Prime DFS Picks for the Travelers Championship
Yardage: 6,844 – Par 70
Purse : $ 7M
Field: 150 Players
*Past Travelers Champions
Patrick Reed ($10,000 on DraftKings) Patrick Reed received almost no TV coverage until he was breathing down Koepka and DJ’s neck on Sunday. Items like that are the reason why the reigning Masters champion is priced just at 10K rather $10,500-11,000. Reed is on a roll this year and is teeing it up at an event where he’s had great success in his career. Reed finished T-5 last year and T-11 in 2016 at the Travelers. He’s looking to pick up his sixth Top 10 in eight tournaments, and his second victory of the season
Webb Simpson ($9,100) Same deal for Webb Simpson. He picked up a signature win this season with the Players Championship, yet he still can barely get a look on TV at the U.S. Open despite finishing T10. Simpson ranks eighth on Tour in sand save percent, 29th in strokes gained: approach, and is within the Top 50 in Par 4 birdie percentage, and good drive percentage. Simpson is a Top 10 value according to DailyRoto’s value optimization, and has the eighth best odds of winning at 3.34%
Zach Johnson ($8,200) I’m a Zach Johnson fiend this season, but he continues to be worth his value. Last week he certainly was worth the $7,200, finishing 12th. You’ll have to spend about $1,000 more, but Z.J. will more often than not be worth the money. Johnson ranks 23rd in strokes gained: approach, and 20th in birdie or better percentage. DailyRoto has him as the 11th best value this week, and his win odds (1.56%) are above higher priced players such as Bryson DeChambeau ($9,500), Bubba Watson ($8,800), Charley Hoffman ($8,700), Xander Schauffele ($8,600).
Keegan Bradley ($7,800) Bradley is another Top 10-value play this week according to DailyRoto (10th). Keegan has been the best player on Tour on the approach, gaining an entire shot per round and ranking 13th in greens in regulation. Bradley is on the verge of having his first significantly impactful season since 2012. Bradley broke out in 2011 with two wins including the PGA Championship, but has not won a PGA event since 2012, steadily declining since then. This may be the tournament where he makes real noise for the first time in six years. Bradley has finished inside the Top 40 every year at the Travelers since 2012, with a T8 finish last year.
Emiliano Grillo ($7,700) Every now and then DraftKings has a little brain-lapse when it comes to pricing. For my last two picks, I have no clue what they were thinking pricing Grillo and Perez this low. Grillo missed his first cut of the season last week in 18 worldwide events, and he only missed the cut by one shot on a borderline unfair course. Grillo is the fifth best value, and has the 10th best odds to win the tournament (2.40%). At $7,700 that’s just the 23rd highest price. This kid is far too talented to be slept on like that.
Pat Perez ($7,000) Perez is not a sexy pick, but at $7,000 there’s no other choice to make. No one else in that price range has a realistic chance to win or 65.9 percent odds of making the cut. Perez struggles a bit with his sand game, but is solid in all the other key stats. He ranks inside the Top 40 in Good drive percentage, greens in regulation, and Par 4 birdie or better. DraftKings is giving out gifts in the 7K range. You just have to find them, and perhaps steer clear if you’re playing in GPPs since Grillo and Perez will easily be 20 percent owned.
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