Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fantasy Golf: The Wyndham Preview

And then depression set-in. Yeah we've still got the FedEx Cup and the official start of the 2019 season where Brendan Steele will win the tournament that becomes the answer to the question "how does Brendan Steele get into all of the majors?" But the fact is that it's like 973 days until the Masters so that's 973 days of passive golf watching with a brief injection of excitement for the Ryder Cup. Don't get me wrong. I'll be watching it all but it will be with the same level of interest I have in one of my kid's soccer games when they're not in the game.

To make matters a bit worse we go right from the final major into a third tier event where Webb Simpson is your high dollar guy and you've got to invest $9,000+ for the likes of Ryan Moore, Russell Henley and Daniel Berger who has had one top ten this year. One. If this field was any less inspiring, it would be coaching the Cleveland Browns.

I guess you've got to pick Webb Simpson based on his stellar track record (see below) which also includes a win in 2011 when he out-dueled Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey in a real life David Sims/Roy McAvoy match-up.* Beyond that it gets a bit dicey. We have the training room triumvirate of Matsuyama, Stenson and Snedeker - one of whom will finish top ten while the other two limp along on a steady diet of Advil and Ben Gay. I like Shane Lowry because he's in one of his grooves and he played well here last year. I also just like Shane Lowry because he's Irish and seems a bit jolly.

As for bargains, it's a total crapshoot. I'd be more confident buying a nose hair trimmer at a yard sale because this tournament has a history of complete randomness. I hope Richy Werenski does well though because the one season I watched The Big Break on the Golf Channel he won so I feel like we're friends.

I was always impressed with how
they made it all about the golf.
The One and Done Pick: Shane Lowry

Other Guy I'd Pick: Webb Simpson

Sleeper Pick: Ricky Barnes


The DraftKings Top Ten Values

Webb Simpson
$11,600
Shane Lowry
$10,000
Ryan Moore
$9,000
Harold Varner, III
$8,900
Kevin Tway
$8,100
Jason Kokrak
$7,900
Abraham Ancer
$7,800
Richy Werenski
$7,300
Brian Gay
$7,100
Ricky Barnes
$6,800

And here are those ten guys plus twenty more guys you may want to consider along with how they've played Sedgefield CC over the past five years. As always, the answer is in there somewhere. 


DK Price
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
Webb Simpson
$11,600
3rd
T72
T6
T5
T11
H. Matsuyama
$11,300
DNP
T3
MC
MC
15th
Henrik Stenson
$11,000
1st
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
Brandt Snedeker
$10,400
DNP
T3
T43
T5
MC
Rafa Cab-Bello
$10,100
DNP
T5
DNP
MC
DNP
Shane Lowry
$10,000
T7
T42
DNP
DNP
DNP
J. Niemann
$9,700
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
Billy Horschel
$9,600
T60
T5
MC
T47
DNP
Russell Henley
$9,400
DNP
T46
DNP
DNP
DNP
Daniel Berger
$9,300
DNP
DNP
MC
DNP
DNP
Sergio Garcia
$9,200
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
T29
Ryan Moore
$9,000
T24
T53
T10
DNP
DNP
Harold Varner
$8,900
T10
MC
DNP
DNP
DNP
Si Woo Kim
$8,800
DNP
1st
DNP
DNP
MC
Julian Suri
$8,700
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
Ollie Schneids
$8,600
2nd
DNP
MC
DNP
DNP
G. McDowell
$8,500
MC
T5
DNP
DNP
DNP
Jason Dufner
$8,400
T14
T22
T51
DNP
DNP
Kevin Tway
$8,100
MC
DNP
DNP
MC
DNP
Jason Kokrak
$7,900
T16
MC
W/D
DNP
MC
Abraham Ancer
$7,800
DNP
MC
DNP
DNP
DNP
J. Wagner
$7,500
T24
T5
MC
T38
MC
William McGirt
$7,500
MC
MC
T14
T8
T65
Rory Sabbatini
$7,400
T4
DNP
DNP
DNP
T8
Richy Werenski
$7,300
T10
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
Johnny Vegas
$7,200
DNP
DNP
MC
T8
DNP
Jim Furyk
$7,100
DNP
T10
DNP
DNP
DNP
Brian Gay
$7,100
T50
DNP
DNP
MC
DNP
Ricky Barnes
$6,800
T16
DNP
MC
T24
T20
Dylan Meyer
$6,700
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP

Footnote

* Back when it happened, I wrote about it thusly:


James Frederick “Webb” Simpson was a three time All American at Wake Forest and a member of the 2007 Walker Cup team. According to his Wikipedia page, “he won several prestigious amateur tournaments.” Tommy Gainey attended Central Carolina Technical College and worked on an assembly line wrapping insulation around hot water heaters. According to his Wikipedia page, “he has won four events on the eGolf Tarheel Tour.” I’d like to think that Simpson called Gainey “Thomas” all day (“nice putt Thomas”) and Gainey was muttering “fucking pretty boy."

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