Not an easy fantasy week as some would like to believe.
Good luck sorting out Groups B and C!
Remember, it’s scoring only so is there any room for this guy?
Spring Points: 305
Spring Rank: 7,617
Winter Points: 1,768
Winter Rank: 2,587
Season Points: 2,073
Season Rank: 2,067
I never could recover from Thursday where I only racked up 16 points so I won’t complain too much.
As usual, I left a few monsters on the bench so everything is normal at my house. There was no way I was moving Spieth out and Casey in on Sunday with him playing in the penultimate group but it would have been the proper move.
I also had too much faith in Jon Rahm in Group C, deservedly so, but veteran Lee Westwood had a monster on Saturday that I could have used.
As you’ve read all day today, my Spieth-Fowler-Rose troika made up three of the final four tee times last Sunday. Hard to be too upset.
Remember, Yahoo! is a SCORING GAME ONLY.
Nothing else matters.
There are more than a handful of guys from this part of the world who have put up numbers on this track consistently.
They are usually guys who play out of the middle of the fairway and/or have excellent short games.
I’m leaning experience this week again as Pete Dye courses can frustrate the kids.
Starts remaining in parentheses
Branden Grace (10) — He’s 21-under-par with seven of eight rounds in the red in two trips. He’s also the defending champ.
Bill Haas (8) — I’m leaning on the steady factor here plus his last few rounds looks like he’s started to figure it out here.
Luke Donald: He is THE course horse here with three podiums in the last four years. I’m betting against him in hopes of moving on up. He also didn’t fire at Honda and Valspar, two other events he’s raked at in the past. Caution.
Marc Leishman: One bad round last week shouldn’t knock him off of your radar.
Adam Hadwin (10) — I’m late to the party here. Error corrected.
Kevin Kisner (9) — One of many with local ties this week but not many have finished second here closing with 64 like he did in 2015.
Matt Kuchar (8) — Not even the most contrarian of the contrarians can fade him this week! His three top fives in the last four years suggests scoring isn’t an issue for him here!
Charley Hoffman (9) — Sunday has been the only day he doesn’t score here as 12 of his 15 rounds the other three days are par or better.
Why did Group B suddenly turn into Group C this week? There are a dozen guys in here that I could easily make a case for adding. Check my preview if you need to split more hairs.
Russell Henley (10) — Hotter than a clam bake or crawfish boil with a win and T-11 in his last two events entering the week.
Pat Perez (9) — Quietly having an outstanding season and he’s rarely struggled here when healthy.
I’ve often referred to Group C as the Rummage Sale of fantasy golf as there is something in here for any theory or style.
Martin Kaymer doesn’t miss cuts so he’s an excellent safety net if you have a runner with him.
Jason Dufner ticks all of those boxes as well but has never put all four together here.
Bryson DeChambeau is lightning in a bottle for the dot connectors plus he was second at PRO.
Ned Brown returns to drop his knowledge in Yahoo! as he did here last year. Ned is a legend in the gaming world and has cleaned up in Yahoo while most of you were in diapers! He’ll share his thoughts and picks here when he wants!
Spring Points: 285
Spring Rank: 14,730
Winter Points: 1,871
Winter Rank: 140
Season Points: 2,156
Season Rank: 259
I paid a price last week by going double first-timers in Group C. On Saturday evening I was at 123rd place for the season but then the Sergio Garcia bonus points kicked in and I fell to 259th place. My season points are 2,156 which is good, but my Spring points are 285 which has me in 14,730 which is not so good. (I had 152 points last week, which is ok if you didn’t have Sergio.)”
Luke Donald (10) — He had a nice little run in the spring where I thought he looked useable for fantasy. He has cooled off since then but he has such a strong record here. You recall the recent years where he was really struggling on the TOUR, but not here. He has SIX top threes in his last eight starts here. That is unreal. The odds of doing that, without winning, must be up there.
Branden Grace (10) — The South African is another player that thrives at Harbour Town. He tied for seventh place in ’15 and won the championship last year. Lots of fantasy players won’t pick a defending champion but I’ve never had a problem with it.
Marc Leishman, Bill Haas, Shane Lowry
Matt Kuchar (9) — Comes into this week with a lot of momentum from a final round of 5-under-par 67 at the Masters. His recent record here is very good, with a championship in ’14, a fifth place in ’15 and a T-9 last year. He will be used quite a bit in OAD games.
Charley Hoffman (9) — His performance was unreal during the first round of the Masters with that 7-under-par 65. He still was in the hunt going into the final round but faded as did a few of the names did on Sunday. He has success here with a T-8 in ’12 and T-6 in ’13. I am basically looking for a rebound from the pressure of being the leader of the Masters for the first two rounds.
Kevin Kisner (9) — He hung in there at the Masters but he did look good at the API when he tied for second place with Hoffman. His only top ten here in four starts was a playoff second place in 2015.
Adam Hadwin (10) — I think this spot is a tossup between Adam Hadwin and William McGirt. I liked what I saw of McGirt at the Masters and he has a better record here then Hadwin. Hadwin is the hotter golfer with a championship at the Valspar and a sixth place at the API.
William McGirt, Kevin Na, Jim Furyk, Russell Knox
Martin Kaymer (10) — Kaymer is playing some good golf in here with top 23 finishes in his last six starts, including a T-16 last week at the Masters, which is an event he usually suffers in. He only has two starts here, the last coming in ’14 when he tied for 23rd place.
Russell Henley (10) — He has been on a roll in here with a T-9 at the Valspar, a championship at the SHO and a T-11 last week at the Masters. He did have a T-6 here in ’13, but Henley is more about playing the hot hand.
Pat Perez, Matt Fitzpatrick, Terrell Hatton
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