PGA Punt Plays: Valero Texas Open

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:

After a solid last few weeks, my Punts only went 3 for 5 on making the cut. All JJ Spaun had to do was make par or better on the final hole of Round 2 to make the cut andddddd he bogeyed it. Sam Saunders also missed, but by 2 strokes. He started off looking amazing in Round 1 too. Martin and Baddeley tied for 55th finishing E and Stuard at 67th who finished at +1.

2018 Valero Texas Open

TPC San Antonio is a Par 72 at 7435 yards with Bermuda greens. Cut last year was +1 and there was STILL 15 players that made the cut and finished +6 or worse.

Matt Jones – $11,800

Jones is a perfect 3/3 in the last 3 years in this event with his best finish coming last year where he finished in 13th place. Matt Jones has the recent form of someone who can potentially win this entire event. DFS scoring wise, he ranks 5th in my model in the last 24 rounds on Par 72s with Bermuda greens. He may have the best recent form of any Punt Play this season. It’s insane. He ranks 3rd in SG: TOT, 3rd in SG: T2G, 9th in SG: SG, 18th in SG: OTT, 2nd in SG: ARG. So yeah, I may throw a bet down for him to win because his odds would pay out well at +14000

Harold Varner III – $11,400

In the last 5 years, HV3 has only competed in the most recent 2, making the cut on both and having an impressive 9th place finish here in 2016. His recent form is decent as well. He has 5 stats ranking in the top 45 of the field. Two of them being 16th in both SG: BS and SG: OTT.

Daniel Summerhays – $10,700

Summerhays has the best course history of any Punt Plays this week as he is a perfect 5/5 here since 2013. Even better, 4 of the 5 finishes are in the top 13, 3 of 5 in the top 7, and twice he finished in the top 4. Danny’s recent form is all over the place. Some stats are awful, like 98th in SG: APP, while other stats are nuts, like 7th in SG: SG and 2nd overall in SG: P.

Bob Estes – $10,600 

Bobby boy had a HUGE gap of not competing here. He finished in 7th place in 2013, didn’t compete for the next 3 years, then comes back last year to finish a respectable 27th place. Bob’s recent form is great. He has 6 different stats in the top 19. Most notable are 5th in SG: TOT, 2nd in SG: ARG, and 1st overall in SG: SG. He also started off last year hot with a 68 and 69 in the first two rounds.

Steven Bowditch – $10,100

Bowditch has missed the cut here in his most recent 2 events he competed in. The last time he made the cut here in 2014, he won the whole dang thing. Besides him winning this event back in 2014, his course history is the worst of all this week’s Punt Plays. He is also minimum salary so he is a full-fledged Punt. Recent form is good with 4 stats coming in the top 43 with a 26th in SG: SG: and a 15th in SG: ARG.

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 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, 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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