PGA Punt Plays: Valspar Championship

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 in your lineup, it usually means your “Top 6” performed adequately.

Last Week Recap: Sooooo yeah. Vegas. He finished 20th. He did well at -6. That is all, unfortunately. Stone somehow found a way to miss the cut in a cut-less event by finishing 5th worst in the field. Lipsky was a more respectable +1 with a 48th finish. Uihlein went -1 in 37th and Wiesberger was -2 in 30th. You may have cashed fine if you plugged in Vegas and Hamburger and loaded up on studs like JT and Phil.

2018 Valspar Championship

Here we have another Par 71 with 7,340 yards that is said to test the world’s greatest Tee-2-Green players. This one has another big challenge with it’s own nickname: The Snake Pit ( 2 incredibly tough par 4s boarding the par 3 17th.  Sadly, my weekly “play him till he misses the cut” Rory Sabbatini is above the Punt Play cap of $12K for the first time, so he can’t be included, but I recommend playing him anyway.

Luke Donald – $11,800

Donald is the only one of my 5 this week who missed the cut here last year. With that said, he was 4/4 leading up to 2017 with an amazing back to back 4th place finish in 2013 and 2014. Looking at his missed cut, he was only 2 strokes behind. It wasn’t like he flat out tanked last year. Statistically, he ranks FIRST overall in both SG: SG and SG: P over the last 24 rounds on a Par 71. So yeah, load up.

Stewart Cink – $11,700

Cink is my #2 Mr. Reliable and since Sabby is over $12K, he is my safety blanket this week. Cink is on a Missed/Made Cut pattern every other year and 2018 is supposedly a missed cut year. He finished 27th here last year, 60th in 2015, and 14th in 2013. Superstitions aside, he ranks 1st overall in SG: APP, 10th in SG: BS, and 17th in SG: T2G.

Seamus Power – $11,400

Seamus hasn’t missed the cut here in the last 5 years. Granted, he has only competed here last year where he finished a respectable 27th place. He clocks in at 6th overall in SG: P, 16th in SG: SG, and 26th in SG: TOT. Last year he shot a 66 in the first round putting him alone at 5th place after Day 1.

Alex Cejka – $11,000

Cejka is also perfect in the last 5 years but only competed here in 2015 and 2017. He finished 14th here last year with a 68 on Day 1 and a 69 on Day 4. He ranks 12th in SG: TOT, 17th in SG: ARG, and 34th in SG: T2G.

Chad Campbell – $11,000

Soup Guy had the best finish here last year out of all 5 of these golfers at 11th place. He missed cut in 2016 but finished 24th in 2015. Last year he shot a 69 in each of the last 3 rounds, being one of the two golfers to do that. The other guy who did, Cantlay, finished 2nd. If he had a slightly cleaner Day 1, who knows what would’ve happened. He is 15th in SG: ARG, 28th in SG: T2G, and 43rd in SG: BS.

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



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, 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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