Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fantasy Golf: The WGC-Bridgestone Preview

The schedule change that resulted in the WGC-Bridgestone being played two weeks before the British Open really gutted this sucker as we will be without the services of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia but fear not as the field will include household names (in their own parents' households) like Michio Matsummura, Brian Stuard, Nathan Holman and Yosuke Tsukada. With McIlroy, Stenson and Sergio skipping, Keegan Bradley and Luke Donald failing to qualify and Tiger off in his new bizarre reality where he shows-up to his tournament on Sunday dressed in his red shirt like he's playing but instead he's grinding through a ceremonial role (that felt more awkward for the viewer than Magic Johnson and Chevy Chase's talk shows), it means that eight of the thirteen 1-2 finishers from the past five years will not be there. So where does that leave us? 

Well, the five 1-2 guys who will be playing are Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk and defending champion Shane Lowry. The games of Scott and Fowler can currently be rated somewhere between "crappy" and "kinda crappy" and last year's runner-up finish by Bubba was the only time he's placed better than a tie for 19th at Firestone. That leaves Furyk and Lowry as your two horses for the course who are also playing well having both tied for second at Oakmont. Your other options are Brooks Koepka who finished T6th last year and has been on a roll and Justin Rose who finished T3rd last year, T4th in 2014 and T5th in 2012 but he's been having back issues so proceed with caution (see: Tiger Woods).   

Firestone is tough on sleepers so I wouldn't look much deeper than David Lingmerth, Harris English or Emiliano Grillo for your longshot picks. This isn't going to be like last week when I handed you Billy Hurley, III and Jon Rahm (you're welcome). You might find a 100-1 shot sneak into the top ten but that's about as far as he's gonna get before he gets suplexed by security. And that will conclude arguably the most clinical, dry and downright boring edition of the FGR in recent memory. We'll make it up to you in the photography section.

The WGC-Bridgestone Odds
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1. Jason Day - 11/2
2. Dustin Johnson - 8/1
3. Jordan Spieth - 9/1
4. Adam Scott - 18/1
5. Brooks Koepka - 20/1
6. Matt Kuchar - 22/1
7. Justin Rose - 25/1
7. Branden Grace - 25/1
7. Jim Furyk - 25/1
7. Bubba Watson - 25/1
11. Shane Lowry - 28/1
12. Hideki Matsuyama - 30/1
12. Rickie Fowler - 30/1
12. Patrick Reed - 30/1
15. Zach Johnson - 35/1

The One and Done Pick: Jim Furyk

The Sleeper Pick: David Lingmerth
Or your double vision . . .
or something.

Fifteen Guys We Like in DraftKings

Jason Day - $12,100
Brooks Koepka - $9,900
Jim Furyk - $9,500
Shane Lowry - $8,700
Jason Dufner - $8,500
Daniel Berger - $8,200
Paul Casey - $7,800
David Lingmerth - $7,600
Russell Knox - $7,500
Harris English - $7,300
Kevin Na - $7,300
Emiliano Grillo - $7,000
Chris Kirk - $7,000
Kevin Kisner - $6,800
Soren Kjeldsen - $6,700

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
Quicken:
Brendan Steele
$28,290

Total
$6,398,458


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