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 Dell Technologies Championship, the second leg of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs.
- Jordan Spieth, $33,100 – We saw flashes of Spieth playing a lot better last year with a 3rd-round 64. That put him right near the top of the leaderboard at -9. He faded with a Sunday 73 (+2) but you can see the flashes of the game starting to come back to normal Spieth form. He’s always been a player who’s come out in the bigger moments, as noticed by 3 majors so far. I like his chances to put the game together in big fashion this week with a great performance here in Boston.
- Rory McIlroy, $33,200 – Rory has won here twice before and we’ll bet on him recapturing that magic. Rory, along with Spieth has looked really, really good at times this year. However, the bad play has been more prevalent than what you’d like. He’s had high moments in winning the Arnold Palmer, being 1 off the lead after 3 rounds at the Masters, but also low moments like the last round of the Master’s and falling just short at The Open. I expect him to be rested up this week and come back with some success.
- Zach Johnson, $12,800 – The veteran has become somewhat of a cut-making machine here. I swear this guy only shows up when it matters (majors) and for the John Deere Classic. I like having a veteran presence on the team and expect him to be playing well. He’s missed 1 cut this year and has made his last 8 in a row.
- Billy Horschel, $9,500 – He’s moving up the FedEx Cup standings rapidly with that T-3 last week. Things change fast as FedEx points are worth quadruple in the playoffs. I’ve been seeing videos all week of his swing of coaches that love his movement. He’s consistently been a streaky player throughout his career, so let’s ride the hot streak.
- Andrew Putnam, $6,300 – I had heard about this guy through Web.com events, but not too much on the PGA tour. However, coming in 2nd at the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic, he’s even won a tournament and had his name on the leaderboard a few times. I truly buy into the experience he got on a Sunday playing with DJ in the final group at the St. Jude event. He even won, and although it was on an off week, he’s gained a lot of confidence and is out to prove he belongs. I look forward to seeing him play well this week and move onto the next week of the FedEx Cup.
- Kevin Streelman, $5,000 – Mr. Cut Making machine here in the flesh. Well, actually he’s missed 3 of his last 5 but before that, he seemed invincible to get cut. He’s slowing down a little bit this season, maybe some exhaustion over how long and how successful his season has been. However, in the first playoff event, the guy takes home a T40. I feel good about his chances this week and expect him to get back to the cut making form that he had earlier in the year.