PGA Fantasy Picks: Dell Technologies Championship

The FedEx Cup Playoffs advance to Round 2 for the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston in Massachusetts over Labor Day weekend. The tournament doesn’t tee off until Friday, so you have an extra day to mull over your roster choices, so here are some names to consider from each price range as you get started.

High-Priced

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Dustin Johnson ($12,000) – Coming off the thrilling playoff win over Spieth at The Northern Trust last weekend, DJ showed why he seemed so invincible at various times over the summer. He is the rare player with enough talent to occasionally look dominant against other supreme talents, currently ranking inside the top-five in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee, Approach-the-Green and Tee-to-Green, eighth in Greens in Regulation Percentage (GIR ), 11th in Birdie-or-Better and fifth in Total Scoring. He is top-six in scoring average on both par-4s and par-5s, finding advantages everywhere on the course.

Rory McIlroy ($9,800) – My favorite play of the weekend, although he is likely going to be a lot of people’s favorite play. He’s expensive, but at enough of a discount from the top options to make roster-building much easier, and it’s rare to get that kind of price break on the all-time leading money leader at TPC Boston. The defending champ (and two-time winner) will look to dramatically improve on his T34 from last weekend.

Louis Oosthuizen ($9,100) – The hardest thing about making recommendations from this top tier of players is not just recommending everyone – there are reasons to like everyone. For Oosthuizen, those reasons are simple: back-to-back top-10s and arriving at a course where he has been inside the top-15 three times since 2012.

Paul Casey ($8,900) – His worst performance all summer long was a 26th place finish at the U.S. Open – his only showing outside the top-25 since March. He finished just two strokes back of the win here last year, and at this price, two strokes back of the winner makes him a great value if he can repeat that kind of performance again.


Mid-Priced

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Matt Kuchar ($8,800) – These players in the $8,000-$9,000 range tend to seem like the safest building blocks for your teams, with prices that allow for roster flexibility. This makes them great options for cash games, but with enough upside to target them for larger tournaments as well. Kuchar has been a consistent performer all season long and is currently working on a run of eight top-20 performances in his last nine appearances.

Patrick Reed ($8,500) – Sitting 28th on the PGA Tour in Total Strokes Gained, Reed has been inside the top-five each of the last two years here at TPC Boston. This weekend, he will be looking to add a fourth top-10 on the season after his T2 at the PGA Championship just a few weeks back.

Charley Hoffman ($8,300) – A former winner here, he closed out last weekend with a 65 on Sunday to move up the ranks to T17. That was his sixth top-20 showing in his last eight appearances, a run that included two majors and now the first round of the playoffs.

Webb Simpson ($8,200) – Another former winner here, he also has a T9 in 2014 and is coming back on the heels of back-to-back top-10 performances at the Wyndham Championship and The Northern Trust. He managed to finish five under last weekend despite a 73 on Thursday by firing rounds of 66 and 65 on Friday and Sunday – the kinds of fantasy-relevant rounds you’re looking for out of these mid-priced options.


Low-Priced

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Adam Scott ($7,900) – He sat out a couple of weeks with his new baby being born, so we last saw him finishing well outside the top-50 at the WGC-Bridgestone. But he likely wanted to return this week due to his stellar record at TPC Boston: five top-20s in his last six trips, including four inside the top-10.

Patrick Cantlay ($7,200) – Cantlay hasn’t missed a single cut this season, and he put together maybe his most impressive performance of the year last weekend with his T10 in the first round of the playoffs. It was his third top-10 of the season, and he did it by leading the field in GIR % en route to 10 birdies against just six bogeys.

Jhonnatan Vegas ($7,000) – After a rough stretch in the middle of the summer he won the RBC Canadian Open and followed that up with a T17 at the WGC-Bridgestone. After missing the cut at the PGA Championship, it looked as if his mini run of success might have come to an end, but he bounced back in a big way last weekend, finishing T3 at Glen Oaks. After rounds of 65 on Friday and Sunday and 15 total birdies, he showed he can score enough to perform against even the highest-caliber competition.

Xander Schauffele ($6,900) – He carded 15 birdies last weekend to secure his T17 finish, including a final round 68 when he really needed it. This was his fourth top-20 finish in five starts, a run that has included The Open Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone, proving he is capable of fantasy value even against the best competition.

 


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