DraftKings PGA Value Plays: The John Deere Classic

by Matt Nystrom
Jul 12, 2017

Ricky Barnes has three top-25 finishes in his last six events

With only a week before the Tour takes its talents across the pond, many players are still fighting for a spot in The Open Championship. TPC Deere Run is the site of this week’s John Deere Classic and boasts yet another solid field. Deere Run presents an opportunity for low scores this week as many changes in elevation bring the ability to take advantage of some shots. Generally speaking, the winner of the John Deere shoots a pretty low round, with the last three winners carding -22, -20, and -22 respectively. When constructing your DraftKings lineup, pay particular attention to players who rank well in total birdies.

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High-End Value Play of the Week

Ryan Moore ($9,200)
Your defending champion, Moore brings a balanced skill-set with a swing that is a combination of Hideki Matsuyama and Jim Furyk. He doesn’t do one thing with exceptional talent and has been scuffling as of late as his best finish is T53 in his last five starts, but he knows the course well and brings the winner’s circle factor to the table. Also, Moore closed out the 2016 Ryder Cup, so he knows how to play in big spots.

Momentum Play of the Week

Bryson DeChambeau ($7,800)
The Contrarian play last week, DeChambeau quickly changed profiles this week due to a rock-solid T14 finish at The Greenbrier. His eight under total score featured a 66 and a final round 65. The dude brings that funky swing and scientific mindset to the game and always brings a following due to his out of the box way of playing. The key stat for DeChambeau is that he ranks sixth on Tour in approach distance to the hole from 175-200 yards. He’ll look to keep the long irons dialed in this week.

Contrarian Play of the Week

Wesley Bryan ($7,300)
After recording his first Tour victory at the RBC Heritage back in April, Bryan has gone ice cold in his last six events. He has missed four cuts over that span and the trick shot maker has not been himself after his stellar 2016 season on the Web.com Tour. However, if he is able to get to the green in one piece, he is the very best in total putts per round (28.01).

Don’t Forget about These Guys

  • Hunter Mahan ($7,000)
  • Harold Varner ($6,800)
  • Sean O’Hair ($7,100)

Off the Cart Path

Ricky Barnes ($6,800)
Three top-25’s in his last six events make Barnes a prime target in the bargain bin this week. He ranks 16th in approach shots from 275 yards or more, so he could score on some of Deere Run’s par-5’s.

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

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