Fantasy Golf Picks — 2019 Desert Classic DraftKings Picks, Preview, Sleepers

2019 Desert Classic DraftKings Picks, Preview, Sleepers

Pat Mayo and Drew Mathews discuss their favorite Desert Classic DraftKings picks and favorite values for the week. The guys preview the course, debate the best roster construction for the week and explain which players are best suited for DFS cash games and which should be deployed in guaranteed prize pool (GPP) tournaments. Plus, a look at odds versus DraftKings pricing.

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2019 Desert Classic DraftKings Picks: Show Index

0:22 Giveaways
3:01 Course Spilts/Tee Draws
9:57 Event Narratives/Chalk Play or Fade
12:28 10K
19:17 9K
24:02 8K
28:05 7K
41:30 6K
51:05 Showdown Strategy
52:09 Waves Stacks
54:52 Sony Lineup Review

2019 Desert Classic Details

Course: Stadium Course at PGA West (SC) Par: 72
Yardage: 7,113
Greens: Bermuda
Shotlink: Yes
2018 Ranking: 36/51 in Difficulty
2018 Par 5 Eagles: 14

Course: Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West (TC) Par: 72
Yardage: 7,159
Greens: Bermuda
Shotlink: No
2018 Ranking: 50/51 in Difficulty
2018 Par 5 Eagles: 10

Course: La Quinta CC (LQ) Par: 72
Yardage: 7,060
Greens: Bermuda
Shotlink: No
2018 Ranking: 51/51 in Difficulty
2018 Par 5 Eagles: 24

2019 Desert Classic Key Stats

Strokes Gained: Approach Par 4s Gained
Opportunities Gained
Strokes Gained: Off The Tee
Par 5s Gained

Mayo’s Custom Stat POWER RANKINGS from

2019 Desert Classic DraftKings Notes

Field: 156 players
Cut: Top 70 and Ties after 54 Holes
Lineup lock: 11:30am ET; Thursday, Jan. 17
Roster: Six golfers
Salary cap: $50,000

NOTE: The 2019 Desert Classic will be contested across three courses: Stadium Course (Pete Dye design), Nicklaus Tournament Course (Jack Nicklaus design, obv), and La Quinta CC (Lawrence Hughes & Clive Clark design) . The players will rotate all three courses between Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The entire field is guaranteed 54 holes to accumulate DraftKings points, and the cut won’t take place until after Round 3. The remaining players will play the Stadium Course on Sunday for the final round.

Players starting on the Stadium Course for round one have historically been at a giant disadvantage.

2019 Desert Classic DraftKings Picks

Elite Values

Jon Rahm $11,600

High-End Value

Aaron Wise $9,500
Abraham Ancer $9,300
Scott Piercy $9,100
Luke List $9,000

Second-Level Values

Patton Kizzire $8,700
CT Pan $8,400
Hudson Swafford $8,300

Low-End Values

Daniel Berger $7,700
Richy Werenski $7,600
Joaquin Niemann $7,500
Si WOO Kim $7,400

Scrub Values

Bronson Burgoon $7,200
Rory Sabbatini $7,000
Alex Prugh $6,600
Adam Svensson $6,500

Projected Popular Golfers

Hudson Swafford
Jon Rahm
Joaquin Niemann
Patrick Cantlay
Chez Reavie
Corey Conners
Adam Hadwin

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