DraftKings Picks for The Players

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

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DraftKings picks for the week

Sorry but we were going to have a Golfstats game this week, but I just couldn’t pull it off and it’s got to wait for another week

So how did I do last week?
Again I had a good week except for that one player that missed the cut. I¬†was very surprised to see Kevin Kisner miss the cut. The sad thing about it, for the year he had only missed one cut and that was back in November at the RSM Classic so for me Kisner’s timing was not very good. I also had some bad luck in my pick of Jon Rahm, who was in the lead on the closing holes but after making birdie at 12 he played his last six holes in one over. Really frustrated that he went all out to get a tie by making eagle on the final hole that he was disappointed after missing the chip shot and wasn’t able to make a birdie that would of given me a share of 2nd. So Rahm finished 4th, Bob Tway had a great week and finished T-5th and then my other three just didn’t play well over the weekend. After opening with a 67, J.B. Holmes shot 73, three times to finish T-36th. Brian Gay was in the running going into Sunday, but shot 77 to finish T-52nd and Daniel Berger was pretty consistent with a round of 71 and three 73s to finish T-36th. So I played 4 games for a total of $57 and won $86. But the weekend play wasn’t kind for me, I kept Holmes and Rahm, added Brian Harman but despite him winning it wasn’t good enough as by three picks of Luke List, Francesco Molinari and Xander Schauffele. I played seven games at $43 and was a loser, so despite winning the $86 on the regular game I was a $14 loser for the week.


Picks for the Players Championship.
Big week on the PGA Tour, it’s the biggest week for the Tour as they play their marquee event. Everybody loves the course and we all know it’s going to be a great week. Everyone is playing, 48 of the top-50 ranked players and 76 of 100. Of course Dustin Johnson is the most expensive player at $12,000 followed by Rory McIlroy at $11,200, Jordan Spieth at $10,800, Sergio Garcia at $10,200, Jason Day at $10,000 and Hideki Matsuyama at $9,700. Of course have to think that Johnson will be there on Sunday and I feel a shoe in for at least a top-ten finish. I also like McIlroy and Garcia and tried for figure out how I take both Johnson and Garcia. That is very problematic because by taking the two of them you eat up $22,200 of your $50,000 and are left with $27,800 to pick your next four. Now another person I wanted was Francesco Molinari at the cheap price of $7,700 but I just couldn’t squeeze three guys at $20,100. I saw both Alexander Noren and Bernd Wiesberger at $6,800 but by taking those two I was left with $6,500 which was the lowest that 19 players cost but none of them was worth the gamble. So it was back to the drawing board, the first player I dropped was Molinari and with that could take Martin Kaymer at $7,300. Not a bad choice since Kaymer won the Players in 2014 and for the year on both the European and PGA Tour has made ten of ten cuts with a pair of 4th place finishes at Abu Dhabi and Honda. I still wanted Molinari instead of Kaymer and that meant I had to lose Garcia or Johnson. I kept Johnson and reluctantly dropped Garcia for Matsuyama at $9,700. He has had a great year and has three top-25 finishes in three starts including a T-7th last year. So I was left with $7,000 and picked Cameron Smith at $6,900. He is a really great player, the one thing I like he is from Australia and plays well in wind, it’s going to be a windy week at Sawgrass so I am comfortable with him. I like Wiesberger who has played good of late but in two starts has struggled a bit in this event. Also a bit worried that both Smith and Noren as Players rookies. Still feel that the six will be strong and all will make the cut and will get great performances out of Johnson, Matsuyama and Molinari.
So here are my six picks for the week:
Dustin Johnson at $12,000
Hideki Matsuyama at $9,700
Francesco Molinari at $7,700
Cameron Smith at $6,900
Alexander Noren at $6,800
Bernd Wiesberger at $6,800

Now the European Tour is playing in Portugal but honestly I couldn’t grasp a field in which the most expensive players are Ricardo Gouvela, Trevor Fisher, Paul Lawrie and Aaron Rai. Picking through this mess is just too tough and since the Players is such a great event will not play the European Tour this week.

So who did you pick this week?




  1. Micahel M says

    Hideki in my one and done league. Need a win.

  2. Hideiki is a good pick, took him in my DraftKings six picks

  3. Hi,
    I see you like Noren for your weekly picks and DraftKings. Do you think he can win it?

  4. Really like Molinari this week.

  5. Sorry guys for being late, had a family issue in which had to drive the family from Washington D.C. to Quincy, Illinois on Wednesday, which took 17 hours. Just hate these drives but to fly four with no pre-purchase is over $2,000.
    To answer your question, I don’t think that either Noren or Molinari have the fortitude to win, but I think they can contend and have a top-five finish.
    In looking at the leaderboard at 11am on Thursday morning seeing that both of them are playing very well and are in the top-ten mid-way through there first round, also shocked that Day is 5 under through 11. Again always have to be careful on players like Day because they can turn it around on a dime. Still don’t think that Day will win, but he is on pace for a great finish.

  6. Surprised you didn’t find Stanley, all the stats info you posted earlier in the week pointed towards him having this week. I never would of stumbled on him without the stats info provided, he is top in the field in SG tee to green.

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