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Welcome to this edition of PGA DFS Golf rankings for DRAFT.com from FantasyCPR, covering the 2018 Dell Technologies Championship. The DRAFT app can be downloaded to your mobile device through your app store, or you can access their desktop site here.
I play quite a bit on DRAFT, and have always been a big fan of the snake draft format. On DRAFT, for PGA, you simply roster five golfers. They offer head-to-head, 3-man, 6-man and 8-man drafts that start upon filling. In the DRAFT lobby, you will find me in the six-man and eight-man contests, which payout to the top two spots.
Due to the smaller field, we have a limited number of options in the DRAFT lobby this week. They maxed the contests at 4-man, so 20 golfers is all I will rank this week, as opposed the normal 40 for 8-man contests. Only bad thing about the three and four man contests is that they only pay the top spot, but if you are good enough, that is a really good thing! I personally like a shot at second place money because I always seem to be the first loser. (story of every gambler) This means I will likely scale back this week, and play light.
Also due to the shortened field, instead of our normal tiered by projection targets, I will instead give you three top targets for all stages of the draft. Of course it early to nail down the top targets, so what I will do this week, is avoid the cream of the crop targets, and focus in some guys we should look at in rounds two through four. To wrap things up before the rankings, after our three top targets, I will throw in my dark horse candidate for a top five finish. You won’t want to miss that, as I am predicting a top five for someone you can have in the last round in most drafts!
PGA DFS Golf: 2018 Tour Championship Targets:
Brooks Koepka – (73.4)
“Hey I thought you just said you were going to skip the cream of the crop picks!” I am and I cannot believe this pick qualifies either. According to the DRAFT projections, Koepka has SEVEN players ranked ahead of him for some reason, which makes him a late second round pick in these four man drafts. He is my fourth ranked golfer, and in these type of drafts I would argue that you 100% want the last pick with this field.
Koepka played the Tour Championship here at East Lake for the first time in 2015, where he finished T-18. Last year was his second appearance. He was in it the whole way and finished in sixth place. A winner of two majors this year, Koepka thrives under pressure. If he is among the leaders on Sunday, he has as good of a chance as any to win.
Tiger Woods – (40.6)
Woods was phenomenal last weekend at the BMW Championship, and looks poised to make a serious run at the FedEx Cup, as he continues to improve week after week. He was tied for the lead with an opening round 62 last week, and only a second round of even par slowed him down. Woods looked strong over the weekend, firing rounds of 66 and 65, leading to a T-6 finish.
Tiger won the inaugural FedEx Cup Playoff here in 2007, and also tallied an impressive four runner-ups as well from 2000-2009. He hasn’t been here in a while, but is no doubt much more familiar with the course than others in the field.
Woods has been going as high as early second round in these 4-man drafts. I have him ranked ninth, so late second, early third is where he slots in for me.
Tommy Fleetwood – (42.7)
Week after week, I write up Fleetwood here in these draft articles. Usually it is because his projection is too low, and the guy keeps rattling off top-25 finishes. A sluggish +1 opening round seemed to have squashed any hopes of Fleetwood contending last week at the BMW, but he followed that with back-to-back 62’s in the second and third rounds to put him right in the mix. A disappointing -1 on Sunday led to a T-8 finish, but Fleetwood did find himself back in the top 10, after a T-20 at the Northern Trust, and a T-24 at the Dell Technologies Championship.
The low projection in the star-studded field has him falling all the way to the last round of most drafts, and he could make for a steal at his current ADP. This is his first time qualifying at East Lake, and his game should fit well here. He is like many, where if he putts great, he can easily win.
PGA DFS Golf: DRAFT Dark Horse:
Bubba Watson – (57.3)
If I am picking a long shot in this field, I have to think it would come down to Bubba or Patrick Reed. Watson and Reed are at 40-1 in the field of 30, and I think Watson’s recent form gives him a shot at some magic this weekend. He is currently ranked 8th in the FedEx Cup standings, and a win here at East Lake would be a great ending to an up-and-down season at best for Bubba.
After missing the cut in three of the four events he played before the playoff series, Watson tied for 34th at the Northern Trust earning him a trip to the Dell, where he notched a T-7 locking him into the BMW. After an opening round +1, Bubba went 65, 65, 66 to finish T-16. If you draft him in the last round like I will a couple of times, you are likely the only person in your draft who even considered it. He has three top tens in his last four trips to East Lake, and I think he makes some noise this weekend.
There is your dark horse as promised, and if he wins it all you heard it here only probably. Without further ado, here are this weeks top 20 for the 4-man contests.
DFS PGA Golf DRAFT Rankings: Top 20
My rankings are pretty easy to follow. I have ranked the top 20 overall. Following each golfer is their DRAFT fantasy point projection in parenthesis.
1. Justin Rose – (74.7)
2. Dustin Johnson – (81.4)
3. Rory McIlroy – (70.2)
4. Brooks Koepka – (73.4)
5. Justin Thomas – (78.9)
6. Bryson DeChambeau – (57.3)
7. Tony Finau – (72.4)
8. Webb Simpson – (67.5)
9. Tommy Fleetwood – (42.7)
10. Tiger Woods – (40.8)
11. Francesco Molinari – (68.1)
12. Jason Day – (69.4)
13. Jon Rahm – (76.1)
14. Keegan Bradley – (65.4)
15. Patrick Cantlay – (73.9)
16. Rickie Fowler – (78.2)
17. Gary Woodland – (64.6)
18. Patrick Reed – (64.8)
19. Bubba Watson – (57.3)
20. Xander Schauffele – (62.4)
That is all for this weeks PGA DFS Golf DRAFT rankings for the 2018 Tour Championship. If you have any questions, give me a follow on Twitter at @JuanBondDFS. You can also leave a question right here in the comments, and I will do my best to respond before lock Thursday morning. Good luck this weekend, enjoy your golf, and happy drafting on DRAFT!