DraftKings PGA Value Plays: RBC Canadian Open

by Matt Nystrom
Jul 26, 2017

Kelly Kraft has been inconsistency but does have three top-five finishes

Like last year, the 2017 Open Championship did not disappoint. It also featured a duel between two top-tier PGA Tour players in Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar. There’s no denying that after his back-nine surge Spieth is turning into a once-in-a-generation player. His bogey save from the side of a billy goat hill was simply astonishing. Follow that with a 40-foot eagle hole-out, and you have a recipe for a memorable Open. The beat goes on this week, but the best in the world will still tee it up beyond U.S. borders at the RBC Canadian Open.

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High-End Value Play of the Week

Graham DeLaet ($8,300)
The Canadian native will likely draw a heck of a crowd, much like fellow countryman Mike Weir did for many years. This is not just a narrative or storyline to follow due to some black magic, as DeLaet has played better as of late. He’s posted two top-25 finishes in his last four starts and sits at 74th in the FedEx Cup standings at the moment, with five top-10 starts on the year as well. DeLaet thrives on the short grass, ranking 12th on Tour in total putting. Look for his flat-stick to carry him, as well as the Canadian faithful, this week.

Momentum Play of the Week

Smylie Kaufman ($7,400)
While his buddy Spieth was dominating overseas, Kaufman had a nice tournament of his own at the Barbasol Champion. The 24-year-old finished T12 with a total score of -15, good for 100 fantasy points. To be clear, Kaufman has not had the most successful 2017 season, but he is still a young player who will have bumps in the road. His play here in the States should translate up in Canada as he will be well rested and won’t have any jet lag.

Contrarian Play of the Week

Kelly Kraft ($7,800)
His price point is a bit odd, as he is more expensive than the likes of James Hahn and Adam Hadwin, but many will overlook Kraft for that reason. He has only made 8/18 cuts but also has three top-five finishes on the season, the last coming just a few weeks ago at the Greenbrier. If Kraft can hone in his short irons this week he will have a good chance to score due to the fact that he ranks 10th on Tour in proximity to the hole from approach shots from 50-125 yards.

Don’t Forget About These Guys

  • Gary Woodland ($7,900)
  • Scott Piercy ($6,900)
  • Chris Kirk ($7,300)

Off the Cart Path

K.J. Choi ($6,800)
Choi has been sort of dormant over the past few seasons, but that doesn’t mean that he lost his game. He is coming off back-to-back -11 scorecards at the Barbasol and John Deere. He’s the perfect dart throw due to his experience and lack of use in most DraftKings tournaments.

Matt Nystrom is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Matt, check out his archive and follow him @matty_NY4.

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