DraftKings PGA Picks for the U.S. Open

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The PGA Tour travels to Erin, Wisconsin this week for the U.S. Open. This is a major so of course DraftKings rolled out their major contests. DK will once again their Millionaire Maker Contest. For your $33 entry fee you will have a chance to win $1M. Please remember me if you get lucky enough to win the contest.

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I am not going to write a book about Erin Hills. It is the U.S. Open so the golfers know the course is going to be the most difficult course they have seen all year. The rough will be unforgiving, the greens will be fast and you will need to be long and straight off the tee to reach the green in regulation.

Something that fantasy players must keep in mind this week is that only the top 60 make the cut this weekend. This means if you are able to select six golfers who make the cut you will almost certainly finish above the pay line.

If you are going to play in some of the large Tournament Contest this week there is something you need to know. This is one of the hardest tournaments to win. The field is filled will 156 of the best golfers in the world. Each of these golfers has a realistic chance at being at the top of the leaderboard this week. If the golfers didn’t they would not be here. It will be important to diversify your lineups this week to give you a better chance at cashing in. Now onto the picks…

 

$10K+ Prince Range:

You need to have at least one of these seven golfers in your lineup and as generous as DraftKings has been this week with the pricing, it is possible to take two of the highest priced golfers. It is hard to recommend fading any of these golfers so it will come down to ownership for me. Dustin Johnson $12,000, Jon Rahm $10,300 and Rickie Fowler $10,500 should be the highest owned so I plan on having less shares of these golfers. I will be playing Rahm move than DJ and Rickie.

What to do with Dustin Johnson this week? He is the highest priced golfer, his game sets up great for this course and when he is on there is no one in the world who can keep up with him. Since his back injury at The Masters, Johnson has come back to the field a bit. I do not recommend fading him if you plan on using multiple entries, but if I was only creating one entry this week I would save money and choose another golfer.

My top two golfers in this price range are Jordan Spieth $11,500 and Rory McIlroy $11,200. Speith is one of the only golfers who played this course before. He played in the U.S. Armature at Erin Hills and performed well. Speith is the best golfer in the world around the greens and putting. That makes him my favorite to win this week.

McIlroy has not been playing much this year because of an injury. He seems to be over his injury and ready to get back into contention in a major. He arrived early at Erin Hills and played 36 holes Sunday and 36 holes Monday. That tells me he is ready to go. The only thing that has been missing from his game is his putting. McIlroy switched to a new spider putter and he said he loves it.

The last golfer I like in this group is Jason Day $10,800. He has not been in great form but I think that had a lot to do with his mother fighting cancer. Now that she is getting better and back to work, I think Day can return to form. I like taking my risk with the top-tier golfers and not with the lower priced golfers. Day is worth a shot in Tournament Contests this week.

 

$9K & $8K Price Range:

There is so much talent in the $7K price range this week that I doubt I will be playing many of the golfers from this price range. There are a couple of golfers I do like though.

Sign me up for some shares of Justin Rose $9,800. He is a big tournament golfer and he is underpriced this week. Rose just finished second to Sergio Garcia at The Masters and he should be in contention Sunday. He is killing it off the tee and his putting continues to improve. Rose is a good play this week.

Adam Scott $8,800 is another elite golfer who is under priced this week. Usually his long irons are his strength and his putting is his weakness. So far this season it has been reversed. Scott has been putting well and his long irons have been off the mark. He will be at the top of the leaderboard if he dials in his irons this week.

Paul Casey $8,400 is not a flashy golfer but he always seems to pop up on the leaderboard at the major tournaments. He finished 6th at The Masters and he should play well this week, especially if the weather comes into play.

Justin Thomas $8,300 started the 2017 season on fire. He won his first two tournaments and then cooled off. Thomas is starting to heat up again. He finished fourth in a very good field at The Memorial. His price makes him a good pick this week.

 

$7K Price Range:

Wow, there are some really good golfers in this price range. It is hard to name them all because I like so many of them, so I will name the golfers I like the best.

If this because a putting contest I would like as many shares as possible of Brandt Snedeker $7,800. He is one of the best putters in the world. All he has to do is keep his driver straight and plot his way around the course. Snedeker is not my favorite golfer from this group but I will have him on 10% of my teams.

One of my favorite golfers this week is the Belgium Bomber, Thomas Pieters $7,700. This dude can crush it off the tee and he is a big tournament golfer. He finished fourth at The Masters and fifth in the World Golf Championships. Pieters should easily be able to reach the Par 5s in two this week.

Matt Kuchar $7,600 is my No.1 Cash Contest golfer this week. He usually does enough to stay in the top 15, but not enough to win. The chances of Kuchar blowing up and ruining your lineup are slim. Koooooch is one of the most reliable golfers for your team this week.

I have been on the Kevin Kisner $7,500 bandwagon all season so why stop now? The dude is accurate off the team, deadly with his irons and good around the greens. Sometimes his putter goes into hibernation but he enters the U.S. Open in good form. He won the Dean @ Deluca Invitational three weeks ago and finished sixth two weeks ago at the Memorial.

Louis Oosthuizen $7,400 will be another one of my Cash Contests golfers. He has made 9/9 cuts this season and he finished second in The Players Championship. This course sets up well for his game. I will have a lot of shares of Mr. Oosthuizen this week.

Charles Schwartzel $7,300 had been battling a wrist injury early this season. It seems as though he is healed and ready to fight for another major championship. He finished second last week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He is the No. 16 ranked golfer in the world and he should not be priced this low.

Other golfers I like from this group include: Rafael Cabrera-Bello $7,400, Shane Lowry $7,300 and Brendan Steele $7,100, Martin Kaymer $7,000 and Francesco Molinari $7,000

 

$6K Price Range:

There are some decent options in the $6K price range which will allow you to spend up for two of the golfers priced over $10K. Here are the cheap golfers I like this week…

Emiliano Grillo $6,900 has not been in great form but he has been making cuts. That is all you want from your golfers in this price range. Grillo has made 11 cuts in a row and including at The Masters. He will not win you your contest but he will not hurt you this week either.

I am a sucker for Korean golfers. Maybe it is because I spent two years in Korea when I was in the military. Byeong-Hun An $6,800 has been playing great golf and he will be on many of my teams this week. He has made 15 cuts in a row dating back to last season. An also finished in the top 25 in his last four events. He should be in all Cash Contest lineups and he makes for a good Tournament Contest play as well.

Mr. Lyme Disease, Jimmy Walker $6,700 makes my list this week. He has been fighting illness all year but it seems as though he is finally feeling much better. Walker is another golfer that always shows up in major tournaments. I will have some shares of the 2016 PGA Championship winner this week.

Graeme McDowell $6,600 seems to be on my list every week. That is because I like golfers who make the cut. McDowell has made 12/13 cuts this season with many top 20 finishes. McDowell is a former U.S. Open winner (Pebble Beach) and should make the cut this week.

Other golfers from this price range I like include Lee Westwood $6,800, Billy Horschel $6,700, Marc Leishman $6,700 and Ross Fisher $6,600.

My Joe Dirt Cheap golfer this week is Trey Mullinax $6,200. He finished 18th last week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

 

Millionaire Maker Lineup

Jordan Spieth $11,500 (10/13 Cuts Made) 81.3 Avg.

Jason Day $10,800 (8/9 Cuts Made) 73.3 Avg.

Matt Kuchar $7,600 (12/14 Cuts Made) 67.8 Avg.

Byeong-Hun An $6,800 (13/13 Cuts Made) 69.6 Avg.

Jimmy Walker $6,700 (10/12 Cuts Made) 63.3 Avg.

Graeme McDowell $6,600 (12/13 Cuts Made) 66.1 Avg.

 

Tournament Lineup 1

Jon Rahm $10,300 (10/11 Cuts Made) 78.1 Avg.

Adam Scott $8,800 (9/10 Cuts Made) 70.8 Avg.

Justin Thomas $8,300 (7/10 Cuts Made) 76.8 Avg.

Thomas Pieters $7,700 (5/8 Cuts Made) 66.5 Avg.

Kevin Kisner $7,500 (11/12 Cuts Made) 75.4 Avg.

Louis Oosthuizen $7,400 (9/9 Cuts Made) 76.2 Avg.

 

Tournament Lineup 2

Jordan Spieth $11,500 (10/13 Cuts Made) 81.3 Avg.

Justin Rose $9,800 (11/12 Cuts Made) 75.8 Avg.

Kevin Kisner $7,500 (11/12 Cuts Made) 75.4 Avg.

Matt Kuchar $7,600 (12/14 Cuts Made) 67.8 Avg.

Francesco Molinari $7,000 (11/12 Cuts Made) 71.8 Avg.

Graeme McDowell $6,600 (12/13 Cuts Made) 66.1 Avg.

 

DraftKings Cash Lineup  (50/50 or Double-Ups)

Jon Rahm $10,300 (10/11 Cuts Made) 78.1 Avg.

Justin Rose $9,800 (11/12 Cuts Made) 75.8 Avg.

Adam Scott $8,800 (9/10 Cuts Made) 70.8 Avg.

Matt Kuchar $7,600 (12/14 Cuts Made) 67.8 Avg.

Byeong-Hun An $6,800 (13/13 Cuts Made) 69.6 Avg.

Graeme McDowell $6,600 (12/13 Cuts Made) 66.1 Avg.

* My Cash Lineup has been my best lineup the last two weeks.

 

FANDUEL

After FanDuel changed their scoring format I cashed in all of my contests. Last week I tried the same strategy and FanDuel quickly brought me back to Earth. I did not win any of my contests. This week I will be going back to my strategy of finding eight golfers with the best chance of making the cut. Since only 60 players will tee it up on the weekend, you will have a huge advantage if you have eight of them in your lineup.

FanDuel will have a major contest this week. For $4 you will have a chance to win $50K. I will be throwing some darts at this contest and hope something sticks in the bullseye.

 

FanDuel Lineup 1

Jordan Spieth $10,100 (10/13 Cuts Made)

Kevin Kisner $8,100 (11/12 Cuts Made)

Thomas Pieters $7,400 (5/8 Cuts Made)

Francesco Molinari $7,800 (11/12 Cuts Made)

Shane Lowry $7,100 (7/10 Cuts Made)

Graeme McDowell $7,000 (12/13 Cuts Made)

Charles Schwartzel $6,800 (8/11 Cuts Made)

Lucas Glover $5,600 (10/12 Cuts Made)

 

FanDuel Lineup 2

Rory McIlroy $10,300 (5/5 Cuts Made)

Jordan Spieth $10,100 (10/13 Cuts Made)

Thomas Pieters $7,400 (5/8 Cuts Made)

Graeme McDowell $7,000 (12/13 Cuts Made)

Marc Leishman $6,900 (11/13 Cuts Made)

Charles Schwartzel $6,800 (8/11 Cuts Made)

Ross Fisher $5,900 (7/10 Cuts Made)

Lucas Glover $5,600 (10/12 Cuts Made)

 

Good Luck This Week!!!!