Better late than never!
Ned and I were both swamped this week with off-the-field issues and we both appreciate everyone’s patience!
Yahoo! Fantasy Golf
Summer Points: 170
Summer Rank: 13,541
Spring Points: 1,631
Spring Rank: 1,911
Winter Points: 1,768
Winter Rank: 2,587
Season Points: 3,569
Season Rank: 1,001
Not having Jordan Spieth in the lineup saw me drop 52 points and (barely) out of the top 1,000. I was never planning on playing Spieth here, and frankly, I had no idea until a couple of weeks ago that he was even playing.
To only lose a handful of places suggests I wasn’t the only one who used this theory.
I wish there would have been more people mismanage Group A but that’s where I really shine in this game. Of the four chances between Leishman and the late-added McIlroy, I predicted the low man once. Because I stink. Between the two I collected 30 points. That’s laughable and hard to do!
I rode Justin Thomas for two rounds in Group B and was rewarded with two points. Thankfully with Thomas and Bubba Watson MC, I couldn’t screw up the weekend in that group. Paul Casey and Brandt Snedeker did work.
I’ll take the credit in Group C as I nailed all four days with Brian Harman and Daniel Berger.
So Group A and C washed out and I’m thinking I wasn’t alone on the Justin Thomas train that stalled in the station.
Remember, Yahoo! is a SCORING GAME ONLY.
Nothing else matters.
Only a smattering of low ones the last two times the Web.com visited the newly renovated TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.
With the rough gnarly and the track a relative unknown to everyone not named Billy Hurley, III, I’ll be leaning on the class ball-strikers and players in fine form.
Par four scoring will take center stage with only two par fives again this week.
Greens running at 10.5-ish on the Stimp encourage birdies from all kinds of putters.
You might need a little more pop in the lineup this week as this track play almost 300 yards longer than last week at TPC River Highlands.
Scramblers and those who can fill the card with pars won’t hurt either.
Starts remaining in parentheses
Patrick Reed (8): See that number over there? EIGHT??? Luckily he’s heating up and I’ll run that total down this summer including this week!
Rickie Fowler (3): If Captain America is demoted I’ll have 1A ready to roll. If I run out of starts on him I’ll just plug McIlroy in his place down the road. Or Jason Day. Or Dustin Johnson. Don’t take any starts to the offseason with you!
Marc Leishman, Brendan Steele, Bill Haas
Justin Thomas (3): He should be recharged after MC last week. Nothing in my world changes as his play wasn’t influence by injury or any outside factors. If I loved him last week, he’s back in again just like Fowler was after MC in Memphis. #Class. Oh, and he leads the Tour in par four scoring.
Kevin Chappell (9): The momentum has waned but his past results on difficult courses piques my interest. Plus, he doesn’t MC often with just two in 13 tries.
Danny Lee (10): With three finishes in the top six in his last three events, including T-3 last time out, I’ll lean on the form. I also noticed he was T-1 GIR at the Travelers.
Sung Kang (9): He’s played the course in a tournament before and that experience can’t hurt. He’s also cashed checks in all 10 of his last starts.
Tony Finau (10): Of the 1,000,399 players in Group C, I have exactly six of those players who have started for me. The other million have 10 starts remaining. #ThinField. I’m leaning on a guy who can overpower the layout, pound GIR and score on the par fours (T-14).
David Lingmerth (7): Four events in a row T-21 or better and the 2012 champ here on the Web.com.
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.
Graham DeLaet has put together back-to-back decent starts.
Russell Henley across the board is the most complete.
Keegan Bradley broke through last week at the Travers for his first top 10 in some time.
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!
Summer Points: 182
Summer Rank: 7,278
Spring Points: 1,625
Spring Rank: 3,611
Winter Points: 1,871
Winter Rank: 140
Season Points: 3,678
Season Rank: 141
Last week I had 182 points which isn’t bad considering I was trying save a start on Spieth because I’m down to only two left with him. Of course that was a big mistake when he went low in the first round and I got to watch him hold on to that lead.
Berger saved me last week, because without him I would have fallen back in the pack.”
Rickie Fowler (6) — He has been a little bit inconsistent in here but when he is playing well the results are pretty good with a T-2 at the Memorial and a T-5 at the U.S. Open. He will be so heavily owned this week that he is almost a must use.
Patrick Reed (10)– There are three or four good options with this pick. I have been impressed with Reed the last couple of weeks with his T-13 at the U.S. Open and his T-5 last week at the Travelers.
Bill Haas, Brendan Steele, Marc Leishman
Justin Thomas (2) — I was concerned last week that the poor final round at the U.S. Open might have a carryover into the Travelers and it did. Well this week’s field in Group B is a bit on the thin side and you saw last week what happens when you leave one of the stars of the tournament off your roster. I’ll try to hide him on the bench, but I expect Thomas to force me to use him.
Kevin Chappell (9) — The winner of the VTO has continued to play well with a T-4 at the St. Jude and a T-23 at the U.S. Open. I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up using him all four rounds.
Charles Howell, III (4) — A pretty safe pick is a thin Group B, but be aware he hasn’t teed it up on the TOUR since the RBC Heritage.
Danny Lee (10) — Normally I’d be plugging Jimmy Walker in here but I’ve been avoiding him since he reveled that he has fighting Lyme’s. Instead, I’ll use Lee who looked very good last week at the Travelers where he tied for third place.
Daniel Summerhays, Kevin Na, Jimmy Walker
Tony Finau (9) — It would be great if we could flex the players from Group C to Group B because Group C is loaded this week. One of the safest picks is Tony Finau who has missed only one cut in his last nine starts, and who finished T-17 last week at the Travelers.
Xander Schauffele (10) — This week is mostly trying to go with players that have the hot hand. One of those is Schauffele, who tied for fifth place at the U.S. Open and followed up last week with a T-14 at the Travelers. I’ll be interested to see what percentage go with him this week in Yahoo!
J.B. Holmes, Kyle Stanley, Russell Henley, Byeong Hun An
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