The Fortinet Championship kicks off the 2022-23 PGA Tour season and we have our DraftKings golf picks to build the best PGA DFS lineup this week.
We’re starting the 2022-23 PGA Tour season in wine country as the Fortinet Championship gets the new year and (final) fall swing started at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA.
Last year’s champ Max Homa headlines the field along with Hideki Matsuyama and Corey Conners, but it’s a relatively weak field overall if truth be told. That can be good for PGA DFS players, though, as these types of situations often create great value.
So where can you find that? Let’s dive into the DraftKings golf picks for this week at the Fortinet Championship with the top plays and fades from each pricing range before we dive into building a winning PGA DFS lineup for this week.
DraftKings picks for Fortinet Championship PGA DFS lineups: Top Plays
$10,000: Max Homa ($10,500) – In all honesty, I’m not enamored with the $10K range this week as there are warranted concerns about each of the four guys in this range. If I’m forced to play someone at the top of the pricing, it’s got to be Homa as the defending champion of this event. His game should suit this course consistently, but a word of caution as he could just be looking for reps before next week’s Presidents Cup.
$9,000: Davis Riley ($9,400) – I’m becoming a caricature of myself with how often I have Davis Riley in PGA DFS contests but I stand by it. Most importantly, I think the respite since the BMW Championship is exactly what he needs to get back to his DNA as a ball striker who can be a great all-around player. This is also a pivot from Taylor Pendrith and Cam Davis, two players who I like a lot this week, as their ownership figures to be crazy high. Also Consider: Taylor Pendrith ($9,800), Cam Davis ($9,600), Emiliano Grillo ($9,200)
$8,000: Taylor Montgomery ($8,500) – One thing that seems worth targeting at this course is long-hitters who can also get hot with the putter. Montgomery, a newcomer off the Korn Ferry Tour, is exactly that. Moreover, he’s coming in super hot as he finished inside the Top 10 on the KFT. This is a gamble as he’s not a PGA Tour veteran but I love his game at this venue and think he pops big time. Also Consider: Brendan Steele ($8,900), Trey Mullinax ($8,300), Justin Suh ($8,200), Wyndham Clark ($8,000)
$7,000: Callum Tarren ($7,200) – It doesn’t bother me to sound repetitive and I’m going to keep riding Callum Tarren until he starts being properly priced. Prior to missing the cut at the FedEx St. Jude (a tournament he was really going for it at trying to move up the playoff standings), he had three straight Top 27 finishes to his name. Moreover, the bomb-and-gouge style of play that should work here suits his game, so I love for him to keep up that great form. Also Consider: Chris Kirk ($7,900), Carl Yuan ($7,800), Taylor Moore ($7,600), Stephen Jaeger ($7,400), Mark Hubbard ($7,300), Chris Gotterup ($7,100), Harris English ($7,000)
$6,000: Joseph Bramlett ($6,800) – If we’re staying true to bombers who can pop, then Bramlett is the right type of guy to target in this range. He’s extremely long off of the tee and has shown the ability to pop. This feels like the type of venue where we could see exactly that and, if you dip into this range, I like a flier on him. Also Consider: Beau Hossler ($6,900), C.T. Pan ($6,900), Hayden Buckley ($6,800), Brian Stuard ($6,500)
DraftKings golf picks for Fortinet Championship PGA DFS lineups: Top Fades
$10,000: Corey Conners ($10,300) – Conners is a golfer I’m often a big fan of but this all comes down to forecasting how the Fortinet will play out. Yes, ball striking will always be important and the Canadian is as good as they come in that regard. At the same time, though, this is going to be a low-scoring event that could come down to putting and that’s where my trust ends with Conners. I don’t think he pays off this price thanks to a worrisome flat stick.
$9,000: Maverick McNealy ($9,900) – The only reason McNealy is at this price is that he finished second at the Fortinet last year. Course history matters, to be sure, but his form has declined as of late. He hasn’t been inside the Top 30 in any of his last four starts and he’s been losing strokes on approach over his last 50 rounds, which is troubling. I don’t see how he pays off being the top-priced player in the $9K range.
$8,000: Webb Simpson ($8,400) – Just because you know Webb Simpson in a field that’s relatively low on star power does not mean he should be in your DraftKings lineup. Simpson has been quite bad over the past few months with four missed cuts in his last five starts and the one made cut resulting in a 69th finish for Simpson. Throw in the fact that this course doesn’t exactly suit him and there’s no way I’m putting equity in the veteran this week.
$7,000: Chez Reavie ($7,600) – Due to strong course history, Reavie might pique some interest this week, but I’m not buying it. He’s coming into this tournament with a win sandwiched between five finishes outside of the Top 45 in his last six starts. I don’t like the form and his lack of length off the tee is always of concern. The totality of the situation makes me think there are just better options in the $7K range.
Fortinet Championship: Best DraftKings golf lineup
- Taylor Pendrith ($9,800)
- Davis Riley ($9,400)
- Taylor Montgomery ($8,500)
- Taylor Moore ($7,600)
- Mark Hubbard ($7,300)
- Callum Tarren ($7,200)
Despite crazy ownership, I can’t get off of Pendrith for this week. Full disclosure, he’s my pick to win this week at the Fortinet Championship and fits the profile I’m looking at perfectly. So adding him with Riley, Montgomery and Tarren as my top plays from their ranges feels like some chalk with smart pivots.
Beyond that, I’m looking for Hubbard to be in the vein of Riley in benefitting from rest and finding form he showed throughout June and July when he was on fire, especially at a place he’s performed well historically. Then there’s Moore, who reeled off two Top 10s and four Top 25s in his last seven starts at the end of the season. I like for that form to continue in this field.