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The FedEx Cup playoffs are here! Hoorah! The four-event series gets started this week with The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., which hosted the event in 2011. However, Mother Nature wasn't kind that week, with an earthquake to start the week and a passing hurricane, which shortened the event to 54 holes. Dustin Johnson walked away the winner.
Last week, we didn't have 51-year-old Davis Love III winning at the Wyndham, and, if you did, then maybe you shouldn't be playing fantasy golf long-term. You should be opening a private investigation agency using your paranormal powers.
Since Plainfield is a one-off venue, we're offering a lot of chalk this week.
On to the picks!
1. Jordan Spieth -- The new world No. 1 obviously wasn't in the field here four years ago, but he's playing the best, most consistent golf on the planet, so he's the obvious top pick.
2. Jason Day -- Had Jordan Spieth only won the Masters (and Dustin Johnson taken the U.S. Open), Jason Day would be in contention for the Player of the Year title heading into the playoffs. He's won two of his last three starts, with Glen Abbey looking a little like Plainfield.
3. Justin Rose -- Rose has been in the top six in his last four starts dating back to the Open Championship. He was T-4 here in the shortened 2011 event. He is playing the best tee-to-green golf in the world.
4. Brooks Koepka -- Even though only TV shows 2-3 of his shots per week, Koepka hasn't finished outside of the top six in his last three starts. He's been in the top 25 in his last eight. His length is an edge here, just needs to have good proximity on many of these absurdly large putting surfaces.
5. Dustin Johnson -- DJ was the winner here four years ago, and he's playing very good golf overall. He's just not closing. From a fantasy perspective, three top-10s in the majors this year is a great record, even if it doesn't get the W.
6. Bubba Watson -- Watson is having a special season, even if it hasn't resulted in a slew of wins. His putting has dramatically improved this year and his ballstriking has been better because of it. Been in the top two in three of his last six starts.
7. Paul Casey -- Paul Casey may have now overtaken Kevin Kisner for the best season without winning. His T-3 finish at the Wyndham was his fourth of the season, which also includes a pair of playoff losses.
8. Robert Streb -- If you haven't been picking Robert Streb this year, you've cost yourself a lot of money. Streb has been a top-20 machine this year and there's no reason to believe he'll slow down now.
9. Matt Kuchar -- It's been an odd season for Kuchar, who is no longer the top-10 machine he was a few years ago. However, he's coming around nicely now, with T-7 finishes in two of his last three starts. He was runner-up here in 2011.
10. Jim Furyk -- Amid a number of great names that deserve to be in our top 10 this week, Furyk gets the nod because he's among the leaders on Tour in proximity to the hole. That's key on huge greens, taking away the sweat of as many long two-putts this week.
My DraftKings team for this week:
1. Bubba Watson -- $9,900
2. Brooks Koepka -- $9,700
3. Paul Casey -- $8,700
4. Robert Streb -- $7,900
5. Jonas Blixt -- $6,900
6. Kevin Chappell -- $6,700
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