What could have been.
The last five weeks have completely ruined my season but I have not yet begun to fight!
With only 15 tee times this week and perfect weather on the cards, I’d fire the biggest and best
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Ned and I both took a bath last weekend as 62 and 58 destroyed average, under-par rounds which usually accumulate points. See the picture above for answers…
Let’s see how we match up this week!
Ned Brown (@Esoxgolf)
Points: BMW: 172
Points: SEASON: 5,335
Rank: SEASON: 4,563
Dustin Johnson (1): He is playing extremely well coming into this week with a T-8 at the DBC and a very impressive victory at the BMW. You could try to fade him this week to make up ground to the field of fantasy players but if he wins you will take a huge fall in the rankings.
Jordan Spieth (4): In the Playoffs I’ve been going with Day in the second spot but his back injury has me spooked. The result is a very tough choice between Spieth and Adam Scott. Scott has played great in the Playoffs with fourth place finishes in all three of the prior events. Spieth has a great record at East Lake with a T-2 in ’13 and championship last year. In a coin flip, I give the nod to Spieth.
Patrick Reed (1): I thought there was a good chance that the players that went to Rio for the Olympics would be playing tired in here. It just didn’t happen. Reed has played great in the Playoffs with a Championship at the Barclays, T5 at the DB and a T13 at the BMW.
Jimmy Walker (6): He picked up his first major at the PGA and found his form again in the Playoffs finishing third at the DBC and a T-13 at the BMW. His success at the TOUR Championship is middle of the pack so he is all about playing the hot hand.
Brandt Snedeker (1): He started out the season red hot which resulted in a championship at the Farmers but then cooled off. He rounded back in to form coming into the Playoffs but disappointed until last time out when he looked decent with a T-13 at the BMW. His course history at East Lake is a bunch of middle-of-the-pack finishes except for ’12 when he took home the title.
J.B. Holmes (4): Normally, I would stick Rory McIlroy in this spot but I am out of starts. Instead I’m going to roll the dice with J.B. Holmes. Most players will automatically pencil Matsuyama in this spot but I’m going with Holmes, who looked great at the BMW in a T-4 finish. I’m hoping he can move me up more spots in the rankings.
Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox
Paul Casey (9): Coming into East Lake as one of the hottest players on TOUR with second place finishes at the DB and the BMW. His brief record here is very good with a T-4 in ’10 and a T-5 last year.
Daniel Berger (8): I’ve been on Grillo in this spot for weeks but I’m hopping off the train now following a T-33 at the DBC and a T-32 at the BMW. Instead I’m using Berger who looked good last time out with a T-10 at the BMW, plus he finished T-12 here last year.
Emiliano Grillo, Charl Schwartzel
Points: BMW: 158
Points: SUMMER Segment: 1,635
Rank: SUMMER Segment: 10,614
Points: SEASON: 5,451
Rank: SEASON: 1,679
Sums up an awful run-in as I was on the wrong end of Jason Day-Dustin Johnson order in Group A.
Group B wasn’t much better as I couldn’t match up the best rounds on the best days.
Group C doesn’t deserve comment as my best selection was T-32.
I learned a valuable lesson this year that I saw play out down the stretch:
Having TOO MANY options is dire so BURN MORE STARTS earlier in the year.
You can only choose two of four guys to play each day on the weekend so if you have four very solid players, you’re left to guess at best.
I’m going to burn more starts earlier in the field instead of saving them so my options are less at the end of the year and hopefully my point total is up.
I sat right around No. 400 at the end of July and now I’m worthless and trending towards No. 2000. You’ll notice the starts remaining on display below and see why I’m bothered about how I mismanaged my team. I’ll learn from it and move on. I better.
What’s the opposite of the Midas Touch? Well, I have it so be warned.
Check my preview for any questions you might have but the answer is going to be YES, FIRE AWAAAAAAAY!
season starts remaining in ( )
Jordan Spieth (2)
Jason Day (1)
I haven’t been very smart the last six weeks so I’m not going to deviate from that plan here on the final week. I’m rolling the dice with the two best putters on Tour and leaving DJ and Scott out in the cold. The smart play would be mix-and-match short game-ball striker if you’re leading but good luck splitting these four.
Jimmy Walker (5)
Brandt Snedeker (4)
Hideki Matsuyama (3)
William McGirt (7)
Not having any starts left on Reed is a bummer but I went REED HAPPY all year because I love him. I’ve tried to balance out the roster above with Bomber-Putter (Walker), Short Game Stud (Snedeker), Ball-Striking Metronome (Matsuyama) and #SteadySpaghetti across the board (McGirt). Looks GREAT on paper, doesn’t it?? Kevin Chappell is the rank outsider here if you need a flier.
Paul Casey (7)
Daniel Berger (7)
I’m Grillo-ed out and I’m not sticking him in here when putting is a big deal. Also, he’s never played this track and the field is too deep. Berger might just get all four starts as he plays himself onto the Ryder Cup team this week.
So that’s that. Panic, fade or follow.
Fantasy golf, such is life, is full of difficult decisions
WHAT COULD GO WRONG????
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