Fantasy Golf: Top DraftKings Picks for the Genesis Open

Fantasy Golf: Top DraftKings Picks for the Genesis Open 101

For about a month, the Genesis Open has been shaping up to be one of the best tournaments of the year. The field is stacked with eight of the top 10 players in the world, and a guy named Tiger Woods was expected to make his return to the event. Unfortunately, Woods has withdrawn with back spasms, leaving a lot of the sold-out tournament patrons disappointed, but this is still the most talented field of the year so far.

Riviera Country Club is host to the Genesis Open, formerly known as the Northern Trust Open. Riviera is a Par-71 course that plays close to 7,240 yards, making Driving Distance (DD) a key factor this week. Also playing into the DD stat is the fact that only about half of the fairways are hit by the field. As always, we will lean heavily on Birdie-or Better-Percentage (BoB%) when building our

Value Picks and Sleepers

Justin Rose ($8,400)

If you’re looking for value outside of Howell, Koepka, Holmes and Steele, Rose is a great place to start. The 12th-ranked golfer in the world has a runner-up and fourth-place finish so far this season, and was in contention last week until he stumbled to 39th on Sunday after shooting a 73. Now his price has dropped all the way to $8,400. Makes no sense, right? Well, we are going to call DraftKings’ bluff on this one. Although you can use good final rounds to better judge a player’s plus progress, you shouldn’t use bad final rounds to judge negative progress. The reason: even the smallest distraction can get your mind wandering (like playing in the final round at Pebble with an energized Justin Timberlake).

Rose is in great form after his back injury and he also has really good course history at Riviera; he’s finished 9th, 13th and 16th in the last 6 years. Last season Rose was great in three of our key stats, ranking 22nd in BoB%, 16th in driving distance, and 17th in Par 5 Scoring. He hasn’t missed a beat this season; he ranks 10th in BoB%, 17th in DD and 34thin Par 5 Scoring. Rose is a great play from the mid-salary range and needs to find his way into your lineups.

Francesco Molinari ($7,800)

Molinari is looking to put his stamp on the PGA Tour like he did with the European Tour. In his opening three PGA events this season, he placed 4th, 12th and 14th. Although his course history is a bit underwhelming (52nd, MC, 40th last three years), Molinari seemed to have improved the areas needed to contend at Riviera. A breakdown of his stats from last season to this season proves it:

BOB% BA Par 4
2016 139th 67th 114th
2017 9th 18th 3rd

Molinari is in great form and being priced around a group of well-known PGA players will keep his ownership down. Look for Molinari continue his great start to the season.

Others to Consider: Paul Casey ($8,600), Marc Leishman ($7,600), Harris English ($6,800), Adam Hadwin ($6,600), Geoff Ogilvy ($6,500)

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