Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fantasy Golf: Quicken Loans National Preview

We're going to try to rebound from our specific instructions to NOT pick Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk at the U.S. Open. I did, however, qualify the D.J. advice by saying there was a reverse jinx factor due to the fact that I drafted him third overall in a season-long format back in January. That's starting to look kind of shrewd as is Sergio Garcia with the 22nd overall pick.

On the other hand, I also called Shane Lowry the worst pick of a Round 4 which included Hunter Mahan, Keegan Bradley, Matt Jones and Brendon DeJonge. On the other OTHER hand, I called J.B. Holmes the worst pick of Round 2, Steven Bowditch the worst pick of Round 3, Tiger Woods the worst pick of Round 5 and Sang Moon "Out for the Year Due to Military Service" Bae the worst pick of Round 6 so I at least kind of know what I'm doing here. I did not declare a worst pick in Round 1 because it was pretty much chalk, however, Ricky Fowler is starting to look very sketchy at no. 5 overall.     


And that smoothly segues us to this week where our suddenly dimming star is the favorite against a "B" field on an "A" course. Does Rickie finally start to get his act together this week? Maybe. But, based on current performance and the results from when this event was played at Congressional back in 2012-14, there appear to be better options in Jim Furyk, Bill Haas and Brendan Steele. The wild card this week is Bryson DeChambeau who has gotten back on track after his mini rookie slump. He's obviously a big stage player with strong showings at the Masters and U.S. Open. We'll see if playing at Congo is enough to get his attention.   


The Quicken Loans Odds
Featuring an old favorite this week.

1. Rickie Fowler - 14/1

2. Patrick Reed - 16/1
3. Jim Furyk - 20/1
4. Gary Woodland - 25/1
5. Charley Hoffman - 28/1
6. Marc Leishman - 28/1
7. Bill Haas - 30/1
8. Justin Thomas - 30/1
9. Byeoung Hun An - 30/1
10. Brendan Steele - 33/1
11. Ryan Palmer - 33/1
12. Bryson DeChambeau - 33/1
13. Jamie Lovemark - 40/1
14. Kevin Chappell - 40/1
15. Tony Finau - 40/1

The One and Done Pick: Brendan Steele


The Sleeper Pick: Billy Hurley, III
Gulp. Is that a Taylor Made?

Fifteen Guys We Like in DraftKings

Jim Furyk - $11,300
Ryan Palmer - $10,200
Brendan Steele - $9,900
Bill Haas - $9,200
Tony Finau - $8,500
Jason Kokrak - $8,300
Jamie Lovemark - $8,200
Kevin Streelman - $8,100
Kyle Reifers - $7,700
Adam Hadwin - $7,500
David Hearn - $7,400
Jon Rahm - $7,300
Smylie Kaufman - $6,700
Ben Martin - $6,600
Billy Hurley, III - $6,400

One and Done Picks to Date

Hyundai:
Dustin Johnson
$148,000
Sony:
Matt Kuchar
$77,604
CareerBuilder:
Ryan Palmer
$75,897
Farmers:
Brandt Snedeker
$1,170,000
Phoenix:
Hideki Matsuyama
$1,170,000
Pebble Beach:
Jimmy Walker
$143,500
Northern Trust:
Sergio Garcia
$0
Honda:
Patrick Reed
$0
Cadillac:
Rickie Fowler
$197,500
Valspar
Ryan Moore
$414,800
Palmer:
Henrik Stenson
$365,400
Match Play:
Branden Grace
$90,900
Houston Open:
Phil Mickelson
$160,760
Masters:
Adam Scott
$37,000
Heritage:
Kevin Kisner
$11,859
Texas Open:
Charley Hoffman
$1,116,000
Zurich:
Billy Horschel
$28,029
Wells Fargo:
Kevin Chappell
$22,642
Players:
Rory McIlroy
$212,625
Nelson:
Marc Leishman
$0
Colonial:
Jason Dufner
$216,913
Memorial:
Paul Casey
$0
FedEx:
Brooks Koepka
$462,933
US Open:
Jason Day
$247,806

Total
$6,370,168