Top DFS Picks for The Players Championship
The Players Championship is known as the fifth major on the PGA Tour. It’s roughly the halfway point between the Masters and the U.S. Open, and the field is major caliber. Therefore, we can expect several daily fantasy players to participate as well, even though Tiger Woods is still sidelined.
Even though there aren’t many great low-salary value plays (at least on DraftKings), some are obviously better than others. We can use Vegas odds, compare prices and put in a few low-salary guys to ensure we get a few of the favorites. Here I’ll give my top high-salary guys.
(all salaries via DraftKings)
Rory McIlroy $11,200 – Even though McIlroy isn’t winning tournaments, his consistency has been outstanding. He’s finished in the top 10 in his last three tournaments (including the Masters) and in six of his last seven. It’s only a matter of time before he wins one, and he’s the favorite at 12-1 odds.
Matt Kuchar $11,000 – Kuchar has finished in the top five in his last four tournaments (including the Masters). Kuchar hasn’t missed the cut at the Players since 2008, when he quadruple bogeyed the 17th in his opening round. He also won the event in 2012 and has historically been a phenomenal putter on the Sawgrass greens making birdies. Kuchar is 18-1 (third-best odds) and also has the third-highest salary.
Luke Donald $10,400 – It’s not by much, but Luke Donald is one of the best value plays near the top. At $10,400, he’s tied for the seventh-highest salary, but at 22-1, he’s tied for being the fifth-highest favorite. Donald has made six of seven cuts this year, and the one he missed was at the Masters. However, he made a quad on the ninth hole in the first round and was given a two-stroke penalty on a weird ruling – he grounded his club in the bunker after he hit his sand shot, but the ball rolled back into the bunker. Had that not happened, he would be 7-7 of this season. Donald most recently finished second at the RBC and has three top-10s this year. He hasn’t missed the cut at the Players since 2006 when the event was in March.
J.B. Holmes $8,800 – After winning last week’s Wells Fargo Championship, Holmes is 50-1 in Vegas. At $8,800, that’s still underpriced. Holmes as finished in the top 20 in his last four events and five of his last six.
Kevin Na $8,600 – Na has solid value being 66-1 at $8,600. He’s also having a stellar year with seven top 20s, including a second at the Valspar Championship. Na didn’t play in the Players last year, but finished seventh in 2012 (led going into final round).View all posts by Nick Juskewycz