Fantasy Golf Picks for the John Deere Classic

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The rules: We play Golf Channel free fantasy golf – https://www.playfantasygolf.com/lobby – we’ll get an ad from them someday.

You have 6 players and get a $100,000 budget. Here’s my team for the week of the John Deere Classic, the first PGA tour tournament I ever went to.

  1. Bryson Dechambeau, $33,300 – Not much of a sleeper to go with the most expensive guy or the guy who won here last year but he’s been playing very well recently. This tournament in years past has been one that players make a leap forward with their wins (Spieth, Jordan). And he proved last year wasn’t a fluke by winning at Jack’s tournament earlier this year. I like where his game is at heading into a tune-up week before the Open. Did you know he has a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place finish this year to go along with 1st? Consider this guy money this week to make you some money.
  2. Andrew Putnam, $20,200 – He’s coming off a MC at the Greenbrier but before that he had made 9 straight cuts including 3 top 10s. One of those he battled Dustin Johnson to a T2 in Memphis and I believe in those valuable reps. Also, it seems like this tournament is a great starting place for people to ignite their PGA tour careers, this guy could be it this year.
  3. Joaquin Niemann – $18,600. Not much to say about this guy. Unbelievable that he happens to be 19 and just earned a PGA Tour card (no idea how that works, someone please explain.) He’s really hit or miss. He’s played 7 events, 4 made cuts, 3 top 10s and 3 missed cuts. Going along the same line of thinking as for Putnam, this could really ignite Joaquin’s career (as if it needed that). It’s always a great place for players to get their first win. This guy could ride that magic, get a win and head to the Open or he could literally miss the cut. Who knows, it may be nothing in between though.
  4. Zac Blair, $9,100 – I’ve seen this guy around on the top of leaderboards a lot recently so I’ve decided to take a cheap flier on him this week. He hasn’t missed a cut since April and that’s an impressive streak. Especially for a guy under $10k. He’s started off his last 2 events after 36 holes in the top 5, and even though he had average finishes in both of those events, he’s showing some great flashes. I like him to put it all together at a relaxed event this week.
  5. Dylan Meyer, $7,700 – He’s a rookie out of Illinois and has been crushing it. His first week as a pro he goes top 20 at the US Open and then another top 20 at the Quicken Loans National. Usually guys like this would be at least $15k in a tournament like this, but he’s cheap because of how new he is to the PGA tour. His price could grow quickly so I want to snag him while he’s this low.
  6. Nick Hardy, $6,900 – This guy is from Illinois so more of a home game for him. He was also Dylan Meyer’s teammate in school so I look for him to be chasing in Meyer’s footsteps this week. As well, during college this guy was really good. He qualified for the US Open twice as an amateur and won some collegiate awards. Anyways, running out money and relying on Golf Week has me going with Nick Hardy for a bargain this week.

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