The PGA Tour makes its annual trip to Hogan’s Alley and Colonial Country Club for the Dean & Deluca Invitational. With a stacked field and a tough track on tap, it’s anyone’s game this week.
Each week, there are obvious choices and ones that you have to snoop for. Below, I’ve listed those that required a little homework or who might be so obvious you could overlook them. I’ve also included a few big names who should be avoided like bi-polar ex-girlfriend.
Here’s a look at who has the best fantasy value this week — and those who are just pretending:
Billy Horschel — There’s no player on Tour today more streaky than Billy Ho. A week after a win, you HAVE to start him. Regardless of whether or not he wins in back-to-back weeks, history has been kind to him in bunches. The last time he won on Tour before last week was at the 2014 TOUR Championship. An event he came into following a win. Don’t be surprised — or left out in the cold — when Horschel finds the winner’s circle again this week.
John Rahm — Spaniard is strong every where he goes, every week on Tour. If you’re looking for guaranteed points, you won’t find them playing fantasy golf — but John Rahm has been as close to a certain thing each week as anyone else out there. Make room for Rahm this week.
Zach Johnson — Early in the year, Zach Johnson has been nothing short of fantasy kryptonite. This week, however, I’m going to give him a look. Colonial is another course that favors accuracy over distance and thus, is a course where “plodders” can flourish. He’s finally started making cuts and finishing in red numbers, so a trip around the tight quarters of Hogan’s Alley could actually do wonders for the two-time major champion.
Ryan Palmer — A member at Colonial, it’s hard to imagine a guy with as much local knowledge misses the cut at his home track. Palmer finished T-5 here in 2015 and T-3 last year. He’s carrying some momentum into the week, too, four finishes of T-27 or better in his last five starts. Palmer fits my famous “Horses for Courses” mantra at Colonial and for that reason alone is getting a starting nod from me this week. He should be from you, too.
Jason Dufner — One of Ben Hogan’s biggest fans, Dufner brings a terrific track record with him to Colonial this year. In eight starts, Duf Daddy has finished second twice at Hogan’s Alley. This could certainly be the year he finally triumphs at his hero’s home course. If you’re looking a bang for your buck DFS or solid B-C range choice this week, Dufner certainly fits the bill. Don’t be surprised if he’s hoisting the trophy come Sunday.
Jordan Spieth — If you want to take him, take him. I’ve said it before and here I am saying it again. Few people are as talented and capable of going off any week or busting a slump at any time than the young Texan. That said, with two consecutive missed cuts coming into the week, I’m not willing to burn an A spot or chew up that much of my salary on him when there are plenty other big names to choose from this week.
Sergio Garcia — Same story as last week — Masters hangover is deserved and still being observed. He’s not playing terribly, but don’t expect his best golf until the week or two before the U.S. Open. Now that he’s a major champion — especially a newly minted one — Sergio has nothing to prove except that, maybe, it wasn’t a fluke. Pay attention, sure, but the swashbuckling Spaniard isn’t worth the gamble in Texas.
Brandt Snedeker — Snedeker made his return to action from a wrist injury last week and showed some understandable rust. This week, I think he still needs some time to discard the remainder of the debris and thus, should be considered a fantasy bust.
Phil Mickelson — Making his first trip to Colonial in seven years (and just the second since his win here in 2009) is Phil Mickelson. Now, as a former champion and a guy riding a streak of 14 consecutive cuts made, Mickelson is a no-go for me this week. Why? It’s simple. He’s made cuts but he hasn’t really put together any type of significant runs at wins this season. You want to spend that much money or burn an A-pick on Lefty, than go ahead. I just don’t believe the juice is worth the squeeze.