Earlier, I broke down the course at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage and some of the angles to look at when selecting what players to roster on your daily fantasy lineups. Today, I give you the main guys who I’m considering for my cash game lineup, as well as some pivots that I’ll be looking to go overweight on in tournaments. As always, I utilize the RotoQL PGA Lineup Optimizer to make sure that my player exposures are exactly how I want them to be, and use the Trending Player tool to get a read on what players the public is interested in.
Cash Game Plays
Matt Kuchar - $10,800
The no-brainer for cash games this week is undoubtedly Matt Kuchar. The course history is elite at Harbour Town and Kuch has a long enough history on Pete Dye courses to make you feel extremely confident in him finishing within the top 15 this week. A course really couldn’t be better suited to Kuchar’s game more than Harbour Town, with its premium placed on hitting fairways, a strong long-iron game and emphasis on scrambling, all of which are right up Kuchar’s alley. He is likely to be one of the highest owned players in tournaments as well, and a case can be made to fade him in favor of one of the other lower owned high priced players.
Kevin Kisner - $8,700
Kevin Kisner is an auto-play for me anytime he gets on a Pete Dye course, and I feel comfortable going with him in cash games coming off a decent showing at the Masters. Kisner’s last win came at Colonial Country Club, which has a similar feel, and he popped here with a T-11 last season. Kisner’s lack of length isn’t going to hurt him at Harbour Town, and while his irons haven’t been as crisp as we are used to seeing from Kisner, I like his chances of turning it around this week on an accuracy and short-game based course.
Brian Gay - $7,100
Brian Gay fits the exact type of player profile that you should want to target this week at Harbour Town. He’s going to keep it in play, and he putts the lights out on Bermuda grass. Gay posted a T-6 here last year and won the event back in 2009 so there is loads of upside for him at this price. Given his course history I would be comfortable playing him in a cash game if you wanted to go with Dustin Johnson or Paul Casey at the top. Gay’s lack of name recognition will lead to low ownership in all formats and will give you great leverage over the rest of the field.
Dustin Johnson - $12,000
It’s crazy to say, but Dustin Johnson is likely to be much lower owned than he should be in a field such as this. Sure, DJ may only playing this week due to his endorsement deal with RBC, but he is by far the class of the field, reflected by his projected 11.1 percent win percentage which is by far the highest in the field. There are plenty of excellent plays in the mid-$7,000 range, so rostering Johnson even at his inflated price is very easy to do. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if he came out and blitzed the field by 6 shots despite the poor course fit on paper. While a balanced lineup build isn’t a bad idea by any means, it’s hard to justify not having any shares of Dustin at an event like the RBC Heritage.
Tyrrell Hatton - $8,800
Tyrrell Hatton is likely to be the lowest owned played in the $8,800 range but he is actually my favorite play in the entire range. Hatton has a great track record on tight, accuracy based courses and picked up a win at last years Italian Open, which is played on a tight, tree lined course like Harbour Town. Hatton is an excellent ball striker and has the short game to compete this week as well. He played well here last season before a poor final round 74 dropped him a T-29 finish, but he went 69-68-68 the first three days so the upside is definitely there.
Kevin Chappell - $7,900
While targeting the relative safety of a guy like Zach Johnson makes a lot of sense for cash games, going with a birdie maker like Kevin Chappell is the move in tournaments. Chappell has quietly put together an excellent track record on Pete Dye courses and was the 36-hole leader here last season. There really isn’t any reason to be concerned about his back issues, as I doubt he would choose to play this week if it were at all bothering him after Masters week.
Punt Plays to Consider
- Chris Kirk - $7,100
- Anirban Lahiri - $7,100
- Lucas Glover - $6,800
- Aaron Baddeley - $6,800
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