The PGA Tour stops by Memphis, Tennessee for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. With the U.S. Open next week, not many of the big name golfers are playing this week.
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Golf as we know is extremely difficult to handicap, but if you do your research you can grab an edge on your opponents with a field that isn’t familiar to the hardcore fans.
I would recommend rolling the dice and taking some chances. Don’t be afraid to leave a lot of money on the table. There are plenty of quality golfers in the $7,900-$7,000 region you can stack up on. Grabbing an expensive golfer like Paul Casey, Phil Mickelson, or Luke Donald doesn’t guarantee you anything.
Just as a FYI: Brendon Todd, Robert Streb, and Y.E. Yang have already withdrawn. Don’t roster them in any of your lineups this week.
As the week progresses make sure you keep tabs on your golfers to make sure they don’t suddenly withdraw late Wednesday evening. It’s just something to think about.
Without further ado, let’s get into the FedEx St. Jude Classic fantasy sleeper picks.
Charles Howell III– Charles Howell III may not be having a great year, but he is definitely worth more than $6,800. Especially, when competing in a weak field like this.
There’s a reason why Howell III typically plays extremely well early in the season and that’s because the fields aren’t as deep. Such is the case with this tournament.
Plus, Howell III has made the cut the last five years, including a T-3 in 2011.
Andrew Loupe, Zac Blair, Oscar Fraustro, and Justin Leonard all are more expensive than Howell this week. Heh-heh-heh, yeah I don’t think so. Howell III is an easy salary relief pick this week.
Jeff Overton– Jeff Overton hit a rough patch from April to early May, but it looks like he may have figured out what was wrong. Overton has made the cut in his last three tournaments including a T-26 at The Memorial.
Plus, Overton has made the cut the last three years here at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, including a T-13 in 2012.
February 15, 2014; Pacific Palisades, CA, USA; William McGirt speaks with his caddy on the eighth hole green during the third round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
William McGirt- In 2012, William McGirt finished T-13 and last year he finished T-32. McGirt’s a pretty solid PGA Tour professional, he holds his own at fields that are pretty deep, but at tournaments like this he usually thrives.
McGirt’s best finish this year is 7th at the Sanderson Farms Championship. McGirt is in pretty solid form of late as well making the cut in his last three starts.
Scott Stallings– Every week on the PGA Tour you have that one golfer that virtually nobody owns. Less that 1% of the people will own him, yet he’s leading or right near the top.
Scott Stallings might be that golfer this week. Stallings has missed the cut in six of his last eight tournaments, so there is absolutely no reason for anybody to take him, but this isn’t uncommon for him.
Last year, he played well early in the weaker tournaments and struggled late as the fields got deeper. Stallings missed the cut in seven of nine tournaments leading into the St. Jude Classic last year, yet he still finished T-32.
In 2013, Stallings missed the cut in four of six tournaments leading into the St. Jude Classic and he ended up finished T-2.
Bad play leading up to the St. Jude Classic isn’t anything new to Stallings and I like him as an extremely valuable contrarian pick this week.