Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Fantasy Golf: The Houston Open Preview

It's the week before the Masters and I just spent the better part of my day on eBay shopping for drivers so the Houston Open Preview is coming-in a little light. I was going to use my extensive club shopping experience as the preamble but (excuse me I have to bid . . . ok I'm back) that"s now blown-up into its own FGR stream of consciousness about how a cheap bastard like me buys equipment. 

As for this week's wagering advice, I'm dragging the tried and failed historical performance chart back-out because I still swear the answers are in there somewhere. I've listed the twenty-five players I deem worthy of consideration but this week I'm going to let the DraftKings prices dictate the order. Then below that I'll pick the players who I think (hold-on . . . bidding again) represent the ten best values. If you don't like my picks, then the chart is there for you and, as I may or may not have once said to a friend of mine at a fantasy football draft, "you can do your own fucking research" (but that's what you get when you ask me which kickers are still available).   


Rob Bolton of PGATour.com has a big hard-on for Phil Mickelson this week noting his win here in 2011 followed-up by his T4 in 2012. According to Bolton, "everything about the Tournament Course screams his wheelhouse" which I'm pretty sure would be the first time anyone or anything screamed "HIS WHEELHOUSE!!!" And it hasn't really been his wheelhouse lately with no top tens since 2012 
(I just bought a Callaway Epic Driver!) and a tie for 55th last year. If you're riding the recent Phil hype like Rob, however, go for it. You know it will be thrilling . . . just don't let the shit eating grin fool you into thinking that it's 2006 because Mickelson ain't 35 anymore and this field is loaded with better options.

Speaking of which, you know who really makes this course scream? (This is getting kinda weird). Defending champion Russell Henley who has flat-out owned it since 2014. And right behind him are Rickie Fowler, Daniel Berger and Charles Howell, III. But I'm going with Luke List for three reasons: (1) He finished tied for 3rd here last year; (2) I'm hoping no one else picks him, and (3) I'm in a state of desperation which leads to poor decision making. You have been warned.     

THE HOUSTON OPEN HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE CHART OF HOPE  


DK Price
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
Rickie Fowler
$11,500
T3
T10
71st
6th
DNP
Justin Rose
$11,400
T15
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
Jordan Spieth
$11,100
MC
T13
T2
MC
T50
Henrik Stenson
$10,500
MC
2nd
DNP
T54
T2
Phil Mickelson
$10,200
T55
T13
T17
T12
T16
Luke List
$9,600
T3
T27
DNP
DNP
MC
Daniel Berger
$9,400
5th
T5
T25
DNP
DNP
R. Cabrera-Bello
$9,300
MC
4th
DNP
DNP
DNP
Russell Henley
$9,200
1st
T5
4th
T7
T45
Matt Kuchar
$9,100
MC
DNP
70th
2nd
DNP
Tony Finau
$9,000
T34
MC
T42
DNP
DNP
Charles Howell
$8,900
T39
T7
T5
MC
T10
Steve Stricker
$8,800
DNP
MC
DNP
T24
T38
K. Bradley
$8,600
T15
MC
T5
T43
T10
Jason Dufner
$8,300
T12
DNP
DNP
DNP
DNP
Bud Cauley
$8,200
MC
DNP
DNP
DNP
T16
Bill Haas
$7,900
DNP
DNP
MC
T37
T10
Ryan Palmer
$7,900
MC
T38
DNP
T7
MC
J.B. Holmes
$7,300
MC
DNP
1st
T12
DNP
J. Lovemark
$7,300
T71
18th
DNP
MC
DNP
Jhonny Vegas
$7,300
T15
T19
T55
T72
DNP
Chez Reavie
$7,300
MC
T7
T37
DNP
T31
Sean O'Hair
$7,200
T49
T10
DNP
W/D
W/D
Sung Kang
$7,100
2nd
69th
DNP
DNP
DNP
J. Wagner
$6,900
T49
T13
T2
MC
MC

The One and Done Pick: Luke List
This week's southwest theme is
Westworld's smoky Evan Rachel
Wood. I'm hooked (on the show).


The Sleeper Pick: Robert Garrigus


The DraftKings Top Ten Values


Rickie Fowler
$11,500
Henrik Stenson
$10,500
Luke List
$9,600
Rafa Cabrera-Bello
$9,300
Russell Henley
$9,200
Charles Howell, III
$8,900
Johnny Vegas
$7,300
Jamie Lovemark
$7,300
Sean O'Hair
$7,200
Robert Garrigus
$6,600

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