Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Fantasy Golf: The RSM Classic Preview

Edging closer and closer to success as last week the FGR delivered J.J. Spaun (T3), Richy Werenski (T3), Harold Varner (T6), Emiliano Grillo (15th), Rickie Fowler (T16) and Abraham Ancer (T21). Maybe even more valuable than those recommendations was my explicit instruction to stay away from Jordan Spieth who missed the cut so he could spend the weekend chilling in Mexico while making people wonder if he gives a shit anymore. On the other hand I also felt supremely confident in Charles Howell, III who also missed the cut on a course where he had finished top ten three of the last five years. He is now dead to me and I will miss calling him Chucky Triple Sticks. 

Moving on to this week we're seeing a lot of love for Webb Simpson and I mean A LOT of love like he's Steve Stricker getting ready to tee it up at the 2012 John Deere Classic  (he had won it three times in a row at that point and I knew that fact without having to look it up because my brain is filled with important things). I gotta pull a Tom Hanks in Big on this one and say I don't get it. Yes Simpson is playing the best golf of his career but his highest finish at Sea Island was a runner-up in 2011 and he's only had one other top ten. When this much hype lands on a guy who makes you think "hey, isn't he just a guy?" It's time to look elsewhere. 

I think you take Georgia Bulldog Kevin Kisner every time on this track until he goes on a sustained run of failure which, as you will see below, is certainly not the case now. Forget the fact that he just played like crap in Mexico. He's a classic week to week guy who can turn it on anytime and especially when he's playing a course he digs. Same thing with Russell Henley. And J.J. Spaun is currently tied with Abraham Ancer at the top of the FGR's random guy most ready to win list (it's one of over a thousand lists I keep in my head like the lists of people I hate and people who hate me). 

As for the low budget picks, last week I practically begged you to take Richy Werenski at the bargain price of $6,400 and look how that worked-out. I don't feel quite as passionately about Jonathan Byrd this week but, as with Richy, the value is right and I'm feeling at least a top forty finish. Everyone else from the lower price range is a bit of a gut pick, especially Henrik Norlander who has been nothing but an above-average Web.com player lately but also made it into a playoff here two years ago. Just feels right (you mean like picking the Bengals over the Saints?). Different sport. I only claim to be an expert at this.

One and Done Pick: Kevin Kisner

Other Guy I'd Pick: J.J. Spaun

Mid-Range Pick: Bud Cauley


Sleeper Pick: Henrik Norlander


Super Sleeper: Jonathan Byrd

Player to Avoid: Chesson Hadley


Thirty Guys to Consider and Ten to Bet



DK Price
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
Webb Simpson
$11,800
W/D
T36
DNP
T41
T7
Cameron Champ
$10,900
MC
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
J.J. Spaun
$10,400
2nd
T57
DNP
DNP
DNP
Chesson Hadley
$10,100
T37
T45
MC
T32
MC
Lucas Glover
$9,900
DNP
T36
T9
T73
T40
C.T. Pan
$9,700
T13
T6
DNP
DNP
DNP
Russell Henley
$9,500
DNP
T10
T6
T4
T65
Austin Cook
$9,400
1st
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
Kevin Kisner
$9,300
T4
MC
1st
T4
T20
Luke List
$9,200
DNP
T13
MC
DNP
DNP
Charles Howell
$9,100
MC
T13
T9
T73
T27
Zach Johnson
$9,000
T8
MC
T75
MC
T16
Harold Varner
$8,800
DNP
DNP
T68
DNP
DNP
Denny McCarthy
$8,700
MC
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
Chris Kirk
$8,500
T4
MC
T18
T4
1st
Whee Kim
$8,400
MC
T27
DNP
T86
DNP
Jim Furyk
$8,200
DNP
T6
DNP
DNP
DNP
Brian Harman
$8,000
T4
MC
MC
T41
T10
Bud Cauley
$7,900
T8
MC
MC
DNP
DNP
Patrick Rodgers
$7,900
MC
T10
T44
DNP
DNP
Bill Haas
$7,800
MC
T13
T33
T22
DNP
Richy Werenski
$7,800
MC
MC
DNP
DNP
DNP
Stewart Cink
$7,700
T25
T10
T63
T32
MC
Brian Gay
$7,500
3rd
MC
DNP
DNP
T4
Andrew Landry
$7,200
T4
DNP
MC
DNP
DNP
Henrik Norlander
$7,000
T54
T2
MC
DNP
DNP
Hudson Swafford
$7,000
T29
T36
MC
T12
MC
Kevin Streelman
$7,000
T17
T36
MC
DNP
DNP
Ted Potter, Jr.
$6,900
T13
DNP
DNP
DNP
T36
Jonathan Byrd
$6,400
MC
T21
T44
MC
T55

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