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RotoBaller PGA: One And Done Staff Picks - Northern Trust


Here at RotoBaller, we are always searching for ways to give our readers the best fantasy sports content possible. With that goal in mind, we are very proud to announce the addition of a weekly PGA “One and Done” column. In this feature, our golf staff of Joe Nicely, Spencer Aguiar and Gianni Magliocco will provide their weekly golf picks every Wednesday. The purpose of this article is to present you with alternative options to consider and hopefully make your selection a much easier process weekly. With that plan in mind, let's get started!

The RotoBaller OAD contest has turned into a throwback fight of the 1950s, but after a grueling war of attrition, we are finally into the 15th round and ready to decide a winner.

Joe landed a massive haymaker last weekend at the Wyndham Championship with Viktor Hovland, notching a paycheck of $297,600 to reclaim first place over Gianni. With only three events to go, let's see who the two will be taking this weekend in New Jersey

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For an in-depth breakdown of the top DraftKings and Fanduel plays, check out Joe Nicely's weekly Horse For The Course that highlights the best fits for the week's course.

And you can also find out who the smart money is on by checking out Spencer Aguiar's PGA DFS: Vegas Report every week.

 

2019 Northern Trust

Liberty National Golf Club

7,370 Yards - Par 71 - Greens Bentgrass

Liberty National Golf Club has seen some major renovations over the years after dissatisfaction from the players in 2009. Twelve holes were redone before the 2013 edition of this event, with significant changes being made to the greens, fairways and bunkers.

As of today, there are 90 bunkers and 10 water hazards on the course. The fairways are of average width, but nasty fescue and bluegrass rough will come into play on wayward tee shots. The greens are tricky and should be fast at 12+ on the stimpmeter, and the narrow landing zones on the putting surface does make it challenging to hit greens in regulation.

Wind can play a factor if it is blowing in from the Atlantic, and long iron play will be at a premium because of the tiny surfaces. The five par-fours that measure between 450 to 500 yards are BRUTALLY DIFFICULT and will play as the most challenging holes all weekend. Golfers who can maintain their score through that stretch and perform during the par-fives will be at a major advantage all weekend.


One and Done Selections

Joe Nicely - Justin Rose

Alternate -  

Back in business! My man Viktor Hovland shot me back in the lead in our little contest with his fourth-place finish last week at the Wyndham. I really love what this new crop of youngsters are doing on the PGA Tour and the trio of Hovland, Collin Morikawa, and Matthew Wolff all have very bright futures ahead of them.

While it’s fun to tinker with shiny-new toys in some tournaments, it’s back to serious business this week at the Northern Trust, the first event in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. With the season’s top-125 golfers in attendance, there’s no shortage of talent in this field and I (remarkably) still have some really good options available to me in our OAD contest. I’ve kicked myself over the last few weeks for not deploying some combination of Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood at the Open Championship and WGC-FedEx, but it sure is nice to have this pair of Englishman still available for the Playoffs.

I’ll be going with Justin Rose this week, with his T2 at Liberty National back in 2013 serving as the tiebreaker over Fleetwood. I’ve honestly been a Rose naysayer for most of the season, but you can’t argue with results, and the defending FedEx Cup champion has posted some strong finishes over the last couple of months. He’s making every putt that he looks at (fifth in this field in SG: Putting) and his ball striking is good enough to make him a real threat to win this week. It has been an amazing OAD season here at RotoBaller and no matter what happens over these next couple of weeks it’s been an exciting contest with two great competitors in Gianni and Spencer! - Joe Nicely

Yearly Earnings - $9,831,260

Yearly Cuts Made - 26/29

 

Spencer Aguiar - Jordan Spieth

Alternate - Tyrrell Hatton

I write an article every week talking about how you should view things from a contrarian perspective when it comes to sports betting and DFS, but sometimes you have to follow your friends. If Gianni says #WeArePlayingSpieth, you better believe that I am copying him and choosing the American this weekend.

Yes, this selection is a little tongue-in-cheek, but my deficit to both Joe and Gianni requires a hail mary choice if I want to survive for another week from a mathematical perspective. It has been a fun season, and congratulations to both of my competitors on a fabulous contest, but the time has come for Gianni's haters to hate. We are playing Spieth. -Spencer Aguiar

Yearly Earnings - $6,250,982

Yearly Cuts Made - 27/29

 

Gianni Magliocco - Gary Woodland

Alternate - Bubba Watson

Having announced (shrewdly) earlier this week that he was playing Jordan Spieth, I've little doubt that Spencer will be stealing the headlines in New Jersey.

For myself, with a limited amount of quality players left to try and chase down a scorching Joe in this contest, I'm placing my trust in Gary Woodland this week.  I don't particularly love the pick, given his recent form and comments concerning the difficulty he has had playing since introducing twins to the world. But let's face it, more than half the time nothing makes any sense in this sport anyway, so why not take a chance on a major winner?

With my options limited, I'm taking Woodland, who finished T2 at Liberty National when it last hosted a playoff event back in 2013, to try and get me back in the game. - Gianni Magliocco

Yearly Earnings - $9,609,712

Yearly Cuts Made - 25/29

 

Running Totals

Joe Nicely

Spencer Aguiar

Gianni Magliocco

Sony Open

Gary Woodland  $11,520

Justin Thomas $99,200

Kevin Kisner $12,864

Desert Classic

Jon Rahm $212,400

Jon Rahm $212,400

Patrick Cantlay $159,300

Farmers Insurance

Marc Leishman $21,158

Patrick Cantlay $0

Charles Howell III $79,804

Waste Management

Hideki Matsuyama $113,600

Webb Simpson $76,917

Justin Thomas $482,800

Pebble Beach

Chez Reavie $31,160

Phil Mickelson $1,368,000

Phil Mickelson $1,368,000

Genesis Open

Xander Schauffele $100,788

Hideki Matsuyama $177,600

Dustin Johnson $177,600

WGC Mexico Championship

Justin Thomas $201,000

Xander Schauffele $128,000

Tommy Fleetwood $103,750

Honda Classic

Adam Scott $0

Gary Woodland $25,346

Adam Scott $0

Arnold Palmer

Rory McIlroy $294,613

Justin Rose $19,474

Jason Day $0

Players Championship

Sergio Garcia $125,000

Tiger Woods $77,625

Rory McIlroy $2,250,000

Valspar Championship

Patrick Reed $0

Sergio Garcia $15,209

Henrik Stenson $54,270

WGC-Match Play

Ian Poulter   $108,429

Haotong Li $167,000

Francesco Molinari $712,000

Valero Texas Open

Tony Finau $16,275

Rickie Fowler $112,500

Tony Finau $16,275

Masters

Tiger Woods $2,070,000

Bubba Watson $225,400

Rickie Fowler $310,500

RBC Heritage

Byeong Hun An $0

Matt Kuchar $745,200

Brandt Snedeker $17,342

Wells Fargo Championship

Rickie Fowler $311,063

Tony Finau  $17,064

Webb Simpson $99,540

Bryon Nelson

Keith Mitchell $17,301

Brooks Koepka $379,200

Tony Romo $0

PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka $1,980,000

Rory McIlroy $264,395

Brooks Koepka $1,980,000

Charles Schwab

Jordan Spieth $197,100

Francesco Molinari $16,819

Paul Casey $0

Memorial

Patrick Cantlay $1,638,000

Adam Scott $982,800

Hideki Matsuyama $327,600

RBC Canadian Open

Webb Simpson $668,800

Kevin Tway $22,977

Matt Kuchar $334,400

U.S. Open

Dustin Johnson $57,853

Tommy Fleetwood $23,851

Tiger Woods $117,598

Travelers Championship

Paul Casey $262,800

Jason Day $194,400

Marc Leishman $65,760

Rocket Mortgage Classic

Billy Horschel $105,850

Dustin Johnson $0

Billy Horschel $105,850

3M Open

Bryson DeChambeau $563,200

Sungjae Im $92,960

Bryson DeChambeau $563,200

John Deere Classic

Collin Morikawa $264,000

Bud Cauley $70,500

Zach Johnson $24,000

Open Championship

Henrik Stenson $91,350

Eddie Pepperell $24,625

Justin Rose $91,350

WGC- St. Jude

Matt Kuchar $70,000

Marc Leishman $602,000

Patrick Reed $143,625

Wyndham Championship

Viktor Hovland $297.600

Paul Casey $109,533

Jordan Spieth $11,284

 

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