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Matt Kuchar's Struggles Continue

Matt Kuchar has been one of the most reliable golfers in the world for years, but the veteran has struggled this summer, logging just two top-25 finishes over his last nine starts. Kuchar heads to this week's CJ Cup at Shadow Creek off a decent T34 result in last week's Shriners Hospitals For Children Open, though the 42-year-old lost strokes both off-the-tee and on approach at TPC Summerlin. Kuchar's shaky form and spotty ball striking makes him a player worth fading in DFS tournaments this week.

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Viktor Hovland Set To Attack Shadow Creek

Viktor Hovland is one of the PGA Tour's rising stars and is set to tee it up in the elite CJ Cup at Shadow Creek this week. Hovland scored his first win earlier this year in the Puerto Rico Open and has posted an impressive eight top-25 finishes since golf's return from the COVID-19 layoff. The 23-year-old is already an elite ball striker and finished 20th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green last season. His game should translate well to this week's lengthy Shadow Creek layout and he's a high-upside option in all fantasy golf formats.

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Justin Rose Is Hard To Trust

Justin Rose is listed as in the field for this week's CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. Rose last teed it up at the U.S. Open, where he logged a missed cut. The Englishman has been terribly inconsistent throughout 2020, posting four top-25 finishes and five missed cuts since the restart. Once one of the most reliable DFS options on the PGA Tour, he's now nothing more than a risky GPP play. However, this week's no-cut format does offer a way to gamble on the 40-year-old's upside without risking an early exit from your fantasy rosters.

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Rory McIlroy Hopes To Find Form At Shadow Creek

After a blistering start to the year, Rory McIlroy sputtered down the stretch of the PGA Tour's 2019-20 season. McIlroy is set to make his first start in nearly a month this week at the CJ Cup. The 31-year-old has been trending in the right direction in his most recent starts, with top-10 finishes in both the Tour Championship and the U.S. Open. His dynamite ability off the tee will give him a big advantage on this week's Shadow Creek layout that stretches over 7,500 yards. We don't often get a chance to catch him flying under the radar, but this spot gives fantasy gamers an opportunity to roster McIlroy at what should be reduced DFS ownership.

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Jon Rahm An Elite DFS Option For CJ Cup

Jon Rahm is set to make his first start since a T23 outing at the U.S. Open this week in the CJ Cup. Rahm has had a spectacular year to this point, capturing victories at both the Memorial and the BMW Championship. The young Spaniard's power off the tee has always made him competitive, but it's an evolving short game that ranked 24th on the PGA Tour last season that's taking him to the next level. With Dustin Johnson forced to withdraw from the CJ Cup due to a positive COVID-19 test, Rahm is now the top DFS option at Shadow Creek.

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The Turn: Fantasy Golf Pod & Video - CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek

Joe Nicely (@JoeNicely) is joined by Andrew Poore (@AndrewPutters) to discuss the CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek, breaking down the PGA DFS slates for daily fantasy golf contests on FanDuel and DraftKings. Scroll down to checkout the YouTube link!

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CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek

*NOTE: DUSTIN JOHNSON & TONY FINAU HAVE WITHDRAWN FROM THE CJ CUP

My buddy @andrewputters and I recap a surprising Martin Laird victory at the Shriners. We dive into what we got right and what we got wrong last week. The PGA Tour stays in Las Vegas this week with an upgraded field at legendary Shadow Creek Golf Course...we share our PGA DFS strategy and favorite plays for the CJ Cup in Episode 19 of The Turn. Check it out below!

 

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Matthew Wolff Looks To Stay Hot In Vegas

Matthew Wolff might want to take the Celine Dion route and set up shop in Las Vegas if he plays well in this week's CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. The explosive 21-year-old narrowly missed out on a win in the Vegas-hosted Shriners Hospitals For Children Open last week, losing on the second playoff hole to a Martin Laird birdie. It was the second runner-up finish for Wolff in as many starts, as he also captured the silver medal at Winged Foot last month. He's an ultra-elite DFS option due to his current form and he leads this week's field in strokes gained tee-to-green over recent rounds.

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Justin Thomas Set To Defend CJ Cup Title

Justin Thomas is set to defend his CJ Cup title this week at Shadow Creek Golf Course. It will be his first start since a top-10 finish at the U.S. Open last month. Thomas won last year's CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea, but the event has been relocated to the U.S. this year due to COVID-19. This will be the first PGA Tour event held at the legendary Las Vegas layout, but JT can be counted on for consistent excellence on any golf course. He should be considered an elite option in all fantasy formats.

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Tony Finau Withdraws From CJ Cup

After missing last week's Shriners Hospitals For Children Open due to a positive COVID-19 test, Tony Finau was originally expected to return for the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. However, Finau has now withdrawn from this week's tournament as well, citing illness-related issues. The bomber was expected to be a strong DFS play at Shadow Creek, but fantasy players will have to wait at least another week to roster him.

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Break The Slate: DraftKings NFL DFS Lineup Picks - Week 5

Hi there, RotoBallers, and welcome back to Break The Slate! If you read this article regularly, then you know what we're about here, but if you are a new reader, let me quickly summarize our goals with this article. We'll spend each week discussing a few plays at each position for the DraftKings main slate that can add tournament-winning upside and/or juicy value to our NFL DFS rosters. I'll highlight my favorite players and breakdown my reasoning behind them.

I try to update the article on Saturdays to reflect any significant injuries or late-breaking news, as the landscape of the slate can change quickly in the NFL, and I definitely recommend you checking those out. It was a really solid slate for us in Week 4, especially at the RB position, as our highlighted players Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook, and Mike Davis all killed it for us. Week 5 is shaping up to be an interesting slate and I can't wait to dive in! Remember, the NFL is ever-evolving from week to week, which gives us an opportunity to apply what we've learned on the next slate.

These DraftKings lineup recommendations are based on matchups, projected ownership, overall upside/talent levels, opportunity, and other factors such as Vegas odds, home-field advantage, and more. There are quite a few great plays available, so read on to find out which players are the best for Week 5. Be sure to also check out our weekly FanDuel DFS lineup picks and lots of other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big! Good luck with your DraftKings DFS lineups, let's Break The Slate together!

 

DraftKings DFS Quarterbacks - Week 5 Picks

Dak Prescott & Daniel Jones - NYG @ DAL ($7,400 & $5,400)

I'm listing these two together because this is a game that we should be heavily focused on. Dak Prescott is obviously the preferred play here, as he's having an unbelievably-productive season and leads all QBs in DraftKings points scored through four weeks. On paper this isn't a great matchup for Prescott...the Giants have allowed the sixth-fewest DK points in the NFL to the QB position. However, we all know that games aren't played on paper and looking at the QBs New York has faced brings a different perspective to that stat. We can also count on Dallas' turnstile defense to force Prescott and the offense to stay aggressive throughout this one.

Speaking of the Cowboys' barely-there defensive unit...Daniel Jones is an interesting salary saver this week and a unique way to get some exposure to this matchup. Jones' game log isn't pretty, but he's faced one of the toughest QB-matchup schedules in the league thus far (Steelers, Bears, 49ers, Rams). Things are going to get MUCH EASIER for the second-year pivot this week, as the Cowboys have relinquished over 1,000 passing yards and 11 TDs to opposing QBs, and have yet to hold an opponent to under 20 real points this season.

Teddy Bridgewater - CAR @ ATL ($5,900)

DFS is a format where we want to unapologetically target teams with flaws. Atlanta has lots of problems, but their secondary is the biggest. Through four weeks the Falcons are dead last in the NFL in DK points allowed to the QB position, while relinquishing the most passing TDs and second-most passing yards in the league. We suspected that Teddy Bridgewater would come in and be something of a "game manager" for Carolina this year, but Teddy B has topped 34 pass attempts in three of Carolina's four games this season and should continue to be pressed into carrying a heavier load during Christian McCaffrey's absence. This matchup carries a high projected point total (54) and tight point spread (ATL -2.5), which adds up to Bridgewater being one of the most intriguing value plays on the slate.

 

DraftKings DFS Running Backs - Week 5 Picks

Clyde Edwards-Helaire - LV @ KC ($6,800)

Perhaps the most highly-touted rookie fantasy prospect heading into the year, Clyde Edwards-Helaire made a huge splash in the season-opener against Houston, rushing for 138 yards and a TD. Edwards-Helaire has failed to cross the century mark on the ground since, but his steady workload in this explosive Chiefs offense - especially in the passing game - is very encouraging. CEH was targeted just twice in that Week 1 game, but he's received 17 looks over KC's three subsequent games. He draws a smash matchup against a Raiders defense that has relinquished 276 receiving yards (the second-most in the NFL) to opposing RBs this season. Las Vegas is also being gashed on the ground, allowing a massive 5.36 yards per carry, a mark that ranks 29th in the NFL.

James Robinson - JAX @ HOU ($6,700)

The Houston Texans run defense is a spot that I've targeted relentlessly this year. It paid off again last week, as one of our highlighted players in this column, Dalvin Cook, smoked Houston for 130 yards and 2 TDs on 27 carries. Through four weeks the Texans have relinquished 651 rushing yards to opposing RBs - the most in the NFL - and have allowed a 100-yard rusher in three of their four games. Jacksonville's James Robinson has turned into an under-the-radar bell cow in the absence of Leonard Fournette. Robinson has handled a staggering 84% of Jacksonville's backfield touches through four weeks, with touch counts of 17/19/17/21 this season.

 

DraftKings DFS Wide Receivers - Week 5 Picks

CeeDee Lamb - NYG @ DAL ($6,000)

We've already touched on this matchup at the QB position (and have one more play still to come!), but I don't think you can get too much exposure to this Dallas offense at the moment. Amari Cooper is certainly the top option in this high-powered passing attack, but he will draw shadow coverage from New York's James Bradberry (a player that's been the lone bright spot in this Giants secondary), which should pave the way for CeeDee Lamb to do some damage out of the slot against NY's rookie slot corner Darnay Holmes, who has been consistently torched this year. Lamb is proving to be everything Dallas hoped he would be when they spent a first-round pick on him earlier this year. The rookie has been targeted 29 times through four games (second in targets to Cooper) and has responded with 21 catches for 309 yards and 2 TDs.

Robby Anderson - CAR @ ATL ($5,900)

After years of being in the purgatory that is the New York Jets offense, Robby Anderson has seemingly found a nice home in Carolina with his former college coach Matt Rhule. Anderson has been a key cog in this Panthers attack and leads Carolina in WR targets with 34 through their first four games. He's not only seeing heavy volume, he's also been productive, posting 377 yards and a TD on 28 catches. Anderson's mouth has to be watering at the prospect of facing the joke that is the Falcons secondary this week. Atlanta's attempt at retooling their defensive backfield this offseason has failed miserably, as they rank bottom-five in the NFL in DK points (167.50), receiving yards (822), and yards per target (9.79) allowed to the WR position. Like life in Jurassic Park, offenses will find a way against this Falcons pass defense and they are fresh off a Sunday-night trouncing at the hands of a Green Bay pass-catching corps that was without their top-two options.

Darius Slayton - NYG @ DAL ($4,800)

Darius Slayton is our last player from the Giants vs Cowboys matchup, and man, he is in a potential blowup spot. Slayton has failed to crack 10 DK points since a 31.2 DK point explosion in the season opener, but the volume has been there, with target counts of: 7/7/6 over NY's last three. He also carries a healthy aDOT of 12.40, an attractive stat against this Cowboys Defense that has struggled to stop anything - they've allowed the second-most DK points in the NFL to the WR position - but that has been especially susceptible to deep threats and is allowing nearly 9.50 yards per targets to opposing WRs. This is a list of some of the outings Dallas has allowed to opposing WRs through four games: Robert Woods - 6/105/0, Calvin Ridley - 7/109/2, DK Metcalf - 4/110/1, Tyler Lockett - 9/100/3, OBJ - 5/81/2.

 

DraftKings DFS Tight Ends - Week 5 Picks

George Kittle - MIA @ SF ($6,600)

Honestly, this is a "frustration write-up". I'm a fan of trying to save salary at TE, but the position has been so consistently gross this season that I'm considering paying all the way up for George Kittle this week, simply in an attempt to get some sort of meaningful production from the roster spot. When he's healthy, Kittle is a safe bet to produce. He returned from a knee injury to lay the smack down on Philly last week, dropping a ridiculous 15/183/1 stat line on Sunday Night Football. The matchup against Miami isn't great on paper - they rank fifth in the NFL in DK points allowed to the TE position - but let's be honest, if the Niners continue to scheme Kittle the ball in the fashion they did last week, the Dolphins aren't going to contain him.

Eric Ebron - PHI @ PIT ($4,000)

If you just read the Kittle write-up, then you know that he absolutely trucked the Eagles last week. He's not the only tight end to do so...Philly is allowing a ridiculous 9.20 yards per target to the TE position this season, while also relinquishing a league-worst 86.7 catch percentage to opposing TEs. Eric Ebron's numbers certainly haven't been gaudy this season, but his role in this Steelers offense continues to evolve, as his targets have steadily increased each week. Ebron went from a single look in Week 1, to five in Week 2, and seven in Pittsburgh's most recent game, which he converted into five catches for 52 yards and a TD. He's ran pass routes on 94.4% of his snaps and (hopefully) represents a ray of hope in what's been a dark season for value tight ends.



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The Turn: Fantasy Golf Pod & Video - Shriners Hospitals For Children Open

Joe Nicely (@JoeNicely) is joined by Andrew Poore (@AndrewPutters) to discuss the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open, breaking down the PGA DFS slates for daily fantasy golf contests on FanDuel and DraftKings. Scroll down to checkout the YouTube link!

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Shriners Hospitals For Children Open

My buddy @andrewputters and I recap a surprising Sergio Garcia victory at the Sanderson. We dive into what we got right and what we got wrong last week. The PGA Tour heads to Las Vegas this week with an upgraded field...we share our PGA DFS strategy and favorite plays for the Shriners in Episode 18 of The Turn. Check it out below!

 

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PGA DFS: Expert Roundtable - Shriners Hospitals For Children Open

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Shriners Hospitals For Children Open

The Expert Roundtable article is an attempt to get you inside the minds of our PGA DFS staff for every tournament.

Our four top golf writers - Joe Nicely, Spencer Aguiar, Josh Bennett, and Tommy Bell - will answer the same set of questions each week to give you an idea of how they are viewing the PGA DFS slate. Let's tee it up!

 

Who is your favorite DFS value play?

  • Joe Nicely:  Kristoffer Ventura ($7.1k) & James Hahn ($7.0k)
  • Spencer Aguiar: Joaquin Niemann ($8,100), Brian Harman ($8,000), Adam Schenk ($6,900), Matt Jones ($6,600)
  • Josh Bennett: Talor Gooch (6,800)
  • Tommy Bell: Doc Redman (7,900)

 

Who is your favorite DFS “high priced” play?

  • Joe Nicely: Webb Simpson ($11.0k) & Collin Morikawa ($9.8k)
  • Spencer Aguiar: Webb Simpson ($11,000)
  • Josh Bennett: Webb Simpson ($11,000)
  • Tommy Bell: Collin Morikawa ($9,800)

 

Who is your top GPP play?

  • Joe Nicely: Scottie Scheffler ($9.4k) & Russell Henley ($8.4k)
  • Spencer Aguiar: Jason Day ($9,500), Scottie Scheffler ($9,400), Sungjae Im ($9,300)
  • Josh Bennett:  Rickie Fowler (9,000)
  • Tommy Bell: Aaron Wise ($7,400)

 

Who is your top Cash-Game play?

  • Joe Nicely:  Denny McCarthy ($7.7k)
  • Spencer Aguiar: Cameron Smith ($7,800)
  • Josh Bennett: Denny McCarthy (7,700)
  • Tommy Bell: Joaquin Niemann ($8,100)

 

Which popular golfer will you be “fading”?

  • Joe Nicely: Kevin Na ($8.6k) - My fade last week was Sergio...do with that info whatever you like 🙂
  • Spencer Aguiar: I don’t have a ton of natural fades of players yielding 10%+ ownership. However, I won’t have a ton of Collin Morikawa ($9,800) or Russell Henley ($8,400) because both are overvalued for me at their price tags. 
  • Josh Bennett: Kevin Na (8,600)
  • Tommy Bell: Webb Simpson ($11,000)

 

What stands out as the most important stat for this golf course?

  • Joe Nicely: Total Driving, SG: Approach, Bent Putting
  • Spencer Aguiar: Strokes Gained Off The Tee, Bent Putting + Scrambling
  • Josh Bennett: SG: Approach
  • Tommy Bell: SG Tee-to-Green, Bentgrass Putting, Par 5 Scoring

 

Who is your favorite DFS “dart throw”?

  • Joe Nicely: So many! Schenk ($6.9k), Malnati ($6.7k), McCumber ($6.5k), Suh ($6.2k)
  • Spencer Aguiar: Justin Suh ($6,200)
  • Josh Bennett: Nick Taylor (6,400)
  • Tommy Bell: Luke List ($7,000)

 

What is your favorite bet of the week? (Any type)

  • Joe Nicely: Russell Henley (50/1) & Denny McCarthy (66/1)
  • Spencer Aguiar: Justin Suh top-five (80/1) on Bovada (Ties pay in full). Number should be half of that.
  • Josh Bennett: Denny McCarthy top 10 (+700)
  • Tommy Bell: Joaquin Niemann (50/1)

 

Make a “bold prediction” for this week:

  • Joe Nicely: Spencer gets detained for sneaking on to the grounds at TPC Summerlin in an attempt to give Jason Day a dinner invitation. 
  • Spencer Aguiar: I convince Jason Day to come have dinner at my house.
  • Josh Bennett: William McGirt top 10
  • Tommy Bell: Niemann finds himself in a crazy three-way playoff with Bryson and Morikawa

 

Who is your favorite overall DFS golfer and why?

  • Joe Nicely: Collin Morikawa ($9,800) - Great course fit with tons of win equity at a sub-$10k price tag. 
  • Spencer Aguiar: Joaquin Niemann ($8,100) - Niemann is probably the golfer that gives you the most bang for your buck. He has the firepower off the tee and ability to catch fire with his putter to scorch TPC Summerlin. 
  • Josh Bennett: Denny McCarthy (7,700) - He's one of the best putters on Tour and his irons have been great recently. The two things I'm looking for in a player this week he does well. Great price to fit in any kind of build as well.
  • Tommy Bell: Joaquin Niemann ($8,100) - A course that should fit him really well, and he can get as hot as anyone on tour when the putter gets going.

 

What is your optimal DFS lineup building strategy?

  • Joe Nicely: With this salary scale you can go either way. 
  • Spencer Aguiar: Stars & Scrubs
  • Josh Bennett: Balanced
  • Tommy Bell: Very Balanced

 

Who is your pick to win the tournament?

  • Joe Nicely: Webb Simpson
  • Spencer Aguiar: Webb Simpson
  • Josh Bennett: Collin Morikawa
  • Tommy Bell: Collin Morikawa

 

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Horse For The Course: PGA DFS - Shriners Hospitals For Children Open

Hello PGA DFS family and thanks for joining me here at RotoBaller! Sergio Garcia is undoubtedly one of the best ball strikers of his generation, but we all know that it has always been an adventure for the Spaniard on the greens. So, Garcia took the unorthodox step of closing his eyes on all putts last week in Jackson. It actually worked...as the veteran posted an out-of-nowhere win at the Sanderson Farms Championship for the 11th PGA Tour victory of his career and his first win in the U.S. since the 2017 Masters.

After a decent field for the Sanderson, we head to Las Vegas for the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open and what is an unbelievably-strong field for a Swing Season event. This is gonna be a fun week, let's dive in!

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Shriners Hospitals For Children Open Overview

Last week's Sanderson Farms field was actually pretty decent, but the field that is assembling in Vegas for this week's Shriners Hospitals For Children Open is borderline elite - especially when we consider that this is a "Swing Season" event. The Shriners will be the first of two back-to-back tournaments in Las Vegas (which probably helped strengthen this week's field) with the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek on tap for next week.

The Shriners is traditionally one of the better events of the fall, but we've never seen a lineup like this. Kevin Na triumphed over Patrick Cantlay in a playoff last year and both will be back this week. They'll be joined by an elite group of players. Bryson DeChambeau is set to make his first start since winning the U.S. Open. He'll be joined by the runner-up at Winged Foot, Matthew Wolff, as well as the year's other major champion, Collin Morikawa. We also have world-class players like Tony Finau, Webb Simpson, Hideki Matsuyama, and Jason Day teeing it up at TPC Summerlin. In addition to the superstars, there's a very nice mix of accomplished veterans and young, up-and-comers that will be in action at TPC Summerlin. This should be a great week for making DFS lineups, let's tee it up!

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The Course: TPC Summerlin

Par 71 - 7,255 Yards, Greens: Bent, Designed By: Bobby Weed/Fuzzy Zoeller

Fairly short by modern standards at just over 7,200 yards, this Las Vegas track has reachable Par-5s and a driveable Par-4 - which allows players to rack up birdies - but is short enough to bring every player in the field into the mix. The fairways are wide and firm with huge Bentgrass green complexes that generally roll on the slow side. Summerlin routinely ranks as one of the easiest courses on the PGA Tour schedule, but we have seen wind and weather occasionally play a factor on this layout that sits at high elevation. While this course is on the shorter side, we haven't traditionally seen bombers have a huge advantage here, as the past winners of the Shriners have mostly been sharp ball strikers or been on fire with the putter...like last year's winner, Kevin Na. I'll be targeting ball striking and Strokes Gained: Approach this week, as well as players that can rack up birdies.

 

Recent Champions & Winning Scores

  • Kevin Na (-23)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (-21)
  • Patrick Cantlay (-9)
  • Rod Pampling (-20)
  • Smylie Kaufman (-16)

 

The Horse

Bryson DeChambeau

DraftKings: $11,800
FanDuel:
 $12,200
Notable Course History: T4 ('20), Win ('19), T7 ('18), T36 ('17)

There’s been a lot of words written about Bryson DeChambeau over the last few months, so I don’t know that I have many fresh superlatives to add here. Obviously, what he’s done this season both physically and mentally (the mental toughness and strategic thinking needed to undertake this transformation often goes overlooked) has been unbelievably impressive. 

DeChambeau heads to the Shriners for his first start since winning the U.S. Open. There’s always the chance of a hangover when a player is coming off a major-championship victory, but Bryson doesn’t seem like the type of guy that loses focus. In addition to his work ethic, he’s been an absolute BEAST in previous trips to TPC Summerlin, sandwiching a win in 2019 between a T4 and a T7. His Strokes Gained: Total number trails only Patrick Cantlay by a sliver and he carries a 67.44 scoring average over his four Shriners appearances. 

While his course history is overly impressive, we must take into account that this isn’t the “same” DeChambeau that’s played this course in the past. In fact, we’ve seen him miss cuts at a couple of courses on which he’s won in his previous iteration (Muirfield Village and TPC Boston). However, I think Bryson’s new style will only help him at Summerlin, a course where length isn’t a requirement, but where it is certainly an advantage on the Par-5s and driveable Par-4s. We have to assume that his game will be firing off the tee (he's gained strokes OTT in EVERY start this calendar year!), with the question mark being his approach play and putting. If he is making putts, this could be another dominant performance from Bryson. 

 

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Patrick Cantlay

DraftKings: $10,400
FanDuel:
$11,700
Notable Course History: 2nd ('20), 2nd ('19), Win ('18)

I’m a huge Patrick Cantlay “truther” and a big believer in his game. Unfortunately, 2020 hasn’t been the type of year that I envisioned for Cantlay, a player that broke through in a big way last year with a win at The Memorial, a top-five in the PGA Championship, and a top-10 at the Masters.

The 28-year-old hasn’t necessarily played bad since the restart (he’s consistently gained strokes T2G), but he also hasn’t been the type of good that we’ve come to expect...logging just one top-10 in eight starts since the COVID-19 layoff. 

Cantlay heads into a massive “get right” situation this week at the Shriners. He’s been downright dominant at TPC Summerlin, posting a win and two runner-up finishes over the last three years. His 66.67 scoring average on this layout is the best in the field and Bent is historically his best putting surface. Despite his lack of strong recent results, Cantlay's DFS price tag hasn't really budged. He comes in this week behind only Bryson DeChambeau and Webb Simpson, guys that many will flock to. It's early in the week as I write this, but if Cantlay could be a very interesting pivot at the top of the board if his ownership is projected to be substantially lower than that of Webb and Bryson. 

Matthew Wolff

DraftKings: $9,600
FanDuel: $11,000
Notable Course History: T18 ('20)

Matthew Wolff doesn't have the extensive course history that's normally needed to be included in this write-up, but a T18 in his lone Shriners start last year, combined with his sub-$10k price tag on DraftKings makes him worth a mention. Still just 21-years-old (hard to believe), Wolff had himself quite a little stretch since the restart, logging a runner-up finish at the Rocket Mortage, a top-five at the PGA Championship, and most recently a runner-up outing at the U.S. Open.

Wolff brings a little more volatility into play than we're used to at the top of the board, but his upside is basically off the charts. He's one of - if not the most - explosive players currently on the PGA Tour and his ability to go low is hard to ignore, not just on a weekly basis, but especially on this TPC Summerlin track that will require tons of birdies. Wolff grades out seventh in this field in Birdies or Better Gained using long-term metrics, while using recent-rounds only he ranks inside the top-five in SG: Total, T2G, OTT, and DK Points Scored.

I was honestly pretty surprised to see Wolff this far down the salary scale after the summer he's put together. While it's not a huge discount from the top guys, it is definitely enough savings to consider starting your lineups with him and fading the big boys.

 

 

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Russell Henley

DraftKings: $8,400
FanDuel: $9,700
Notable Course History: T37 ('20), MC ('19), T24 ('17), 10th ('16)

It's sort of an "out of sight, out of mind" situation for Russell Henley this week, as he last teed it up over a month ago. With Henley somewhat out of the DFS consciousness, we'll probably see guys with great recent form like Zach Johnson, Will Zalatoris, and Cameron Davis soak up tons of ownership in this price range. I like those guys too, but Henley is a guy we shouldn't ignore. He closed out the summer on a legit heater, going T9-T8-T25 in his last three starts of the season. His iron play has been a revelation and he stands first in this rather elite field in both SG: T2G and Approach if we stretch back 24 rounds. Of course, there's a downside in the form of his putting stroke. Henley ranks just 115th in this Shriners field in SG: Putting, although he did look much better on the greens over his last three starts of the season.

Denny McCarthy

DraftKings: $7,700 
FanDuel: $9,200
Notable Course History: T9 ('20), T15 ('19), MC ('18), MC ('16)

Over the last few weeks, I keep running into Denny McCarthy during my research process. It didn’t work out great at Corales (T41), but it did pay huge dividends last week at the Sanderson (T6), when D-Mac logged his second top-10 in his last five starts.

He’s popping for me again this week. His track record at TPC Summerlin is strong - T9/T15 last two years - and he’s a tremendous Bent putter (McCarthy is great on every surface). The concern with him is always his ball striking, though we have reason to believe that he’s in a nice groove T2G, as he heads to Vegas off an outing at the Sanderson in which he gained strokes on the field in every statistical category. There aren't many events on the schedule where a guy can just blatantly putt his way to victory, but Kevin Na showed that it is possible on this track last year. I'm giving McCarthy a bump this week, as these huge greens are easy to hit, but difficult to navigate...and McCarthy is the best putter on the PGA Tour. 

Aaron Wise

DraftKings: $7,400
FanDuel: $8,600
Notable Course History: MC ('20), T15 ('19), T32 ('18), T10 ('17)

In 2018 it looked as though Aaron Wise was on the verge of being a true superstar. On the heels of an NCAA individual title in 2016 while at Oregon and a win in his lone season on the then-Web.com Tour in 2017, Wise won the AT&T Byron Nelson in just his 18th start as a PGA Tour member in 2018. He would score a couple of additional top-five finishes and multiple top-25s that season en route to winning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors. Since that sparkling rookie season, Wise has - to put it mildly - mostly struggled. 

The youngster is a prodigious driver of the ball, but we can chalk his inconsistency up to spotty-at-best iron play and a putting stroke that put him 185th in Total Putting on the PGA Tour last season. His faults aside, we can try to ride some positive momentum with Wise this week, as the Las Vegas resident heads to TPC Summerlin off one of his best performances in recent memory. He gained strokes in every facet at the Sanderson, including 3.4 strokes on Approach and 3.2 strokes Putting. Wise has a career scoring average of 68.71 at Summerlin and has top-15 finishes in two of his four career Shriners starts. 

 

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS) - Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! If only Sergio Garcia had started putting with his eyes closed 20 years ago! The ball-striking Spaniard rode a very unique putting routine to a surprise win at the Sanderson Farms Championship last week.

We go from a solid field in Mississippi to a borderline elite one this week in Las Vegas, as the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open boasts a very strong entrant list and will be the first of back-to-back tournaments in Sin City. In this article we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the U.S. Open. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges, breaking the groups down into "High", "Mid", and "Low" price options.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open - PGA DFS Overview

TPC Summerlin

7,255 Yards - Par 71 - Greens: Bent - Designer: Bobby Weed/Fuzzy Zoeller

Fairly short by modern standards at just over 7,200 yards, this Las Vegas track has reachable Par-5s and a driveable Par-4 - which allows players to rack up birdies - but is short enough to bring every player in the field into the mix. The fairways are wide and firm with huge Bentgrass green complexes that generally roll on the slow side. Summerlin routinely ranks as one of the easiest courses on the PGA Tour schedule, but we have seen wind and weather occasionally play a factor on this layout that sits at high elevation. While this course is on the shorter side, we haven't traditionally seen bombers have a huge advantage here, as the past winners of the Shriners have mostly been sharp ball strikers or been on fire with the putter...like last year's winner, Kevin Na. I'll be targeting ball striking and Strokes Gained: Approach this week, as well as players that can rack up birdies.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat TPC Summerlin Tour Average
Driving Distance 295 281
Driving Accuracy 59% 62%
GIR Percentage 72% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 54% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.53 0.55

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Birdies or Better Gained
  • Par 5: Birdies or Better Gained
  • SG: Off the Tee
  • SG: Putting (Bent)
  • SG: Approach

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Bryson DeChambeau ($12,200)

There aren't any bad options at the top of the salary scale, as the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is truly loaded with elite options. It's probably not a bad idea to start with Bryson DeChambeau, a guy that is fresh off an ultra-impressive win at the U.S. Open and has a pristine track record at TPC Summerlin. DeChambeau has been an absolute BEAST in previous trips to TPC Summerlin, sandwiching a win in 2019 between a T4 and a T7. His Strokes Gained: Total number for this event trails only Patrick Cantlay by a sliver and he carries a 67.44 scoring average over his four Shriners appearances. Yes, there are other very legitimate options at the top of the salary scale this week, but DeChambeau might be the only player that has the ability to truly run away with this tournament if things are clicking.

Webb Simpson ($11,900)

Webb Simpson's style is basically on the other end of the spectrum than Bryson DeChambeau's, but it is perhaps no less effective on "regular" PGA Tour layouts. Simpson has certainly been bulletproof at TPC Summerlin, as he's posted a win, four top-10s, and never missed a cut in eight Shriners starts since 2010. While DeChambeau unquestionably has the ability to dominate with his power, Simpson's fairways-and-greens attack is more consistent, which is why he's only missed three cuts since November of 2018. He brings lots of stability to roster builds, while still possessing an amount of win equity that shouldn't be ignored.

Patrick Cantlay ($11,700)

Patrick Cantlay hasn’t necessarily played bad since the restart (he’s consistently gained strokes T2G), but he also hasn’t been the type of good that we’ve come to expect...logging just one top-10 in eight starts since the COVID-19 layoff.

Cantlay heads into a massive “get right” situation this week at the Shriners. He’s been downright dominant at TPC Summerlin, posting a win and two runner-up finishes over the last three years. His 66.67 scoring average on this layout is the best in the field and Bent is historically his best putting surface. Despite his lack of strong recent results, Cantlay's DFS price tag hasn't really budged, which might make him something of a contrarian play at the top of the board this week.

Tony Finau ($11,400)

It's frustrating to see Tony Finau not winning golf tournaments, but his consistency of late can't be ignored. Finau has posted top-10s in five of his last eight starts. He brings that strong form to a TPC Summerlin track where he's made six cuts in six career starts with four top-16 finishes. Like Webb Simpson, Finau brings a feeling of stability to the table this week, which makes him perfect a perfect core piece to build around.

Matthew Wolff ($11,100) 

I could make the argument that Matthew Wolff and Cantlay's salary should be flip-flopped this week, as Wolff has undoubtedly been in better form. He heads to Vegas off an impressive runner-up finish at the U.S. Open - his second top-five finish in a major in two months. However, TPC Summerlin is far from a major-type layout. It's a good thing for us that Wolff has proven himself adept on birdie-fest tracks as well as tough ones. The 21-year old finished runner-up in a shootout earlier this year at the Rocket Mortgage and his lone PGA Tour victory was a 21-under par victory at the 3M last year. He's one of - if not the most - explosive player in golf at the moment.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Cameron Davis ($9,900)

The young Aussie just continues to impress. Cameron Davis was featured in this write-up last week and didn't disappoint, posting a T6 at the Sanderson after holding a share of the 54-hole lead. Davis has now ran off five-straight made cuts with three top-15s among those. He heads to Vegas ranked first in the field in Birdies or Better Gained and third in SG: Par 5s over recent rounds. In his lone career start at TPC Summerlin two years ago he posted a T28 and there's a great chance that he improves on that finish this week.

Russell Henley ($9,700)

Henley hasn't teed it up in over a month, so it might be easy to forget that he closed out the 2019-20 season on a legit heater, going T25-T8-T9 in his last three starts. So while it might be a case of "out of sight, out of mind" with Henley for some DFS players, I'm interested in jumping right back on him despite his recent inactivity. His iron play has been a revelation and he stands first in this rather elite field in both SG: T2G and Approach if we stretch back 24 rounds. Of course, there's a downside in the form of his putting stroke, though he has looked better on the greens in his more recent starts.

Will Zalatoris ($9,700)

After a T8 at the U.S. Open and a T6 at Corales, the Willie Z bubble finally popped last week at the Sanderson. The youngster finished at even par after 36 holes to miss the cut at Country Club of Jackson. Despite last week's underwhelming performance, I see this week's Shriners as a nice bounce-back opportunity for Zalatoris, a player that ranks 12th in this field in Birdies or Better Gained over the last 12 rounds. He's very familiar with these types of birdie-fest-layouts from his time on the Korn Ferry Tour and has a great chance to rebound at reduced ownership this week.

Denny McCarthy ($9,200)

I've been in on Denny McCarthy lately and he’s popping for me again this week. His track record at TPC Summerlin is strong - T9/T15 last two years - and he’s a tremendous Bent putter (McCarthy is great on every surface). The concern with him is always his ball striking, though we have reason to believe that he’s in a nice groove T2G, as he heads to Vegas off an outing at the Sanderson in which he gained strokes on the field in every statistical category. There aren't many events on the schedule where a guy can just blatantly putt his way to victory, but last year Kevin Na proved that it is possible on this track. I'm giving McCarthy a bump this week, as these huge greens are easy to hit, but difficult to navigate...and McCarthy is the best putter on the PGA Tour.

Cameron Smith ($9,100)

I rarely find Cameron Smith in my lineups because he's so tough to put a finger on statistically and his ball striking is routinely poor. However, the Aussie is something of a "gut" play for me this week, as he heads to Vegas with an intriguing blend of good recent form and strong course history. Smith has posted top-25s in three of his last four starts (gaining strokes on Approach in all four) and he's went T10-T13 in his last two starts at TPC Summerlin. I'm not letting him anywhere near my core builds, but I love him as a "boom or bust" GPP play.

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Kristoffer Ventura ($8,800)

The youngster has been a popular DFS value option over the last couple of weeks. Ventura fell short at Corales, but responded nicely last week with a T6 outing at the Sanderson. This week's Shriners field is undoubtedly stronger, though Ventura still feels underpriced at just $8.8k. He grades out 10th in this field in SG: Putting on Bent and has gained strokes T2G in five of last six starts on the PGA Tour. Couple that recent form with a solid T18 result in last year's Shriners and Ventura tops my list of value plays this week.

Lanto Griffin ($8,700)

Lanto is a player that's easy to overlook in DFS because he doesn't really standout in any particular statistical area. What he does manage to do is be "pretty darn solid" in every facet of the game (14th in this field in SG: T2G), which makes him the type of guy that you don't see on TV all week, but at the end of the tournament he's posted a sneaky T12 or something. True to form, he logged a quiet T18 in last year's Shriners.

Stewart Cink ($8,600)

I don't know what's gotten into Stewart Cink lately, but the 47-year-old is partying like it's 1999. We've seen the veteran play well in short spurts over the last couple of years, but Cink's irons have been firing like never before as of late. He's gained over five strokes on Approach in each of his last two starts...a win at the Safeway and a T12 last week at the Sanderson. This TPC Summerlin track is manageable for veterans due to its relative lack of length, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see Cink continue to play well this week if he keeps the irons going.

Tyler McCumber ($8,000)

Our "What the hell, let's roll with it!" play of the week is Tyler McCumber at $8k. After missing seven straight cuts, McCumber has exploded for a runner-up finish (Corales) and a T6 (Sanderson) in his last two starts. Golf is a weird game, so chances are this is an unsustainable level of play for the son of PGA Tour-lifer Mark McCumber. However, he's been doing it with amazing ball striking both with his driver and his irons, rather than just an insanely hot putter, which makes me more willing to gamble on riding the wave with him this week.

Justin Suh ($7,200)

I'm reaching deep into my bag of tricks for you boys this week. If you have read this column all the way to the end, THANK YOU! A fun little dart throw this week is Justin Suh at just $7.2k. The class that included Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, and Matthew Wolff was supposed to produce four superstars, as Suh was just as decorated in college as those other three. While that trio has found instant success on the PGA Tour, Suh has struggled mightily to find his way. We can chalk a lot of his troubles up to a nagging wrist injury that has finally healed. Couple reasons to keep an eye out for Suh this week...he lived in Las Vegas for a time after college and spent a huge chunk of his practice time playing at TPC Summerlin and he reunited with his college golf coach during the COVID-19 downtime, which has helped him to finishes of T21 at the Barracuda and T14 at Corales in his only two PGA Tour starts since the layoff.

 

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Tony Finau Tests Positive For COVID-19

Tony Finau has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Shriners Hospitals For Children Open. Finau tested positive for COVID-19 during the PGA Tour's pre-tournament screening program. The 31-year-old had posted top-10 finishes in five of his last eight starts and was considered one of the favorites in this week's tournament. Finau will have to pass PGA Tour several protocols before he is allowed to tee it up again and it is unknown how long he will be out of action.

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Stewart Cink Heads To Vegas On A Hot Streak

Stewart Cink heads to Las Vegas for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open as one of the hottest players in golf. Yes, you read that correctly, the 47-year-old has been on a legitimate tear in his last two starts. Cink recorded his first win in over a decade at the Safeway Open last month and followed up with a strong T12 last week at Sanderson Farms. He's impressively gained over five strokes on approach in each of those starts. The veteran posted a T15 in his last appearance at TPC Summerlin in 2017. Believe it or not, he should be in serious DFS consideration this week.

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Cameron Davis Continues To Impress

Cameron Davis posted yet another impressive result last week in Jackson, finishing in a share of sixth place at the Sanderson Farms Championship. It was the young Aussie's fifth consecutive made cut and his third top-15 finish since July. Davis has one of the prettiest swings in golf and has started to produce noteworthy results over the last three months. He'll be a popular DFS option for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an event in which he logged a T28 in his lone appearance two years ago. His skill set and recent form should put him on your fantasy radar this week.

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Sam Burns Looks To Rebound At Shriners

Sam Burns disappointed his many DFS backers with a missed cut at last week's Sanderson Farms Championship. Burns will try to rebound at the upcoming Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The LSU alum has missed the cut in his last two starts at TPC Summerlin, so this isn't a slam-dunk bounce-back situation. However, Burns' ownership should be dramatically reduced after his poor outing last week. Despite the ugly course history, he's an intriguing contrarian option in GPP formats.

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Matthew Wolff Has Explosive Upside

Matthew Wolff heads to Las Vegas for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open riding a hot streak of good play. Wolff recorded an impressive runner-up finish at the U.S. Open in his most recent start. He's one of - if not the most - explosive players currently on the PGA Tour and his ability to go low is hard to ignore, not just on a weekly basis, but especially on this TPC Summerlin track that will require tons of birdies. There's some volatility that comes with rostering the young star, but his DFS upside is off the charts.

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Rickie Fowler Plagued By Inconsistency

Rickie Fowler is in the field for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The fan favorite has struggled mightily with inconsistent play this year. Fowler has tweaked both his swing and his equipment in 2020 with largely unfavorable results. The normally-reliable ball striker ranks just 63rd in this week's field in that statistical category. Despite his shaky recent form, Fowler has been successful in previous visits to TPC Summerlin and he posted a T4 in his last Shriners start two years ago. He's a risky DFS option this week.

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Matt Kuchar Continues To Struggle

Matt Kuchar has been one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour for years, but the veteran has struggled mightily as of late. Kuchar's last top-10 finish came in February and he's managed just two top-25 outings since the COVID-19 restart. The 42-year-old heads to this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on the heels of a disappointing missed cut at the U.S. Open. Kuchar isn't a Shriners regular and posted a T57 in his last start in the event two years ago. His discounted DFS price tag is tempting, but his recent form makes him nothing more than a GPP dart throw.

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Tony Finau Heads To Vegas In Sharp Form

Tony Finau got off to a sluggish start after the PGA Tour's COVID-19 layoff, but he's found a nice groove as of late. Finau has posted top-10 finishes in five of his last eight starts. He brings that sharp form to Las Vegas for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an event in which he logged a T9 last year and has ran off five consecutive made cuts. A low score will be needed to contend at TPC Summerlin and Finau ranks eighth in the field in birdies or better gained over recent rounds. He's a top-flight fantasy option this week.

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Bryson DeChambeau Making First Start Since U.S. Open Win

Bryson DeChambeau is set to make his first start since winning the U.S. Open this week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. DeChambeau shocked the world by overpowering legendary Winged Foot Golf Club last month. He has a great chance to nab another victory this week, as his record at TPC Summerlin is sterling. DeChambeau has a win and two top-seven finishes over his last three Shriners starts. The Mad Scientist is worth paying up for in all DFS formats.

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Break The Slate: DraftKings NFL DFS Lineup Picks - Week 4

Hi there, RotoBallers, and welcome back to Break The Slate! If you read this article regularly, then you know what we're about here, but if you are a new reader, let me quickly summarize our goals with this article. We'll spend each week discussing a few plays at each position for the DraftKings main slate that can add tournament-winning upside and/or juicy value to our NFL DFS rosters. I'll highlight my favorite players and breakdown my reasoning behind them.

I try to update the article on Saturdays to reflect any significant injuries or late-breaking news, as the landscape of the slate can change quickly in the NFL, and I definitely recommend you checking those out. It was a real "boom or bust" slate for us in Week 3, as featured players like Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, Jeff Wilson Jr., and Tyler Lockett exploded for us...while other highlighted players like Diontae Johnson, Kenyan Drake, and Dallas Goedert either left their games injured or underperformed. Remember, the NFL is ever-evolving from week to week, which gives us an opportunity to apply what we've learned on the next slate.

These DraftKings lineup recommendations are based on matchups, projected ownership, overall upside/talent levels, opportunity, and other factors such as Vegas odds, home-field advantage, and more. There are quite a few great plays available, so read on to find out which players are the best for Week 4. Be sure to also check out our weekly FanDuel DFS lineup picks and lots of other great NFL DFS articles and NFL DFS tools to help you win big! Good luck with your DraftKings DFS lineups, let's Break The Slate together!

 

DraftKings DFS Quarterbacks - Week 4 Picks

Russell Wilson - SEA @ MIA ($7,800)

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is quickly becoming my mantra at the QB position this season. In the past it would often make sense to pay down at the position, but with DK's current compressed QB pricing, I'm more willing to go ahead and take the "best available" route.

Seattle's Russell Wilson certainly falls in that category, as he's putting together an MVP-caliber season thus far. For years, fantasy players have been praying that the Seahawks' coaching staff would unleash Wilson and it looks as though the time has finally come. He's answered the bell, posting 925 passing yards and a league-high 14 TD passes. The onslaught should continue this week, as Russ is set to square off against a Miami Dolphins Defense that is allowing nearly nine yards per attempt (worst in the league) and stands 29th in the NFL in DK points allowed to the QB position. As if things didn't set up well enough for Wilson already, there's also a strong chance that this Seattle offense will be without starting RB Chris Carson.

Josh Allen - BUF @ LV ($7,300)

I start work on this column fairly early in the week, so it's tough to get an ultra-accurate handle on where ownership will shake out (check the Saturday Updates section), but as I write this, Josh Allen is currently projected at around 6-8% ownership. If this holds, we're looking at a true leverage spot with the Bills QB.

Maybe folks are reluctant to roster Allen against a Raiders defense that just held Cam Newton to 12.2 DK points in Week 3? Maybe many just aren't ready to trust Allen? Whatever the case may be, I'm ready to jump on a less-than-10% owned Josh Allen that is averaging 35.6 DK points through three games. Make no mistake, this isn't a terrific matchup against a Raiders defense that has only allowed three passing TDs in their first three games. However, I'm willing to "bet on talent and usage" with Allen in this spot. He ranks inside the top-six in the NFL in passing attempts, completion %, yards, yards per attempt, and QB rushing attempts.

*SATURDAY UPDATE: As for the QB's in the original writeup, Russ will be extremely popular, while Allen's ownership is still trending at less than 10% :). This week presents the most viable QB options that we've seen on a slate this season. I feel that both Lamar Jackson ($8.1k) and Patrick Mahomes ($7.4k) go without saying. Also above $7k, Dak Prescott ($7.2k) is right in the mix with Wilson and Allen as my favorite QB play on the slate, while Kyler Murray ($7.0k) brings a nice floor every week due to his rushing ability. As we dip below $7k, Deshaun Watson ($6.6k) has opened the season with three incredibly tough matchups, but draws a true breakout spot this week against a struggling Vikings Defense. Cincinnati continues to let rookie Joe Burrow ($6.3k) sling the rock...he's second in the NFL in pass attempts (141) and squares off against a Jags defense that's allowing nearly 8.50 yards per attempt. If you need to save salary at QB, Miami's Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5.4k) is far and away my favorite value option on the slate and a unique pivot from Russell Wilson. FitzMagic has went over 25 DK points in his last two outings and faces a Seattle defense that has been slaughtered by the pass this year.

 

DraftKings DFS Running Backs - Week 4 Picks

Alvin Kamara - NO @ DET ($8,000)

As a lifelong Tennessee Vols fan, I'm always willing to die on the Alvin Kamara hill. My guy was obviously playing hurt last year and we saw a dip in his production as a result. This season, AK looks healthy and fresh, which has sent his fantasy numbers skyrocketing.

Kamara is coming off a huge 13-target game against Green Bay in Week 3 and leads the NFL in RB targets at 31, which he's converted into 27 receptions for 285 yards and 3 TDs (all of which are leading the league for the RB position). His role in the pass game was given a boost by the absence of Michael Thomas last week, but even if Thomas returns against Detroit, Kamara will still be heavily targeted in this offense. As for when he carries the ball, he'll be squaring off against a Lions run defense that ranks dead last in the NFL in yards per carry (6.10) allowed to opposing RBs.

Dalvin Cook - MIN @ HOU ($7,600)

Week 3 was a slate in which I wasn't really interested in paying up at RB, but Week 4 is shaping up as a "spend up" kind of slate, as my attention directly goes to the aforementioned Alvin Kamara and Minnesota's Dalvin Cook.

Cook wasn't bad through the first two weeks of the season, but last week against the Titans was the first time this year we collectively said, "Ok, this is Dalvin Cook!". He blasted off for 181 yards and a TD on 22 carries against Tennessee, while also snagging two of five targets for 18 yards. Both the rushing attempts and the targets were season highs, and I expect these to become somewhere around the norm as the year progresses. Cook draws a smash matchup against a Texans Defense that has looked completely lost. Houston ranks bottom-five in the NFL in DK points, rushing yards, and yards per carry allowed to the RB position. Minnesota is not a team that will be shy about running the football and we should see Cook get all the work he can handle this week.

Mike Davis - ARI @ CAR ($5,700)

There's only one Christian McCaffrey, but Mike Davis turned in his best CMC impression last week. In McCaffrey's absence, Davis garnered the workhorse role for Carolina, racking up 13 rushing attempts and NINE(!) targets. Of course, Davis didn't produce CMC-like numbers, but his 46 rushing yards, eight catches for 45 yards and a TD totals are nothing to sneeze at. This week he draws a matchup against a Cardinals Defense that is one of just two teams in the league allowing over 10 yards per target to the RB position and should be considered no better than "matchup neutral" on the ground. With Davis' huge workload in the Carolina passing game, he's an intriguing option thanks to DK's full-PPR scoring format.

*SATURDAY UPDATE: Love the three players mentioned in the original writeup - and with Michael Thomas officially OUT for New Orleans, Kamara becomes basically a "set it and forget it" play for me - but there are other solid options available. Everyone is in love with this Dallas passing attack (me too!), though Ezekiel Elliott ($7.8k) has still received 20 or more touches in every game this season. Austin Ekeler's ($7.1k) usage is somewhat solidified as long as Justin Herbert remains the starter, but his matchup against the Bucs is a brutal one. James Robinson ($6.5k) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($6.4k) stand out in the mid-$6k range, while Darrell Henderson Jr. ($5.8k) has quietly wrestled away the lead back role from Malcolm Brown in this resurgent Rams offense. If you're going to #ValueTown this week, Myles Gaskin ($5.0k) is coming off a 27-touch game in Week 3 and Ronald Jones II ($4.7) seemingly has a path to meaningful usage with Leonard Fournette ruled OUT for the Bucs.

 

DraftKings DFS Wide Receivers - Week 4 Picks

Will Fuller - MIN @ HOU ($5,900)

As you've probably gathered after reading the QB and RB sections of this week's column, I'm targeting high-priced plays at both positions. As a result, I'll be bargain shopping at WR in Week 4. He is undoubtedly a "boom or bust" type of play (and not one for those of you with a weak stomach), but I'm intrigued with Houston's Will Fuller at $5.9k this week.

I'm the first to admit that it always feels gross when you click Fuller's name, but I'm looking at this as a pure "give myself a shot at huge upside and not worry about the floor" play. When healthy, Fuller is the unquestioned leader of this Texans receiving corps, garnering 15 combined targets in the two games he's been active. He draws a greenlight matchup against a banged-up Minnesota secondary that ranks bottom-five in the league in DK points, receiving yards, TDs, and yards per target allowed to the WR position.

DeVante Parker - SEA @ MIA ($5,700)

For a guy that remembers the "Legion of Boom" days, it feels really weird to say that the Seattle Seahawks are a secondary that we want to target, but that is unquestionably the case. The Seahawks are HEMORRHAGING production to the WR position...ranking dead last in the NFL against the position basically across the board (DK points, receptions, yards, TDs, and yards per target).

After a legitimate breakout season in 2019, Miami's DeVante Parker has been slowed by a hamstring injury a bit to start this year. However, Parker has resumed practicing in full over the last two weeks and has had 10 days to rest after a five-catch, 69-yard outing against the Jags last Thursday. We know there's explosive chemistry between he and Miami QB Ryan Fitzpatrick...and this matchup offers a true breakout spot for Parker.

Hunter Renfrow - BUF @ LV ($4,600)

For some reason, the Raiders have pretty much refused to get Hunter Renfrow consistently involved in this offense. However, due to injuries to basically every starter in the Raiders' receiving corps, Renfrow was pushed into duty last week against New England. He responded (as he always does) by catching six of nine targets for 84 yards and a TD (and was called down on the 1 on another). We can debate Renfrow's athletic ability...but the dude can play football and we're assuming that he'll receive a high workload if all the Raiders WRs miss this week's game.

He draws a matchup that looks ugly at first glance, but this Buffalo pass defense is far from unbeatable. The Bills rank 26th in the NFL in DK points allowed to the WR position and have been routinely burned by slot receivers, with Cooper Kupp posting a 9/107/1 stat line last week.

*SATURDAY UPDATE: Of course, Will Fuller popped up on the injury report Thursday with a hamstring concern (SHOCKER), but Fuller did practice fully Friday and remains an intriguing GPP target for those that wake up Sunday morning feeling dangerous. If you want to pivot from Fuller while still targeting this matchup against Minnesota, Brandin Cooks ($4.5k) is a "boom or bust" value option. DeAndre Hopkins ($8.5k) is a game-time decision - though he always seems to play through injury - while Michael Thomas ($7.6k) has officially been ruled OUT. Thomas' absence strengthens the case for Alvin Kamara at RB and brings Emmanuel Sanders ($4.8k) squarely into consideration as a value WR...while the injury-ridden Saints will also be without both of their starting CBs, which opens the door for a player like Kenny Golladay ($6.0k). A similar situation in Tampa Bay, as Chris Godwin ($6.5k) has been officially ruled OUT, clearing a path to volume for Mike Evans ($6.4k), though the matchup against a tough Chargers secondary is less-than-optimal...on the other side of that game, Keenan Allen ($6.5k) is also in a tough matchup, but continues to be peppered with targets (a ridiculous 29 targets in Herbert's two starts!). The dynamic duo of Tyler Lockett ($7.0k) and D.K. Metcalf ($6.8k) are both strong (but popular) options in this fully-clicking Seahawks passing attack. The same can be said for the Dallas receiving corps, as Amari Cooper ($6.7k), Michael Gallup ($6.2k), and CeeDee Lamb ($5.4k) deserve serious consideration, while Odell Beckham Jr. ($5.8k) is an interesting way to bring back Cowboys stacks. The Bengals' pass-happy nature brings both Tyler Boyd ($6.1k) and Tee Higgins ($4.5k) into play as unique options.

 

DraftKings DFS Tight Ends - Week 4 Picks

T.J. Hockenson - NO @ DET ($4,800)

The frustration that usually comes with rostering T.J. Hockenson is directly tied to Matthew Stafford's stubborn refusal to look his way. Hockenson finally received some volume in Week 3, as he was targeted seven times against the Cardinals. Hopefully, he'll receive a similar workload this week against a Saints Defense that has struggled mightily against opposing TEs. New Orleans ranks last in the NFL in DK points allowed to the position and has allowed the most catches, yards, and TDs in the league to TEs.

Evan Engram - NYG @ LAR ($4,400)

Remember when Evan Engram was good? Yeah, I know...it's been awhile. It seemed as though Engram was on the path to stardom there for a minute, but the Giants athletic TE has been continuously besieged with injuries over the last couple of years. He's actually been healthy this season and just hasn't been able to produce. It's not for lack of volume, as Engram has been targeted 20 times through three games. With explosive options basically nill at the low-end of the TE salary scale, I'm willing to gamble that Engram finally capitalizes on his opportunities against a Rams Defense that allowed three TDs to Bill tight ends last week.

SATURDAY UPDATE: Once again, the TE position is pretty gross this week. Despite his boom/bust nature, Mark Andrews ($6.0k) stands out as my favorite spend-up option against a Washington defense that's 27th in the league in DK points allowed to the position. Miami's Mike Gesicki ($5.1k) is a "tight end" in name only and is running pass routes on 96% of the snaps he plays. In a Dallas offense that everyone wants to target, Dalton Schultz ($4.3k) presents a contrarian way to get exposure to the 'Boys. Logan Thomas ($3.5k) continues to under-produce relative to his volume, but at this price tag it's tough to ignore a TE that trails only Travis Kelce and Darren Waller in total targets.



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RotoBaller PGA: One And Done Staff Picks - Sanderson Farms Championship

Here at RotoBaller, we are always searching for ways to give our readers the best fantasy sports content possible. With that goal in mind, we are very proud of our weekly PGA “One and Done” column. In this feature, our golf staff of Joe Nicely, Spencer Aguiar and Josh Bennett will provide their weekly golf picks every Wednesday. The purpose of this article is to present you with alternative options to consider and hopefully make your selection a much easier process weekly. With that plan in mind, let's get started!

Last week's Corales Puntacana was definitely the weakest field we've seen in months, but we managed to put together some solid choices. I went with the young gun, Will Zalatoris, and he overcame a sluggish start to grab a share of eighth place for $117k. Spencer wasn't far behind, with his selection, Patrick Rodgers, posting a solid T11 that added $97k to Spencer's second-place total. Josh didn't have as much luck unfortunately, as Kristoffer Ventura was only able to bring in $9,580 for Team Jish.

This week's Sanderson Farms Championship has settled in as a "Swing Season" staple over the last decade. While the field isn't elite, it is certainly a huge upgrade over last week's available selections at Corales. Let's see who everyone is rolling with this week in Jackson!

 

One And Done Staff Picks Overview

Here at RotoBaller, we are always searching for ways to give our readers the best fantasy sports content possible. With that goal in mind, we are very proud to announce the weekly PGA “One and Done” column will be back for a second season.

In this feature, our golf staff of Joe Nicely, Spencer Aguiar and Josh Bennett will provide their weekly golf picks every Wednesday. The purpose of this article is to present you with alternative options to consider and hopefully make your selection a much easier process weekly. With that plan in mind, let's get started!

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One and Done Selections - Sanderson Farms Championship

Joe Nicely - Doc Redman

Alternate - Zach Johnson

We all know that these "Swing Season" events can be slim pickens when it comes to field strength. However, this week's Sanderson Farms Championships presents us with a handful of really strong options at the top of the board. Unfortunately for me, I've already used them in this contest, with names like Scheffler, Im, Burns, and even Zalatoris off the board for me.

In the absence of being able to choose one of this week's "elite" options, I'm rolling with one of the most explosive players that will be teeing it up in Jackson this week. Doc Redman brings a little volatility into play - he's missed three of 10 cuts since the restart - but I'm excited about the potential upside. Doc has posted T3 finishes in two of his last three starts and was last seen dropping a blistering final-round 62 at the Safeway Open earlier this month.

It's easy to forget that Redman is just 22-years-old...and with youth comes some inconsistency. However, it feels like a win is coming sooner rather than later for this young man and perhaps it will happen on this Country Club of Jackson layout that is annually a shootout.

Yearly Earnings - $7,748,882

Yearly Cuts Made - 23/27

 

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Spencer Aguiar - Sungjae Im

Alternate - Charley Hoffman

I'd normally go with something a little more contrarian than Sungjae Im for the position I am currently in entering the week, but part of the skill in these contests is understanding who your opponents have left. A larger OAD might dictate going down an abnormal route, but I will take my guarantee of being the only member of this group that has Sungjae Im at his disposal.

Look, I'd feel a lot better if I could grab the South Korean in a situation where he was playing steadier golf entering the event, but I need upside at this stage and will live with whatever Im provides from a production standpoint.

The 22-year-old has gained a combined 10.2 strokes with his irons in his previous two events, giving me hope that his game might finally be turning around after a cold restart. It shouldn't hurt matters that Im has done most of his damage on Bermuda greens in the past, and I am willing to swing blindly for the sake of this contest. If you are in a similar position for your OAD, I would assume you will most likely need to go down a different route. Look at how many times a golfer has been used by the field and try to make the most educated guess you can for how aggressive you will need to get to mount a comeback.

Yearly Earnings - $4,635,975

Yearly Cuts Made - 21/27

 

Josh Bennett - Will Zalatoris

Alternate - Doc Redman

It seems as though this Will Zalatoris guy is pretty good at golf. Time will tell if he will be consistently good on the PGA Tour or if this is just a crazy good hot streak, but either way I’m going to hop on the bandwagon and hope he keeps it going for one more week. He’s been playing solid golf all-around, so in a field of players that are “specialty” guys, it’s a good time to take a chance on a guy that seems to do just about everything well. He should continue to be motivated as well since continued good play will give him that many more chances to get into PGA fields. Unlike a lot of my other ramblings through stats and reasons in past write-ups, I’m just keeping it simple for this week and rolling with a guy that’s just playing really good all-around golf.

Yearly Earnings - $4,275,189

Yearly Cuts Made - 23/27

 

Running Totals

Joe Nicely Spencer Aguiar Josh Bennett
Sony Open Webb Simpson $455,400 Abraham Ancer $27,390 Webb Simpson $455,400
American Express Sungjae Im $162,475 Paul Casey $63,399 Sungjae Im $162,475
Farmers Insurance Tiger Woods $181,875 Hideki Matsuyama $22,950 Jon Rahm $817,500
Waste Management Jon Rahm $170,768 Webb Simpson $1,314,000 Hideki Matsuyama $97,212
Pebble Beach Jason Day $382,200 Patrick Cantlay $181,350 Jason Day $382,200
Genesis Invitational Bubba Watson $0 Dustin Johnson $234,825 Dustin Johnson $234,825
WGC Mexico Dustin Johnson $45,500 Justin Thomas $320,667 Tommy Fleetwood $125,500
Puerto Rico Open Alex Noren $0 Jhonattan Vegas $75,750 Alex Noren $0
Honda Classic Tommy Fleetwood $483,000 Tommy Fleetwood $483,000 Louis Oosthuizen $0
Arnold Palmer Invitational Rory McIlroy $330,731 Tony FInau $0 Xander Schauffele $72,424
Charles Schwab Rickie Fowler $0 Matt Kuchar $0 Patrick Reed $243,750
RBC Heritage Matt Kuchar $25,205 Justin Rose $129,575 Kevin Kisner $0
Travelers Championship Bryson DeChambeau $233,470 Sungjae Im $16,872 Bryson DeChambeau $233,470
Rocket Mortgage Viktor Hovland $131,875 Patrick Reed $0 Viktor Hovland $131,875
Workday Hideki Matsuyama $59,830 Rickie Fowler $59,830 Justin Rose $0
Memorial Patrick Cantlay $51,925 Xander Schauffele $171,585 Patrick Cantlay $51,925
3M Open Sam Burns $34,577 Bubba Watson $0 Tony Finau $250,800
WGC-St.Jude Daniel Berger $695,000 Collin Morikawa $106,200 Rory McIlroy $46,500
Barracuda Ryan Moore $69,475 Sam Burns $0 Denny McCarthy $20,883
PGA Championship Collin Morikawa $1,980,000 Daniel Berger $192,208 Brooks Koepka $69,500
Wyndham Championship Justin Rose $0 Billy Horschel $697,600 Paul Casey $37,440
Northern Trust Patrick Reed $23,169 Jason Day $0 Adam Scott $21,565
BMW Championship Scottie Scheffler $106,780 Tiger Woods $22,496 Collin Morikawa $106,780
Tour Championship Xander Schauffele $1,665,000 Rory McIlroy $280,090 Daniel Berger $186,850
Safeway Open Brendan Steele $41,391 Harold Varner III $41,391 Sam Burns $214,500
U.S. Open Tony Finau $302,236 Jon Rahm $101,797 Justin Thomas $302,236
Corales Puntacana Will Zalatoris $117,000 Patrick Rodgers $93,000 Kristoffer Ventura $9,580

 

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Daily Fantasy Golf FanDuel Picks (PGA DFS) - Sanderson Farms Championship

Hello RotoBaller PGA family! Playing on a major-medical exemption, Hudson Swafford bagged a much-needed victory at the Corales Puntacana Championship last week.

We go from a lackluster field in the Dominican Republic to an intriguing one in Jackson, Mississippi for the Sanderson Farms Championship. In this article we'll discuss some of the standout PGA DFS plays available on FanDuel for the U.S. Open. While it's impossible to hit on every player, we'll touch on some different plays across all price ranges, breaking the groups down into "High", "Mid", and "Low" price options.

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Sanderson Farms Championship - PGA DFS Overview

Country Club of Jackson

7,421 Yards - Par 72 - Greens: Bermuda - Designer: John Fought

This will mark the seventh time the Country Club of Jackson has hosted this event. Yes, this course is long at just over 7,400 yards, but I'm not necessarily putting all my eggs in the 'bomber' basket this week, as a ton of that yardage is accounted for by the layouts four Par-5s. So, while I won't be strictly targeting length off the tee, I will definitely be focused heavily on a player's ability to score on the Par-5s. It seems like ballstriking is always important, and that is once again the case this week, as CCJ presents players with lots of approach shots from 200-plus yards. There will be plenty of birdies this week (Munoz won at 18-under par last year, Champ won at 21-under par two years ago), so I'll give a long look to birdie makers when constructing rosters.

 

Let's Look At The Stats

Stat CC of Jackson Tour Average
Driving Distance 281 281
Driving Accuracy 54% 62%
GIR Percentage 69% 65%
Scrambling Percentage 61% 57%
Average Three-Putts Per Round 0.55 0.55

 

Key Stats

  • Strokes Gained: Tee to Green
  • Birdies or Better Gained
  • Par 5: Birdies or Better Gained
  • SG: Off the Tee
  • SG: Putting (Bermuda)

 

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High-Priced FanDuel DFS Players 

Scottie Scheffler ($12,300)

After being forced to miss the U.S. Open due to COVID-19 exposure, Scottie Scheffler is set to make a knock-the-rust-off start at the Sanderson this week, a tournament where he’s posted a T16 and a T45 in starts the previous two years. The layoff is slightly concerning, but Scheffler is undoubtedly the class of this week’s field, grading out first in SG: Total, T2G, Ball Striking, and Approach over the last 24 rounds. He sits atop the FD salary scale this week, but sticks out in this field for those of you that are paying up.

Sungjae Im ($11,700)

It's been a rocky road for our guy Sungjae this summer, however, our hero appears to be headed in the right direction now, as he’s gained strokes on Approach in each of his last two starts (+4.5 & +5.7) en route to strong finishes at both the Tour Championship (11th) and the U.S. Open (22nd). In addition to his trending iron play, the young Korean returns to his favorite putting surface this week at the Country Club of Jackson. His putting splits on Bermuda greens are stark when compared to other surfaces and he gained 4.4 strokes putting on these greens en route to a runner-up finish in last year’s Sanderson.

Will Zalatoris ($11,600)

After a strong showing at the U.S. Open, lots of us were excited about Korn Ferry Tour stud Will Zalatoris last week at Corales. The Wake Forest alum didn't disappoint, overcoming a sluggish start with a final-round 65 that vaulted him into a tie for eighth place. Luckily for us, the finish earned him entry into this week's Sanderson, so we can continue to fire away with the young buck. He's extremely long off the tee, a great ball striker, and a competent putter. Has a great chance to make some noise this week on CCoJ's four Par-5s!

Sam Burns ($11,200) 

One of my favorite plays last week, Sam Burns was right on track at Corales before a head-scratching 78 in the third round took him out of serious contention. Burns rebounded to shoot a Sunday 66 and ultimately finish T28, so perhaps he takes a little bit of positive momentum from that final-round performance. Not really sure what happened in that third round collapse last week, but I'm willing to continue riding Burns at the Sanderson. He's a Louisiana native that is very familiar both with this golf course and Bermuda greens. Logged a T3 in this event two years ago. His length, ability to score on Par-5s, and sweet putting stroke make him a favorite in this spot.

Doc Redman ($10,800)

Last seen absolutely torching the leaderboard at the Safeway Open, Doc Redman dropped a final-round 62 at Silverado Resort to finish in a share of third place. That's the kind of explosive scoring ability that makes Redman such a tempting option this week on a course where birdies will be needed to contend. He grades out fifth in this field in Birdies or Better Gained over his last 12 rounds, while ranking third in SG: Ball Striking. There's a little more volatility that comes with rostering Doc when compared to some of the other "high priced" options, but there's certainly tons of upside as well.

 

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Mid-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Carlos Ortiz ($9,600)

A pure course history play, Carlos Ortiz is a "bet on a spike week" option here at the Sanderson, an event in which he's posted top-five finishes in each of the last two years. Ortiz is what I refer to as a “spike” player, meaning we’ll see a ton of missed cuts from him, but then - seemingly out of nowhere - we’ll see a strong “spike” in his play and results. Obviously, these guys are tough to predict - and even harder to trust in DFS - but they are the type of “boom or bust” players that can help us take down large-field GPPs.

Cameron Davis ($9,400)

A talented young Aussie that closed out the 2019-20 season in rock-solid fashion, Davis has made five-straight cuts with two top-15 finishes. He averages 308 yards off the tee and has the firepower to wreak havoc on the Par-5s this week. Davis finished last season ranked 21st on the PGA Tour in Par-5 Scoring Average and 11th in Total Eagles. The 25-year-old grades out second in this week's field in Birdies or Better Gained using recent measurements and scored a T28 in last year's Sanderson.

Patrick Rodgers ($9,400)

Like Sam Burns, Patrick Rodgers is another "ride the hot hand" play for us this week. Rodgers performed well at the Corales last week, posting a T11. He now heads to a Country Club of Jackson layout on which he's made the cut in all three of his career starts with two top-20 finishes. He's a bomber that has the length needed to score on the Par-5s and he ranks third in this week's field in SG: Putting on Bermuda.

Denny McCarthy ($9,200)

McCarthy didn't pop quite like we'd hoped last week at Corales, but he's an intriguing rebound candidate this week. He's something of a "Course Horse", as he's went T18-T7 in his last two starts on this golf course. He lives and dies by the putter, but grades out second in the field in SG: Putting on Bermuda and has led the PGA Tour in SG: Putting for two straight seasons. In addition to his well-known putting prowess, McCarthy has been surprisingly prolific on Par-5s as of late, grading out 10th in the field in Par-5 Efficiency over the last 12 rounds.

Low-Priced FanDuel DFS Players

Brian Stuard ($8,900)

We've spent a huge chunk of this write-up talking about young, bombers. Brian Stuard definitely doesn't fit that mold (though he surprisingly ranks eight in this field in Par-5 Efficiency over the last 12 rounds), but the veteran has still has a chance to be effective on this layout. He's made three of four cuts at the Sanderson since 2016 with a T4 coming in 2018. Stuard heads to Jackson in solid form, posting an impressive T3 at the Safeway and a respectable T33 at the Corales over his last two starts.

Cameron Percy ($8,600)

Another veteran that isn't going to blow us away statistically, Cameron Percy possesses a nice blend of course history and recent form. The Aussie is 4/4 in made cuts at the Sanderson since 2016, with two top-15 finishes among those starts. He heads in this week on the heels of some nice recent results at both the Safeway Open (T23) and last week at Corales (T8). The 46-year-old should be able to lean on his CCofJ experience this week and bang out a made cut for us at this discount price.

Adam Schenk ($8,500)

Schenk was a popular DFS option last week at Corales, but after blazing out of the gates in the opening round, he slid into a T56 finish. I'm willing to go back to him here at a vastly different price point. His results haven't been particularly great, but Schenk has made seven consecutive cuts and has also fared well at the Sanderson, making the cut in all three of his career starts with a T7 two years ago.

JJ Spaun ($8,100)

I locked in on JJ Spaun late last week and he posted a ho-hum T56 at Corales. Spaun is a streaky player that showed some nice signs at the Safeway a few weeks ago en route to a top-10 finish. He's went T36-T34 in his last two Sanderson starts. His irons looked extremely sharp at Silverado and he grades out 28th in the field in Birdies or Better Gained over recent rounds. This feels like a nice value option for those of you that elect to go with "Stars & Scrubs" builds.

 

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Scottie Scheffler Returns To Action This Week

After a blistering finish to the 2019-20 season that included three top-five finishes over his last four starts, Scottie Scheffler was recently named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Unfortunately, the rising star was forced to miss the U.S. Open after a positive COVID-19 test earlier this month. Scheffler is set to return to action this week at the Sanderson Farms Championship and sits atop DFS salary scales around the industry. The Texan has a tantalizing skill set and leads this week's field in strokes gained tee to green. He's an elite option in all fantasy formats.