Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Fantasy Golf: The Rocket Mortgage Classic Preview

I'm in a bit of a mood today. Is it because Bubba Watson went from 1st to T19th in the space of five holes last week thereby depriving me of an unprecedented third win in four weeks? Is it because I somehow managed to schedule a dentist appointment for today AND a colonoscopy tomorrow? Is it because my dog has spent the last two days delivering baby bunnies to me as some kind of warped show of respect/gratitude?* Is it because I miss the rhythmic sometimes deafening buzz of the cicadas and how it mercifully drowned-out the voices in my head? 

The answers to all of these questions (and so many more) is a resounding "YES." Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna have another mango popsicle and keep spreading joy throughout my house.


This is a question that I, along with many others, need to ask themselves more regularly. 


For reasons that escape me at the moment but now for which I am thankful, I did not pick Hideki Matsuyama to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he ultimately finished a disappointing T42. What that means for me and you (a/k/a "us") is that we have a perfectly viable low risk option this week as Hideki has actually played this event twice posting a T13 and a T21. That means that this qualifies as a track he likes and, while he's not as picky as Bubba who is to golf courses what a lactose intolerant gluten free vegetarian is to the buffet at Golden Corral, he's still one of those guys who is very particular about his layouts. So consider this a reserved if not over the top with enthusiasm endorsement for the Masters champ.

Overall this tournament is a bit of a crap shoot. As noted, they've played Detroit Country Club twice. One year the top three finishers were Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Wolff and Kevin Kisner but the other year they were Nate Lashley, Doc Redman, Rory Sabbatini and Wes Roach (they tied for 3rd and I did not make any of those names up). The field is "Watered Down" based on Cameron Tringale's $8,100 price tag so we should at least see some talent at the top on Sunday but I would expect someone other than DeChambeau and Reed. Maybe two non-antichrists like Will Zalatoris and Joaquin Niemann. 

In the year Doc didn't finish 2nd he actually finished T21 so he's the closest thing we have to a mortal lock from the mid-range guys. I also like the idea of a Rickie Fowler feel good story in this spot. Low profile event, holiday weekend and a field just good enough to get his attention but not so good that he gets run over. He missed the cut last week but before that he posted a T8 at the PGA Championship and a T11 at The Memorial. Forget about the curveball Rickie . . . GIVE 'EM THE HEATER!!!

Pretty much sums-up how I feel about
this week's pick but hey, I was supremely
confident last week and . . . you know.
One and Done Pick: Hideki Matsuyama

Other Guy I'd Pick: Will Zalatoris

Sleeper Pick: Joel Dahmen

DraftKings Top Ten Values

Hideki Matsuyama


Will Zalatoris


Jason Kokrak


Rickie Fowler


Cameron Tringale


Doc Redman


Sepp Straka


Chris Kirk


Andrew Putnam


Joel Dahmen



* This is true and I'm happy to report that (so far) no bunnies have been injured (physically) as a result of these offerings. It pretty much goes down like this:

Charlie brings bunny up. 

I yell "NO CHARLIE!" 

Charlie gives me the "nothing is ever good enough for you" look with which I am all too familiar. 

Charlie drops bunny. 

Bunny lays there in shock for a minute.

Charlie gives me the "I barely touched him" look. 

Bunny hops away. 


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