The focus is on the end of the FedEx Cup playoffs, and the collection of the very best players in the world getting together and competing for the last big tournament on the schedule. With a limited field, and one in which every single guy out there has upside, you end up with some tough decisions to make. Here are a few names from every price range to help you narrow down your choices.
Dustin Johnson ($11,700) – With 13 top tens and three wins so far on the season, DJ seems to finally be living up to the promise of his immense talent. Coming off a huge win at Crooked Stick and three straight top-20 showings in the playoffs, he is currently sitting first in Scoring Average on Tour, always a good measure of overall success, but he is also #1 in Birdie or Better %. While the two do go hand-in-hand somewhat, together they show that not only is he a great golfer, but he is also a great fantasy golfer, a small but sometimes key distinction.
Adam Scott ($10,100) – He has now finished T4-4-T4 in the three FedEx Cup playoff events, shooting just one round over par over that entire stretch. Those three performances have him sitting as one of the handful of players who controls his own destiny this weekend: if he wins The TOUR Championship, he wins the FedEx Cup. In fact, even “just” another 4th place finish would leave him mathematically alive if his top competitors falter, and I expect him to do enough to give himself that chance.
Paul Casey ($9,500) – With back-to-back solo-2nd place finishes in the last two playoffs events, he is coming into this one red-hot, with seven out of his last eight rounds played in the 60’s. Over those two tournaments, though, he has combined for 40 birdies and eagles against just ten bogeys (with no doubles), showing the kind of consistency and shot-making that makes him a threat to win no matter who else is in the field with him.
Patrick Reed ($9,000) – He grabbed his first win of the season at Bethpage Black a couple of weeks ago, announcing himself as a threat to take home the Cup this year, and he has followed through with two more strong showings since (T3 and T13 over the last two weeks). He has moved into the top-20 in both Scoring Average and Birdie or Better % with these recent performances, and will look to build on that momentum and close out the season with another win before moving on to represent the US in the Ryder Cup next weekend.
Jimmy Walker ($7,900) – At this point in his career, Walker is a streaky player, not someone who is going to be able to sustain success over the course of an entire season. He had four consecutive top-15 showings in January and February, and then a whole bunch of mediocre finishes until the end of the summer when he started picking up again. The end-of-summer streak culminated with a major title at the PGA Championship… followed quickly by a pair of MCs. But now he looks like he is back in form again, coming through with a solo-3rd and a T13 over the last two weeks, a run he hopes ends with a huge victory like the one he earned at Baltusrol back in July.
Roberto Castro ($7,300) – The Atlanta native should come into the weekend feeling comfortable and confident on what is essentially his home course. He is going to be looking to parlay that confidence into another stellar showing to follow up his solo-third last weekend. He fired 19 birdies and an eagle against just four bogeys at the BMW, and when you are going up against a field this loaded, that is the kind of game you need to bring to be useful in a larger GPP.
Daniel Berger ($7,000) – He was ranked 31st in FedEx Cup points heading into last weekend after T70 and T41 in the first two legs of the playoffs. But the T10 he dropped last weekend put him over the top and elevated him into the TOUR Championship and a chance at one more huge payday on the season. With 20 of 24 cuts made this year, and six top-tens, he has displayed the consistency and upside to be a valuable piece of your roster in any contest.
Si Woo Kim ($6,700) – He came into the playoffs riding high off a win at the Wyndham Championship, and then struggled at Bethpage Black, missing the cut after firing rounds of 74 and 72. He didn’t let that discourage him though and has since bounced back very nicely, recording a T15 and a T20 over the past couple of weekends. He has a low round of 67 over that span and four rounds played at exactly par. With exactly 16 birdies in each, if he keeps up this exact same level of playing he would make a perfect cash game option, but he hasn’t displayed the upside to make him a worthwhile choice in a larger field tournament.
Kevin Na ($6,500) – Na is the kind of up-and-down player – currently 23rd in Birdie or Better % – who is capable of paying off in a big way in a larger tournament – or just missing the cut and ruining your chances. But if you’re looking to actually win and not just finish in the money, those are the kinds of chances you need to take, and right now Na is playing well enough to justify the trust. He had two top-ten performances in August leading up to the playoffs, and then demonstrated he can perform against the best in the world as well with a T20 last weekend.
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