Daily Drives - Deutsche Bank preview
August 26, 2014
By Daniel Dobish
The second round of the FedEx Cup playoffs is here, and the field should be 100. But with six players either not entering or withdrawing, there will be a 94-man field for this weekend's event at TPC Boston. Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia are resting, while Graeme McDowell and Paul Casey due to family reasons. McDowell welcomed a baby girl Monday, while Casey is next to join the parent club on Labor Day. Jason Dufner (neck) is also out due to a neck ailment, while Dustin Johnson (personal) is on voluntary leave due to personal issues.
DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP FANTASY PREVIEW
Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 - TV schedule
FRI - First Round (Golf Channel, 2:30-6:30p ET)
SAT - Second Round (Golf Channle, 3-6p ET)
SUN - Third Round (Golf Channel, 1-3p ET, NBC 3-6p ET)
MON - Final Round (Golf Channel, 11:30a-1:30p ET, NBC 1:30-6p ET)
-- The weather at TPC Boston will be beautiful during this upcoming holiday weekend. The tournament opens Friday with temperatures in the low 70s and a 0 percent chance of precipitation. For Saturday, the rain chance if just 10 percent, with temperatures flirting with 80. The third round will have some rather challenging weather, with temperatures soaring into the upper 80s and a 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms. A cold front passes through, and rain chances increase to 80 percent for the holiday.
BIG-TICKET ITEM (Salaries $18,000 and Above)
Henrik Stenson ($21950): Stenson caught fire last season in the FedEx Cup playoffs, and he is looking for a repeat this season. He has made the cut in 10 consecutive events, and he has shot 72 in 12 of his past 13 rounds. That includes an outstanding showing at Valhalla at the PGA Championship when he shot 67 or better in three of his four rounds en route to a tie for third place. He was also fourth at the U.S. Open. It seems when the stakes are highest, Stenson is at his best.
MID-LEVEL VALUES (Salaries between $16,000 and $17,999)
If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:
Bill Haas ($16900): Haas may have zero wins this season, but don't let that dissuade you from using him. First off, he has played 22 events - and made the cut in 22 events. That's impressive enough. But over the past three tournaments, including the PGA Championship, he has shot par or under in each of his 12 rounds. That includes a runner-up finish at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro. He has placed 35th or higher in nine of his past 11 tournaments.
Brandt Snedeker ($17200): Snedeker stunk it up at The Barclays last weekend, missing the cut and finishing 80th. Before that clunker, he had three straight finishes of 13th or better, and he had made the cut in nine straight events. Snedeker has placed 25th or better in seven of his past nine tournaments, and a rebound is not only likely at TPC Boston, but expected.
THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $15,999)
Jerry Kelly ($9850): If you want to squeeze in a few studs into your lineup, you are going to need a low-priced sleeper. Kelly has placed 38th or better in four of his past five outings, and he has made the cut in seven straight events. Kelly has also shot par or under in 16 of his past 20 rounds. There are a lot of high-priced DFS options who haven't been that consistent.
Daniel Summerhays ($10150): Like Kelly, Summerhays fits the bill as a low-priced sleeper, as he has made the cut in nine of his past 10 events, finishing 33rd or higher in four of his past six tournaments. Sure, he has managed just four finishes of 13th place or higher in 24 events, but he has also made 20 cuts. He is a steady contributor who offers salary relief.
Cameron Tringale ($12850): If you want to employ a high-low strategy, using three studs and three low-priced options, Tringale is a must-play. While he missed the cut at The Open Championship in mid-July, he has finished with two Top 5s over his past four events. Tringale has also placed 37th or better in five of his past seven events, including a runner-up last weekend at The Barclays.
Gary Woodland ($14400): Woodland struggled at Valhalla, failing to make the cut. But he has two Top 20 finishes over the past three events, and he has been 40th or better in 16 of his past 21 events entered. It doesn't get much more consistent than that, and he comes along with a tremendous price tag.
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