2017 Travelers Championship – June 22nd – 25th

Although some players get a week off after majors, there is no bye week in the DFS golf world, so onto the Travelers Championship we go. TPC River Highlands, which sounds like a place from Braveheart, is the course where players will battle it out this week in Connecticut. Back to the traditional top 70 and ties cut rules, and normal shot tracker after dealing with the USGA’s brilliance of having golfer’s headshots covering the shots on holes adding to the tilt of wondering where you guys ended up.

The Course

TPC River Highlands is a Par 70 layout and measures around 6850 yards which is basically 1000 yards less than Erin Hills from last week. Scoring should be good, so birdie makers will have the advantage as usual, but this course has shown that different types of players can win this event. Bubba has two wins here and the defending champ is Russell Knox, which shows the wide range of what we are dealing with. Course seems to have easy to hit fairways and slow greens, so targeting the guys who can dial it in with the approaches seems like the way to go. Lot of bunkers around the green so ability to scramble never hurts, but I mostly want guys who can hit a ton of greens and set themselves up with plenty of birdie looks.

The Field

This is a decent field, which is surprising the week after a major. Rory, Day and Spieth headline, but there are plenty of players from last week who made the trip over to CT. Plenty of regular PGA tour players who had last week off fill out the field, but it certainly could be weaker than what we have listed.

Recap

Took a little vacation to Colorado last week so I sweated the US Open from the Rocky Mountains. Like most it was damn hard to survive all the landmines and after Thursday it seemed my recent heater was coming to a crashing halt. Managed to get one 6/6 thru in the $333 which only had 17 6/6’s total and was sitting in 2nd after Friday and 4th after Saturday so I thought I was primed to make a run. Sunday was a complete swing and miss it could not have gone worse and I got passed by some 5/6’s and finished 9th. Still it was enough to help me grind out the slimmest of profits which is a win considering I had a Thunderdome team that had 1 guy make the cut.

Happy for Koepka, he deserved it even though I really could have used anyone else winning. As always, it is fun to roster Paul Casey for about 36 holes and then have to suffer and watch it all fall apart come the weekend, but I am used to it by now.

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Targets

Top Priced

Rory McIlroy (11.6k DK, $18.5k FDraft) – Like a few guys he burned a lot of people last week coming in rusty and not looking good at all. Yes, I know I am one of the many who play Rory was too much, but I am not kicking the habit and like this spot for him. Honestly wish he was even more expensive to suppress ownership a little, but with Day and Spieth in this field it should not be outrageous. Was pretty surprised to even see him in this event, which hopefully means he is motivated to get back on track with a win this week.

Paul Casey $9.7k DK/$16.5k FDraft – Last week was setting up for the true Hollywood movie ending with Casey leading my team to victory in the $333, but then life set in and he crumbled on the weekend. Still, he is stringing together quality showing after quality showing and this is a place where he has had success. Crushing it with approaches and with putting possibly being somewhat mitigated due to slower greens that may be the equalizer Casey needs to finally string four good rounds together.

Brandt Snedeker $9.4k DK/$16.1k FDraft –  Sneds was the only guy on my best team last week to play well on Sunday and he seems to be back healthy after the wrist caused some problems earlier this year. Not spectacular off the tee, and relies on the putter which is not something I think will be key this week, but I am still jumping on Snedeker as he should continue his solid play and could contend this week at a course that does not demand length off the tee. Reed is sitting right about him , and is rounding into form so I do not mind him in the same range if you prefer taking a shot with the Ryder Cup hero.

Mid-Range

Kyle Stanley $8.6k DK/$15.3k FDraft – He almost got cut as the massive chalk two weeks ago, but ended up scoring a ton and not hurting lineups. Still I think he will not reach those ownership levels this week with the guys in his price range, but he is still producing and contending basically every time he tees it up. Elite with the irons which is a huge plus this week and is scoring well this year so paying off the price tag should not be a problem.

Jamie Lovemark $7.7k DK/$13.7k FDraft – Considered him last week and ended up with some, but wish I had more as he played solid and was in contention for a little before fading. Mid-range price, but seems to be trending in the right direction and is primed to finally break thru and get a win. Fantasy Draft price is awfully appealing and still gives you plenty of flexibility in roster construction.

Anirban Lahiri $7.5k DK/$13.2k FDraft –  Anytime you roster this guy you are in for a sweat so tread lightly and do not use in cash. Last time we saw him he was on fire at the Memorial and seems to have his game in a nice spot and trending upward. Elite birdie or better percentage and good with the mid-range irons which can be a key factor at this course puts Lahiri in play in GPPs.

Lower Priced

Charley Hoffman $7.3k DK/$15.5k FDraft – Was in contention at Erin Hills and somehow his price is basically the same on DK in a field way less talented. Solid course history with a runner up in 2012 and three other solid showings in recent years makes Hoffman squarely in play. Excels tee to green which is what we want and has the upside to blow that price out of the water and contend come Sunday.

Byeong-Hun An $7.1k DK/$14.8k FDraft – Missed the cut last week, but besides that has been a cut making machine and is priced way below his talent. Cash game staple and think he brings some upside if his putting can respond as his iron game is legit. DeLaet is at the same price who is definitely a GPP only option, but someone I will consider as well.

Kevin Na $6.9k DK/$13.5k FDraft –  Not sure I have rostered Na this year, but his stats grade out as one of the best in this field. Coming off a respectable 32nd place at the US Open, and at a price sub 7k I like Na as a salary relief sneaky play. With basically no course history in recent years and minimal recent form his ownership should be sub 5% so I think having 10-15% exposure will easily give you more than enough Na if you are looking to take a shot in this range.

Fades & Notes

Lucas Glover – Bentgrass and Glover do not mix, so I will be underweight against the field. Recent form and course history are both a little spotty which is adding to the case to fade Glover this week.

Good luck everyone!

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