Welcome back to Golf News Net's weekly fantasy golf picks. Each week of the PGA Tour season, we'll present our top picks for that week's tournament and make recommendations for DraftKings' one-week fantasy leagues.
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The AT&T Byron Nelson was a fascinating tournament because it was the battle of a lot of top-tier players trying to win without their best stuff, including the guy who won, Sergio Garcia, who put two balls in the water in the final round. Brooks Koepka tried to hang on for his second PGA Tour win but couldn't, while Jordan Spieth couldn't keep the smoke-and-mirrors show going with his short game.
This week, the Tour makes the short trek to Ft. Worth for the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Ugh. It's Colonial. It's a completely different track than the bland TPC Four Seasons, proving to be a ballstriker's course.
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Now, on to the picks!
1. Kevin Chappell -- I'm probably, actually, I know I'm overvaluing Chappell this week, but he's been playing fantastic golf. He's this year's Kevin Kisner, already with three runner-up showings this season, including at The Players.
2. Jordan Spieth -- Last week, we downplayed Spieth at the Nelson, suggesting that he might not be reliable for all 72 holes. Well, that happened. But Spieth says he found something in the final round that could help him at a place where he was runner-up last year and in the top 15 the last three years.
3. Matt Kuchar -- Kooch is back, baby! He's finished in the top three in his last two starts, and he seems to be beaming with confidence. He was a runner-up here in 2013 and has a good overall record of cashing.
4. Charley Hoffman -- Hoffman is playing well just about anywhere these days, finishing T-12 last week at the Byron Nelson. He was T-10 here last year, and this is the kind of course that suits him...namely, not too long.
5. Adam Scott -- Scotty won here two years ago to regain the world No. 1 ranking, and, man, that seems like a long time ago. He's playing pretty well, coming off the high of back-to-back wins in Florida.
6. Chris Kirk -- I stuck my neck out for Chris Kirk at The Players, and he might have validated that rating had he not withdrawn. The defending champion loves Colonial, and he's playing well overall.
7. Zach Johnson -- This is a Zach Johnson Special. He finished in the top four here, including a win, from 2011-13. He's won here twice and is the all-time money leader. He hasn't been great of late, but this seems too good to pass up.
8. Brandt Snedeker -- Sneds is hit or miss of late, but he was a runner-up here last year to Chris Kirk. This is the kind of course that should suit him well, and he's never missed a cut here.
9. Ryan Palmer -- Palmer missed the cut last week by a shot at the Nelson, a place where he had a lot of success. He's done very well at the Supermarket, too, but he's a member at Colonial. He should do well, although he doesn't always.
10. Colt Knost -- If you're a GNN Plus subscriber, we've been telling you for a few weeks about Colt Knost. He's been in the top four in his last two starts. He could lose focus, but he should be motivated at a place where he was T-10 last year.
My DraftKings team for this week:
1. Chris Kirk - $9,700
2. Kevin Chappell - $9,600
3. Ryan Palmer - $8,100
4. Jonas Blixt - $7,500
5. Chez Reavie - $7,300
6. Bryce Molder - $7,100
If you want to win at DraftKings daily fantasy golf, you have to figure out a way to find six golfers that play all 72 holes and earn roughly 85 points each.
You likely have to identify a couple of players in the top five, at least the top seven, and you'd ideally not have a player finish outside the top 20.
Doing that takes research, looking at a variety of factors, including:
- Finish trends, both in recent weeks on the PGA Tour and at that week's event,
- Salary trends, deciphering which players are showing value based on their performance, and
- Statistical trends, identifying the common threads among winners in that week's event
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