PGA Punt Plays – The Players 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 on your lineup, it usually means your “Top 6” performed adequately.

Last Week Recap: Back to back horrible showing for my punt calls, but a lot of chalk hit this weekend so I doubt you even needed to rely on one of the punts. 4/5 missed the cut. The sole saving grace was Vaughn Taylor who finished +1 in 42nd place. Onto the next!

2018 Players Championship

TPC Sawgrass is a Par 72 with Bermuda greens (Mini Verde greens to be exact).

Russell Knox – $11,800

In the last 4 years here, Knox is 3 out of 4 with his only miss coming here last year. The previous 3 finishes were 19th, 17th and 34th. Knox has amazing recent form for his salary, for the most part. He ranks 26th in SG: APP, 18th in SG: BS, 15th in SG: T2G, and 14th in SG: OTT. However, his short game and putting form are near the worst of the field.

Lucas Glover – $11,800

Glover missed the cut here in 2013 and 2014 and didn’t play here again until last year where he finished 6th. Glover has the best recent form of all my Punt Plays this week. Check this out: 11th in SG: OTT, 5th in SG: APP, 4th in SG: ARG, SG: BS, AND SG: TOT. Lastly, he ranks 1st overall in SG: T2G. His putting has sucked on Bermuda as of late though.

Martin Kaymer – $11,800

Kaymer is a perfect 5/5 here in the last 5 years with an amazing 1st place finish here in 2014. Kaymer is more of a course history play than he is a recent form play. He doesn’t have bottom barrel form numbers, but he also doesn’t have anything better than a 53rd in SG: SG.

Steve Stricker – $11,600

Steve didn’t compete here in 2016, but never missed the cut in the last 5 years that he did. His best finish was 13th in 2014. Stricker’s BS and APP are horrendous. However, he is 34th in SG: P, 24th in SG: ARG, and 16th in SG: SG. He also has the best odds to win the whole thing at +12000

Ryan Palmer – $11,300

Palmer’s course history is iffy. He had an impressive 5th place finish here in 2013. Made cut in 2014, missed in 2015. Made in 2016. Missed last year. If you are a person of patterns, he is going to make the cut this year. Palmer’s recent form is second best only to Glover. He comes in 27th in SG: T2G, 22nd in SG: TOT, 20th in SG: BS, and FOURTH best 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

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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