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Travelers: DraftKings DFS Preview

by Brad Thomas
Updated On: June 22, 2022, 7:50 pm ET

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We are back again, hoping to roster a perfect 6/6 lineup and take down a GPP. This week our attention is on the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT. Last week at the US Open, as predicted, the optimal lineup featured five golfers who would be considered “chalk.” Which is par for the course when the US Open rolls around.

This week we can expect different names towards the top of the leaderboard come Sunday. Much of that has to do with how short TPC River Highlands is. At just 6,800 yards, the course allows the shorter hitters to be more competitive. The defending Harris English is a prime example. English’s average drive is just 290 yards. Kramer Hickock finished second and averages just 293 yards off the tee. If you like a guy but are worried about his length off the tee, don’t be. This course levels the playing field for those guys.

Here’s a look at the key metrics I used when building my models this week:

  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green
  • Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Strokes Gained: Putting
  • Driving Accuracy

Favorites:

Scottie Scheffler ($11,200): Scheffler is the highest-priced golfer on the board this week, and for a good reason. As many times as I try and ignore Scheffler or make excuses about him being too expensive or having too much ownership, he finds himself in the optimal lineup. I’m done ignoring the obvious signs. Scheffler is my favorite DFS play. He reminds me a lot of Dustin Johnson when he won in 2020. Johnson was on top of his game. His ball-striking was great and when he wasn’t at his best was because he was struggling off the tee. However, his length allowed him to club down when necessary here, much like Scheffler. He’s a great ball striker and has a very good short game. While he remains in the optimal lineup, it’s mandatory to roster him.

Optimal Lineup (Via NBC Sports EDGE+ DFS Tools)

Rory McIlroy ($11,000)

Sam Burns ($10,400)

Maverick McNealy ($7,700)

Kevin Kisner ($7,500)

Callum Tarren ($6,600)

Brice Garnett ($6,600)

Patrick Cantlay ($10,200): Cantlay is back where it all started. TPC River Highlands is where Cantlay made his PGA Tour debut as an amateur. In the second round of the tournament, he fired off a 10-under-60. This is his eighth appearance; he’s an interesting play this week. It’s known that Cantlay struggles at majors. Why not excel this week after a major in which he finished the event on a solid note. Before each major, he had a top-five finish. Of the two, his most impressive tournament was at the RBC Heritage. He was a playoff win away from being crowned champion. Cantlay is a great golfer because he hits a bunch of GIR and is a great putter. At the Zurich Classic, he was dynamite on approach, rolling in putts like it was nobody’s business. When building models for golfers who excel on the Pete Dye-designed course, Cantlay was at the top with Sungjae Im. Im withdrew late Wednesday evening. Then when building a model for golfers who excel on short courses, Cantlay again was right there at the top. There’s no reason why Cantlay can’t win this weekend.

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Tread Lightly:

Seamus Power ($9,100): I was going to put Brooks Koepka, but he did us the honor of withdrawing before the start of the tournament. I’m fully prepared for this tread lightly spot to blow up. However, nothing from a statistical standpoint is landing me on Power this week. His ownership is outrageous this week. He’s coming off a strong finish at the US Open but a missed cut at Memorial. Where I’m struggling to get to Power is the raw data. He doesn’t model as a guy who will win this week. He’s just average off-the-tee and doesn’t gain a ton of strokes on approach. He won’t be a guy I am rostering this week.

Keegan Bradley ($9,400): For starters, I’m a huge fan of Bradley. I mean, the guy literally has my name. How can you not be a fan of a guy who rocks Jordans on a golf course? Bradley would probably be a guy who I’d be on this week, but he’s coming off a stressful major letdown in his hometown. With the number of emotions behind his US Open, I don’t expect him to come out firing, especially after he had a chance to contend on Sunday morning.

Sleeper:

Matthew NeSmith ($7,200): NeSmith is a fun golfer this week. Total boom or bust golfer. He finished 37th in back-to-back events. He played well. He’s a good golfer; the only issue he struggled with was his play around the greens. For everyone, the area around the greens was difficult. NeSmith is a golfer who will benefit from playing at a shorter course. He’s accurate off the tee but doesn’t have deadly length. If he plays how he played last week, he will be in contention this week.

Beau Hossler ($6,900): Hossler is a golfer who was added to the field due to the Koepka withdrawal. He won’t model out well because his game is spotty and doesn’t fit every course. He’s a lot like Tony Finau. He’s long of the tee but often sprays his tee ball. He will benefit the most with the shorter holes where he will be forced to club down. It’s incredible how he’s a 53% guy off the tee yet still hitting 65% of GIR. Imagine how his GIR percentage will jump out here. At this price, it’s worth

Brad Thomas

Brad is a sports handicapper who is lucky enough to write about his true love; sports. "We may all root for different teams, but our objective remains the same… Beat the books! Remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint." Follow Brad on Twitter @MrBradThomas.