DraftKings PGA Value Plays: Dell Technologies Championship

by Matt Nystrom
Aug 30, 2017

Dustin Johnson reclaimed his spot atop the FedEx Cup standings after a thrilling finish last week at the Northern Trust which pitted himself up against fellow FedEx Cup champion Jordan Spieth. With the field cut to 100 this week for the Dell Technologies Championship, DraftKings lineups will be a little tougher to create due to the fact that there is a better chance you’ll have similar guys in your lineup as the next guy. It’s all about finding the hidden gems that separate you from the pack. TPC Boston presents a beautiful mix of difficult undulation and short, reachable holes that can bring a flurry of birdies. The classic crane camera view on the par-5 18th hole is astounding and the hole itself presents the age-old question: To go for the green or lay up? It’ll be nerve-racking to see how the players decide to attack the last pin.

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High-End Value Play of the Week

Matt Kuchar ($8,800)
After dazzling the European crowd across the pond at the Open Championship, Matt Kuchar has been stellar since returning stateside. He placed T32, T17, T9, and T10 to follow up his near major championship win, propelling him to 15th in the FedEx Cup standings. He has eight top-10 finishes so far this season and is in a good position to move up the standings again after another solid week. He won’t beat you off the tee (159th in driving distance), but he will keep the ball in play as he ranks 38th in driving accuracy. Kuchar is unflappable as he ranks fifth in scrambling, an impressive stat for a player who is always competitive in tournaments. He also ranks 12th in scoring so he could be set to have a strong week.

Momentum Play of the Week

Webb Simpson ($8,200)
Webb Simpson has missed five cuts in the 2017 season, but the last one came way back in May. Simpson hasn’t been flashy during his stretch of solid play, but he has climbed to 16th in the FedEx Cup standings and will look to jump even further this week. He finished in solo third at the Wyndham and T6 last week at the Northern Trust. Simpson has been absolutely dialed-in this season, ranking second in scrambling and 12th in proximity to the hole from approach shots. When Simpson doesn’t stick one tight, he usually gets up and down with the best of them.

Contrarian Play of the Week

Branden Grace ($7,800)
Grace is not a household name in the US, but his recent collapse at the US Open back in 2015 remains in the minds of everyone who was watching. Grace is one of the strongest international players and isn’t afraid of a little pressure even though he failed to capture his best major opportunity. The thing is, Grace slots in at 99th in the FedEx Cup standings at the moment and will need a strong showing this week to move on to the third round of the playoffs. His back is against the wall and even though he missed his last two cuts he has played in, the time is now for Grace to step up.

Don’t Forget About These Guys

  • Ollie Schniederjans ($7,300)
  • Marc Leishman ($6,900)
  • Francesco Molinari ($6,900)

Off the Cart Path

James Hahn ($6,700)
A living legend thanks to his Gangnam Style rendition back at the WM Open a few years back, Hahn is dirt cheap and will need a strong finish to make it to the third round of the playoffs.

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


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