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7 months agoWebb Simpson is set to tee it up in this week's Valspar Championship. Simpson has been a model of consistency this season and has made the cut in all five of his 2019 starts. He heads to Innisbrook Resort fresh off a T16 finish at The Players Championship, where he rolled the ball extremely well and gained over four strokes putting on the field. The Wake Forest alum has fared well in his previous visits to the Copperhead Course. He logged a T8 in last year's Valspar and has five top-20's in nine career starts. Simpson is an elite DFS option this week. --Joe Nicely - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
7 months agoAfter beautiful opening rounds of 69 and 66 put Ian Poulter squarely in the mix at The Players Championship, a disastrous weekend sent him tumbling down the leaderboard. The Englishman's implosion resulted in rounds of 75 and 76 over his final 36 holes and dropped him into a T56 finish. It was an extremely disappointing result for the Euro Tour veteran, who was a popular DFS play last week. Poulter's downfall was his normally-reliable irons and he lost over three strokes to the field on approach shots. He will skip the upcoming Valspar and tee it up next at the WGC-Dell Match Play.--Joe Nicely - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
7 months agoDefending Players champion Webb Simpson played well in defense of his title, logging a T16 finish in this year's edition. Simpson moved up the leaderboard with a final-round 68, his best score of the week. The short hitter wasn't able to take advantage of a soft TPC Sawgrass course that played much differently this year. The tournaments move to March from its previous May slot on the schedule gave the longer hitters a fairly significant advantage. Simpson should play well in the upcoming Valspar Championship on a Copperhead layout that doesn't always require players to hit driver. --Joe Nicely - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
7 months agoTiger Woods was never able to get things going at TPC Sawgrass and settled for a T30 at The Players Championship. Woods finished at six-under par for the week, 10 shots behind winner Rory McIlroy. The 14-time major winner was undone by an ugly quadruple bogey on the par-three 17th hole during Friday's second round and was never in serious contention over the weekend. This was a disappointing outing for the 43-year-old, as many felt his game was a great fit for TPC Sawgrass. He uncharacteristically struggled with his irons, normally his biggest asset. Woods has committed to teeing it up next at the WGC-Dell Match Play event in two weeks. --Joe Nicely - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
7 months agoPat Perez was forced to withdraw from the Players Championship after blowing out his Achilles in a freak accident. Perez failed to specify the extent and severity of the injury, but Achilles-related issues can be a long recovery, and it is possible it keeps the 43-year-old out for the full season. Wyndham Clark will take Perez's place in the field this weekend.--Spencer Aguiar - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
7 months agoWhen we look at some of Byeong Hun An's close calls in his career, there are a few things that stand out to us. On the PGA Tour, Hun An has posted nine top-10 finishes in his career. Six of those have resulted in him either losing strokes with his putter or gaining less than 2.5 shots. His three outliers came from him earning 3.6, 3.3 and 4.3 strokes. Beyond anything else, it just accentuates the fact that he is a terrible putter, but it also shows that he doesn't need to be great with his flat stick to put himself into contention. Many in the industry are beginning to catch on to how great of a ball-striker the South Korean is, and it has resulted in him garnering nearly 13 percent projected ownership this weekend on DraftKings. His 100/1 outright price is slightly easier to stomach than joining the masses on DFS sites, but Hun An is a name that you should start looking into weekly, and we think his breakthrough is just around the corner.--Spencer Aguiar - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
7 months agoEmiliano Grillo enters the Players Championship off of a missed cut at the Honda Classic the last time he teed it up. Grillo's past success as a junior at PGA National made the result slightly surprising, not to mention it was his first missed cut in his previous 15 worldwide events. This week, Grillo will be back in action at the Players Championship and will be hoping to provide a better result. The Argentinian enters the week ranked 10th in strokes gained approach compared to the field and is only priced at $7,200 on DraftKings. His less than five percent projected ownership makes him even more intriguing, although Grillo has severely struggled with his scrambling this season, which is a statistic that will be crucial for success. --Spencer Aguiar - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
7 months agoTommy Fleetwood shot a nine-under par at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to finish the event in a share of third place. Fleetwood held the co-lead with Keegan Bradley entering Saturday, but the duo shot rounds of 76 (Fleetwood) and 75 (Bradley) to spiral down the leaderboard. While a lot of the blame has been put on Bradley and his antics, the Englishman has shown too many instances of failing on Saturday in contention, and we believe that is the more significant concern here. Fleetwood will quickly be back in action at the Players Championship, an event that he finished in a share of seventh place last season. --Spencer Aguiar - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
7 months agoTroy Merritt will be making his first start since a missed cut at the Sony Open in early January. While absences are very rarely a positive thing, Merritt's was scarier than most. The 33-year-old had to have his top-left rib removed after being diagnosed with Thoracic outlet syndrome,read more...
7 months agoRussell Knox has been relatively steady this season in most of the vital statistics that will be needed at TPC Sawgrass. He enters the week ranked inside the top-30 compared to the field in strokes gained approach, strokes gained around the green, total proximity, sand saves and he barely misses out when it comes to bogey avoidance. Knox has lacked any strong worldwide showings since his victory at the Irish Open last July, but the 64th-ranked player in the world has produced 10 consecutive made cuts and has recorded two top-14 results in his previous four events. Knox's par-five scoring and opportunities created does leave a lot to be desired, but at $6,900 on DraftKings, he is one of the better options under $7,000 that you could theoretically use in any fashion on DFS sites.--Spencer Aguiar - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
7 months agoLucas Glover's share of 10th place during last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational provided him his eighth top-17 result to start the 2019 calendar season. Glover's hot stretch has catapulted him up over 50 spots in the world rankings, and he will look to continue his ascension at this week's Players Championship. The American was only able to provide a share of 72nd during last year's event at TPC Sawgrass but did finish in sixth place in 2017. Glover's $7,100 price tag on DraftKings has him projected to be one of the highest owned options on the board, but it is difficult to make too many cases against him if you exclude his lofty ownership projection. --Spencer Aguiar - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
7 months agoAfter 11 straight top-19 finishes, which included four victories, Bryson DeChambeau has sputtered in his past two events, finishing the WGC-Mexico Championship in a share of 56th and last week's Arnold Palmer in a tie for 46th. DeChambeau's recent play has dropped him to 28/1 to capture the Players Championship this weekend and has reduced his ownership projection on DraftKings to around five percent. However, if you are willing to overlook DeChambeau's recent play, the American presents an excellent contrarian possibility at TPC Sawgrass.--Spencer Aguiar - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
7 months agoJordan Spieth is shaping up to be the lowest owned option above $8,000 on DraftKings this weekend. His $8,900 price tag places him as the 13th most expensive player on the site, but he is currently projected to be less than four percent owned. Spieth has been struggling to find any consistency with his game and has not provided a top-30 result in his past eight events. However, anytime the American is projected to be this under-owned, you have to take a second glance, but Spieth is a tough recommendation given his unfortunate string of results lately.--Spencer Aguiar - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
7 months agoSince Justin Thomas' last worldwide missed cut at the Open Championship in July, the American has strung together 15 consecutive top-36 finishes, including a victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and 10 additional top-12 results. Thomas' form has been on par or better than any player in the world, and he enters TPC Sawgrass as the third priced betting option at odds of 16/1, according to the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. The 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year looks to be slightly overpriced in the futures betting market and under-owned on DFS sites. That is the perfect combination you are looking for to find success, and Thomas should be considered one of the favorites to walk out of the unofficial fifth major as the champion.--Spencer Aguiar - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
7 months agoMichael Thompson is in the field for The Players Championship. Thompson has had a dream start to the year with top-16 or better finishes in five of his last six PGA Tour starts. His streak ended at last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational when Thompson lost strokes to the field in both approach and putting categories. He has never fared well at TPC Sawgrass and has missed the cut in all three of his previous Players starts. Thompson's game log looks tempting, but his game might be trending in the wrong direction. --Joe Nicely - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour

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