Daily Fantasy Recommendations for The Northern Trust
This week the PGA Tour heads to the East Coast for the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the Northern Trust. It’s the first of four tournaments that will feature the 125 qualified players. With a limited field that means daily fantasy players will have the best of the best player on tour to choose from this week.
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 Northern Trust will be held at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. The course is a par-71 and 7,319 yards long. The rough is expected to be a little on the thick side which could mean guys with power have a slight edge.
If all goes well, the weather may not play much of a factor (if any). The change of rain will go from 50 percent on Wednesday to zero for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. But on Sunday, there will be a small chance of rain (ten percent). The skies will be partly cloudy on Saturday but otherwise clear.
Temperatures will be in the low to mid-70s with a high of 78 degrees on Sunday.
Winds could play a factor on Day One (10 MPH) but will be much lighter on Friday (5 MPH). They will, however, pick up again over the weekend (8 MPH on Saturday and 9 PMH on Sunday).
You wouldn’t be wrong to go with last year’s champ, Dustin Johnson. He’s the No. 1 golfer in the world for a reason. He has three wins under his belt this season and has finished in the top ten in ten of the 16 events he’s played in. If you want someone you can rely on to score well for your daily fantasy roster– he’s the best.
But one player does not make a fantasy roster. The following are some other players to consider:
Tiger Woods: I’ve waffled on Tiger some this year, but at this point in the season I think I’m all in. For the first time in five years, he’s qualified for the playoffs. He’s playing well right now, and there probably isn’t a player on tour hungrier for a win than him. This will only be his second trip to Ridgewood (t12 in 2010). He’s coming off his best tournament of the season and would love to build off that success.
Francesco Molinari: He’s not the guy that fair-weather fans are going to know much about, but he is playing well right now. He’s won two of his last five tour stops, tied for second at one and finished tied for sixth at another. His game matches up well with Ridgewood making him a good pick this week.
Rafa Cabrera Bello: Besides having a name that is just fun to say (go ahead and say it with your best Spanish accent now), his game appears to be peaking at just the right time. After his stinker of a performance at the British Open (74th; 8-over), his play has gotten better with each passing week. He’s only had two rounds of 70 or more in his last 12 and none in his previous seven.
Dark Horse Candidates
Jordan Spieth: He’s a great golfer, but one that has been hard to trust this season. But after turning in a good weekend at the PGA Championship, he may be ready to break out. May cost too much to take a flier on, but if you want to roll the dice on someone, you could do worse.
Tyler Duncan: Rookies outside of the top 100 seldom make it past the opening weekend of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Duncan is currently 108th in points, but with his tee-to-green game, if he can get control of his putting, he could reverse the trend. However, it is worth noting that he missed the cut last week and has missed it 13 times this season (30 events). Prior to last week, he had made the previous 12.
Sam Ryder: Like Duncan, he is playing well enough during his rookie campaign, but his point total is 114th. He too has missed quite a few cuts, 11 of 25 events, but his game is described as being even more accurate than Duncan’s. But like Duncan, his putting game needs work.
Both Duncan and Ryder sound like guys who have the potential for good days but could very well throw out stinkers, too. If you go with one or both of these guys, the rest of your roster better be studs.
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