Fantasy Golf Picks Valero Texas Open

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The PGA Tour stays in Texas this week for the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. This is the last warm up for the golfers before they compete at the Masters next week.

Most of the top golfers will skip the Valero Texas Open as they prepare for the Masters next week, right? Absolutely not. The field is stacked in San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open. 21 of the top-50 players in the World Golf Rankings will be teeing it up Thursday. Scottie Scheffler is taking a much needed week off, but Rory McIlroy will lead a strong field in San Antonio. It should be a fun tournament to enter some DFS lineups and try to win some cash.

 

COURSE BREAKDOWN

TPC San Antonio is long (7,400 yards) with lots a large Oak trees. The golfers will have to be accurate off the tee this week or they will have trouble getting their shots out of the trees. This is one of the toughest non-major courses on the circuit. The par 5s are very long and it will be difficult for many of the golfers to reach in two shots. The course ranks sixth-lowest in allowing birdies and eagles so your golfers will likely not score many points in DraftKings.

If you want to know how to find good golfers for this tournament, simply look at the results from Torrey Pines. Both courses are ridiculously long with tight fairways and a lot of wind. When we look at the past top-10 finishers at the Valero Texas Open, they all have one thing in common… they all played well at Torrey Pines.

TPC San Antonio is also a second-shot course. The golfers who scored well here in the past all have one thing in common… They led the field in Strokes Gained Approach. We need golfers with a good iron game this week.

Click here to see the course: TPC San Antonio

 

KEY STATS FOR TEXAS OPEN

– Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green

– Stroke Gained Approach

– Scrambling

– Strokes Gained Par 5s

– Bogie Avoidance %

 

Here is the recent form and course history for each golfer this week: History and Form

 

TOP 30 GOLFER RANKINGS

 

CORE GOLFERS FOR THE PLAYERS

 

 

TEXAS OPEN STRATEGY

The Valero Texas Open is a tough tournament to predict because of where it sits on the schedule. Rory McIlroy already said that he is playing this week to work on some clubs in his bag as he gets ready for the Masters. I am sure there are many golfers who are locked into the field next week at the Masters who will use the Valero Texas Open as practice for next week. I want nothing to do with these players. There are many golfers who are not locked into the Masters who will be giving it 110% this week. I will focus on many of these golfers for my lineups.

When I first start playing DFS Golf, I always loaded my Cash Contest lineups with golfers who were consistent in making the cut. The PGA Tour has been tough to predict this year, so I am going back to my old strategy. I am selecting golfers who have not missed a cut this year for my Cash Contests. Getting 6/6 golfers through to the weekend should be good enough to win out contests this week.

 

 

DRAFTKINGS CASH CONTEST

LUCAS ABERG ($10,500):  Aberg is one of the best young players on the PGA Tour because of his consistency. He has made every cut on the PGA Tour this year (7/7) and that includes an eighth-place finish in his last tournament (THE PLAYERS). Aberg ranks No. 5 in SG Tee-to-Green, No. 11 in SG Approach, No. 14 in SG Putting and No. 2 overall in the key stats. Aberg should make the cut and have the upside to win Sunday.

CORREY CONNERS ($9,400): Conners is my pick to win the Texas Open. He won this tournament last year and he won it in 2019 too. TPC San Antonio is by far the best course for Conners on the PGA Tour. He has made every cut on the PGA Tour this year (8/8) and he finished 13th in his last tournament (THE PLAYERS). Conners ranks No. 4 in SG Tee-to-Green, No. 4 in SG Approach and No. 7 overall in the key stats. Conners is going to be tough to beat this week.

ALEX NOREN ($8,700): Noren is another golfer who is consistent. He has made every cut on the PGA Tour this year (7/7) and that includes finishes of 11th last week at the Houston Open, 19th at THE PLAYERS and 9th at the Cognizant Classic. Noren ranks No. 13 in SG Tee-to-Green, No. 24 in SG Approach, No. 12 in SG Putting, No. 3 in Scrambling and No. 5 overall in the key stats. Noren should make the cut with the upside to finish in the top-10 in San Antonio.

HARRIS ENGLISH ($8,300): I like consistency and I will get another consistent golfer into my lineup with English. He has not missed a cut all season on the PGA Tour (8/8). That includes a 19th-place finish at THE PLAYERS, 21st at the Arnold Palmer, 7th at the Genesis and 17th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. English ranks No. 15 in SG Tee-to-Green, No. 4 in SG Approach, No. 11 in SG Putting and No. 4 overall in the key stats. I would not be surprised if English won the Texas Open Sunday.

MARK HUBBARB ($7,000): I have been playing Hubbarb a lot in my Cash Contest lineups and so far he has not let me down. Hubbarb has made every cut on the PGA Tour (9/9). He will not win this week, but the chances of Hubbarb playing all four rounds are high. He doesn’t rank high in any of the stat categories, but he does rank No. 34 overall. I just need Hubbarb to make another cut. I think he can do it this week.

CHANDLER PHILLIPS ($6,000): I need a cheap golfer to pair with the five golfers listed above who have made every cut on the PGA Tour this year. I will take a chance with Phillips. He has made 6 of 8 cuts this year and that includes a 45th-place finish last week and a 3rd-place finish two weeks ago at the Valspar Championship. Phillips ranks No. 30 in SG Tee-to-Green, No. 8 in SG Approach and No. 16 overall in the key stats. He made the cut in this tournament last. I think he will do it again this week.

* Ludvig Aberg, Corey Conners, Alex Noren, Harris English and Mark Hubbarb have not missed a cut all season (39/39). This lineup has made 45/47 cuts this season.

 

 

 

DRAFTKINGS TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA ($10,600): I have some concern with some of the golfers who are locked into the Masters using this tournament as practice, but that is not the case for Matsuyama. The only thing he loves more than golf is money, so I expect he will be trying to win Sunday. Matsuyama ranks No. 1 in SG Tee-to-Green, No. 10 in SG Approach, No. 5 Scrambling and No. 1 overall in the key stats. Matsuyama finished 15th at the Texas Open last year. He will have a good chance to Sunday.  

BYEONG-HUN AN ($9,000): I used Benny-An a lot earlier this season because of his ball-striking and his ability to make cuts. He made his first 7 cuts this year and then missed the cut at THE PLAYERS. I am going back to Benny-An this week. He finished 6th in the Texas Open last year and 7th in 2019. His course history and his good ball-striking skills should give Benny-An a good chance to finish in the top-10 this week.

BILLY HORSCHEL ($8,900): If you told me in January that I will be playing Billy Horse Shit…. I mean Horschel in DFS, I would have said you are crazy. He has been playing pretty well lately. He finished 7th last week in the Houston Open, 12th two weeks ago in the Valspar Championship and 9th in the Cognizant Classic. Horschel ranks No. 10 in SG Tee-to-Green, No. 17 in SG Approach, No. 12 in SG Putting, No. 6 in Scrambling and No. 3 overall in the key stats. I will trust the stats and play Horschel in San Antonio.

AARON RAI ($7,800): Rai is one of the most accurate golfers in the field. He ranks No. 2 in Greens in Regulation, No. 9 in SG Tee-to-Green, No. 2 in SG Approach and No. 9 overall in the key stats. His putting sucks, but he did gain strokes on the field last week when he finished 7th at the Houston Open. Rai has the upside to win if he can continue to improve his putting.

MAVERICK MCNEALY ($7,400): I had to choose between Lucas Glover and Maverick McNealy for this pick. I like both golfers this week, but McNealy seems to be a bit more consistent. McNealy has made seven cuts in a row on the PGA Tour. He also made the cut in his only trip to TPC San Antonio. McNealy ranks No. 12 in SG Tee-to-Green, No. 2 in Scrambling and No. 6 overall in the key stats. He needs to win to get into the Masters nest week, so he should keep his foot on the gas.

MATTHIAS SCHMID ($6,300): Schmid is in good form and decent course history. Schmid has made his last four cuts on the PGA Tour. That it includes a 21st-place finish last week at the Houston Open, 17th two weeks ago at the Valspar Championship, 26th at THE PLAYERS and 10th at the Puerto Rico Open. Schmid ranks No. 33 in the key stats this week. He is a good golfer for the price at the Texas Open.

 

Here are my lineups for Multi-Entry Tournament Contest: (Multi Entry Lineups)

 

 

FANDUEL CASH CONTEST LINEUP

 

 

FANDUEL TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP

 

 

PGATOUR.COM FANTASY PICKS

This is the fourth tournament in Segment 2. There are 11 tournaments in this segment (one more than usual). That includes the Masters and the PGA Championship. There are also two “signature events” in this segment (RBC Heritage and the Wells Fargo Championship). This is going to be a tough segment to navigate, so use your allocations wisely.     

 

 

FANTASY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP ONE & DONE PICK: HIDEKI MATSUYAMA (TEXAS OPEN)

Players in Fantasy Golf Championship One & Done so far: Will Zalatoris (74th), Maverick McNealy (45th), Justin Thomas (MC), Scottie Scheffler (Won), Russell Henley (41st), Tony Finau (13TH), Sahith Theegala (37th), Sam Burns (3rd), Max Homa (66th), Jason Day (MC), Taylor Montgomery (61st), Corey Conners (57th)

 

SEASON-LONG ONE & DONE PICK:  COREY CONNERS (TEXAS OPEN)

One & Done picks used so far this season: Keith Mitchell (MC), Sam Burns (MC), Shane Lowry (19th), Matthew Fitzpatrick (MC), Eric Cole (MC), Nicolai Hojgaard (52nd), Adam Scott (19th), J.T. Poston (MC), Jordan Spieth (39th), Keegan Bradley (43rd), Andrew Putnam (47th), Russell Henley (4th), Sungae Im (5th), Alex Noran (Won), Beau Hossler (15TH), Min Woo Lee (6th), Adam Schenk (MC), Eric Cole (35TH), Sahith Theegala (Won)

 

 

BEST BETS TEXAS OPEN

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA (20-1)

CORREY CONNERS (25-1)

HARRIS ENGLISH (35-1)

BILLY HORSHEL (35-1)

KEITH MITCHELL (65-1)

 

Good Luck This Week!!!!

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