2015 Quicken Loans National Fantasy Sleeper Picks


Each year the Quicken Loans National typically takes place at Congressional Country Club, but not this year. Robert Trent Jones Golf Club will be hosting the Quicken Loans National for the first time. So, you can throw course history out the window.

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This is a relatively new course as it was established back in 1991 and not many in the field have actually played here. Robert Trent Jones Golf Club has hosted four Presidents Cup’s, but that’s about it.

From a fantasy perspective, this might be a week to just relax and take off. This is a weak field and at an unknown course anything could happen. However, I’m sure you folks reading this won’t do that, nor will I.

With that said, the Quicken Loans National fantasy sleeper picks will be different this week. With so many unknowns, I can’t endorse any cheap picks that I feel that strongly about.

Instead, I’ll just kind of give an outline of how I’m thinking when making my team, or perhaps teams, this week.

I would just go back to the basics and keep it simple. Go with golfers that are playing well of late and golfers that typically play well in weak fields.

It also won’t hurt to target golfers that are strong off the tee. Distance and accuracy off the tee will be important. This is a pretty long course clocking in at 7,425 yards and the rough is rumored to be…pretty rough.

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When you put all that together, I could see someone like Jimmy Walker playing well. I don’t think I would mind paying top dollar to have Walker on the team. He is safe enough to make the cut and good enough to win a tournament like this.

Even pivoting down a thousand bucks to Justin Thomas isn’t a bad bet. Thomas is playing well enough, long enough, and if he gets into some trouble he is a pretty decent scrambler.

Plus, Thomas has the kind of game that fits DraftKings’ scoring system. He may bogey and blow up on a few holes, but he can quickly rack up the birdies and eagles.

Russell Knox isn’t long and that might be a problem, but he is solid all-around. Plus, he has been very quiet of late. Knox might end up being a little bit of a contrarian play.

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Around the same price is John Senden. He has been rock solid and should be a safe bet to make the cut. A nice cash game play.

I’ll probably just roll with the hot hand in Ollie Schniederjans. He comes in cheap enough, a nice value play. We see it week in and week out these young guns just breaking out on the scene and just playing extremely well.

If Schiederjans can play well at the U.S. Open, The Open, and RBC Canadian Open, then one has to think he’ll play well at the Quicken Loans National, right?

Charles Howell III has been very disappointing this year, but he may be turning things around. He has made the cut in his last two starts and at $6,500 on DraftKings, he might be worth a flyer. Howell III still bombs the ball and he typically does take advantage of weak fields.

I’m not 100% recommending this pick, but Jason Kokrak is interesting. He is not playing well at all, but he is better than this.

When you look at his stats from this year and last year, they aren’t that much different and Kokrak had a strong year last year. Kokrak isn’t a bad buy low golfer this week. His floor his low, but if he puts it all together he could be in contention.

In the same vein, you have Hudson Swafford who has amazing stats, but has very pedestrian results. Eventually, Swafford will put it all together for four rounds and not blow up.

At $5,900, I’ll probably put him on my team just because that is a pretty darn good value. $5,900 is usually reserved for tomato cans and Swafford isn’t a tomato can.

Alright, I guess we’ll wrap it up now, but it is also worth mentioning that we’ve gotten a number of withdrawls already. So be sure to double and triple check the field when making your picks.

Brendon Todd and Russell Henley were golfers I was targeting, but alas they withdrew this morning. Don’t take them.

Next: Quicken Loans National Power Rankings