Firestone CC in Akron, Ohio, plays host to the next stop on the PGA Tour this upcoming weekend – the WGC-Bridgestone. These events have smaller fields, but you get some of the very best from around the world, leaving you plenty of ways to go when building your rosters. Here are a few names to consider from every price range:
Jordan Spieth ($12,000) / Rory McIlroy ($11,400) – It’s hard to write this week about golf without talking about the two guys dominating all the headlines, even if I do like the next three guys on the list better. But Spieth is looking at a challenge that should be similar to Quail Hollow, where he’s going to be looking to complete the career grand slam next week, and McIlroy is coming off a T4 at the Open Championship that was actually encouraging until the off-course drama reared up, so both will at least be interesting to watch. And they always have more than enough upside to make room for them in at least one GPP lineup.
Dustin Johnson ($11,800) – My pick for this weekend, he has admitted he still isn’t at 100 percent, but on a course that allows bombers to attack the fairways and scramble for pars, he is just custom-made to thrive here. I like his chances of defending his title leading up to the final major of the season next week.
Brooks Koepka ($11,100) – Another one with the distance to give himself better looks at the greens than most of a stellar field, he now has a win and a T6 in his last two appearances at the U.S. Open and then the Open Championship. He was also T6 here in his debut back in 2015, just showing how good of a fit he is for this course.
Jon Rahm ($9,700) – Like DJ and Koepka, Rahm is just absolutely built for this course. He has the distance to give himself an edge over all but a handful of competitors and has the strength to fight his way out of the rough or a bunker to save par (sitting 28th in Scrambling on tour). While I might prefer DJ in a vacuum, at this price, Rahm is actually the best value on the board for me this weekend.
Sergio Garcia ($9,200) – I think Sergio could be someone who is a great anchor for a GPP lineup where you don’t want to dig too deep for the last couple of spots on your bench. He’s been having a very solid year, with no missed cuts and three top-10s, and he will look to continue that trend on a course where he set the single-round record with a 61 back in 2014.
Paul Casey ($9,000) – He lives inside the top-20 here, and, well, everywhere. In fact, he’s finished at least that high in each of his last two appearances here and in nine of his last 11 starts this season. It makes him, in my mind, the perfect anchor for a cash-game team, but with the upside to sneak into that top-five range and put your team over the top for the weekend.
Branden Grace ($8,600) – He finished T10 here last year, his third time finishing with a usable fantasy performance on this course (with two others at T25 or better). That makes sense given the strength of his game from tee-to-green, and it also converges nicely with his recent play, given that he has now finished T15 or better in four of his last six appearances.
Alexander Noren ($8,100) – I suggested Noren as a play last weekend, and he came through with an inexpensive top-20, and I actually like him to duplicate the feat again here this weekend. He has been inside the top-15 in five of his seven events, and has nice feel around the greens, which should allow him to avoid big trouble as he makes his way around Firestone CC this weekend.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello ($7,900) – He has been first and T4 the last two weekends in Europe, at the Scottish Open and at Royal Birkdale, so the scene isn’t going to intimidate him, nor the competition. Hopefully he doesn’t let the travel coming over here get to him, because that seems like the only thing that could stop him at this point. When you’re putting as well as he is right now (leading the tour in Strokes Gained: Putting), you can succeed on any course at any time, which makes this a very enticing price for him this weekend.
Kevin Chappell ($7,500) – He managed to finish T8 in a field every bit as loaded as this one last weekend, and he also finished T3 on this very course last season in his first attempt. Inside the top-50 in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, Approach-the-Green and Around-the-Green, he strikes the ball consistently well, and if he can get a few putts to drop, he will be able to contend.
Charley Hoffman ($7,400) – He has four straight made cuts since his solo-eighth at the U.S. Open, including a pair of additional top-fives, at the Travelers and then at the RBC Canadian Open just last weekend. He might have gotten some relief you wouldn’t have expected, but then again, he was probably expecting to be able to plant his foot when he swung his club, and he was going to be right there at the end regardless of the outcome on that hole.
Kyle Stanley ($6,700) – There is obvious risk every time you get this far down in the rankings for a fantasy asset, but sometimes you need these guys to pan out to put your roster over the top, especially in a GPP. Stanley has a win and another top-10 since the beginning of June, and with top-10 performances at THE PLAYERS and the Memorial, he clearly has the chops to compete with the best in the world.
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