DraftKings PGA Value Plays: PGA Championship

by Matt Nystrom
Aug 9, 2017

Is this the week Rickie Fowler notches his first major title?

It’s not 2019 yet so you don’t have to worry about the PGA Championship being played before Memorial Day. The 2017 version should be an absolute slugfest, as several juicy storylines abound. Will Jordan Spieth’s quest for second fastest grand slam come to fruition? Will Hideki Matsuyama follow-up his insane performance at the Bridgestone with his first major win? Can Rickie Fowler finally climb over the top with his first major victory? Quail Hollow will play host to this year’s final major, and you and your DraftKings lineup will be ready to stay glued to the TV after seeing these value plays. The PGA Championship has a nice blend of past champions ranging from stalwarts to relative no-namers. Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, and Martin Kaymer all put their names on the map after victories at the year’s final major. On the other hand, Tour standouts such as Jimmy Walker, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day have all recently taken home the crown.

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High-End Value Play of the Week

Rickie Fowler ($10,700)
It’s always tough to pull the trigger on a big-name stud atop the DraftKings lobby, but this week is the perfect time to go with a top-dog. Fowler is searching for his first major championship, and it is conceivable that it could come this weekend. The so-called monkey on his back hasn’t weighed him down too much yet. If anything he is more hungry than ever to grab his first major. Fowler has had a rock-solid season so far, finishing within the top-10 eight times with a win at the Honda Classic back in February. His last four tournaments look like this: T5 at the U.S. Open, T3 at the Quicken Loans National, T22 at the Open Championship, and 9th last week at the Bridgestone. A king of consistency, Fowler’s 69.04 ranks second on Tour and he makes his millions around the green as he ranks ninth in scrambling and fifth in putting average. It could be THE week for the Oklahoma St. Cowboy.

Momentum Play of the Week

Charley Hoffman ($7,600)
Death, taxes and Charley Hoffman heating up in August. Hoffman always seems to put up low numbers when the FedEx Cup playoffs roll around, and he looks poised to make some moves before the playoffs begin. He has four top-10 finishes in his past six starts and averages a piping-hot 72.7 FPPG on the year. He is a steal at his price point as there is a huge drop off from the guys who are only $100 cheaper. To put it in perspective, Thomas Pieters, who had a rock-solid tournament at the Bridgestone, costs $7,500 but he only averages 61.7 FPPG on the season. Fire up Charley with confidence this week as he seeks his first major win.

Contrarian Play of the Week

Ian Poulter ($7,000)
Poulter has been notorious for getting into it with fans over the years and embraces being the “villain” from week to week, but he also backs it up with over 15 overall victories. He’s been relatively quiet over the past few seasons as he has been injured for many spurts of time. He is still looking for his first major victory and should be a solid play for those looking for an inexpensive big-name player who probably won’t be on too many rosters. Poulter’s claim to fame is his short game as he ranks first in all of the Tour in scrambling. This will play a huge role this week as major courses boast tougher conditions both from the course and the weather.

Don’t Forget About These Guys

  • Tommy Fleetwood ($8,000)
  • Bubba Watson ($7,300)
  • Patrick Reed ($7,300)

Off the Cart Path

Jhonattan Vegas ($6,500)
Before he won the RBC Canadian Open two weeks ago, Vegas missed five straight cuts leading up to his victory north of the border. It’s been a struggle at times this season for Vegas, but he has a nice little head of steam heading into the year’s final major. He is dirt cheap which always helps.

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

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