PGA Punt Plays: Honda Classic

Welcome back to my newest edition here in FantasyDraft’s Locker Room! If you haven’t played a PGA contest on FantasyDraft yet, I’ll fill you in. You can roster 7 golfers. Only the top 6 scores are added to your overall score, thus the lowest score of the 7 golfers in your lineup is dropped and does not count against you at all. It doesn’t matter if it was your most expensive golfer that bit the dust and missed the cut (Spieth earlier this year), or if it was a minimum salary punt play that performed like minimum price players typically do. The salaries for PGA on FantasyDraft are also rather tight so you usually must have a relatively cheap or min. priced player to help roster one or two “favorites to win”.

With that said, the purpose of this weekly PGA article is to enlighten you to the best PGA Punt Plays for the week. The overall goal here is to find the cheap golfer that can make the cut and aide your roster in case one of your “Top 6” falter or miss the cut altogether. If you roster one of these suggested players and they are the lowest score on your lineup, it usually means your “Top 6” performed adequately.

Last Week Recap: Another let down. My PGA Punt Plays for the Genesis Open only saw one golfer make the cut with Luke Donald finishing in 37th place with a measly -1. A lot of chalk did well in this tournament, so chances are the 6 golfers that made up your core performed well enough to not worry about your Punted 7th spot.

2018 Honda Classic at PGA National

The Champions Course is a Par 70 at 7110 yards. As always, I look at the last 24 rounds played on Par 70 courses to derive any stats listed below. Golfers must be below $12,000 in salary to make this article.

Rory Sabbatini – $11,200

If you’ve been following my PGA Punt Plays all year you know that I have been on the Sabbatini train. He has not failed to make the cut in the last 4 articles that I included him, which were the last 4 events he has competed in. Well he is back to playing and thus back to the Punts. Course history isn’t amazing here with a 2/4 since 2014 with a MC in the last two years here. His best finish is 11th in 2015 here. Might this be the fall of good ole Sabby? I don’t think so. He has 4 stats in the top 50 of the field this week with his best being 27th in SG: T2G and the rest being 45th SG: BS, 46th SG: OTT, and 33rd SG: ARG. He will stay here in my weekly article till he misses, play that superstition card till it ends.

Luke Donald – $11,800

The Genesis Open was the first cut Luke has made all year which means he is on fire, right? He didn’t earn this spot by being my only Punt Play to make the cut, he is just a perfect 4/4 here since 2014. He was amazing in 2014 and 2015 with back to back top 8 finishes. His course history is enough to get him into this piece, but let’s look at the stats anyway. He has 5 stats ranking in the top 50 in the field with an eye-popping 6th overall in SG: APP. He also comes with a 24th in SG: SG, 28th in SG: ARG, 39th in SG: TOT, and 41st in SG: P. At the time of writing this article he is my favorite sub $12K Punt.

Sean O’Hair – $11,800

O’Hair is 4/5 here since 2013 having all 4 made cuts finishing inside the top 25. Of those 4 years, his best finish was last year where he came in 11th. Consistent much? Sean gets his way into this article based on the recent stats. He has SEVEN that fall into the top 50. More than any golfer in this article, as well as any almost every golfer under $12,000 in salary. He ranks 12th in SG: P, 29th in SG: TOT, 30th in SG: OTT and SG: SG, 33rd in SG: BS, 39th in SG: T2G, and 47th in SG: APP. So yeah, I have high hopes for him this week.

Wesley Bryan – $11,800

Since 2013, Bryan has never finished outside of the top 4! Granted his only year competing here was last year, where he finished 4th. He has the least course history out of all Punts in the last 5 years, but 4th place last year is still 4th place. He clocks in 4 stats inside the top 50, two of them being top 8. He is 6th in SG: P, 8th in SG: SG, 41st in SG: ARG, and 45th in SG: APP.

Scott Brown – $11,000

Joining Donald as a return Punt from last week, Brown is 3 for 4 here since 2014. He let us down big time at the Genesis Open. If there is one thing I’ve learned in my many years of DFS, it’s to not hold grudges. He finished 10th here in 2016 and his only MC came back in 2015. Out of all 5 of my golfers this week, Brown has the most fantasy points scored in the last 24 rounds played on Par 70 courses. Only 3 stats clock in the top 50 with 40th in SG: TOT, 41st in SG: OTT, and a 49th in SG: P. Stats aren’t flashy and course history is mediocre. In every event in 2018, a golfer I write about does amazingly decent the week AFTER I write about them, so that superstition applies here.

Stat Key

SG – Strokes Gained

SG: TOT – Total

SG: T2G – Tee to Green

SG: BS – Ball Striking

SG: SG – Short Game

SG: OTT – Off the Tee

SG: APP – Approach

SG: ARG – Around the Green

SG: P – Putting

MrFantasyGuru

MrFantasyGuru

Trevis has had a FantasyDraft account (MrFantasyGuru) even before the official launch of the site. He has also had well over a decade of fantasy sports experience and is a published fantasy sports writer with 3 books he hopes you don’t buy as they are now incredibly outdated. As a jack of all trades, he spends the wee hours of the morning teaching kids in China how to speak English, the afternoon working on all of the podcasts and free fantasy content you can find at ACKarmaSports.com, and the evenings filming for his movie review YouTube channel. Trevis is also the owner of Jasper the Dog, his lab/greyhound mix who became YouTube famous (and sponsored) for picking the March Madness bracket each of the past 4 years. You can find him on Twitter here @DFSKarmaTrevis

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