This past week was… rough.  Jason Day had an injury that turned out to be not so much of a factor.  A lot of people were scared off of the eventual winner.  If Day really was hurt, I’d hate to see what he does to the field this week after running away with The Barclays.  Golden golfing gods Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka missed the cut.  Seriously, that happened.  Brandt Snedeker, Will Thrillcox (+6 in his final six to stone bubble), Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott’s zombie corpse, Charl Schwartzel, Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore, David Lingmerth, Ian Poulter, and Billy Horschel all also missed the cut.  There was plenty of misery and disappointment to go around.  I think this exchange was the best thing that happened to me all week:

wilcox

Will and I are now best friends.

Jason Day crushed it, the experts were pretty bad, and SamENole won lots of money.  That’s the week in review.  Let’s get a quick look at the Drive the Green-winning and optimal lineups before moving on to the grading carnage.

Gotycha2 (I think I suffered an aneurysm trying to pronounce that name in my head) took down the $100,000 this week.  This is how he did it:

Jason Day (17.6%) $11,500 – 130
Henrik Stenson (11.5%) $9,600 – 111.5
Zach Johnson (16.1%) $8,100 – 92.5
Steven Bowditch (1.3%) $6,600 – 85
Tony Finau (17.1%) $7,300 – 82
Kevin Kisner (4.2%) $6,900 – 70.5

That’s 571.5 points on the full $50,000 spent.  Six great golfers with fairly recognizable names, yet not one with greater than 17.6% ownership.  Notice unlike recent weeks, this massive field GPP did not end in a tie.  He was able to produce a unique lineup by avoiding Spieth, Koepka, Kuchar, Snedeker, etc., and that led to him reaching his full earning potential.

The optimal lineup would have scored 631.5 on $48,800 spent.  It looked like this:

Jason Day $11,500 – 130
Bubba Watson $9,900 – 99
Henrik Stenson $9,600 – 111.5
Brian Harman $6,300 – 92.5
Sang-Moon Bae $5,900 – 103
Zac Blair $5,600 – 95.5

Yet another installment of “don’t be afraid to leave some extra salary on the table.”


This was easily the worst performance for both the Consensus and the expert group of the year.  I’ve never seen so many “F” grades in my life; and personally, this was the lowest grade I’ve received since that time I got a 4% on a physics pop quiz freshman year of college.  Let’s start with reviewing the Consensus.

Expert Consensus

Highly Touted

A – Jason Bohn
B – Justin Rose
B – Robert Streb
C – Matt Kuchar
F – Brandt Snedeker
F – Brooks Koepka
F – David Lingmerth
F – Jordan Spieth

Recommended

A+ – Jason Day
A – Tony Finau
B – Harris English
B – Paul Casey
C – Phil Mickelson
D – Bill Haas
D – Patrick Reed
F – Charl Schwartzel

Suggested

A+ – Bubba Watson
A+ – Henrik Stenson
A – Camilo Villegas
B – Dustin Johnson
B – Webb Simpson
F – Rickie Fowler
F – Will Wilcox

If you just tossed the “highly touted” picks, you probably would’ve been alright.  Otherwise… yikes.  Your DK account would’ve almost assuredly been in better shape today than it was Wednesday if you took a week off.

It wasn’t all bad, though.  Two experts were able to rise above and turn in nice performances.

stlcardinals84 – rotogrinders.com (Daily Fantasy Foursome)

A+ – Bubba Watson
A – Jason Bohn
B – Paul Casey
F – David Lingmerth

Just like last week, stlcardinals84 only made four picks, but they were strong.  He had the highest overall grade for the week even with Lingmerth missing the cut.

Michael Riek – rotowire.com

A+ – Bubba Watson
A+ – Henrik Stenson
A+ – Jason Day
A+ – Zach Johnson
A – Camilo Villegas
A – Tony Finau
B – Dustin Johnson
B – George McNeill
B – Harris English
B – Kevin Kisner
B – Paul Casey
C – Phil Mickelson
F – Brooks Koepka
F – Chad Campbell
F – Charl Schwartzel
F – David Lingmerth
F – Jordan Spieth
F – Ryan Moore

Michael Riek’s overall score was lower than stlcards’, but he was the only expert to identify four golfers who would return “A+” value (many didn’t even hit one).  He made 18 picks, and 11 of them returned at least “B” value.  That’s really great in a week where some experts saw half of their guys miss the cut.  If you stuck with the player pool Riek suggested, you stood a fighting chance.

You can find the rest of the grades below.


Chris Durell – dailyfantasysportsrankings.com

B – Justin Rose
B – Webb Simpson
C – Charley Hoffman
C – Matt Kuchar
D – Patrick Reed
F – Brandt Snedeker
F – Chris Stroud
F – Hunter Mahan
F – Jordan Spieth
F – Rickie Fowler


oreojenkins – dailyoverlay.com

A – Jason Bohn
B – Dustin Johnson
B – Harris English
B – Justin Rose
B – Paul Casey
B – Robert Streb
B – Shawn Stefani
B – Webb Simpson
C – Matt Kuchar
D – Jimmy Walker
D – Patrick Reed
D – Scott Piercy
F – Brandt Snedeker
F – Brooks Koepka
F – Jordan Spieth
F – Will Wilcox
F – William McGirt


Daniel Dobish – dailyroto.com

(I didn’t mention him above, but Danny had a pretty good week, too.)

A+ – Henrik Stenson
A – Jason Bohn
A – Jim Herman
B – Robert Streb
F – Charl Schwartzel
F – Jordan Spieth


Jon Kelly – dfsreport.com

A – Jason Bohn
B – Justin Rose
B – Justin Thomas
C – J.B. Holmes
F – Adam Hadwin
F – Brandt Snedeker
F – Brooks Koepka
F – Jordan Spieth


Josh DeMaio – DraftKings Playbook

A+ – Jason Day
A – Tony Finau
B – Justin Rose
B – Robert Streb
C – Russell Henley
D – Bill Haas
F – Brandt Snedeker
F – Brooks Koepka
F – Chris Kirk
F – David Lingmerth
F – Jerry Kelly


Jason Sobel – espn.com

B – Harris English
B – Morgan Hoffmann
C – Matt Kuchar
C – Phil Mickelson
D – Bill Haas
F – Brooks Koepka


Zachary Thompson – fansided.com

A+ – Bubba Watson
A+ – Jason Day
A – Camilo Villegas
A – Jason Bohn
A – Tony Finau
B – Danny Lee
B – Dustin Johnson
B – Justin Rose
B – Pat Perez
B – Paul Casey
B – Robert Streb
B – Webb Simpson
C – Matt Jones
C – Matt Kuchar
C – Phil Mickelson
C – Russell Henley
C – Vijay Singh
D – Bill Haas
D – Patrick Reed
F – Adam Hadwin
F – Brandt Snedeker
F – Brooks Koepka
F – Charl Schwartzel
F – Chris Kirk
F – David Lingmerth
F – Erik Compton
F – Jonas Blixt
F – Jordan Spieth
F – Nick Watney
F – Rickie Fowler
F – Ryan Moore


Drew Phelps – fantasyalarm.com

A+ – Jason Day
A – Bryce Molder
A – Jason Bohn
A – Tony Finau
B – Harris English
B – Justin Rose
B – Justin Thomas
B – Paul Casey
B – Robert Streb
B – Shawn Stefani
C – Lee Westwood
C – Matt Kuchar
C – Phil Mickelson
D – Jimmy Walker
D – Patrick Reed
F – Brooks Koepka
F – Chad Campbell
F – Charl Schwartzel
F – David Lingmerth
F – Will Wilcox


Seth Finkelstein – rotoballer.com

(Solid performance.)

A – Jim Furyk
A – Jim Herman
A – Tony Finau
B – Justin Rose
B – Morgan Hoffmann
B – Robert Streb
F – Jordan Spieth
F – Will Wilcox


Pat Mayo – rotoexperts.com

A+ – Henrik Stenson
A+ – Jason Day
A – Camilo Villegas
A – Jason Bohn
B – Danny Lee
B – Justin Rose
B – Pat Perez
C – Ben Martin
C – Lee Westwood
C – Matt Kuchar
D – Bill Haas
D – Patrick Reed
F – Brandt Snedeker
F – Brooks Koepka
F – Carl Pettersson
F – David Lingmerth
F – Rickie Fowler


jlvaughan21 – sportsdegens.com

A+ – Zach Johnson
A – Hideki Matsuyama
A – Jason Bohn
A – Jim Furyk
B – Harris English
B – Justin Rose
B – Pat Perez
B – Paul Casey
B – Robert Streb
B – Shawn Stefani
C – J.B. Holmes
C – Matt Kuchar
D – Patrick Reed
F – Brendan Steele
F – Brooks Koepka
F – David Lingmerth
F – Ryan Moore
F – Will Wilcox


thefantasygolf.com

A+ – Bubba Watson
A+ – Henrik Stenson
A+ – Zach Johnson
A – Luke Donald
B – Harris English
B – Justin Rose
B – Kevin Chappell
B – Kevin Na
B – Robert Streb
B – Shawn Stefani
C – Lee Westwood
C – Matt Kuchar
C – Russell Henley
D – Patrick Reed
F – Brandt Snedeker
F – David Lingmerth
F – Ian Poulter
F – Jerry Kelly
F – Jordan Spieth


Performance at The Barclays wasn’t the best.  So just

and move on.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some thoughts on the Deutsche Bank Championship.

oreo

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