The 2015 U.S. Open Fantasy Sleeper Picks


The FedEx St. Jude Classic was an absolute disaster. It was one of those weeks where nothing went right.

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It was a bloodbath for everyone, myself included. The results I yielded from my team last week was extremely poor. But, well deserved. I got back what I put in and I’m looking to rectify that this week.

As everyone knows, the 2015 U.S. Open is this week and it has been on my mind 24 hours a day for the past couple of weeks now. Yes, even in my sleep. I’ve put in a lot of time and research leaving no stone unturned.

With that said, it’s kind of funny to say, but I’ve only got two U.S. Open fantasy sleeper picks this week. The reason for that is with a million dollars on the line over at DraftKings, just having a couple of cheap golfers make the cut won’t do it.

Typically, we’ll look for value picks, golfers that will make the cut on the cheap end; there’s really no point in doing that this week as your cheap picks need to compete and be up near the top of the leaderboard.

So, with that, I only feel strongly about two golfers below $6,900, using the DraftKings salary. If you read the U.S. Open DraftKings article you might have an idea of who the two golfers are.

Brendon Todd

Brendon Todd is an all-around player. Todd is excellent off the tee, he scrambles well, and he is a great putter. His only real deficiency is he isn’t long off the tee. But, with how firm and bouncy Chambers Bay will be, I think distance may not be as critical as it seemed to be at first glance.

Obviously, being long is an advantage. If you can use a wedge instead of a low-mid tier iron that’s an advantage. But, I just don’t think it will be as drastic.

That’s why I like Todd. I think he’s a safe bet to make the cut considering the options below $6,900 and he could be a golfer that sneaks his way around the first couple of pages.

Last year, Todd finished T-17 at the U.S. Open and T-39 at The Open. If Todd can finish in the top twenty five that would be perfect and Todd has the ceiling to do that and then some.

Stephen Gallacher

The same could be said for Stephen Gallacher. I see Gallacher as a real value pick. Chambers Bay seems like the kind of course that will suit Gallacher’s eye.

Gallacher has been a steady European Tour player over the years. Gallacher plays well on links-style courses and has been steady at The Open Championship. Gallacher has made the cut at The Open the last four years, including a T-15 last year.

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Also, Chambers Bay has some characteristics to Whistling Straits. As you may know, Whistling Straits is hosting the PGA Championship this year and it hosted the PGA in 2010. Gallacher played in that tournament and finished T-18.

If Gallacher puts up a T-15, T-18 here at The U.S. Open Championship that would be perfect. That would be fantastic value for a very cheap pick and that kind of result you will need from all six of your golfers.

As far as I can tell, no one has really talked about Gallacher this week. He could be that less than 5% owned golfer that sneaks up on everybody and ends up playing a huge role.

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