Last week three of my five fantasy golf sleeper selections made the cut at the Shriners, highlighted by Adam Schenk, who finished in a tie for 27th. This week the PGA Tour moves 17.5 miles east to Shadow Creek Golf Course for the CJ Cup.
Golf fans will get to watch nearly every major player in the world this week, as the field will only be missing Bryson and Tiger. Rory, Rahm, JT, Xander and many others will be in the field, lots of fantasy golf choices, however DJ and Tony Finau will not. Both players tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, so they are forced to withdraw.
As always, check out Hans Geevers’ full lineup picks that he posts each and every week. Hans’ article is also great for reading about the course, and how he believes it will play. You will find one of his selections on my sleeper list as well.
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And, if you want to see my breakdown of every player in the field, check out my brand-new web show, Fantasy From The Fairway. Our CJ Cup episode is out, and you can find it here.
And of course, as always in my articles, I am only looking at players under the average Draftkings salary of $8,333. Finding value is the most important thing when selecting your lineup, so I hope to bring you some solid options.
Remember the CJ Cup is a no-cut event, so each player will play all four rounds unless they withdraw. So keep that in mind when selecting lineups.
Along with the key stats Hans will be looking at, I will be looking at strokes gained on approach and putting, total birdies, birdie or better percentage, sand saves, and average bogeys per round. Here are my selections:
Abraham Ancer $8,200
How in the world is Abraham priced this low? After a 4th place finish last week at Shriners, his game is obviously in form.
Last season Abraham finished tied for 16th in average bogeys per round, averaging only 2.2 bogeys per round, 39th in total birdies, 41st in strokes gained putting, and 45th in strokes gained on approach.
At the end of the day, it’s an absolute steal to get Ancer under the average value.
Gary Woodland $7,700
My first 7K selection this week is Gary Woodland. Woodland hasn’t played since the U.S. Open, where he was cut, but hopefully the time off helped Gary.
Last season Gary finished 10th in strokes gained on approach, tied for 18th in average bogeys per round, tied for 28th in birdie or better percentage, and 38th in strokes gained putting.
How I believe the course will play fits Woodland’s game well, and I think playing four rounds should allow him to have a solid finish.
Joaquin Niemann $7,500
Another player I can’t believe is priced so low is Joaquin Niemann. Last week Niemann finished in a tie for 13th at Shriners, and he finished tied 23rd at the U.S. Open in September.
Niemann finished last season 15th in strokes gained on approach, tied for 26th in total birdies, tied for 54th in birdie or better, and tied 70th in sand saves.
Now, Niemann isn’t a great putter, but I think he will be able to put himself in enough good spots to make some putts.
Adam Hadwin $6,700
My first 6K selection this week, and one of Hans’ selections, is Adam Hadwin. Hadwin finished last week in a tie for 34th at the Shriners.
Hadwin finished last season 3rd in sand saves, 59th in strokes gained on approach, 66th in strokes gained putting, tied 70th in average bogeys per round, and tied 84th in total birdies.
This seems like another price on the low side, but with the star-heavy field, I understand. I think Hadwin is an incredible choice, especially at this price.
Mark Hubbard $6,200
Again, I don’t understand how Mark is priced this low. He has started the season with three straight missed cuts, but he can’t miss the cut in a no cut event.
Last season Hubbard finished 11th in total birdies, 29th in strokes gained putting, tied 31st in average bogeys per round, 70th in strokes gained on approach, and 86th in birdie or better.
I think Hubbard is one of the more underrated players on the tour, and I think he’s a fantastic option this week. Especially since you can play two major players, and have him in the low 6K range.