DraftKings PGA Value Plays: Northern Trust Open

by Matt Nystrom
Aug 23, 2017

Patrick Reed is a strong contender despite still seeking his first major win

Amid the sweltering summer heat, 125 of the top PGA Tour pros will suit up at the opening leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Come Sunday, only 100 will move on to the second round so the excitement does not end with spying on the final pairing on Sunday. After Davis Love III defied father time last week, anything can happen, and The Northern Trust should provide just as much fireworks as every other event so far this season. According to PGATOUR.COM’s Sean Martin, Glen Oaks Golf Club resembles Augusta National in that the fairways are wider and have more depth to them. Either way, it’s not going to be an easy task for the brightest players in the world this week.

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High-End Value Play of the Week

Patrick Reed ($8,600)
Reed splashed onto the scene a few years ago with fellow young guns Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. The difference is, Reed has yet to win a major in his career, but that doesn’t mean he can’t win a FedEx Cup. Presently, Reed sits at 38th in the standings despite not having a win under his belt in 2017. He has been a horse, though, as he’s made 20 of 25 cuts so far this season. Look for Reed to yet again play a key role into the weekend, especially since he ranks eighth in shots gained from tee-to-green. He also boasts a strong 11th rank in total putting which contributed to his T2 finish at the PGA Championship. Look for Reed to contribute to your DraftKings squad at a price that is enough to build your team around but not too much to break the bank.

Momentum Play of the Week

Ollie Schniederjans ($8,100)
It may appear as if his price point is a little lofty, but consider that Ollie just came off his highest finish this season after his solo second finish at the Wyndham last week. He now sits at 39th in the FedEx Cup standings behind the aforementioned Reed and has tallied five top-10 finishes so far this season. Schniederjans is a player who is still growing as he is a part of the heralded class of 2011 and has some parts of his game to workout, but he has a very strong sand game (eighth in proximity to the whole) and a calm demeanor that could prove important during the playoffs.

Contrarian Play of the Week

Robert Garrigus ($7,600)
Overall, Garrigus has had a sub-par 2017 season. He missed seven straight cuts in the Spring which did not help his cause. However, he could also be listed under the momentum play of the week for 10th, T5, and T6 respectively over his last three starts. Many will overlook his hot stretch as an unsustainable pace, but you have to ride the hot hand while you can. He slates as more expensive than Kyle Stanley, Chris Stroud, and even Bubba Watson so he may not seem like a sexy pick. Dividends will be sent your direction if you take a chance on the long hitter.

Don’t Forget About These Guys

  • Tony Finau ($7,300)
  • Gary Woodland ($7,000)
  • Webb Simpson ($7,600)

Off the Cart Path

Bud Cauley ($6,900)
Along with fellow value play Ollie Schniederjans, Cauley also posted five top-10 finishes during the summer before this point, so Cauley has been playing well this season. Pair Cauley with the rest of the young gun revolution and there could be fireworks this weekend.

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


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