2018 Career Builder DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings
The Sony Open was an exciting tournament which saw Patton Kizzire edge out James Hahn in an awesome playoff to grab the win.
Let’s check in with our top 10 from last week to see how they did:
Spieth – T18/ Reavie –T18 / Simpson – T4 / Cink – T32 / Haas – MC / Berger – T14 / Na – MC / Johnson – T14 / Leishman – T47 / Thomas – T14
This is definitely a mixed bag of things. For one, only one of these guys made it into the top ten. Two missed the cut, which is awful. Kevin Na is just not good right now. It was a field dominated by a lot of unpredictability, which we get from time to time in golf.
This week is an interesting case, but these courses (yes, courses) rank as some of the easiest on tour. I am going to go a little lighter than normal, hoping to get some more action on things next weekend.
Brian Harman (11600/11500) – Harman was our make our make or break play last week, and it was partially true. He contended all weekend, and you would have been better suited using him than some of the other big names. He has a third and 11th in his last two visits here, and comes into the event white hot. As a result, he ranks in the top 30 of all our key stats this week, and looks to be a solid play in all formats.
Brendan Steele (10200/8900) – Steele was a chalky play at the Champions event who just did not pan out, so here is to hoping he can get his stuff together here. His history over the past 5 is everywhere: 6, 34, 2, MC, 56. It is tough to say that he is in great form coming in, but has shown the ability to get things done at this event. I will have some exposure, but am not going to go over the top.
J.J. Spaun (9000/7900) – I would venture to say that Spaun has not made it into one of our articles, but there is a first time for everything. He finished 50th last year, which would be an awful finish this year considering the price. He checks off all the key stats for this event, finishing top 30 in all of them. His recent form has been pretty solid. There is a lot to like, and I think he should see muted ownership.
Charles Howell III (10000/8000) – Howell was one of my favorites last week, but turned in a T32. That caused his price to fall $800 on DraftKings, which is good news for this week. His last 5 here has been 12, 11, 56, 58 and 2, so he can get it done. I am hoping we can see him notch a top 10, but he is worth the look in all formats this week.
Austin Cook (98000/8700) – Cook will be a favorite this week, and with good reason. Even though it is his first time here, he has played so well every where else that we should pay attention. If you are building a lineup with all guys that are mid-priced, he is one of the first guys I would be using.
Ryan Palmer (8500/7100) – Outside of his missed cut at last years event, Palmer has finished 17, 10, 2 and 6 in his last five. That is ridiculous. Yeah, he missed the cut last time and there is a risk the same thing could happen again. However, he knows this event and these courses and I would not be shocked if he finished in the top 20, making him a nice play this weekend.
The One Guy Who is the Make or Break Player this Week:
Jon Rahm (12500/11800): In cash games, just play Jon Rahm. I would focus on building your team around him, because he is the clear cut class of this tournament and the favorite to win. However, as always exists in golf, there is merit to fading a guy like him. He basically has to clock a top 3 finish or score very highly (meaning taking bogeys but countering with birdies and eagles) to make your lineup really move up the leaderboard. I will definitely have some exposure to him, but in tournaments I may be going underweight on him to combat the field.
Overall Top 25
1 – Brian Harman
2 – Brendan Steele
3 – J.J. Spaun
4 – Charles Howell III
5 – Jon Rahm
6 – Austin Cook
7 – Ryan Palmer
8 – Patton Kizzire
9 – Chez Reavie
10 – Phil Mickelson
11 – Webb Simpson
12 – Lucas Glover
13 – John Peterson
14 – Dominic Bozzelli
15 – Zach Johnson
16 – Chesson Headley
17 – Ryan Armour
18 – Scott Piercy
19 – Russell Knox
20 – Kevin Kisner
21 – Martin Laird
22 – Ryan Blaum
23 – Kevin Streelman
24 – Luke List
25 – Bud Cauley
Thanks for reading!