Houston Open

The Golf Club of Houston is the host of the next event of the 2019-2020 PGA Tour the Houston Open. The Par 72, 7,440 yard course has wide fairways but the rough has been cranked up from previous versions of the event. The event used to be the penultimate event before the Masters tournament but now has been moved to it’s new calendar spot in October. The course also features water on 10 of the holes but can be an easy course to play if the wind doesn’t pick up. A hot day is forecast on the Thursday before storms could play havoc on the Friday. 

Last weeks field at the Shriners was a good field, this weeks field at the Houston Open to put it lightly, is pretty average. It is probably the worst field we are going to play DFS all season long but yet the prize pools are still there for the taking. For what it’s worth, Henrik Stenson has come across Europe to be here and season winners in Sebastain Munoz and Cameron Champ are here as well. 

According to Rotogrinders.com this week’s key statistics to look for include:

Key Statistics (In Order of Importance)

1) Strokes Gained Approach

2) Bogey Avoidance

3) Strokes Gained Off the Tee

4) Birdie or Better %

5) Proximity

For the Fantasy Sites, DraftKings have posted a $250,000 Best Ball with $50,000 to 1st place. For Draftstars we have a $5,000 contest for a $15 entry.

If you after a bit of punting fun, SportChamps are now doing Fantasy betting Golf Tournaments including this weeks Houston Open. If you want to have a go, catch the tournament here.

Sportchamps golf

For this 'Swing Season' i'm going to be posting suggested lineups and expand on these selections each week. As a disclaimer, I like to play around 3-5 lineups for DFS golf and these teams will be one of them. I’ll keep a tally on whether these made a return over the next couple of months. Hopefully make some pocket money if I want to head to the President’s Cup in Melbourne!

Last week at the Shriners we nearly hit the jackpot as both suggested lineups were 6 for 6 golfers getting through the cut and we had Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau playing exceptionally well. A 3rd place in the main GPP in Draftstars along with a win in the single entry was a fantastic result. The DraftKings lineup finished in the top 500 out of 36,000 entries on DraftKings! Also the Dragon nearly went 4 for 4 with Doc Redman finishing an agonising 42nd (needed Top 40). 

DraftKings Suggested Lineup

DraftKings team

Draftstars Suggested Lineup

Draftstars team

With a pretty weak field in Houston it will be pretty hard to nail down a winner, let alone getting 6 golfers through the cut. Remarkably I have five golfers that both fit into the sites this week that I am confident on doing well. Russell Henley is my first pick due to the fact of his amazing course history. His previous five events go 8th, 1st, 5th, 4th and 7th. Whilst his stats against the field are not that spectacular with only 22nd in the field for SG:Approach the standout, you can not ignore his affection of this course. Both Harris English and Doc Redman have been talked up this week and I am certainly one of them as well. It has been a hot start to the new season for English with a 3rd place finish at the Greenbrier and a 6th place at Sanderson Farms. English has improved his Tee to Green game as he has always been a good putter. Course history is lacking though so I am more inclined to trust his form at the moment. I had Doc Redman in my teams last week and I am going to go with him again. Only a small price rise on DraftKings but Draftstars have caught up on where he should be. Redman’s stats are still popping as he is currently ranked 4th in the field for SG: Approach, 4th for Birdies or Better % and 5th for proximity. Amazing stats at this low price! Sign me up! Cameron Tringale is my safe play as a solid, get through the cut, no nonsense play. Solid start to the year with a 36th and 16th to start the year and is in the top 25 for the key stats. With a weak field I need to trust Tringale to get through into the weekend. 

Robby Shelton is my flyer this week. He has made the cut in all three events this season and played really well at the Shriners last week. With that consistency comes great stats including ranked 7th in the field for SG:Off the Tee, 11th for Birdie of Better % and 8th for Bogey avoidance. With this weaker field, hopefully Shelton can push forward up the leaderboard and crack a top 20 finish.

The final piece in my Draftstars side is Daniel Berger. With plenty of salary saving options available this week, Berger, who we got at 4% ownership last week for a 102 fantasy score, is one of the top options this week on the sites. Fantastic course history (18th, 5th, 5th, 25th in the past four) and is two from two in high finishes this new season. The final piece on DraftKings is Mark Hubbard. I didn’t really know Hubbard until I started looking into his previous work. Has a poor recent course history but started this season well with a 10th at the Greenbrier and 13th at the Safeway. His stats against the field are good as well, 14th for SG:Approach, 3rd for Bogey Avoidance and 18th for Birdie or Better %. I guess he is one of the better ones of a bad bunch in the low salary stakes! 

DFR Dragon

The Daily Fantasy Rankings "Dragon" has scoured the Australian sports betting markets and found some great value picks for this event. Check out his picks for the day below and click on the links to follow his betting plays!

Dragon's Picks Odds Sportsbook
Top 40 - Doc Redman $2.50 Bet now at Sportsbet!
Mark Hubbard vs Tom Lewis - Hubbard $1.95 Bet now at BetEasy!
Top 10 - Russell Henley $3.80 Bet now at Pointsbet!
Group D - Harris English $4.33 Bet now at Neds!


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