PGA Punt Plays: RBC Heritage

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:

Masters week was pretty good for my Punt Plays. Simpson and Walker both finished 20th at -2. Wiesberger was just a shot behind at -1 in 24th. Kaymer made the cut but sucked at +6 in 48th. As for Steele, yeah, he took a dump.

2018 RBC Heritage

Here we have a Par 71 that is only 7,100 yards, bringing the shorter golfers into play.

J.J. Spaun – $11,900

Highest finish last year of the Punts this week with a 6th place at -10. He had the 2nd best 3rd round here last year shooting a 66 (-5). 2017 was the first time he has competed here. Recent form for Par 71s that are 7100 yards with Bermuda greens is pretty good as well. He ranks in the top 40 in 7 different categories. The most notable are 17th in SG: TOT, 12th in SG: OTT, and 20th in SG: P.

Aaron Baddeley – $11,800

Aaron has hit and miss course history. He was 9th in 2016 but missed the cut here last year. He also made the cut in 2015 and 2013 but missed again in 2014. His recent form is also hit and miss. He is horrendous in his SG: BS and SG: OTT but is 6th overall in SG: SG and 3rd overall in SG: ARG. For a course that favors shorter players, the short game could come in handy.

Ben Martin – $11, 800

Martin was 3/3 on making the cut in the years leading up to 2017. Somehow, he found a way to miss the cut last year. He did finish 3rd in 2014, the best overall finish of any of this week’s Punt Plays. Martin’s recent form is why I think he is playable this week. His most notable stats are 19th in SG: BS, 21st in SG: APP, 27th in SG: TOT, and 37th in SG: P.

Sam Saunders – $11,700

Sammy was cut here in 2015/2016 before busting out an 11th place finish here last year. He had the 2nd best score in Rounds 1 and 4 here last year (65, 67). His 2017 performance gets him the nod this week as his only respectable stats are 17th in SG: P, 28th in SG: APP, and 40th in SG: SG.

Brian Stuard – $11,000

In Brian’s last 3 events here (didn’t compete in 2016), he has made the cut. In 2014 he finished in an impressive 5th place. Last year he made the cut but sucked to a 56th place finish. His recent form is just okay. 19th in SG: APP, 22nd in SG: BS, 34 in SG: P, and 44th in SG: OTT.

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

Written by Trevis Waters (@DFSKarmaTrevis) of DFSKarma.com

Trevis Waters

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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