It was a mixed bag last week with a couple of our expensive guys letting down the squad, but now it's time for the Memorial Tournament and a STACKED field to sink our teeth into.
We're all familiar with Muirfield Village after last week, and clearly, the key statistic to focus on is ball striking. This dovetails nicely into my first pick, as leading the lineup this week is the greatest iron player in the history of the game: Tiger Woods.
The five-time winner at the event is the best ball striker in the field, and nobody will tell me any different. More importantly, we get him at a course he loves for a steal of a price of just $9,000.
The long layoff doesn't worry me in the slightest either, as last year he took time off, rocked up at the Zozo, got off to a nightmare start and still buried the field for his 82nd tour win.
As a side note, this stat that emerged after Morikawa's victory last Sunday is still difficult to fathom:
Pure greatness and 83 is on the cards this week.
At a slightly higher price, I'm taking Xander Schauffele. Another elite ball striker who notched a top-20 last week and refound his iron game, gaining over five strokes over the field for his approach play. A nice warm-up for this week.
I'm expecting a top-10 at the minimum from X.
My next two plays are in the mid-8k range and of course, features Abraham Ancer. With form of 14-2-11 since the restart, the Mexican arrives rested to a course tailor-made for his prodigious ball striking. For his last 12 rounds, Ancer is third in this week's field for strokes gained tee to green, so combine that confidence with this swag...
...and you have a recipe for success.
The other man in the mid-8k range is one of the worst betting prospects but also one of the best DK plays: Tony Finau.
Don't expect a W from Finau but a top-10 is very realistic. The American is a good fit for Memorial, and though it was just a practice round on his home course, last week he fired a sub-60 round. That's got to give him confidence, right!?
In the upper 7k range, Joaquin Niemann gets the nod for the second successive week. The Chilean netted a respectable T31 finish at last week's event, but there's reason to expect improvement. At the Workday Charity Open, Niemann had his second-best week with his irons since his victory at the Greenbrier last year. At $7,900, the wonder kid is a must roster at the Memorial.
Finally, my two picks near the bottom of the board are both priced at $7,200. Keegan Bradley is a straight forward call. Solid, reliable on courses that require good ball striking and he did well for us last week with a top-40 finish (where he LED the field for strokes gained approach).
That's enough for me to keep my trust in Bradders.
The other is a little riskier, but the upside is huge. Kevin Na has been complaining of back issues recently and highlighted it this week on social media...
But that didn't stop him claiming a top-5 finish at the Travelers, and just like Ancer, Muirfield is a great fit for him. He nearly won here a few years ago, and if the back holds up, we could be looking at the best value player in this week's field.
One and Done Pick:
Alternate One and Done Pick:
7 Best Value Draftkings Picks:
Tiger Woods $9,000
Xander Schauffele $9,200
Abraham Ancer $8,500
Tony Finau $8,300
Joaquin Niemann $7,900
Keegan Bradley $7,200
Kevin Na 7,200