Dean & DeLuca Invitational: Top DFS fantasy picks

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Dean and Deluca Invitational
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Jordan Spieth is the defending champion at this week’s Dean & DeLuca Invitational. Can he make it back-to-back wins in Fort Worth?

The Dean & DeLuca Invitational, an event that’s sponsored by a New York-founded chain of upscale grocery stores but held in the heart of Texas, starts an interesting little run of tournaments leading to the PGA TOUR‘s second major of the season.

Jason Day’s playoff loss to Billy Horschel at the AT&T Byron Nelson may have been devastating – at least for Jason Day – but the biggest event of last week didn’t come on Sunday. As of last Thursday, the U.S. Open is less than a month away, so if you haven’t already started counting down the days, now’s your cue to do so.

The host course, Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, needs no introduction. It’s one of the most storied venues on the PGA TOUR, with its invitational dating back to 1946 and the list of champions including names like Nicklaus, Palmer, Mickelson and Trevino. That’s to say nothing of native son Ben Hogan, who won the event five times between 1946 and 1959 and gave the track its iconic nickname: Hogan’s Alley.

For years, the PGA TOUR has prioritized length, length and more length in deciding its tournament venues, but Colonial stands tall as a proud exception — the classic design puts a premium on accuracy and putting as opposed to pure power. This year’s U.S. Open will feature an unfamiliar venue in Erin Hills, so we can’t be sure of what to expect, but this week’s increasingly rare test of precision should serve as vital major preparation for many in the field.

We’ve got a solid crop of golfers on our hands, so let’s get to it. Here are five premium fantasy plays for the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. As always, each player’s DraftKings salary is listed next to his name.