DraftKings PGA Value Plays: WGC Bridgestone Invitational

by Matt Nystrom
Aug 2, 2017

Sergio Garcia has finished inside the top 50 in all of his events this season

The best in the world take center stage in Akron, Ohio this week at the WGC Bridgestone. All WGC events bring out the top-100 players based on OWGR so there aren’t any scrubs or first-time players playing this week. Keep in mind that Brandt Snedeker withdrew from the event so make sure not to plug him in this week. Also, hats off to last week’s RBC Canadian Open winner Jhonattan Vegas who barely edged Charley Hoffman by one stroke. There is no denying that this season is particularly exciting with all of the parity so far.

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High-End Value Play of the Week

Sergio Garcia ($9,200)
Before he won the Masters, Garcia was always regarded as the bridesmaid but never the bride. However, 2017’s trip down Magnolia Lane proved that he is worthy of a major championship. He has not missed a cut this season and is also a newlywed, so life is good for Sergio. His game is also in prime form as he ranks second in shots gained off the tee and seventh in greens in regulation percentage. He has finished inside the top-50 in every event this season despite only finishing in the top-10 twice. Garcia has a knack for hanging around, especially in big events like this one, so fire him up with confidence this week.

Momentum Play of the Week

Charley Hoffman ($7,400)
A solo-second finish last week highlights Hoffman’s stellar play lately, but let’s not forget about his game since the U.S. Open back in June. He finished eighth in the second major of the year and then went T3, T39, T20 and 2nd at last week’s RBC Canadian. Hoffman is a dream in DraftKings tournaments due to his rank (fourth) in total birdies on the season, so he is capable of going as low as anyone.

Contrarian Play of the Week

Thomas Pieters ($7,300)
Make no mistake about it, Pieters has cooled off after his piping-hot 2016 Ryder Cup. He’s missed five of 12 cuts and only averages 59.4 FPPG with Jason Dufner (66.2) and Kevin Kisner (69.3) as a couple notable names who average more points and have a lower price point. However, Pieters has proven that he isn’t rattled on the biggest stages of competition as two of his three top-10 finishes this season have come in huge events (T4 at the Masters and T5 at the WGC Mexico Championship).

Don’t Forget About These Guys

  • Marc Leishman ($8,000)
  • Patrick Reed ($7,800)
  • Andy Sullivan ($7,000)

Off the Cart Path

Jimmy Walker ($6,500)
Walker’s name would almost never be mentioned in this category, but that’s where it stands due to this packed field. He has not had his usual consistent season, but he is a major champion who can compete among the game’s greats. Walker is a dart throw this week but his low price point opens up a major opportunity to start two studs on your roster.

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

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