2018 Valero Texas Open daily fantasy golf cash and GPP plays
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2018 Valero Texas Open daily fantasy golf cash and GPP plays


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On Tuesday, I broke down the course at TPC San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open 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.

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Cash Game Plays

Adam Scott - $9,600

Adam Scott is a former winner of this event that is an ideal course fit for what TPC San Antonio will demand. Scott’s ball striking is still among the best in the world, and I’ll trust the ball striking this week despite his horrendous putting form. Scott is well-versed at playing well in the wind, and his game seems close to really popping even though his results have been mediocre by his standards. The ball striking premium and winning upside that Scott has shown in Texas also makes me think he is $1,000 too cheap this week, and thus hard to pass up on in all formats. Just don’t follow him on shot tracker to see his missed 5-footers and you’ll feel good about rostering Scott by the end of the week.

Zach Johnson - $8,000

There are a ton of nice plays in the $8,000 range to like but for cash games, it’s hard to argue with going with Zach Johnson. ZJ is one of the top cut makers on tour and has a solid track record at TPC San Antonio with top-30 finishes in his last two appearances at this event. He fits the profile of players who will able to grind out pars on this tough track. His lack of birdie upside makes him an interesting fade in tournaments at likely high ownership, but there aren’t many safer options in cash games.

Aaron Baddeley - $7,300

Aaron Baddeley is one of the few short knockers that you should consider this week. He has excellent course history here with finishes of 5th, T-29, and T-20 the last 3 years. He is going to put the ball in the fairway off the tee and has a ball flight that will always help him play well in the wind. He does lean on his putter heavily at this event, which isn’t typical for the field in general, but his excellent track record of success here eases my concerns about the poor course fit. You don’t really have to dip down to this sub $7,500 range if you’re building a balanced lineup but if you decide to start your cash game lineup with Sergio, Kuchar or Charley Hoffman, then Baddeley makes for a good option even in cash.

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Tournament Plays

Sergio Garcia - $12,000

Sergio is an ideal tournament play this week coming off his debacle at Augusta a few weeks ago. Sergio is the clear class of the field and was a consultant during the construction of the AT&T Oaks course so there aren’t many concerns with his limited course history. This event favors the ball strikers and there isn’t a better ball striker in the field or the world for that matter better than Sergio. His ownership should hover around 10 percent or less, which is just crazy for someone with the highest win equity in the entire field.

Jimmy Walker - $8,200 

Jimmy Walker is coming off a solid Masters week and it is really encouraging to see him string together four solid rounds for the first time in a while. Walker won this event back in 2015 and excels on courses where distance and overall driving are key. He also is a guy to look at when scoring will be at a premium, which is something we will certainly see this week as TPC San Antonio typically plays inside the top-15 most difficult courses on tour year in and year out. Questions about his health will likely last for the foreseeable future but this is a great spot to jump in on Walker on a windy Texas course.

Grayson Murray - $7,300

Grayson Murray is one of those guys who no one likes to roster, but Twitter persona aside, he is an excellent value target at a course where he can highlight his excellent ball striking off the tee. Murray is one of the better drivers on tour and has shown nice upside at a few points this season. He is coming off a missed cut at the Heritage but I’m not going to hold that against him due to his poor course fit at Harbour Town.

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Bennett Bedford

Bennett Bedford

Bennett Bedford writes a pair of weekly daily fantasy golf (DFS) PGA Tour pieces, including a weekly tournament preview and ideal plays for both cash games and DFS tournaments.

Bedford works with RotoQL, and their RotoQL PGA Lineup Optimizer is a massive advantage when you're building lineups, regardless of contest size or site.