Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fantasy Golf: The Deutsche Bank Championship Preview

With the cut down to 100 players, we say goodbye this week to, among others, Charl Schwartzel, Lee Westwood and Adam Scott who I shrewdly ranked fifth in my season preview. At least Tiger will be able to fill-out his 8:50 tee time on Saturday morning. Meanwhile, Kyle Reifers, David Cleghorn, Hudson Swafford and Jason Kokrak* live to fight another day (believe it or not, I only made one of those guys up) and this week's players on the 70 man bubble include Ian Poulter (69th), Keegan Bradley (71st) and Charles Howell, III (74th). In light of my deep affection for all things Boston, I certainly hope that Bradley's season doesn't spontaneously combust there this weekend (I'm detecting sarcasm).    

Continuing the theme initiated in yesterday's DraftKings Preview and revisited as recently as the last paragraph, Boston doesn't give us much to like but at least this week it gives us a course that produces solid winners so the rankings are going to be very chalky not unlike the skin of most Red Sox fans before they spend a sunscreen free summer baking-in tank top lines at Fenway and degrading the beaches of Cape Cod. I kid because I love (not really).   

As for the golf, if you want to keep riding the Jason Day train this week, by all means do but know that (a) it will unquestionably briefly derail at some point and (b) Rory has been on the sidelines watching yet another young stud pound chinks in his "Best Golfer in the World" armour for the better part of six weeks and he ain't just going to sit back and take it. It certainly doesn't hurt Rory's case that he won this thing in 2012 and came in 5th last year. 

The other logical choices to bump Day off his stride are Henrik Stenson who came in 2nd last week and won here in 2013 and Jordan Spieth who is Jordan Spieth. If none of those guys are still at your disposal (and they shouldn't be), check-out Robert Streb who finished 9th here last year and Kevin Kisner who showed signs last week of getting back the game that made him one of the best on tour for ten weeks this summer (did I mention that I have a vested interest in Kisner?).   

The Deutsche Bank Odds
It's not easy finding sightly Boston 
related images but here goes.

1. Jason Day - 13/2
2. Rory McIlroy - 15/2
3. Jordan Spieth - 8/1
4. Henrik Stenson - 16/1
5. Dustin Johnson - 16/1
6. Justin Rose - 16/1
7. Bubba Watson - 22/1
8. Brooks Koepka - 28/1
9. Rickie Fowler - 30/1
10. Louis Oosthuizen - 35/1

The FGR Deutsche Bank Picks

1. Rory McIlroy
2. Jordan Spieth
3. Henrik Stenson
4. Justin Rose
5. Jim Furyk
6. Jason Day 
7. Kevin Kisner
8. Zach Johnson
Not bad for an ice hockey theme.
9. Brooks Koepka
10. Robert Streb

The FGR One and Done Pick: Kevin Chappell

The FGR Sleeper Pick: Kevin Kisner

Last Week's Report Card: B

1. Jordan Spieth - M/C
2. Dustin Johnson - T9
3. Jason Day - 1st
4. Justin Rose - T16
5. Brooks Koepka - M/C
6. Jim Furyk - T11
7. Bubba Watson - 3rd
8. Charl Schwartzel - M/C
9. Ryan Moore - M/C
10. David Lingmerth - M/C

One and Done Picks to Date

OK . . . we're getting there.
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
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
That's what I'm talking about!!!
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
Barclays: Charl Schwartzel - M/C

Season Total: $6,843,684


* Cleghorn is the poser in case you were wondering. Admit it. You thought it was Kokrak didn't you? You're so predictable. (Wife rolls eyes, sighs and leaves the room). 

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