This is a look at a few golfers to target for your DFS lineups this weekend, at every price range. The Tour is stopping in Fort Worth, TX for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, and there is plenty of talent in the field to make for a compelling weekend. Good luck!
Jordan Spieth ($13,000) – One thing you might notice about the past winners at this tournament is that they are not rookies, guys notching their first PGA win. Despite the fact that the course is not particularly challenging in the traditional sense, the layout of the holes and the placement of the greens makes it a course that’s tough to master without at least a little experience. Well, you know what counts as “at least a little experience?” Top-15 finishes here in each of the last two years, that’s what. You should count on Spieth competing this weekend. At this price though, the question becomes whether you really think he is going to win, convincingly.
Zach Johnson ($12,000) – He won here in 2010 and 2012, and he’s been in the top-20 in four of his last five tournaments, including The Masters and The Players. Course history + current success = easy play if you have the room in your budget.
Jimmy Walker ($11,200) – He doesn’t get enough recognition for what he is doing right now: second in FedEx points, now 12th in the Official World Golf Rankings. He’s truly an elite level talent, even if you don’t think about him that way, and he doesn’t miss many cuts. But when he does, it’s not a sign you can trust him – it’s as much a sign that he’s due for a rebound.
Ryan Palmer ($9,600) – Remember when I said course knowledge could go a long way here this weekend? Palmer is a member here. He finished T5 here in 2012 and 2014, and consistently puts up low rounds here (in twelve straight appearances). If he puts four of those together, he could win this thing going away. *Paul Casey ($9,300)* –
Chris Kirk ($9,000) – He’s played here five times and been in the top 20 every time. That’s enough for me, honestly.
Ben Martin ($8,500) – Martin has shot precisely one round over 71 in his last three tournaments, averaging just over 17 birdies against only around nine bogeys per tournament over that span. With three top-10’s on the season, including one win, he’s shown he can close out a tournament against the best of the best, so you can’t simply write him off as someone with a shot to finish at the very top of leaderboard come Sunday.
Sean O’Hair ($8,200) – He has four top-20 finishes in just over two months, including last weekend, when he finished exactly 20th at Quail Hollow on the back of a Friday-Saturday where he shot 69-67. He’s also already carded two top-20 performances here at Colonial in his career, and with the way he’s playing lately, there is no reason to expect him to do worse this time around.
John Senden ($8,100) – He finished T8 at The Players – in front of a lot of really good golfers – after finishing T5 at Match Play the weekend before. He has finished in the top-10 here three times, accumulation that course knowelege he’ll
Shawn Stefani ($7,800) – If I were to give you a list of every name on the Tour and tell you to pick out the ones who have finished in the top 25 at least eight times, Stefani might not immediately come to mind. But no matter what strategy you employ in building your lineup, you will need to be drafting players in this price range to make the money work, and Stefani is as good an option as you’ll find.
Boo Weekley ($7,700) – Look at it any way you want, and Weekley is probably going to land as an option on your radar this weekend. Winner here in 2013, with another top ten in 2009. He also has two top-20’s in the past few weeks – at the Zurich Classic (3) and the Wells Fargo (T16).
Kevin Streelman ($7,500) – Every time I go with Streelman in my lineup, I am stressing about the choice right up until tee time, but I usually find that by Friday afternoon, I am stressing about someone else. That’s a good thing. For this price, a scoring average over 60 that isn’t even skewed by only one or two huge showings is definitely a solid value.