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Last week only one of our player’s missed the cut, so it was a good week for the picks, and one we’ll try to emulate going forward. This week the tour heads to Habour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head, a small coastal golf town/village in South Carolina where the RBC Heritage tournament is played. The course is very serene and the coastal setting makes it a great venue for the players to challenge their games on. The field is always quite good considering it comes right after the Masters and it’s interesting to see how the players react after the letdown that is inevitable after a major ends. The course itself is a par 71 and plays at around 7100 yards. It is shorter than most courses the players have played recently, but Habour Town is a course that can’t really be overpowered. It has small greens that give the player’s fits and is a fitting test that always seems to produce some drama on the last hole.
The course this week is very unique and the golfer’s that have a strong history at the event should be given extra weight. Given the small nature of the greens, I view proximity to the hole as one of the main stats that should help you determine some potentially high scoring DFS players. As well, scrambling and strokes-gained putting should both be crucial stats to focus on this week. Missing the green is a given at Habour Town and so if you can get up and down consistently, you will have a major edge on the field. Many of the past winners of this event are also some of the best scramblers and putters on tour in the past decade or so.
DraftKings Picks: RBC Heritage
Top Shelf (10k and above)
Zach Johnson (10900): Zach Johnson is typically a player who gets hot for certain stretches of a season and, as a result, can become a very good and consistent fantasy player. Johnson had his best finish at Augusta since he won there in 2007 and showed some of his best form on the year. Johnson has an accurate wedge and driving game and for all intents and purposes, sets up beautifully for success on this course. He’s gone 9-20-9 in his last three starts on tour and I expect him to possibly be better with a top 5 this week.
Ian Poulter (10000): Poulter was one of the best players at Augusta over the weekend as he shot a pair of 67’s to vault him up to a tie for 6th. Poulter has gone through a kind-of rebirth this season and he looks like a very quality player at the moment and one who might be primed for his first win on the season. Poulter ranks very solidly in almost every statistical every area I am looking at this week stat wise, and even though he doesn’t have a long history at Habour Town I feel like the course will set up for him extremely well. I won’t be shocked at all if Poulter walks away with the hardware this week.
Second Tier (8000 to 9999)
Webb Simpson (9200): Webb Simpson is the type of player who can really get you a lot of points for fantasy golf if he plays well. Simpson typically thrives on par 70 or par 71 golf courses that favour accuracy and ball-striking more than length and he has been known for posting some low scores on these courses as well. He finished 2nd at this event in 2013 and for all intents and purposes it suits his game. I think people may be off Webb a little this week but he had one of his best finishes ever at Augusta last week and has played quite well overall in 2015. Webb is one of the best ball strikers in the field and I think he’ll be one of the players to possibly rise to the top come Sunday. I’d find a place for him in some lineups this week.
Charley Hoffman (9400): Hoffman is coming off one of his best major performances to date in his career, and his best ever finish at Augusta. Even better is the fact that Hoffman, who has now been in contention in both of his last two events, now comes to Habour Town where he has posted two top ten’s in his past five visits. I expect that Hoffman will be a popular play this week given his recent play and why not. He’s won on equally windy courses before, including recently year down in Mexico. I won’t be shocked if Hoffman once again is in contention come Sunday. He makes for a great cash game play for fantasy golf this week.
Russell Henley (9100): Henley is a fantastic young player who has already won twice on tour in his young career. Henley’s been on a roll of late. He led the field in greens in regulation at the Shell Houston Open where he finished in fourth, and then followed that up with a 21st at Augusta last week, his best finish ever there. Henley’s game seems taylor-made for Habour Town as his low ball flight allows him to cut through the wind better than most. Right now Henley is ranked 13th in strokes gained putting on tour and with putting possibly being at a premium this week I think Henley’s chances for a win this week are very good.
Third Tier (6000 to 7999)
Brandon de Jonge (7900): de Jonge is one of the more consistent players on tour, but he really thrives in certain types of venues. He nearly won his first event earlier this year at the Seaside course, another wind-exposed golf course that favours accuracy over power. Additionally, he has a solid history at Harbour Town having made the cut in 5 of his last 6 visits. I would venture to guess that de Jonge will be well rested after his week off and probably hungry to once again chase his first win on tour. He’s an accurate driver of the ball with good approach proximity and someone I think makes a great fantasy play based on consistent performance of late and great history at this event.
Russell Knox (7300): Russell Knox is another good young player who also seems to thrive where distance is not as big an advantage. Knox came to Habour Town for the first time last year and promptly finished 9th. That result should not be viewed as a fluke since Knox has the perfect game to succeed on this course. Knox is an accurate driver and can also be very accurate with his irons. He currently ranks 10th overall in proximity to the hole and also ranks quite highly in driving accuracy and strokes gained putting. Knox has had a couple weeks off now and I expect he will come into this event ready. At his price he’s one of the best value plays on the board as he offers consistency and the opportunity to land you a top finish.
Brendon Todd (7000): My other player in this range that I think has massive upside is Brendon Todd. Like many of the players already mentioned, Todd’s game seems built for Harbour Town. Todd ranks 9th in scrambling and 18th in proximity to the hole and he’s been known to be one of the most consistent putters on tour as well. Todd did not have a good Masters, but when you dig a little deeper and you see over the past two years or so, Todd has never missed two cuts in a row. Also, he’s tended to bounce back from a missed cut with a great performance. In fact, Todd’s win last year came off the heels of a missed cut. I think Todd is a player who could really land fantasy players a nice score this week and at his price I would recommend him for cash and gpps alike.
John Huh (6700): I’m hoping most people will forget about John Huh this week. Huh has played very consistent golf so far in 2015 and now gets to play on a course that suits his abilities to a tee. Huh is a very accurate driver of the ball, but he actually ranks in the top 20 in both scrambling and putting this year as well. Last year Huh finished third at Harbour Town in only his second appearance. What makes me like Huh even more this week is the fact that he has now made his last 5 cuts on tour and also landed two top twenty finishes in that span. The stats and his finishing trends suggest that Huh is priming for a big week/finish soon, we may see it happen this week.
Ben Martin (6200): Ben Martin is a streaky player, but when he is on he can be DFS gold. Martin won his first event earlier this year and actually came close to winning at Harbour Town last year, as he finished 3rd in only his second visit. Martin seems to have picked up his game as of late and he recently landed a fifth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Like Webb Simpson, Martin is a great ball striker when he’s on and can rack up low scores in a hurry. At his price, I like Martin as a speculative gpp play this week, he has good recent form and good course history.
Bottom Feeders (under 6000)
Spencer Levin (5000): Levin has really faded of late after his hot start to the year but I would not let that stop you from considering him as a punt for this week at Habour Town. Levin seems to love this track, having made the cut here in all 6 of his visits, including last year when he came to the event in horrific form. Levin’s strength is definitely his short iron play and accuracy and when he is on he can land you some birdies in bunches (always good for fantasy scoring). At his price, and with his great history at Harbour town, I’d be fine rolling the dice in some gpps to see if Levin’s recent break did his game any good.
Ben Crane (4400): Ben Crane is a player who from time to time can make for a very good fantasy play. This week he is priced very very cheap and it might be a good idea to take advantage. Crane is a very good putter when he is on and this course will suit his touch on and around the greens. Never a long hitter, Crane won’t be disadvantaged this week by his lack of length. In his last tournament Crane made the cut at the longer Shell Houston Open Course. I think he could replicate that feat this week and possibly lead to a great DFS value play.
Look for players with good course history this week to help you build solid lineups. Worry less about distance and more about finding players who have consistent all-around games who should be able to thrive at this unique course.