Last Updated: 2017-10-31
For those that play daily fantasy golf, there are some events that are just higher variance than others. Normally, our goal in this article is to find value players that allow you to carry some of the big boys. Unfortunately, for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, those usual value players are the most expensive options on the board. It will be a task to fill out a six-player lineup out of the bevy of inconsistent players in this week’s field, but we’ll try our best to help along the way.
We’ll try to help you with your daily fantasy golf choices by looking for the top values. Everybody can take the top guys and hope for the best, but it’s often that low-cost missing piece that makes all the difference in your GPPs, 50/50s, or H2H matchups.
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JB Holmes ($8,500) – JB Holmes is a safe pick this week. Holmes is a big hitter that can put himself in position to get eagles and birdies. Whether or not his putts fall or his approach shots are close enough to the pin is another story. Holmes has not had much success since falling out of the FedEx Cup playoffs after The Northern Trust. He was 59th at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and did not play well at Nine Bridges by shooting 14-over. His recent form is not going to induce a lot of confidence, but that’s why we get one of the more accomplished players in the field around the average salary. We’ll take a shot here.
Luke List ($8,300) – Luke List has some good recent form and seems to be a bit of a bargain relative to his price in the betting market. List was 13th at the CIMB Classic and fifth in Korea at the CJ Cup. Over the last two weeks, he has 42 birdies. List is the eighth favorite on the board per 5Dimes this week, but 18th on the price list for DFS. He finished in the top 15 last year at 13-under in his first start at TPC Summerlin. With that first year out of the way, he has a better lay of the land. He went low on both Thursday and Sunday last year and that inspires a little bit of confidence.
Scott Piercy ($7,400) – Scott Piercy missed time from June until October while recovering from an injury. He was 17th at the Safeway Open in his first event back and then struggled with the long trip to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic. With a couple weeks to work on his game, he has the chance to hit the ground running at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open this week. Piercy has been inside the top 25 each of the last three years, including a seventh-place finish in 2014. An even-par 71 on Sunday pushed him down the board last year, but he shot 68-68-65 prior to that. The problem was that a lot of guys went low on Sunday and it hurt his final finish. With better health and a better rhythm, he should be good to go.
Patton Kizzire ($7,100) – It may have been a one-off thing, but with such a wide-open field of uncertainty, why not give Patton Kizzire a shot? Kizzire was 10th in last week’s Sanderson Farms Championship, which marked his first top-10 finish in quite some time. Kizzire missed the cut at open par last year, so it’s not like he played bad, he just didn’t play well enough. In 2015, Kizzire was one of six guys that tied for second in his TPC Summerlin debut. Maybe last week’s performance turned the light on for Kizzire and he could wind up being a really nice, cheap grab.
Ricky Barnes ($6,800) – Over the span of two months, Ricky Barnes has only played four events, since he didn’t qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, but he has three top-16 finishes in those four events. He was terrible at the Safeway Open, but got back on track at the Sanderson Farms last week. He was 16th at the Wyndham Championship and 16th at the Barracuda Championship up in Reno. Barnes has missed the cut here two of the last three years, but he missed it at even par last year and finished 25th in 2015. You could do a lot worse at this price point.
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Another week, another golf event. This one will test the knowledge and research skills of daily fantasy golf players because there aren’t a whole lot of big-name players teeing it up at TPC Summerlin for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. With the Race to Dubai nearing the end and a lot of the top PGA players shutting it down until after the New Year, it’s a field that requires a good amount of effort to break down.
We’ll help you narrow down the field with some of the top values on the board. Everybody can take the top guys and hope for the best, but it’s often that low-cost missing piece that makes all the difference in your GPPs, 50/50s, or H2H matchups.
New to daily fantasy sports? Need to reload? DraftKings or FanDuel are the industry leaders in ease of use and safe, free transactions. Use these tips and the tips from BangTheBook Radio on Wednesdays with our resident golf betting expert Wes Reynolds, who outlines players to take a chance on for this weekend’s event. Also, we have golf previews for the PGA and the European Tour events each week.
All salaries are from DraftKings.
Jason Bohn ($6,200) – This could be the weekend for The Bohn Supremacy at TPC Summerlin. If you’ll excuse the horrible pun and if you’ll keep reading on, here’s why. Bohn has been the runner-up in this event twice over the last three years. The 43-year-old is not in good form, but something about this course on the outskirts of Las Vegas brings out the best in him. In his worst finish here in the last five years, Bohn was 10-under. That was back in 2011. Since then, he’s finished eighth, second, 18th, and second. For whatever reason, this is his course. It’s his Bohn Iden…nevermind.
Derek Fathauer ($7,700) – Derek Fathauer really likes this wraparound portion of the year. After falling out of the FedEx Cup playoffs chase at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Fathauer took some time to make some adjustments and things have gone quite well. Fathauer finished 15th at the Safeway Open and then had 19 birdies against two bogies two weeks ago at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Fathauer didn’t go to China, so he’s been back stateside waiting on this event. Fathauer is still looking for his first career win and that happens here with decent regularity.
Wesley Bryan ($7,300) – The best time to take Wesley Bryan is in a field like this. He hasn’t made enough putts to work his way up leaderboards, but he’s averaged seven bogies per tournament over his last three starts, so it’s not like he’s playing bad. He just hasn’t been able to make those key putts and those close approach shots. A score of 6-under was only good enough for 55th last week at the Safeway Open, but he’s a safe pick at a declining price.
Alex Cejka ($8,300) – Alex Cejka is swinging it pretty well over his last few events. A back injury took him out of action for a little while, but Cejka has been in the top 30 of each of his last four events. He also happens to play pretty well at TPC Summerlin. Cejka was one of six players that tied for second last year. He finished tied for 18th two years ago. Cejka tends to fare pretty well in some of the events with weaker fields, so this one is right up his alley.
Scott Piercy ($9,700) – By saving money on some of these other guys, you can easily afford to take a look at Scott Piercy here in this one. Piercy only finished 25th last year, but he was seventh in 2014, and sixth in 2012. Before struggling at the WGC event, Piercy was third at the Safeway Open and 10th at the CIMB Classic, so he had some quality results very recently. He’s in decent form, even though he didn’t show it last week and he’s worth a gamble at a high price.
Players to Avoid:
Grayson Murray ($8,900) – Grayson Murray is way overpriced this week based on an eighth-place finish last week in Jackson, Misssissippi. Murray started out hot, but shot 72-71 over the final two days and had missed the cut two weeks prior at the Safeway Open. Not many DFS participants are going to take a deep dive into his performance anyway, but he’s a guy that you can likely avoid with confidence.
Cody Gribble ($8,400) – Sometimes guys coming off of their first wins can string some performances together, but sometimes they can’t and that’s probably the situation here for Cody Gribble. He played well at the Safeway Open and then coasted to the win in the Sanderson Farms, so it’s easy to see why he’s getting some buzz and some love, but he’s been rather inconsistent coming up through the ranks and he’s a good fade here off of a dream come true victory.