With no tournament this week on Tour, I’ll revisit how my angles went over last week.
We’re all back to normal next week at Royal Troon and I’ll have a surprise for gamers new and old here next Wednesday!
Welcome to the Wednesday gaming column WRAP UP edition!
World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational
Barracuda Championship OAD
Each week, I’ll put my angles, theories and lineups in here for you to peruse, copy, fade or argue.
For all fantasy games I play as @MikeGlasscott or MikeGlasscott so I’m not hiding from anyone! Gamers don’t forget I reserve the right to change any lineup at any time based on changes in weather, tee times, illness or whatever.
Daily Fantasy Sports
DraftKings has plenty of ways to join the action weekly in a salary-cap-format game. Gamers pick six players on a budget of $50,000 and hope they make the cut and go low. Each week I’ll list the players who I think have the most value and give examples of potential lineups.
Select six players who fit into the $50,000 salary cap maximum at DraftKings.com. Player values are established by DraftKings.
Last Week at WGC-BI:
For the second week in a row and third time in five events I supplied the winner (McGirt, Memorial; Hurley, QLN).
Dustin Johnson: WIN
Justin Rose: T-46
David Lingmerth: T-7
Kevin Na: T-27
Chris Kirk: T-21
K.T. Kim: T-21
One of these is not like the other and I didn’t expect it to be the man with three top fives in his last four starts here!
Brooks Koepka: WD, an absolute killer in any format that does not allow substitutions.
Jim Furyk: T-42
Patrick Reed: 52nd
Justin Thomas: T-33
William McGirt: T-7
Soren Kjeldsen: T-42
McGirt’s dream season shows no signs of waking up. Let’s hope he stays is the reasonably priced section for a while!
Each week I painfully writhe and wretch trying to figure out the proper strategy to find a player that will hit the top 10. Wins are great but aren’t likely, so I’m satisfied with having a chance to hit the big money. Missed cuts are absolutely the death in this game, but even the surest of things don’t always happen in the reality world of fantasy golf. Remember, fade or follow, it’s up to you.
Gamers who are new to OAD must remember that the most lucrative purses, the majors, WGC events, THEY PLAYERS and FedExCup Playoffs, are down the road and you’ll need to save some big boys for these events, all 12 of them.
- Click here for my first gaming column for more in-depth details and a list of last season’s PGA Tour winners.
Season total: $4,889,753; 35 events
- Wins: 2
- Seconds: 0
- Thirds: 1
- Top 10s: 7
- Top 25s: 15
- MC: 5 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO; Chappell, Colonial; Casey, Memorial; Woodland, FESJC)
Last week: Shane Lowry, T-36; ($73,500); Jon Rahm, MDF ($6,240).
No mystery or false hope this week as the defending champ opened 76-72. Nice weekend rally for 70-68 is a good sign for season-long investors but did nothing for the OAD crowd. Remember, last place paid $50k and I collected not even time and a half of that for T-36. THERE IS NO UPSIDE.
As for Rahm, in an event that didn’t even pay $600k to its winner, it was win or bust last week. Sure, Steele came t-5 but that made $121,600 but that’s not going to help anything just as Rahm’s $6,420 isn’t going to hurt.
The big money was obviously in the WGC event and I missed tremendously.
It’s almost over, right? Well, it is for me but you can continue to fade these picks weekly if you must.
Keys Last Week:
- Overpower par 70
- Par four prominence
My Five Finalists – WGC-BI:
1.) Shane Lowry – T36
2.) Brooks Koepka* – WD
3.) Jim Furyk – T-42; SEVEN birdies in four rounds.
4.) Adam Scott* – T-10; class again, no surprise here.
5.) Jason Day* – T-3; wow, super painful final three holes cost him and gamers $1.2 million on the week.
My Choice: Shane Lowry
Close Second: Jim Furyk
Long Shot Special: David Lingmerth – T-7 rewarded the course historians who didn’t use the defending champ.
My Five Finalists – Barracuda Championship:
1.) Brendan Steele – T-5
2.) Jon Rahm – MDF
3.) Colt Knost – 3rd
4.) Martin Laird – T-7
5.) Bryce Molder – MC
My Choice: Jon Rahm – MDF
Close Second: Brendan Steele – T-5
Long Shot Special: John Huh – WD
Verdict: Went young should have stayed old. Steele now has four top 10’s in five tries here. KISS. Took a swing, missed.
Avis PGA Tour Game
Each week, I’ll trot out guys who I believe who fit the course, the game and the road map, plus add some substitutes. Four starters are supported by two bench players each week. Remember, once a player tees off in your lineup he burns a start, so make sure you need to sub out instead of want to sub out.
@MikeGlasscott 2015 finish: 332nd
You’ll learn a few things about me each week in this column. This week’s lesson is taking horses to water but not making them drink. Games, like this one, who involve daily substitution options, I am terrible at playing. I’ll give you my best four starters and two bench options but it’s up to you to outguess me on which rounds they should sit or play.
The WDs are already coming in lieu of fixture congestion thanks to the Rio Olympics. With the Zika virus causing fear, it will be interesting if or when players drop or add. I’ll keep a list of the big boys here:
Bubba Watson – he WILL play the Travelers Championship
Jordan Spieth – John Deere Classic OUT but that is in limbo as of his press conference from Arkon:
Courtesy of ASAP Sports:
- What is your position on the Olympics right now, and what could change that?
JORDAN SPIETH: Right now I’m uncertain. Always been excited about the possible opportunity, but there’s quite a few different factors that would turn somebody away from going. It’s not just one; there are quite a few factors.
I personally have not received enough information that would allow me to make a confident decision either way at this point, so it’ll be as we gather further information I’ll be able to lean one way or the other, and when I feel confident on either side, I’ll make the choice.
I think July 11th is when the teams are picked, I don’t think you have to make your decision by then.
If you have any specific questions or want more info, hit me up on Twitter (@MikeGlasscott), firstname.lastname@example.org or mikeglasscott.com.
- Tournament Points (WGC-BI): 1,007
- Tournament Rank: 4,929
- Season Points: 31,050
- Season Rank: 492
Not a terrible week by any means as I couldn’t roster DJ or Spieth as I was out of starts. Oh, and I had only five guys rolling after the Koepka WD so no complaints at all. I’ve moved into the top 500 for the first time since early in the season and look to keep it going.
Jim Furyk – T-42
Brooks Koepka – WD
Adam Scott – T-10
Jason Day – T-3
Matt Kuchar – T-3
Shane Lowry – T-36
Daniel Berger – WD
Justin Rose – T-46
Russell Knox – 54th
Branden Grace – T-10
David Lingmerth – T-7
Justin Thomas – T-33
Hey, where did everyone go?!?!
OUT OF STARTS:
Yahoo! Fantasy Golf
1.) This is a LIMITED STARTS, season-long game. Only 10 PLAYS per player per season. If you stick Spieth in on Sunday ONLY this week, you burn a “start”. One round = one start so be aware!
2.) You are able to change your lineups before each round similar to the AVIS game. Dissimilar to the AVIS game, Yahoo! is based on SCORING only. The only thing that matters is going low and finishing high.
3.) Not everyone on your roster must play. There have been many weeks where I lock Spieth in on Thursday and let him ride all four rounds. This is legal and at times, such as the example above, encouraged.
4.) Splitting tee times (early-late) is not only recommended, it’s encouraged so don’t be surprised if some “big-name” players are omitted each week.
Points: WGC-BI: 171
Points: SUMMER Segment: 329
Rank: SUMMER Segment: 2,067
Points: SEASON: 4,145
Rank: SEASON: 549
Key to success was having Day and DJ in Group A and getting it “right” in three out of the four rounds; Moved up almost 300 spots in lieu of having ONE ROUND under par from three players in Group B. Grace and Lowry held the fort in Group C to at least keep me in the fight moving forward.
Starts, as they were last week, will remain a huge factor coming down the stretch. It’s time to plan that strategy (and hope for a bit of luck) and this off week should give you some time to develop your plan. As always, I’m here to help
season starts remaining in ( )
Dustin Johnson (5)
Jason Day (6)
Two of the hottest players on the planet made for an easy choice. Having only three starts left on Spieth (Open, PGA, and East Lake) is also an easy decision to leave out. Adam Scott should be the easy third man if low on starts on the two dudes above. Part of me wants to throw Justin Thomas into the mix to try and catch a 62 or 63…
Brooks Koepka (7)
Jim Furyk (9)
Justin Rose (6)
Jason Dufner (7)
I’m going to be VERY UPSET if Reed busts out this week after riding him the last two. With only four starts left, he’s going to be left out somewhere but I need at least one for Wyndham. Russell Knox might get a last-minute call up so stay tuned.
Branden Grace (9)
Shane Lowry (9)
Plenty of big boy options in here for folks who need to take a chance and make up some ground.
I hope you beat me in all of the formats but not too badly!