U.S. Open Picks
U.S. Open week is one of the best weeks of the year for any golf fan, but what would make it even better? Not only watching the best players in the world compete on a quite difficult track at Erin Hills, but winnings some money on DraftKings! Major Championships means huge possible paydays, and we have just that with the $33 entry into the $3.5 Fantasy Golf Millionaire paying out $1 MILLION to the winner.
Obvious Pick of the Week: Jordan Spieth ($11,500)
For some reason I think Jordan has gone sorta under the radar coming into this week, and even though he is the second most expensive golfer (behind DJ), I do not believe he will be very highly owned. Even though Erin Hills is playing a daunting 7,740 yards, and sporting some brutal fescue just steps off the fairway, I think this course actually suits Spieth well. Although Spieth ranks 86th and 123rd on the PGA Tour in Driving Distance and Accuracy, Jordan will be able to take advantage of the 40-50 yard wide fairways. As one of the best players approaching the green AND arguably the best putter on Tour, I think if Spieth can keep it in the fairway this week he not only can be in the mix on the weekend, but win his second U.S. Open Championship.
Gut Guy of the Week: Jon Rahm ($10,300)
To be successful at the U.S. Open you need to have guts, and boy does the 22 year old Spaniard Jon Rahm have guts (holy shit I still can’t believe he is only 22)! One of the longest hitters on Tour, paired with one of the best Greens in Regulation %, Rahm is going to attack this golf course in a way that maybe only DJ can. I love the fire that Rahm plays with, however that same fire has gotten him into trouble during stretches of rounds where he gets so frustrated that he lets it effect his play. If Rahm can channel that fire into a positive energy, and continues to play the golf he has so amazingly shown in this last year, I expect nothing less than a Top 10 finish this week.
Value Pick of the Week: Graeme McDowell ($6,600)
The 2010 U.S. Open Winner Graeme McDowell is my Value Pick of the Week for three reasons. The first reason has already been stated, success at the U.S. Open, and I would say a win in 2010 and runner up in 2012 would constitute as successful at golfs toughest test. The second reason I like McDowell this week is his driving accuracy, which ranks 9th on Tour. Oh, but he ranks 183rd in Driving Distance and you already said Erin Hills is playing 7,740 yards why would you want McDowell? The answer to that comes with the third reason I like McDowell this week and that his uncanny ability to make putts. Getting a former champion, who can not only put it in the fairway with danger all around, but gain strokes on the field while on the green, McDowell is a great value play this week.
Fade of the Week: Rickie Fowler ($10,500)
I have no other reason than that he is cheaper than I would have expected and in lieu of that, will most likely be one of the highest % owned players this week. I am banking on Fowler playing a little below his value and I will consider that a win because just as the PGA Tour keeps Strokes Gained against the field as a stat, in big daily fantasy tournaments you are trying to gain as many points on the field (per value) as you can.
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NOTE: Notice my team consists of 4 former U.S. Open Champions (Spieth, Kaymer, McDowell, and Glover)