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- Fantasy Golf Picks: Genesis Open PGA DFS “Sleepers” - February 13, 2018
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- Fantasy Golf Picks: Waste Management Phoenix Open PGA DFS “Sleepers” - January 30, 2018
This week, the Tour heads to Riviera CC for its annual stop. It’s a fantastic and traditional golf course, and always attracts the world’s best players. Because of this, there’s plenty of course history to draw upon, and that’s a big indicator for me this week. The field is absolutely stacked, so I suggest spreading out your exposure this week. Riviera is a par-71 that plays around 7,300 yards, which should show you the benefit bombers will have here. Players will contend with the same poa annua greens we saw last week, so keep riding guys who putted well last week. Driving accuracy is not so important here, because the fairways are tough to hit and the rough isn’t too penal. We’ve seen this in the past, with inaccurate bombers like Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson playing extremely well here. It’s more of a tactician’s golf course on the approach shots, so find some elite ball-strikers as well. SG:Approach will be one of my key statistics this week. One last thing to note is that on a par-71, there’s an extra par-4. Many of those par-4s are longer than 450 yards, which gives us a key metric to look at. Par-4 scoring overall, and efficiency on long par-4s could be great indicators this week.
In terms of stats I feel are important, SG:Approach, driving distance, and long par-4 scoring. Correlating courses that I’ll take a small look at this week are Firestone Country Club and Augusta National.
This week’s field is headlined by Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Casey, and Phil Mickelson. I had to pick one of these guys to win this week, it would be Dustin Johnson.
Now, onto my sleeper picks of the week for the Genesis Open.
DraftKings High-End Sleepers
Justin Thomas ($10,700)
Thomas is the ultimate boom-or-bust play this week. His game fits Riviera perfectly, but his results haven’t been good. In three appearances, Thomas has finished 41st, 54th, and 39th, which doesn’t inspire much confidence. He imploded on the weekend at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but he was playing really well overall. We know Thomas can get as hot as anyone on Tour, so I’ll take his birdie and eagle upside over anyone not named DJ.