Written by: Phillip Beneteau – Staff Writing Intern (@Fantasyphilled)
Key Stats: Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green, Strokes Gained: Putting, Birdie-or-Better %, Par 5 Scoring.
Dustin Johnson ($12,500)
As most of you know, I usually tend to fade the top players since usually I feel you can make up on the field by choosing a slightly cheaper option who could do just as good. This week, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day are high and away the two most expensive players on DraftKings. If I am choosing one of these two guys, I will be choosing Johnson. He is absolutely crushing the competition these days as Johnson has five straight top 10s, including the back-to-back wins. He will be able to crush the ball here and he will also be making some eagles on those Par 5s which is going to give you plenty of DraftKings points.
Matt Kuchar ($10,600)
The last two years that the Canadian Open has been played at Glen Abbey, Matt Kuchar has finished 2nd and 7th. His game fits very well for this course since he is extremely consistent and should be another great staple in cash games. My problem is that you wouldn’t be surprised if Kuchar won, but you wouldn’t be surprised if he just maanaged a top 15 without any chance of even winning. He is always a highly owned player, which makes him more of a cash game play. When he is the third most expensive player, you are expecting more than a top 15.
Emiliano Grillo ($8,500)
I am going to continue riding this narrative until Emiliano Grillo finally gets a win this year! Grillo has three top 12 finishes in the last four events. Last year he managed a 22nd place finish and his key stats are top 10 here among players in the field. I am putting some money on Grillo to win this week, so fingers crossed he can help my DraftKings lineups out at the same time!
William McGirt ($7,700)
He is a the poor man’s version of Matt Kuchar for me this week as he is very consistent. In the last two years that the Canadian Open has been played at Glen Abbey, McGirt has a 2nd and a 34th. He finished 9th at the RBC Heritage a couple months back, and while having an RBC sponsor doesn’t mean that the course are the same, there are some corrolations between the two. McGirt is ranked 31st in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and 26th in Strokes Gained: Putting. I can definitely see a top 15 finish for McGirt who I feel is slightly too cheap on DraftKings pricing this week.
Sam Saunders ($7,100)
Sam Saunders seems to be rounding into form with his current three cuts made streak. He has finished 34th, 21st and 8thin the last three tournaments, as well as he will not be dealing with the jetlag from last week’s Open as he played in the Barbasol Championship. Saunders has good course history on Jack Nicklaus designs and will make for a great value play this week.
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