Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fantasy Golf: The Barclays Preview

It's looking more and more every week like this traditional tournament preview format that had become the staple of the Fantasy Golf Report is going the way of the beeper, the CD and Sergio Garcia's chances of winning a major* thanks to the good folks over at DraftKings. (Maybe you've heard of them. They advertise on ESPN sometimes). That may not be a bad thing as just running out some re-blended version of the odds every week doesn't serve much purpose other than to create a lot of space on the right side of the page for pretty pictures and I'm sure, if we really put our minds to it, we could figure-out some way to do that as part of the DraftKings preview.    

But let's at least ride this through the Tour Championship and then decide whether to kill it. If for no other reason, we have to finish what we started with the one and done picks which continue to roll with another solid showing this week thanks to Bill Haas. Now it gets a bit tricky, however, because the pickings are slim (with one exception). I tentatively have the playoffs mapped-out with Charl Schwartzel going this week, Robert Streb at the Deutsche, Paul Casey at the BMW and Jordan Spieth only having to beat twenty-nine other players at the Tour Championship (yeah baby). As far as I can tell, the viable options that leaves unused are Danny Lee, David Lingmerth and Ryan Moore so I certainly won't have left much in the bag.

If I can get a win out of Spieth and a few other top fives, I have an outside shot at the money despite the fact that my picks through the Players appear to have been made while under the influence of some kind of Robitussin/Ambien/J├Ągermeister cocktail. In other words . . . you're tellin' me I got a chance . . . 

The Barclays Odds
It's playoff time so let's go
ahead and feature some past 
FGR  All-Stars like Eva . . .

1. Jordan Spieth - 6/1

2. Jason Day - 10/1
3. Justin Rose - 10/1
4. Dustin Johnson - 12/1
5. Rickie Fowler - 25/1
6. Henrik Stenson - 25/1
7. Bubba Watson - 25/1
8. Brooks Koepka - 25/1
9. Matt Kuchar - 30/1
10. Jim Furyk - 33/1

The FGR Barclays Picks

1. Jordan Spieth

2. Dustin Johnson
3. Jason Day
4. Justin Rose
5. Brooks Koepka
6. Jim Furyk
7. Bubba Watson
8. Charl Schwartzel
 . . . and Selma . . . 
9. Ryan Moore
10. David Lingmerth 

The One and Done Pick: Charl Schwartzel 

The Sleeper Pick: Charley Hoffman

Last Week’s Report Card: C+

1. Brandt Snedeker – T43rd
2. Bill Haas – T6th
3. Billy Horschel – M/C
4. Justin Thomas – T56
5. Brooks Koepka – T6

One and Done Picks to Date

Hyundai: Kevin Streelman - $70,667
Sony: Chris Kirk - $42,280
Humana: Russell Knox - M/C
Phoenix: Hunter Mahan - $36,729
Farmers: Hideki Matsuyama - M/C

AT&T: Dustin Johnson - $281,067
. . . and Lucy AND Rosie!!!
Northern Trust: Jimmy Walker - $24,120
Honda: Keegan Bradley - M/C
WGC-Cadillac: Bubba Watson - $540,000
Valspar: Jim Furyk - $23,600
Palmer: Brooks Koepka – W/D
Texas Open: Matt Kuchar - $99,200
Houston Open: Louis Oosthuizen - M/C
Masters: Rory McIlroy - $480,000
Heritage: Patrick Reed - M/C
Zurich: Rickie Fowler - M/C
Match Play: Graeme McDowell - $49,385
Players: Henrik Stenson - $130,857
Wells Fargo: Webb Simpson - $624,800
Colonial: Zach Johnson - $78,780
Byron Nelson: Gary Woodland - $15,407
Memorial: Justin Rose - $669,600
FedEx St. Jude: Billy Horschel - $168,000
U.S. Open: Phil Mickelson - $23,822
Travelers: Brandt Snedeker - $147,200
Greenbrier: Kevin Kisner - $500,267
John Deere: Robert Streb - $84,600
British Open: Sergio Garcia - $305,878
Canadian Open: Charley Hoffman - $174,725
Quicken Loans: Justin Thomas - $242,875
Bridgestone: Adam Scott - $55,000
PGA Championship: Jason Day - $1,800,000
Wyndham: Bill Haas - $174,825

Season Total: $6,843,684


* You know who doesn't share our enthusiasm for the youth movement led by Spieth, McIlroy, Day and Rose? Sergio, Matt Kuchar and Henrik Stenson. Sorry fellas but you had a really nice Tigerless window there from 2009-14 and you should've grabbed one when you had the chance. Now you're Tom Cruise and Kevin Costner clapping for Tom Hanks, Sean Penn and Daniel Day-Lewis at the Oscars.

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