2015 John Deere Classic Fantasy Sleeper Picks


The John Deere Classic is on tap this week on the PGA Tour, then next week we get The Open Championship.

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So, unfortunately, for the John Deere Classic not only is this the tournament that follows a major, but this is a very weak field as well. This just doesn’t get blood boiling.

As I mentioned in the power rankings post, the TPC Deere Run is a straight forward course. They key to winning is consistently hitting fairways and greens.

This is a course where you have to have excellent ball striking and aren’t punished for being short off the tee.

This is the kind of tournament that is easier to handicap and bet on than your typical event. You know exactly what you are looking for and banking that your picks perform to the level that they are capable of.

With this being such a weak field, the John Deere Classic fantasy sleeper picks are different this week. The usual suspects aren’t really sleeper picks this week.

Their price is just a bit higher than what I typically look for to write on here. Golfers like Chez Reavie, Luke Guthrie, Jon Curran, Johnson Wagner, these kind of players fit what I’m looking for, but they aren’t really considered “sleeper” picks this week, unfortunately.

Nevertheless, I’ve got a couple of golfers I do like. So, let’s get right to it.

Brice Garnett– I was really happy to see Brice Garnett so cheap. I thought he would be a pretty decent value play, but this is better than what I was thinking.

Garnett has a pretty spotty record in terms of making and missing the cut. But, he makes the cut at certain tournaments and he misses the cut at certain tournaments.

The tournaments that require length he misses those, but the ones that reward ball-striking he does pretty well at those.

Garnett finished T-32 at the Travelers Championship, T-11 at the RBC Heritage, and you can even throw in the T-38 at the Puerto Rico Open. You aren’t required to be real long at those tournaments.

Garnett’s record and form was about the same last year. Garnett finished T-45 last year at the John Deere Classic, I look for him to better that this year.

Will Wilcox– Will Wilcox has missed the cut in his last two events, but I’m not going to fret just yet. I look at this as an opportunity to buy low on golfer that is 28th in driving accuracy and 13th in greens in regulation.

Wilcox has the kind of game suited for the John Deere Classic and at his price range he’s not a bad bet at all.

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Mark Hubbard– Mark Hubbard has been pretty solid this year. No real spectacular finishes, but he just grinds out made cuts and continues to earn his pay. Perhaps, this will be the week he records his first top ten.

Hubbard is hitting 66% of fairways and 67% of greens. If he can make a couple of putts, hey, you never know. Hubbard might be a decent cash play this week.

Brian Stuard– We’ll end this week with Brian Stuard. Another solid golfer that has played decent this season. Stuard’s best finish is  T-13 back in November, but he did recently post a T-25 at the Travelers Championship.

Stuard is great off the tee hitting 67% of fairways which is 20th on the PGA Tour, his irons and wedges will need to be better though. Stuard is going to have to find away to hit the green in regulation and if he does that, hey, another made cut, maybe another T-25 is in his future.

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