Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fantasy Golf: The Quicken Loans Preview

Well I got two things right last week and, considering the run I've been on lately, that's two giant steps for FGRkind: (1) I guaranteed that at least one of Paul Casey, Bubba Watson and Marc Leishman would finish top five and Casey finished T5th. On top of that, lo and fucking behold he was actually my one and done pick for the week. And (2) I noted that Charley Hoffman is always a threat on an easy course and he placed T3rd. So long slump be gone right?

Wrong. Welcome to the newly redesigned TPC Avenel or, as it's now known, the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm (just rolls right off the tongue like a pissed-off porcupine doesn't it). Why did they redesign it? Probably because five years ago if you asked someone to start listing the best golf courses within 100 miles of where I am sitting right now, they still wouldn't have gotten to TPC Avenel by the time you were saying, "oh hey I forgot I have to pick my kid up from clarinet practice." I played the course once and the only apparent purpose it served was to ensure that Sawgrass wasn't considered the worst TPC course ever built.  

They've allegedly made it harder for what that's worth but the bottom line is that we have no idea who is going to thrive this week so my overall advice would be to save the $4, $12 or $2,000 you usually wager for another tournament that's not such a crapshoot. If you do decide to throw some money down and want to follow the FGR's approach, I like Brendan "The Animal" Steele (we're doing nicknames this week because they're fun) who tends to succeed on shitty tricked-up courses as evidenced by his T6th at The Players and his T13th at TPC Erin Hills (and no, I still haven't let it go . . . U.S. Open my ass).  

Beyond Steele, I'm looking at guys who are playing well like Patrick "Don't Call Me Pat" Reed and Xander "Chocolate" Schauffele along with good value plays like Jimmy "Sky" Walker, "Kind" Bud Cauley and Adam Hadwin "In March but Sucked Ever Since" (get it?). But really you're kind of on your own because we all know that this will be a week for Zac Blair "Witch Project," C.T. "Scan" Pan or some other longshot so good luck. You're going to need it.   

The One and Done Pick: Brendan Steele
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The DraftKings Top Ten Values

Patrick Reed
$11,100
Brendan Steele
$8,900
Byeong-Hun An
$8,600
Xander Schauffele
$8,400
Danny Lee
$8,200
Jimmy Walker
$7,800
Bud Cauley
$7,700
Daniel Summerhays
$7,200
Adam Hadwin
$6,900
Lucas Glover
$6,900

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