Some interesting decisions to face in the final week as Yahoo! is a scoring game only.
Ned schooled me on management last week so learn from my mistakes!
Yahoo! Fantasy Golf
Summer Points: 1,982
Summer Rank: 5,143
Spring Points: 1,631
Spring Rank: 1,911
Winter Points: 1,768
Winter Rank: 2,587
Season Points: 5,381
Season Rank: 928
No winner again this week plus another Spieth big finish didn’t help me at all.
I went with my “no sub” angle again this week only to be punished by Fowler in Group A as he beat Day twice heads up and collected bonus points for T-2.
It was worse in Group B as I never got around to sticking Rose (T-2) in the lineup either. Or Chappell for that matter. Because I suck at this, that’s why!
I blew out Rahm in Group C and was rewarded with 50 points but no bonus as he was fifth.
The 20 extra bonus points in the end aren’t going to make any difference.
My only goal now is sticking within the top 1,000 and that’s going to be tough with no outs left on Spieth, Thomas or Rahm.
Remember, Yahoo! is a SCORING GAME ONLY.
Nothing else matters.
Desperate folks will want to know that Gary Woodland shot 63 here in 2015, tying the Bermuda course record.
They’ll also be reminded that Casey is the lowest returning scorer with 64 on Sunday from last year. Moore and McIlroy also matched that number on Sunday but didn’t qualify.
With only two par fives in play on the par 70 find guys who can score on threes and fours.
The angle for me is simple this week: Play the big money guys and take your chances.
If you’re trailing, good luck and try to catch a low one somewhere but the bonus points this week will separate the masses.
There’s no excuse for not playing a guy this week!
Starts remaining in parentheses
Rickie Fowler (1): I left him out completely last week with only one start and he finished T-2. I’m not making that mistake again. His complete bag pushes him over the top.
Jason Day (8): Too much momentum (three top 10’s in his last four on Tour) and too much mastery on this track (14 of 21 rounds in the red) plus his new caddy helped him to solo fourth last week. No bonus points for fourth though! Boo!
Dustin Johnson (1): Sad that I’m going home without maxing him out. What a stupid I am.
Marc Leishman (7): Didn’t have the guts to pull him last week so I’m surely not going to this week! If he pulls “The Horschel” I’m not going to be happy!
Paul Casey (1): I hope his quiet week last week chases off the impatient as he has never finished outside of the top five here in his last three.
Kevin Chappell (7): He wasn’t bothered by this place last year in his first appearance as he lost in a playoff. His four rounds in the 60’s suggests that this layout fits his eye.
Justin Rose (3): Back-to-back-to-back top 10’s after doing nothing suggests he’s found something and is healthy again. His last four trips to East Lake have resulted in T-6 or better. When current form meets course form…
Webb Simpson (1): Not sure it matters here as the English duo should get most of the run. Simpson returns to a place where he’s been all-or-nothing but that was with the old putter. With three top 10’s in his last four on Tour I’m hardly throwing away a start here.
Jordan Spieth (0)
Hideki Matsuyama (0)
Matt Kuchar (0)
Justin Thomas (0)
Brooks Koepka (2): Similar to Day, he’ll bomb and gouge his way around here and hopefully hole putts.
Patrick Cantlay (10): I was too busy playing Rahm (0 left) in here most of the summer but the rookie gets the final chance of the year as he’s playing quite well.
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.
Dominique Wilkins (21): He’ll provide the highlight reel this week, no doubt.
Steve Bartkowski (10): European Tour phenom that little know about.
Dale Murphy (3): Working on a hall of fame career quietly.
Jason Dufner (8): Long shot’s dream
Sergio Garcia (3): Hopefully his donations continue to Hurricane Harvey victims.
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: 1,961
Summer Rank: 6,702
Spring Points: 1,625
Spring Rank: 3,611
Winter Points: 1,871
Winter Rank: 140
Season Points: 5,457
Season Rank: 384
Well, I held off as far as I could using my last start on Rickie Fowler, but he was playing too well to pass up the bonus points on Sunday.
I was hoping that Leishman would fade a bit, but he is on such a roll right now it just wasn’t going to happen.
The result was my first decent week in a awhile, but when we are down to the last few events of the season it’s really tough to pick up a lot of spots.
Jason Day (7) — I should mention that based on course history Dustin Johnson would probably get the nod here but I have use up my starts with him. Instead Day gets the start as he has put together a nice run at the end of the year that includes T-9 at the PGA, T-6 at the Northern Trust and a fourth place last week at the BMW. His record here is solid with three top 10s in six career starts.
Marc Leishman (8) — I used up my last start with Rickie Fowler, so I’ll use Marc Leishman , who is the hottest player in the Playoffs with a third place at the Dell and a championship last week at the BMW. He has only one start at East Lake, so he is all about playing the current hot hand.
Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed
Paul Casey (2) — The Englishman came into last week on a roll with a fifth place at the Northern Trust and T-4 at the Dell. Needless to say his T-33 at the BMW was a disappointment. His record at the Tour Championship is very strong (T-4 in ’10, T-5 in ’15 and a T-4 last year.)
Justin Rose (2) — Rose came into the Playoffs with very little momentum but he caught fire with T-10s at the Northern Trust and the Dell. He followed that up last week with T-2 at the BMW. His recent Tour Championship record is very strong with four straight inside the top six ( second place in ’12, a sixth place in ’13, T-4 in ’14 and T-2 in ’15.)
Justin Thomas (1) — I was able to save Thomas for the last stop. The problem is that it probably has cost me quite a few spots because I didn’t have Thomas in my lineup when he won the Dell. This should be a great course for him. He played it for his first time last year and finished in a tie for sixth place.
Kevin Chappell (7) — I had been saving a start with Hideki Matsuyama for this week but he has really done very little in the Playoffs. Instead, I’m going to roll the dice with Chappell in hope that I make up ground. Chappell has had a nice Playoff run with T-6 at the Northern, T-35 at the Dell and T-12 last week at the BMW. Chappell played at East Lake for the first time last year and finished T-2.
Jordan Spieth (0), Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson
Patrick Cantlay (9) — He has had a real nice run in the Playoffs with T-10 at the Northern Trust, T-13 at the Dell and T-9 last week at the BMW. This is his first time at East Lake so he is all about the hot hand.
Brooks Koepka (6) — This is another bit of a roll of the dice to make up ground. Koepka has played ok since his win at the US Open but in this very short field and on a course that can benefit long hitters, I’ll put him on the bench and hope that he catches fire.
Sergio Garcia, Daniel Berger, Tony Finau
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