2017 The PLAYERS Championship DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings

The Wells Fargo Championship was a fun tournament that saw Brian Harman, who was our 18th ranked player, take down the tournament. The picks were better than the previous week, but still had some notable missed cuts.

Let’s check in with our top 10 from last week to see how they did:

Johnson – T2 / Rahm – 4 / Molinari – T24 / Berger – T36 / Glover – T52 / Cink – MC / Kisner – MC / List – T52 / Laird – T42 / McGirt – MC

Like I said, it was better than having five players miss the cut, but the fact is those were all highly owned plays, which means everything saw things the same way and it hurt more than just a few. This week definitely feel a bit better with a huge assortment of talent on this slate.

The Players Championship has been held at TPC Sawgrass since 1982. The length of the course for the championship is 7,215, which isn’t exactly the longest course on tour. It was designed by Pete Dye, who had his hands in several of the courses on tour. There are a number of holes with infamy on this course that are going to be factors, including the 17th and 18th holes. There have been some renovations to the course according to the PGA official site, so it will be interesting to see how things pan out this year.

This week we will go back to listing out our top 6 golfers for the week, according to our PGA model, which I promise, will be coming soon to ResearchFantasy!

Golfer (FantasyDraft/FanDuel/DraftKings)

Jon Rahm (17000/10100/9600) – Rahm might have never played at this tournament before, but it is not like he can’t handle it. In all the course specific stats I am looking at this week, Rahm is no lower than 18th. He’s also at the sixth best recent form, and is in the top 5 in Vegas odds. Because there are a ton of other quality golfers in this tournament, his price is a little bit cheaper than I would have expected on Draftkings at least, so I feel like I am getting a discount there.

Justin Thomas (16500/9100/8900) – Thomas is coming off a 3rd place finish in this tournament last year. While his course stats aren’t as robust as Rahm’s, he is still top 37 or above in all of them, including being number one at Birdie or Better %, which is something I am heavily weighing here. I think he’s another guy who could come through with a big week here, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him contending on Sunday.

Dustin Johnson (19600/11200/12000) – Listen guys and gals, I apologize that all of these golfers are of the more expensive variety, but I am only going off what my spreadsheet spits out. If you look back through previous weeks, you’ll see a lot of balance in the top 6, but this week is different. One of the differences is that DJ isn’t our top option. He’s in awesome form right now, but this course isn’t his strong suit. There is still a strong chance he could end up coming through, so by no means should you completely fade him, but I think you can get better value below.

Rory McIlroy (18400/10500/11200) – Rory hasn’t played a ton this year yet, but this is a tournament he has done very well at since 2013: 12, 8, 6, 8. That’s a pretty strong run right there. He’s still one of the top golfers in the world, so I don’t have any issues about using him at all. I am a big fan of using guys who are course horses and that very much described McIlroy. He could end up being a better play than everyone around him.

Rickie Fowler (16900/9400/9300) – Fowler is going to be an interesting case this week. His course history here is absolutely erratic: 120, 1, 77, 120, 2. So he’s either going to win or crash and burn. Great. Fantastic even. Then you look at his stats for the course. He is 12th or better in every single one, including SG: Putting. To put that into perspective, that’s better than Dustin Johnson. Not just this event, but this year, which I assume you already knew but just wanted to reinforce. There is a ton of upside here, and with how he’s been playing, he’s high on the radar.

Hideki Matsuyama (16900/9600/9700) – Matsuyama has been excellent at this course, and I expect this year to be no different. His stats are pretty solid, with the exception being putting and recent form, which is not the best thing to see. Still, he’s got the game that does apply itself to this course very well, and will be at the top of my list of options this week.

The One Guy Who is the Make or Break Player this Week:

Marc Leishman: Luke List was on here last week, and Brooks Koepka the week before. They were both boom or bust options that worked out for those who played him. Leishman makes it here this week because he is our top ranked value play this week. He’s had adequate course history, and has good course stats. It’s been tough for the clear cut value plays as of late, but we’ll hope that the trend ends this week.

Overall Top 25

1 – Jon Rahm

2 – Justin Thomas

3 – Dustin Johnson

4 – Rory McIlroy

5 – Rickie Fowler

6 – Hideki Matsuyama

7 – Francisco Molinari

8 – Sergio Garcia

9 – Pat Perez

10 – Marc Leishman

11 – Russell Henley

12 – Adam Scott

13 – Patrick Cantlay

14 – Russell Knox

15 – Daniel Berger

16 – Tyrell Hatton

17 – Jordan Spieth

18 – Sung Kang

19 – Justin Rose

20 – Tommy Fleetwood

21 – Jhonattan Vegas

22 – Adam Hadwin

23 – Bill Haas

24 – Henrik Stenson

25 – Kyle Stanley

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