John Deere Classic Yahoo! Featuring Ned Brown


Rain today slowed down the Pro-Am and should also make everyone a bit more accurate off the tee tomorrow!

Better go low, yo, especially in Yahoo! where there are a few interesting angles this week that will cause separation!

Yahoo! Fantasy Golf




Greenbrier: 146


Summer Points: 439

Summer Rank: 18,828


Spring Points: 1,631

Spring Rank: 1,911


Winter Points: 1,768

Winter Rank: 2,587


Season Points: 3,838

Season Rank: 1,371


Last Time:

Dropped 100 points in the season ranking last week because my man management skillz are rubbish.

As usual, I left a couple of monsters on the bench but I’m used to that by now.

It looks like my faith in Lingmerth lasted 72 holes too many as I suffered by playing Finau on Sunday only.

If you play chalk in a game where the chalk doesn’t fire, this is exactly what happens.

Time to tighten up!


This Week:

Remember, Yahoo! is a SCORING GAME ONLY.

Nothing else matters.

TPC Deere Run has annually played as one of the easiest courses on Tour.

This is a recording.

With 19-under-par the highest winning score in the last six years, I’d suggest finding birdie busters and par breakers who aren’t afraid to take it low for four days in a row.

There were two rounds over par in the top 40 last year.

The top 33 were double-digits below par.

A bogey is essentially a double this week because you’ll need two birdies to catch back up!

Ryan Moore had two bogeys last year as he picked up the big check.

Better make par at worst!


Group A

Starts remaining in parentheses

Kevin Streelman (10): He’s recent form is all T-30 or better and he makes birdies in bunches, especially on TPC layouts.

Smylie Kaufman (10): Natural Light used to be the “beer with a taste for food”. Kaufman’s only win included 61 on Sunday in Las Vegas. Gamers might want to check that correlation this week…


Closed for repairs


Group B

Kevin Kisner (5): The most complete bag in the field this week should (hopefully) rebound from an uninspired MC last week. Right?

Charley Hoffman (7): He’s been white hot and has done everything but win this season. With top 10’s in his last two outings let’s ride that heat!

Danny Lee (8): Wash, rinse, repeat. T-3 his last visit in 2015 and four top 10’s in his last seven on Tour.

Jamie Lovemark (9): This will be his fifth look and he hasn’t MC in his previous four. I don’t think his confidence has been this high before though. He’ll smash it and make a ton of birdies again this week after T-3 last week.


Steve Stricker, Ryan Moore, Robert Streb


Group C

Daniel Berger (6): Win, MC, and a playoff loss in his last three makes him impossible to ignore.

Brian Harman (9): He’s a FANTASTIC putter and his form might be even better. The 2014 champ should be in about 95% of the lineups this week but I hope he’s not!


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.

Kyle Stanley will need a big week with the putter.

Bryson DeChambeau makes a VERY tasty outsider. Ctrl-C Ctrl-V

Ben Martin and Morgannnnnn Hofffffmannnnnn both shot 62 here last year. Good luck guessing which round!


“Ned says…”

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!




Greenbrier: 158


Summer Points: 515

Summer Rank: 1,747


Spring Points: 1,625

Spring Rank: 3,611


Winter Points: 1,871

Winter Rank: 140


Season Points: 4,011

Season Rank: 66


“Ned says…

I had no players in the top three last week, but it really didn’t hurt me because a lot of players didn’t have them.

This week has one of the weakest Group A fields that I have ever seen.

Consider yourself a winner if you get one of the two players through the Friday afternoon cut.

Of course a weak Group A means that Group C is absolutely stocked with great choices and how you do this week is going to come down to who you pick out of Group C..”


Group A

Kevin Streelman (10)– Probably most everyone reading this column has ten starts left with Kevin Streelman. He has been playing well recently with a very nice run of four straight top 18s going into last week’s Greenbrier, where he finished T-29. His record at the John Deere is very hit-or-miss, he has two eighth place finishes to go along with three missed cuts in six career starts.

Alex Cejka (10)– There really are no good choices at this point in this pool. Everyone is triple digit odds. I landed on Cejka mainly due to him playing well last week at the Greenbrier where he tied for ninth place.




Group B

Steve Stricker (10) — A lot of fantasy players will probably avoid Steve Stricker this week due to his age. The thing is he is playing well right now with a T-7 at Colonial and a T-16 at the U.S. Open. Like Erin Hills this is another “home” tournament for Stricker and he has a great record here that includes three championships in a row from ’09 to ’11.

Charles Howell, III (2) — Howell took quite a bit of time off due to a rib injury and in his first tournament back lost in a playoff at the QLN. I wasn’t too surprised by his performance last week, but he has a solid record here and I’m looking for him to try to regain the form he had at the QLN.

Danny Lee (8) — Lee has been on a real nice run in here with a T-3 at the Travelers, a T-22 at the QLN and a T-9 last week at the Greenbrier. His best finish here came his last time in ’15 when he tied for third place.

Charley Hoffman (8) — A lot of players are going to go with Kevin Kisner in here. I’m going with Hoffman because he has been on a roll with an eighth place at the U.S. Open and T-3 at the Travelers. He has one top 10 in six career starts, so he is really about trying to play the hot hand.


Kevin Kisner, Ryan Moore, Kevin Na, Johnson Wagner


Group C

Daniel Berger (8) — Berger is playing some great golf right now. He won a championship at the St. Jude, and after missing the cut at the U.S. Open, rebounded with a playoff second place at the Travelers. This is his first time at the John Deere so again I’m going after the hot hand.

Zach Johnson (10) — There are a lot a very good choices this week in Group C. Since I went with a hot hand play with Berger, I thought why not use a horse-for-course play with my second choice? Johnson has had, for him, an off year. His only top 10 in stroke play in ’17 was a T-6 all the way back at the Sony and last time out he missed the cut at the Travelers. Like Stricker he considers this to be his “home” course and before last year’s T-34 he had a run of five straight top 3s which included a championship in ’12.


Brian Harman, Kyle Stanley, Matt Jones, Ollie Schniederjans, Ben Martin



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