With the lack of options the last few months sports related, I, as most fantasy and sports betting fans, have been clamoring for something to bet on.
In comes the PGA Tour and the return of fantasy golf. I will not claim in this article to be a Fantasy Golf expert. I will give some insight though that has resulted in 3 weeks of events and 3 weeks of better than min cashes in all 3 events. I will give you my insight in what I look for in a golfer to pick, and also give some guys I am looking for big things from this week.
First I use FantasyDraft as my go to site. They are a smaller fantasy site, but have smaller fields and create a fan friendly environment to give everyone a shot at winning. They offer rake free fantasy. They do this by making it a membership site. But if you spend less than $100 a month in entry fees, you get to play for FREE (outside of buy-ins). I recommend anyone playing to check them out. They also have a FreeRoll this week for golf that is a great starter test for you.
Things to look for first when picking golfers.
-The 3 main stat categories I focus on are top 10’s made, FPPT (fantasy points per tournament), and cuts made versus tournaments played.
-On FantasyDraft you pick 7 players but they cut your lowest score… so picking players that make the cut week in and week out definitely helps your scoring big time. Players cut cannot get you anywhere. So checking the last few tournaments and the players results help big time.
-Top 10’s are important as well. More top 10’s equal higher point totals of course.
-And FPPT… the guys making the most birdies and eagles and the least amount of bogies will rack up higher point totals.
-The next thing to look at is the previous 2 3 years at the tournament. Golfers are creatures of habits. If they seem to finish top 5 always at the same event and course, it is a good person to choose. If they have made 9 of last 10 cuts… but missed the cut the last 3 years at a specific event, skip that guy.
-Weather is another key to look at. If the weather is going to be good, pick away. But when a colder, windy, rainy weekend is in the forecast, stick to steady hitters and guys that are most consistently hitting fairways and greens…. Bad weather is not always good for the bombers.
Onto this week and the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit Michigan. Last year was the first year for the event. And most of the top 25 ranked players skipped the event, leaving Nate Lashley to win the event by 6 strokes (-25). It was his first PGA win.
This year, being only the 4th event since the tour stopped because of Covid, more big names are in the field than last season. Bryson DeChambeau, Webb Simpson, and Patrick Reed lead the field. When building the lineup you have to think of at least one of them to be apart of it.
I built my roster around the past champion Nate Lashley, Webb Simpson, and Hideke Matsuyama. Matsuyama missed the cut last week in his first event since the return of a tour. But he is a consistent top tier player that most likely will not miss multiple cuts in a row. He has made 11 out of his last 13 cuts along with 4 top 10’s in those 13 events.
Here is my full roster… I recommend making a change or two to it… we do not need 100 of the same lineup entered here.
-Nate Lashley, Webb Simpson, Doc Redman, Wesley Bryan, Adam Hadwin, Lucas Glover, Hideke Matsuyama.
After better than min cashing for 3 straight weeks… since I am writing about it this week for the first time… we will finish dead last…. hopefully not!
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