Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fantasy Golf: The Valspar Championship Preview

Let's all give a warm welcome back to the FGR's weekly fantasy golf preview. Doesn't he look great? He picked that shirt and those pants out all by himself and look, you can barely see the lobotomy scars now that most of his hair has grown back. The doctor says that we can finally count on him to guess the winner every week while also attempting to identify nine other guys who will outperform the salary cap number that the scofflaws* over at DraftKings have assigned to them. We're going to let him ease back in with the remedial, if not somewhat uninspiring, Valspar Championship. (I'm only doing this because you're making me). That's the spirit!

Fine. If you want uninspiring, I'll give you uninspiring. Ryan Moore is the pick. The oddsmakers have him third behind Justin Thomas and Henrik Stenson who withdrew from the event in Mexico last week with a stomach virus (cue loud hilarious guy in the office warning "DON'T DRINK THE WATER!"). Moore finished 5th here in 2015 and 3rd in 2016. That's what we in the fantasy golf business like to call a "positive trend." He also finished 28th last week which is just good enough for us to say he's paying well and that's really all we have to go on right? Playing well + past success at this course = good. 

We also like the ten guys listed below (including Moore) based on their cap numbers. Some six player combination of that ten wins money every week, we guarantee it (note: a guarantee is not a fact). It's just up to you to figure-out which six it is. From the ten we picked last week, that would've been Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Tyrell Hatton, Brandt Snedeker, Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace. Of course their salaries added-up to $51,700 in a $50,000 cap game but who's counting? I think I spent $18 to win $5 so when it comes to fantasy golf advice, I'm your man.  

Sometimes you just don't overthink it
and give the people what they want.
The One and Done Pick: Ryan Moore**

The Sleeper Pick: Jim Furyk

The DraftKings Top Ten

Matt Kuchar
Charles Howell
Ryan Moore
Gary Woodland
Kevin Na
Sean O'Hair
Wesley Bryan
Jim Furyk
Scott Brown
Adam Hadwin


* "Scofflaw" is an awesome and underused word that perfectly characterizes DraftKings and
FanDuel. The definition is "one who flouts the law, especially by failing to comply with a law that is difficult to enforce effectively." When not being used to describe dubious gambling sites, it's often applied to the dregs of modern society like bankers, local politicians and people who park right next to your car in an otherwise empty parking lot (three guesses as to who's pissing me off these days). 

** As for our one and done picks to date, we can proudly state that we had Rickie Fowler at the Honda Classic. The only other thing we can proudly state is that we still have 17 of the top 25 in the world at our disposal.     

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