2017 Valspar Championship DFS Picks for DraftKings
Innisbrook Golf Club and Resort –Copperhead Course
Well, Dustin Johnson confirmed this past week why he is the World No. 1. He moved into the position after a first place finish in the Genesis Open. His first start as No. 1, he wins the WGC Mexico. He was also our top overall play last week, which you can see by click on this link.
This week, the PGA Tour is heading back to sunny Florida for the Valspar Championship, teeing it up at Innisbrook Resort-Copperhead Course. The course will be playing at 7,340 yards and par 71. Copperhead is known for its 14th hole, a 590-yard double dog leg par-5, which will be more forgiving for those playing with ultimate precision. The closing 3-hole stretch nicknamed the “Snake Pit” consist of the 16th hole, a par-4, which is the hardest hole on the course. The 17th hole is a dangerous par-3 and the 18th is a par-4 with bunkers on the right and the left.
I project a strong association between low scores and accuracy this week. This course design is favored by many PGA players. The golfers to be rewarded this week will play with accuracy, while maintaining creativeness for the shots which demand imagination. Some shots will need to be carved around tree lines and positioned in just the right spot. Copperhead will be a test to all the golfers this week.
Golfer (Fantasy Draft/Draft Kings)-World Rank-
Henrik Stenson (22800/11700)- No. 6- Unfortunately, last week at the WGC Mexico, Stenson withdrew 11 holes in with a stomach illness. I’m sure this week will be a lot better for him. Stenson has finished 4th and 11th in his last two starts at Valspar. This week, Stenson’s driving accuracy will be what separates him from the field. His driving accuracy is about 84% (among the highest in the league). I’m looking forward to seeing Henrik get back into action.
Justin Thomas (23000/11900)- No. 7- JT has been on fire lately, and playing some of the best golf I’ve seen. He finished T-10 and T-18 in his only two starts at Valspar. JT is currently 1st in FedEx Cup ranking. The big hitter is ranked 14th in driving distance which will help him this weekend. I’ve noticed JT playing his long irons very solid this season and precision with the long irons is a must on this course. JT is ranked 5th in overall strokes gained. He is expensive this weekend but there are plenty of options available to build a solid team around him.
Charles Howell III (19100/9400)- No. 65- Howell finished T-5 at Valspar last year and is 5 for 5 this season in cuts made. Howell has been playing lights out golf lately, and for $19,100 Fantasy Draft price and $9,400 Draft Kings price he is a must have in your line ups this week. Howell is ranked 8th in going for the green-birdie or better, 12th in scoring average, and 15th in greens in regulation. All of Howell’s stats show to me how precise he is. He is a lock in my line ups this week!
Patrick Reed (20100/9700)- No. 12- Reed has been fairly silent this season. However, he is still 8 for 8 in cuts made. Patrick Reed finished runner up at Valspar in 2015. I have all the confidence in Reed, and if he turns his game on this week, watch out! Reed still has a deadly putting game and I think that will help this week. Unfortunately, he has found himself in the past few weeks playing from some rough. I’m willing to turn that into a positive and say if he finds himself in any trouble this weekend, he should be more confident and creative than the rest of the field. Reed is top 30 in strokes gain: putting. Reed and Howell III are a good pair to have in a line up.
Graham DeLaet (18800/8400)- No. 132- Don’t let DeLaet’s world rank fool you. This golfer is a high caliber player and has been proving it. DeLaet has been T-17 or better in his last 3 starts on tour. He is 10th in strokes gained: off-the-tee, 15th in strokes gained: putting, and 23rd in birdie average. Well rounded player at a fair price.
Jim Furyk (17300/7200)- No. 50- This folks, is the absolute steal of the week! The veteran Jim Furyk is cheap this week and compliments any and every golfer in your line up. Furyk is 2nd in driving accuracy and 35th in going for the green-birdie or better. He has the experience, skills, and accuracy to potentially win Valspar this year. Another lock in my line up.
Brian Gay (13000/6800)- No. 511- Brian Gay isn’t a giant golfer name. However, Gay is ready to make his 17th start at the Innisbrook tournament. Of the 18 years of this tournament he has only missed one due to an injury. Defiantly a golfer with a cheap price tag, that has a lot of experience at this course.
Jimmy Stanger (12700/6400)- N/A- Allow me to introduce Jimmy Stanger. No. 29 World Amateur Ranked Golfer. Stanger plays golf for Virginia State and will be playing at Valspar on a sponsorship exemption. I mention this young man not only because of his extensive list of golf playing capabilities, but he is a Tampa local and familiar with the course.
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