Trevis’ PGA Punt Plays – 2018 U.S. Open

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:

Fabian Gomez – $11,500 – Finished 45th with an E

Chad Campbell – $11,700 – Finished 45th with an E

Scott Stallings – $11,300 – Finished 30th with a -3

Matt Every – $11,400 – Missed Cut

Ken Duke – $10,300 – Finished 45th with an E


2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Two of the last 3 years the US Open was played on this course was the year I was born and the year I graduated high school. To add on to the huge gaps of time, they have remodeled the course since the last time to make it around 400 yards longer. It has 12 Par 4s so Par 4 scoring is VERY important. It is a Par 70 at 7445 yards long with Poa greens. I will not be focusing on course history at all this week, just purely recent form on relative course builds.


Charles Howell III – $11,400

CH3 is my Punt of the week. He actually ranks #1 in total strokes gained. Not just for punts, for EVERYONE. He has a stunning 4 stats that all rank in the top 9 such as 8th in SG:T2G, 4th in SG: SG, 9th in SG: ARG, and 4th in SG: P.

Jhonattan Vegas – $11,100

Vegas comes in at 23rd overall in total stroked gained. 6 of his stats rank in the top 32 with the best ones being 26th in SG: BS, 25th in SG: T2G, 24th in SG: SG, and 11th overall in SG: OTT.

Scott Stallings – $10,400

Ah yes, a back to back Punt Play appearance for Mr. Stallings. Last week he made me proud and had the best finish out of my 5 Punts. The only thing that scares me slightly is the horrible 76th rank in SG: ARG. He has 4 stats ranking in the top 27th with his best one being 4th in SG: P. So around the green he blows, once he is on the green he rocks.

Chesson Hadley – $12,000 

19th overall in total strokes gained. He also has a single stat that makes me warry with his 70th spot in SG: OTT. He makes up for it with all of his other stats in the top 47 with an 18th in SG: SG, 24th in SG: APP, and an 8th in SG: P.

Richy Werenski – $10,200 

Richy had a phenomenal finish last week at the St. Jude Classic with a 4th place finish at -8. Riding that fire, we are attacking him this week. He doesn’t have too much recent history on similar courses, but for near minimum salary, I’ll take all of his stats being in the top 52. His best ones being 20th in SG: SG and 14 in SG: P. If you didn’t catch the theme yet, it’s that my Punts rock Poa.



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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