Daily Fantasy Recommendations for the Dell Technologies Championship
This week, the PGA Tour remains on the East Coast for the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the Dell Technologies Championship. The field will be a little smaller which means that your daily fantasy lineup could be easier or harder to set (depending on your outlook).
Unlike most tournaments, this one runs Friday through Monday instead of the usual Thursday-Sunday schedule.
So—who do you go with? Before diving into an examination of some of the options…
How about a little information about the course and weather?
The tournament will be held at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts which is south-southwest of Boston. The course is a par-71 that is 7,216 yards long.
After a warm week leading up to Round One on Friday, the weather is expected to take a turn for the worse over the weekend. Winds will be kind of high Friday (11 MPH) but temperatures will be comfortable (69 degrees). But there will also be a 20 percent chance of rain. Saturday will be much like Friday, cool with a chance of rain and overcast.
But things could get a little crazy (or wet) on Sunday and Monday. Temperatures will be around the mid-70s with a chance of thunderstorms and a 60 percent chance of rain.
There has never been a back-to-back champion at the Dell Technologies Championship, but Justin Thomas has a decent shot at becoming the first. While the competition is going to be stiff and other golfers know the course better than him, he has proven he can master it. With how he has been playing the last few weeks, it is hard not to have a little confidence in him.
He took first at WC Bridgestone earlier this month. Followed it up with a tied for sixth finish at the PGA Championship. Last week at The Northern Trust he tied for eighth. It is also worth noting that he has not recorded a round over 69 in his last three tournaments.
It’s a loaded field, so it is hard to say he’ll win. But he is talented and playing at a high level with consistency. He could be a very reliable pick.
The following players are also worth consideration:
Adam Scott—Many of the experts are picking him which makes him hard to ignore. He has won here before, but it has been awhile (2003). But he has always played well at TPC Boston (six top-10s in 12 career starts). While he did have a rather rough stretch earlier in the year, he appears to have come out of it. He took third at the PGA Championship a couple weeks ago and finished tied for fifth last week.
Rory McIlroy— It seems like every time I want to choose him, he flops. But the stage is set for him to have a great week. Yes, he players terribly the last time he was on a course (tied for 50th at the PGA Championship) but he knows this course. He’s won twice at TPC Boston and is the career earnings leader for it. He was playing well before the PGA Championship. Look for his familiarity at this course to get him back on track.
Patrick Reed—He hasn’t been playing great lately (two MC in last five tournaments). But he hasn’t been terrible either (two t28 finishes and a t25). What makes him an enticing pick is that he seems to play well at TPC Boston year in and year out. Over the last three years, he’s finished tied for fourth, fifth and sixth. Even if the trend continues and he finishes tied for seventh, he’ll still be a good fantasy player.
Tony Finau— An opening round 74 killed him at the PGA Championship but he rebounded well with a 66-69-68. More importantly, he followed that up with a second-place finish at the The Northern Trust last week (69-67-66-68). He’s been playing well of late and led the field at The Northern Trust in a stat that bodes well for this week—tee-to-green.
Dark Horse Candidates
Tiger Woods— Every time I want to believe in Tiger, he throws up a stinker like he did last week. But he is still Tiger, so he can’t be ruled out of the equation.
Jordan Spieth—Was a runner-up at TPC Boston last year; still not playing a consistent game. But he remains one of those guys that could break out the second you leave him out of your lineup.
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