THE NORTHERN TRUST Yahoo! Picks Featuring Ned Brown

08-23-17

Rubber is meeting the road as this limited starts game should be forcing some tough decisions.

Don’t worry, Ned and I can help if you’re wondering who to burn where.

Yahoo! Fantasy Golf

 

@MikeGlasscott

 

Wyndham Championship: 183

 

Summer Points: 1,458

Summer Rank: 3,152

 

Spring Points: 1,631

Spring Rank: 1,911

 

Winter Points: 1,768

Winter Rank: 2,587

 

Season Points: 4,857

Season Rank: 697

 

Last Time:

This week, I also decided not to change my lineup after my success at the PGA and had even better results.

I stayed true by playing Bill Haas all four days which sadly was only three in the end. I didn’t have a choice on Sunday as James Hahn reinforced why he’s perhaps not on this level yet (MC).

I was nervous after I realized that I didn’t play Moore in Group B Sunday but his even par 70 would have lost me points anyhow. I could have used him in round Nos. 1 and 2 but I stuck with Kisner instead.

Starting Stenson and watching him fire 62 on Thursday meant Group C didn’t need any attention all weekend. His 80 points confirmed that suspicion.

I jumped almost 300 spots overall this week and 3,000 spots in the Summer segment. Don’t tell me a bunch of guys have quit and aren’t playing as that will hurt my feelings.

This Week:

Remember, Yahoo! is a SCORING GAME ONLY.

Nothing else matters.

Four events left so be aware of that.

The Tour rarely adds tracks to their schedule, let alone their Playoff, that are going to piss off their membership.

As you’ve seen Glen Oaks is in perfect shape, wide open and par 70. I’ve also read that it will be “fun” this week and that hardly sounds like “bogey-fest”. The Superintendent and co-re-designer mentioned that the greens will be the only defense so I’d suggest those who hit the most of them!

 Check my preview for more details!

Group A

Starts remaining in parentheses

Rory McIlroy (4): There are four events left. I have four starts on him. Do the math. Until he WD and hangs it up, I’m riding him. He announced this week it’s the four FEC events and the Dunhill and he’s done. He would have quit now if he was truly bothered.

Dustin Johnson (3): His all-or-nothing at TPC Boston makes him an easy selection this week and a bench jockey next.

SUPER SUBS

Rickie Fowler (1): It shouldn’t matter where but he’s won at TPC Boston so that’s the plan THIS WEEK.

Patrick Reed (6): I’ll remind you he’s not defending on the same course but you already knew that. If I tweek out on McIlroy last minute, he’s probably next up. Or it will be…

Jason Day (9): Yep, NOYNE starts left should tell you all you need to know about his season. As usual, he lit it up at the PGA and has won in this part of the world before (2015). He will also defend at Conway Farms at the BMW which he also won in 2015.

 

Group B

Paul Casey (4): T-22 or better in his last 100 starts or something ridiculous. If pegging GIR is the angle this week, I’ll have no problems going with No. 3 on Tour.

Francesco Molinari (8): Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to over-think it. He named his daughter after this tournament and it’s not because he doesn’t like playing here…

Matt Kuchar (2): Pretty easy choice this week since he’s never finished better than T-24 at Conway Farms and T-10 (of a field of 30) at East Lake.

Justin Thomas (2): If it looks like Quail but is more open off the tee, I’m taking the guy who won at Quail. His last start is TBD but he’s also playing for Player of the Year with four wins and a major.

SUPER SUBS

Jordan Spieth (0)

Hideki Matsuyama (0)

Bubba Watson (9): TREMENDOUS risk/reward if you’re chasing and need to upset the applecart. Wide open AND perfect weather could be the perfect tonic.

 

Group C

Henrik Stenson (6): I’m not fading a guy who won on Tour for the first time since he won The Tour Championship in 2013. I’m not fading a guy who made TWENTY NOYNE BIRDIES last week and set the Wyndham scoring record.

Brooks Koepka (3): No signs of slowing down since winning the U.S. Open and shouldn’t have any issues with this layout.

SUPER SUBS

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.

Jon Rahm (2)

Ian Poulter (10)

Tony Finau (7)

David Lingmerth (8)

Remember, I reserve the right to change my lineup if weather, injury or whatever else pops up at the last minute.

 

“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!

 

@ESoxGolf

 

Wyndham Championship: 169

 

Summer Points: 1,475

Summer Rank: 2,078

 

Spring Points: 1,625

Spring Rank: 3,611

 

Winter Points: 1,871

Winter Rank: 140

 

Season Points: 4,971

Season Rank: 110

 

“Ned says…

Well, I got hurt a bit by Haas missing the second cut, but moved up a bit with the bonus points from Stenson and Simpson.

It’s kind of nice that this week is on a new course, because I found out my work league is having its fantasy football draft a week early this year, so I have been trying to cram like I did back in college for finals.

I really don’t like to do important drafts before the last of the week three preseason games are finished because that is the last you see of the regular starters.

Nothing sucks more than drafting a player and watching him go down in a meaningless preseason game.”

Free fantasy FOOTBALL advice as well from Ned!

Full service column this!

 

Group A

Rickie Fowler (3)– Fowler is probably playing the best of all the players in Group A right now with top nines in six of his last eight worldwide starts. This is a new course for everyone so past performances really aren’t going to be that helpful.

Rory McIlroy (4) — I am very surprised that McIlroy decided to play in the Playoffs this year. There was a lot of talk of shutting it down and letting his rib injury heal itself but he decided to give it a go in the Playoffs and then take at least a couple of months off. Dustin Johnson is another good pick here, but I am down to one start with him and he’s definitely going at East Lake.

SUPER SUBS

Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Marc Leishman

 

Group B

Hideki Matsuyama (3) — He came into the PGA Championship off a win at the WGC-BI and I thought he was going to collect his first major the next week at the PGA, but his Achilles’ heel, his putter, came back to bite leaving him in a tie for fifth place. Matsuyama is a streaky player and he has been red hot since his T-2 at the U. S. Open.

Jordan Spieth (1) — After back-to-back championships at the Travelers and the Open Championship, the talk was that Spieth was going to be player of the year. All it took was an exciting finish by his buddy Justin Thomas at the PGA to change that talk. This trip to Glen Oaks is a first for the Northern Trust, but reading up on the layout it doesn’t look long and the rough doesn’t seem to be a problem. I’ll keep him on the bench, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he forces me to use my last start.

Justin Thomas (2) — I’ve used Thomas pretty heavily this year but even though I thought in theory he could do well on the course at Quail Hallow, his three consecutive missed cuts and a T-28 at the WGC-BI coming into the PGA scared me off. Like Matsuyama, Thomas is a streaky player and you saw early this season when Thomas captured the Tournament of Champions in Maui and the Sony Open the following week.

Paul Casey (5) — A lot of good choices available with this spot. Since we don’t have course history to go on, one of the hottest golfers on the Tour is Paul Casey. In his last four starts he finished T-5 at the Travelers, T-11 at the Open Championship, T-5 at the WGC-BI and T-13 at the PGA.

SUPER SUBS

Matt Kuchar, Francesco Molinari, Charlie Hoffman, Kevin Kisner

 

Group C

Henrik Stenson (5) — If you have been following this space you know that I have been on Stenson for a month and he rewarded me last week with a championship at the Wyndham. He is another one of those players that once he gets on a roll you keep on riding him and everyone should have plenty of starts to roll through the Playoffs.

Brooks Koepka (7) — The big hitter picked up his first major at Erin Hills and he has continued to play well with T-6 at the Open, T-17 at the WGC-BI and T-13 at the PGA. I probably should have been playing him more then I have this season and he might be able to overpower this course.

SUPER SUBS

Tony Finau, Ollie Schniederjans, Daniel Berger, Ian Poulter

 

FORE!

Shoot any questions and follow along at @MikeGlasscott and mikeglasscott.com to stay in tune.

 

 

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