Wow, did Spieth put on a clinic last week or what? If that is a sign of things to come then look out PGA Tour. So the “I don’t think I can afford Spieth this week” narrative wasn’t a sound strategy for cash tournament purposes, but we were able to cash in our 50/50’s to keep us on the plus side.
This week brings us to Hawaii once again with the 2016 Sony Open. It is the first full field event of the year, so there will be some new faces in the field for the first time.
As always, check back for the actual DraftKings PGA lineup early in the week.
The first player I love this week is the 2x defending champ Jimmy Walker. While his form was not great toward the end of last year, he has shot around 40 under par here the last two years, so I see little risk in putting him in my lineup. Same can be said of Harris English, who seems to blister this track as well.
Gary Woodland should be able to use his length to make a few eagles this week. Remember, eagles are worth 8 points in the DraftKings fantasy golf league.
Kisner is another star of the future who is really hot now. He’s never made the cut here, but that doesn’t account for his recent form. I’ll be interested to see how he fares this week.
Also, for the lower tier players, I like Charles Howell III. CH3 banks money early in the year and then makes numerous top 40 finishes to become the richest guy you would not recognize on the street.
Adam Scott is one of the many guys that have no choice but to use a short putter or at least a non-anchored stroke. Should be interesting to see how well some of the guys perform, especially ones that have only played with the anchored stroke. At least Scott has putted both ways in his professional career.
January 14, 2016 Sony Open Fantasy Golf Lineup:
|Golfer||Salary||Comments - Stats|
|1||Matt Kuchar||11500||Kuch has had great success here recently. 8th or better in 4 of the last 5 years. I like him to win this year.|
|2||Harris English||10200||We picked a lot this week, as you'll see, but English may be the biggest horse for this course. Last three years: 3rd, 4th, T9.|
|3||Scott Piercy||8500||Piercy has been playing well lately. He's made 3 of 4 cuts here and finished 2nd last year. Plus, I like that he played last week so we know he's not cold.|
|4||Jerry Kelly||7400||Jerry likes Waialae. 13th or better 6 times over the last 10 years, including top 10's last two years.|
|5||Rory Sabbatini||6500||Sabbatini has a long, sometimes successful, history here. Only missed the cut once in the last 11 years, including two second place finishes and T6 last year. Good value here.|
|6||Colt Knost||5800||The pride of Garrettsville, OH ranks highest on Tour with the putter (Top 30 in Strokes Gained & Total Putting), but first and foremost we need our punts to make the cut and he has 2 of the last 3 appearances.|