Euro Tour Preview - Alfred Dunhill
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 17:25

Welcome back to the European Tour! That was an enjoyable break, I hope you didn’t get too rusty in your lineup construction ways. All jokes aside, I’m happy we have some Euro contests to play this week, but of course DraftKings missed the memo on making larger prize pools. So we’ll just have to take whatever small purses we can get at this point. This week we head back to South Africa where many natives have had success in the past, primarily defending champion & FIVE time winner Charl Schwartzel leads the way as the favorite. As you’ll notice below he has quite the history here and has some form coming in, so fading him will be the ultimate test in GPP’s this week. There’s also a lot of players from the Sunshine Tour in this event that I’m not 100% familiar with so the analysis will be strictly stats driven as I’ve never seen them play a shot before, but it’s safe to say picking South Africans may be the play this week. Onto the picks!

 Hero World Challenge Preview
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 16:59

Since this is an extremely limited field, I’d like to lead off by saying DO NOT PLAY CASH GAMES this week. If for some reason one of the six players in your lineup gets a fluke injury or washes up on shore after a night of beverages, your cash team will be sunk and you will probably tilt enter some other contests (which is a bad move regardless of the sport you’re playing) to try to win your money back. Also, since this is an extremely small field I don’t recommend fading any one player completely unless you’re only playing one lineup. That being said, if you wanted to fade Tiger altogether I wouldn’t say that’s a bad play. He is a member at the course so maybe that also played into his decision to return to “competitive” golf this week. Either way, the event gives us an opportunity to make some money, so let’s get into the plays!

 RSM Classic - The Daily Spin
Posted by Zach Turcotte on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 16:03

The PGA Tour returns back to the US this week for the RSM Classic at Sea Island. The event changed up the format last season so that the event now takes place at two different courses, Seaside and Plantation. The Seaside course is a 7,000 yard, Par 70 course and the Plantation course (only played for one round on Friday) is 7,000 yard, Par 72 course. The field is again on the weak side this weekend, which means that once again, we should expect the cut line on Friday afternoon to take out a wide range of players from all salary tiers. Cash games have not been terribly kind to us of late so continue to follow the advice of limited your bankroll and preserving it for the upcoming season. We have plenty of solid plays to work with this week, but many of the ideas are going to be somewhat well known among other owners with the contests being fairly limited in size again which tends to keep away the novice players looking to jump into the action.

 WTC Dubai Preview
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 15:49

This is it, the final event of the season for the European Tour. Last week we saw late bloomer Alex Noren capture his third win in four months and leap frog to number 9 in the world. Is he a contender or a pretender? That’s to be seen this week when he tees it up versus Rory, Iceman, Sergio and King Louis (among others) to win the Race to Dubai Championship. Stenson & Rory have won the last four Championships between them – Rory bookended Stenson’s back to back wins. So the question this week is, Rory or Iceman? If judging solely on how they played I’d lean Rory, but Stenson’s overall game may be enough to make me consider taking him over Rory before lineups lock on Thursday morning. Since this is a limited field event with no cut, I’d strongly consider not playing any cash games this week and reduce the amount you play normally by 50% and only play GPP’s. We’ve seen how volatile the European Tour has been all year and it’s just not worth the risk this week. That being said, all players listed will be listed as GPP only plays this week; we’ll pick up the cash game plays when the new season starts in a couple weeks.

 RSM Classic Preview
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 15:35

Last week team PXG tallied another win in their stable with Pat Perez coming out of pretty much nowhere to win the OHL Mayakoba. He had been trending pretty well as of late so it was probably an error on my part to not recommend him, but it’d difficult to gauge how well a player is actually playing coming off injury when you don’t get to see live golf. This week we move north from Mexico to Georgia where Kevin Kisner looks to defend his title against a fairly weak field. When looking at past winners you’ll notice that for the most part you’re seeing guys that have strong iron play who aren’t considered bombers off the tee, so we’ll definitely be focusing on players who keep it in play and hit a ton of greens this week. This event isn’t the most popular amongst the big names in golf, but they’ll still give away a trophy and a novelty check so let’s get into the plays.

 OHL Classic - The Daily Spin 11/9
Posted by Zach Turcotte on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 16:29

As an emotional election rages on late into the night, we turn our attention back to the important things in life, the PGA Tour and other fantasy sports. Regardless of who is angry in the morning, sports will carry on and help as a distraction for those who are disappointed. After almost 18 months of endless campaigning, I think that politics itself has become almost a sport in the modern era with all of the debates, commercials, interviews and polls there helping to serve as a sort of makeshift scoreboard. The emotional ties to or just against a particular candidate have rarely hit levels as high as 2016 so the winner...

  The Nedbank Golf Challenge
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 16:16

This is the 2nd leg of the Race to Dubai, another no cut event with an even smaller field than last week. This week we get to play in Gary Player’s backyard (literally, well maybe not literally). Originally this course was host to “The Million Dollar Challenge” where the defending champion, the Sunshine Tour winner, four major winners and the top players in the official world golf rankings played an event for anywhere from $2MM to $5MM. Since 2013, the Gary Player Country Club has been host to this event so there is some course history to go off of for a select few players as not all of them have made it this far into the playoffs before, so when building rosters this week I think it’ll be imperative to start with guys who have success here with some South Africans as they tend to know the lay of the land a bit more than others...

 OHL Classic Preview
Posted by Taras Pitra on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 16:00

The Course

  • El Camaleon
  • Par: 71
  • Yardage: 7,039 yards
  • Greens: Seashore Paspalum
  • Location: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  • Expected scoring: Previous winners have gone fairly low over the past five years and there’s really nothing to make me think the course will play any tougher this week. I assume we’ll see the winner better than 20 under again this week.

 Shriners Open Preview
Posted by Zach Turcotte on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 21:53

The Shriners has been a good place for “ball strikers” over the years so it’ll be important to target these types of players specifically this week as well as UNLV alumni as they should be very familiar with the course (it was not their home course in college, but they played it often). You’ll probably hear on Twitter this week that this is an accuracy course, but I’d still prefer to target bombers that hit 50%+ fairways as a season long statistic (which means, basically all bombers are still in play). One item of note this week, there was a clerical error on behalf of the PGA Tour and instead of 132 players, there are 144 so more players will be cut from the field than usual after Friday’s rounds end.

 Turkish Open Preview
Posted by Zach Turcotte on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 21:50

This is the first leg of the “Final Series” for the Race to Dubai, which means a little bit more incentive for the guys near the top as well as those outside the Top 70 to try to qualify for next week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge. This week there are 78 players in the field, which means there’s no cut this week. The field strength was decent at the top until Tiger, Rory and Patrick Reed withdrew from the event, but after those removals we’re left with the typical European Tour field this week. Had Rory or Reed stayed in it could’ve opened up some fairly obvious value for the guys priced near the top, but we don’t need to talk about something that didn’t happen.