And down the stretch they come!
Roster management is the key this time of year with only three events left.
Plenty of options this week in the column and Ned and I go in different directions.
Yahoo! Fantasy Golf
THE NORTHERN TRUST: 178
Summer Points: 1,636
Summer Rank: 3,410
Spring Points: 1,631
Spring Rank: 1,911
Winter Points: 1,768
Winter Rank: 2,587
Season Points: 5,035
Season Rank: 693
Luckily I had/have starts for DJ left as I burned one for a 38 point Sunday. Sadly, I didn’t fire him from the get go as I sent McIlroy to the crease, so I lost YUGE points and ground to the field.
All four rounds for Casey and Kuchar in Group B as I put my money where my mouth was. No bonus points is hardly a shock but the upside is I saved a start on Justin Thomas.
Stenson and Koepka didn’t do me any favours in Group C and it didn’t help that I benched the best round (Saturday Stenson) of the week between them. I had my fun with Stenson at Wyndham so I can’t complain too much
Even without Spieth I moved up a handful of spots on the season but dropped in the segment.
Remember, Yahoo! is a SCORING GAME ONLY.
Nothing else matters.
Three events left so if you have too many choices, you’re not doing this correctly!
The course record here is 61 but nobody has gone super low recently as 64 (three players) was the lowest last year and Charley Hoffman’s 63 the lowest in 2015.
The winning TOTAL has been 15-under-par the last three winners so you’ll still need par-breakers. Find primo guys who do it!
Starts remaining in parentheses
Rory McIlroy (3): NO CHANCE I’m getting caught with him on the bench on a course where’s won twice. I don’t care what kind of form he’s in.
Dustin Johnson (3): NO CHANCE I’m not sticking him back into the lineup after his come-from-behind win last week. I don’t care what kind of course form he has here.
Rickie Fowler (1): It shouldn’t matter where but he’s won at TPC Boston so that’s the plan THIS WEEK. I’ll save him since he only has one left.
Patrick Reed (6): T-4 and T-5 here the last two years is VERY NICE for those of you who are out of starts on DJ, RF and Rory.
Jason Day (9): Back-to-back top 10’s the last two times he’s teed it up on Tour plus nothing outside T-15 in his last four visits is a no-brainer!
Louis Oosthuizen (10): Embarrassment of riches in Group A to say the least! He’s 30-something under par in his three trips.
Adam Scott (4): Oh hey, look! Another guy who slays it here! And a guy who said he was skipping the playoffs until changing his mind last week! #MixedMessages. #PerfectSleeperPick.
Paul Casey (3): He finished the Playoffs last year hitting the top six in the final three events last year. He’s going to try and #Breakthrough before his wife pops the week of The Tour Championship.
Kevin Chappell (8): He’s been in the mix after 36 holes and 54 holes the last two years. Time to kick the door open here and now has a win in his back pocket for extra confidence.
Matt Kuchar (1): His record at Conway Farms and East Lake makes this the easiest decision of my fantasy week.
Justin Thomas (2): He backed up his W at the PGA Championship with another big finish last week (T-6). The bench is there if necessary!
Jordan Spieth (0)
Hideki Matsuyama (0)
Charley Hoffman (5): Fired 62 on Sunday to win here in 2010. Fired 63 last year to finish solo third. I guess he doesn’t mind the Hanse improvements!
Jon Rahm (2): Switch is flipped. Easy decision with no Stenson (knee rest) this week.
Keegan Bradley (10): Wonderful dark horse playing his regional open. He’s never finished outside the top 25 in four tries so he’s a perfect foil if Rahm heads off the rails.
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.
Bobby Orr (7)
Ted Williams (4)
Larry Bird (33)
Pat Noonan (11)
Remember, I reserve the right to change my lineup if weather, injury or whatever else pops up at the last minute.
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!
THE NORTHERN TRUST: 144
Summer Points: 1,619
Summer Rank: 4,652
Spring Points: 1,625
Spring Rank: 3,611
Winter Points: 1,871
Winter Rank: 140
Season Points: 5,115
Season Rank: 220
Well I went to work league fantasy football draft and Jordan Spieth was leading by three-strokes. I checked during the draft and saw that he lost his lead and was heading into a playoff. Of course he lost and there went my last start with Spieth. I have one start left with Johnson and paid a price by not having him on my roster last week. I did get the first pick in the football draft, so at least the day wasn’t a total wipe out!”
Rickie Fowler (2) — Rickie has been such a top 10 machine this year that a T-20 last week seems like he has fallen into a slump. He did win this event in ’15, and given his state of play right now, a pretty safe bet this week.
Dustin Johnson (1) — You saw early in the year when Johnson got hot he ran off three consecutive championships. I’d like to save him for later, but not having him on my roster and watch him win again will really drop my team down in the rankings.
Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Reed, Jason Day
Hideki Matsuyama (2) — Spieth would be normally in this space, but as I thought he would, Spieth made me use my last start on him. Matsuyama has been playing some great golf with a championship at the WGC-BI and a T-5 at the PGA Championship. His missed cut last week was a bit of a surprise but I’m assuming that he will return to the form that he had prior to last week.
Paul Casey (4) — Casey has been playing some great golf recently hitting the top five in three of his last five starts. He was leading here going into the final round last year but a final round of 73 left him in second place.
Matt Kuchar (3) — I really expected Kuchar to fade a bit after Jordan Spieth snatched the Open Championship away from him. Instead he really has continued to play well with T-9 at the PGA Championship and T-10 last week.
Webb Simpson (8) — I’m flipping the sheet and going down the list with this pick. Simpson is a past champion here (’11) and he has been playing well in here with a third place at the Wyndham and a T-6 last week.
Kevin Kisner, Kevin Chappell, Charley Hoffman, Justin Thomas
Jon Rahm (1) — Rahm is a very streaky player and he looked great last week at Glen Oaks as he tied for third place. This is his first time here so he is all about playing the hot hand.
Sergio Garcia (3) — He really hasn’t played that great since his T-2 at the BMW International and there is a bit of risk playing him this week. I’m playing him because his record is pretty good here with two top 10s in six career starts with an average finish of 17th place.
Jason Dufner, Daniel Berger, Ian Poulter, Tony Finau
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