Previewing the John Deere Classic
Kevin Na has been mentioned several times on DK Legends this season because of his penchant for being a valuable sleeper pick. His ever-tantalizing salary, coupled with his consistency in making birdies finally paid off as he captured his first win on the PGA tour since 2011. Na’s 138.8 points on FanDuel helped many DFS players haul in big paydays. With a new trophy in hand though, Na is unlikely to be found in the bargain bin moving forward.
Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau, and Bubba Watson were all pre tournament favorites, making lineup building tricky with only a few standouts beyond those three. Fortunately, Finau and Watson had great weekends, finishing outside the top 20, but still compiling impressive numbers on daily fantasy sites. As a matter of fact, 68 players broke par over the course of play, creating a logjam at the top of many contests on DraftKings and FanDuel.
Lesser Knowns Making Their Mark
Few counted on the likes of Kelly Kraft, Jason Kokrak, and Harold Varner, III to provide the post-Independence Day fireworks. Despite their lack of presence in many lineups, each were able to stand out amongst the group competing in West Virginia this past weekend.
Our lineup recommendations fared decently at Greenbrier, but none were capable of cracking the top 10. Ryan Moore and Keegan Bradley both end Sunday tied for 13th, providing a decent haul of points to pad the scoring in four-day contests. Of our sleeper picks, only Nick Watney made the cut, while Kevin Streelman and Danny Lee didn’t do much to impact DFS play.
Gearing Up for the John Deere
With many of the PGA regulars setting out across the pond to prep for The Open Championship next week, the field teeing it up at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois will look to maximize their chance to get some attention. Francesco Molinari seeks his second victory in three weeks as the odds-on favorite, while defending champ Bryson DeChambeau hopes for continued success in a course that suits him well. Each top out the salary list at $12,200 and $12,100 respectively on FanDuel.
Joaquin Niemann, the 19-year-old Chilian who has earned quite a bit of attention this young season, officially earned his tour card after just eight starts in his professional journey. His tie for fifth at Greenbrier helped justify the lofty expectations for the young bomber, and he will look to continue the upward trend this weekend in Illinois. He will duke it out with fellow midrange salary players such as Zach Johnson, who won here in 2012, as well as Moore and Kyle Stanley. All will cost $10,000 and up on DraftKings, and could represent the top option for many lineups, given the thin field.
Despite their encouraging results last week, Kraft, Varner, and Sam Saunders can fill out those fifth and sixth spots in many lineups, as all are toward the bottom of the salary lists. If any of the three continue to produce birdies at the pace they have, they could provide great value.
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