on the course and makes the defending champ a great cash game option.
Brooks Koepka ($10,200) – He’s on fire right now. We know he can bomb it off the tee, and he was also hot on the greens last weekend at THE PLAYERS. He lost in a playoff on this course last year, his second year in a row finishing inside the top-20, thus making this the perfect place for him to continue his run of recent success that started with his T11 at Augusta.
Tony Finau ($9,200) – He has finished T10 and T12 in his two trips here, and despite a missed cut at THE PLAYERS, this is still someone who is ranked fourth in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and inside the top-25 in Strokes Gained: Total. He’ll be looking to use a course he likes to bounce back from a rough couple of weeks, but those recent performances might make him someone you’d rather turn to for a GPP lineup this weekend.
Charley Hoffman ($8,500) – His last three trips here have yielded no worse than a T12 finish last year. He has seven top-25 finishes already this season, and is coming off a weekend at TPC Sawgrass where he finished T30. However, he displayed a solid all-around game, making good contact off the tee and putting the ball on the green in a position to score, not surprising for a player who is currently top-35 in both Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and Tee-to-Green.
Russell Henley ($8,300) – Henley has made eight straight cuts, with four top-25s over that span. He had a low round of 68 last weekend at TPC Sawgrass which was enough to get him into the weekend. He is eighth in total Strokes Gained on the season, and can score in bunches when his game is right, making him someone I would trust in any format contest to fill out my lineup.
Byeong-Hun An ($8,000) – He hasn’t missed a single cut all year and recorded his second top-10 two weeks ago at the Wells Fargo Championship. He plays a pretty conservative brand of golf, which doesn’t lead to huge fantasy totals (only 79.0 in that top-10 finish a couple of weeks ago). However, the consistency is worth paying for at this price in any format contest as you look to make your biggest gains with a few more expensive options.
Bud Cauley ($7,800) – He finished fourth here last year, and he has finished inside the top-10 in each of his last three events. In his last two stroke play events he has carded 37 birdies against just 18 bogeys and two doubles. At this price I don’t really think you need much more to go on.
Kevin Tway ($7,700) – Including the Zurich Classic, he has been inside the top-five in each of his last three starts, and he’s doing it in a way that seems very repeatable: He is killing it off the tee. This isn’t some insane putting streak, this is a player who is putting himself in a position to succeed and capitalizing, with his rank of seventh in total Driving Distance translating to 23rd in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee.
Danny Lee ($7,100) – If you look at his recent results, you’ll see two straight missed cuts coming into this week, but he did also have a T14 at the Zurich Classic mixed in there, where he and David Lingmerth teamed up to drop some very low rounds. Lee could be a nice upside play for a GPP roster this weekend as he looks for his fourth top-25 finish of the last couple of months.
Nick Taylor ($6,900) – You are going to need some of these cheaper options if you want to fit in the top guys, which I am sure you do, and you’re not going to find an inexpensive option with a better recent track record than Taylor. He has made four straight cuts, and the last three have been inside the top-25, including a T8 last time out at the Wells Fargo Championship in which he shot four straight rounds under par, finishing with 14 birdies against just eight bogeys.
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