So… I think the strategy this week was to just pencil in the two best golfers in the field and fill out the rest of your roster with obvious value plays and guys with good course history.  Who knew it was that simple to win lots of money?  The top 33 entries in DraftKings’ Drive the Green GPP all featured both champion Jason Day and runner-up Bubba Watson.  If you didn’t have those two, you had to be nearly perfect to make any real money.  Two players who did hit on that combo, “riverfyshpoker” and “techsick14,” walked away with $55,000 each after tying for first in the DtG.

riverfyshpoker

Jason Day (30.0%) $11,600 – 143
Bubba Watson (21.7%) $11,100 – 131.5
David Hearn (9.1%) $7,100 – 108
Erik Compton (1.1%) $6,800 – 106
Stewart Cink (5.5%) $6,200 – 96
Scott Pinckney (3.7%) $7,200 – 78.5

techsick14

Jason Day (30.0%) $11,600 – 143
Bubba Watson (21.7%) $11,100 – 131.5
David Hearn (9.1%) $7,100 – 108
Erik Compton (1.1%) $6,800 – 106
Ricky Barnes (1.8%) $6,300 – 102.5
Colt Knost (4.4%) $6,700 – 72

As you can see, both lineups were pretty similar.  The top four were identical, and they both had five of the top-11 finishers with one golfer simply making the cut and racking up some weekend points.  This week, there was enough value in the $6-7k range to make Bubba-Day lineups viable, and these two did a great job of filling out a nice roster around that superstar core.  You’ll notice they didn’t gravitate towards the popular value picks with all four non-stars coming in at less than 10% ownership, and that helped set them apart from the pack.


The field did an amazing job this week.  Those two winning lineups mentioned above got within 28 points (4%) of the optimal lineup, and “techsick14” hit on 5 of the 6 optimal plays for the week!  He was a Tom Hoge for Colt Knost switch away from being perfect.  So close!  Let’s take a quick look at that optimal lineup, which scored 691 points and used $49,200 of the cap:

Jason Day (30.0%) $11,600 – 143
Bubba Watson (21.7%) $11,100 – 131.5
David Hearn (9.1%) $7,100 – 108
Erik Compton (1.1%) $6,800 – 106
Ricky Barnes (1.8%) $6,300 – 102.5
Tom Hoge (0.5%) $6,300 – 100


I added a couple more sites to the expert pool this week, and newcomer Steve Krebs of dfsmancave.com came out swinging.  He posted, in my opinion, the best performance of an expert to-date.

Steve Krebs – dfsmancave.com

A+ – Bubba Watson
A+ – Stewart Cink
A – Chad Campbell
A – Rory Sabbatini
B – Brooks Koepka
B – Chad Collins
B – Matt Kuchar
F – Chris Stroud

Eight picks.  Four “A” grades.  Three “B” grades.  One MC (Stroud shot 75 – 68 to miss the cut by one stroke).  He had a good mix of high-priced stars and solid value picks with upside.  If you stuck to this list of eight, you probably made lots of money this week.  Nice work, Mr. Krebs.


Overall, the expert consensus turned in a bit of a mediocre week.  There was definitely a winning lineup in there, as they hit on Day and Watson, but half of their 16 selections received a grade of “C” or worse (five received an “F”).

Expert Consensus

A+ – Bubba Watson
A+ – Jason Day
A – Adam Hadwin
A – Ollie Schniederjans
B – Brooks Koepka
B – Chez Reavie
B – Jim Furyk
B – Matt Kuchar
C – Hunter Mahan
D – Luke Donald
D – Scott Piercy
F – Chris Stroud
F – Graham DeLaet
F – Greg Owen
F – Jerry Kelly
F – Kevin Chappell

You can find the rest of the individual expert grades below.


Chris Durell – dailyfantasysportsrankings.com

A+ – Bubba Watson
A+ – Charley Hoffman
B – Jim Furyk
B – William McGirt
C – Hunter Mahan
C – Ryan Palmer
F – Graham DeLaet
F – Greg Owen
F – Jerry Kelly
F – Nicholas Thompson


Daniel Dobish – dailyroto.com

A – Adam Hadwin
A – Chad Campbell
B – Brooks Koepka
B – Chez Reavie
F – Graham DeLaet
F – Kevin Chappell


Josh DeMaio – DraftKings Playbook

A+ – Bubba Watson
A+ – David Hearn
A – Adam Hadwin
B – Brooks Koepka
B – Tony Finau
C – Nick Taylor
C – Steve Stricker
F – Chris Stroud
F – Graham DeLaet
F – J.B. Holmes
F – Roger Sloan


Zachary Thompson – fansided.com

A+ – Bubba Watson
A+ – David Hearn
A+ – Jason Day
A – Adam Hadwin
A – Brian Harman
A – Johnson Wagner
A – Michael Putnam
A – Ollie Schniederjans
A – Scott Langley
B – Brian Stuard
B – Brooks Koepka
B – Chez Reavie
B – Jhonattan Vegas
B – Jim Furyk
B – Matt Kuchar
C – Hunter Mahan
C – Tim Clark
D – Luke Donald
D – Scott Piercy
F – Graham DeLaet
F – Greg Owen
F – Morgan Hoffmann
F – Sean O’Hair
F – Vijay Singh


Steve Pimental – fantasyalarm.com

A+ – Bubba Watson
A+ – Jason Day
A – Adam Hadwin
A – Ollie Schniederjans
B – Brooks Koepka
B – Chez Reavie
B – Matt Kuchar
C – Hudson Swafford
C – Hunter Mahan
C – Ryan Palmer
C – Steve Stricker
D – Luke Donald
F – Jerry Kelly
F – Matt Jones


Seth Finkelstein – rotoballer.com

A+ – Jason Day
A – Ollie Schniederjans
B – Brooks Koepka
C – Angel Cabrera
F – Graeme McDowell
F – Graham DeLaet
F – J.B. Holmes
F – Ken Duke
F – Morgan Hoffmann
F – Roger Sloan


Pat Mayo – rotoexperts.com

A+ – Charley Hoffman
A – Johnson Wagner
A – Ollie Schniederjans
B – Brooks Koepka
B – Chez Reavie
B – Jim Furyk
B – Matt Kuchar
C – Hunter Mahan
D – Luke Donald
D – Scott Piercy
F – Greg Owen
F – Kevin Chappell
F – Sean O’Hair


stlcardinals84 – rotogrinders.com (Daily Fantasy Foursome)

A+ – Bubba Watson
B – Brooks Koepka
C – Hudson Swafford
D – Scott Piercy


Michael Riek – rotowire.com

A+ – Jason Day
A+ – Stewart Cink
A – Brian Harman
A – Nick Watney
B – Andres Romero
B – Brendon de Jonge
B – Brooks Koepka
B – Jim Furyk
B – Matt Kuchar
C – Hunter Mahan
D – Luke Donald
F – Bo Van Pelt
F – Charlie Beljan
F – Chris Stroud
F – Jerry Kelly
F – Kevin Chappell
F – Martin Laird
F – Matt Jones
F – Sang-Moon Bae


thefantasygolf.com

A+ – Bubba Watson
A+ – Stewart Cink
A – Adam Hadwin
A – Brian Harman
A – Scott Langley
B – Matt Kuchar
B – Jim Furyk
B – Brooks Koepka
B – Scott Pinckney
C – Hudson Swafford
D – Luke Donald
D – Scott Piercy
D – Lucas Glover
F – Kevin Chappell
F – Chris Stroud
F – Martin Laird


I’ll see you guys on Wednesday when I’m back with the Expert Consensus.

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