Fantasy Golf Picks, Odds, and Predictions for the Dell Technologies Championship
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Love or hate his approach to the game, the science of golf is working for Bryson DeChambeau.
In just his second full season on the PGA TOUR, the Californian now has three titles to his name – including last week’s The Northern Trust, leads the FedExCup standings and has all but confirmed his spot in the US Ryder Cup team.
Bryson did things the hard way, having been photographed having a mini meltdown at the British Open as his swing deserted him.
But with physics, geometry and science on his side, we knew it wouldn’t be long before the 24-year-old was back in the winner’s circle.
The 2018 FedExCup is now down to its top 100 players for this week’s Dell Technologies Championship, which remember takes place from Friday-Monday to coincide with the Labor Day celebrations.
There’s just 70 places available at next week’s BMW Championship, so expect some to make a big move in Boston; Hideki Matsuyama (58), Ryan Moore (60), Daniel Berger (63), Jimmy Walker (68), Matt Kuchar (74) and Charley Hoffman (75) are all in differing degrees of danger of missing out.
And when making your draft, it may just be worth having in mind that the Dell Technologies Championship is the last event where the European players can earn Ryder Cup points.
Finally, for fans of omens, three of the past five champions at TPC Boston have actually gone on to win the FedExCup that year. Will it be four in 2018?
Tiger Woods of the United States during the final round of The Northern Trust FedEx Cup Playoffs on August 26th 2018 at The Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, New Jersey. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Last Week’s Fantasy Results
With our top-tier Jason Day falling to T20 on Sunday, we’re afraid our top Sleeper Pick Bill-Ho’s 3rd place finish just wasn’t enough for us at Ridgewood last week.
With such a stacked field DeChambeau largely flew under the radar last week but with the win he jumps up to an $8,700 price tag on DraftKings this week.
Now let’s see if we can pick some gems from this reduced field in Boston…
Bryson DeChambeau of the United States celebrates with the winner’s trophy after the final round of The Northern Trust on August 26, 2018 at the Ridgewood Championship Course in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
The 2018 Dell Technologies Championship Field
Nearly all of the top-100 will duke it out at TPC Boston, with Francesco Molinari the only player in the mix set to miss out.
Rory McIlroy, Wyndham Championship winner Brandt Snedeker, and Henrik Stenson, who holds the joint 72-hole record here, all make their FedExCup bows after varying injury problems.
The scrabble for points means there’s battles worth keeping an eye on throughout the leaderboard. Kevin Streelman is the current bubble-boy at 70 in the standings, with Tyrrell Hatton in 71st having plenty of motivation to break into the field next week and secure a berth in the Ryder Cup team.
Unless they produce a monumental performance, the Dell Technologies Championship could be the last event of the season for Kevin Chappell (88), Branden Grace (91), Russell Knox (93), Russell Henley (96) and Jason Dufner (100).
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Rickie Fowler stand on the first tee during the final round of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 6, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
This Week’s Course Preview
TPC Boston will host the Dell Technologies Championship for the final time this week.
Following a year off in 2018, the venue will return to the Tour in 2020 as it takes up hosting duties of the Northern Trust.
The Par 71 layout, which plays at 7,342 yards, was originally designed by Arnold Palmer, with a remodel from Gil Hanse and Brad Faxon following in 2007. The changes haven’t affected the winning score required, however, with Stenson carding the joint-best of -22 in 2013 and the last three champions getting over the line in -17, -15 and -15.
It’s not a difficult track for the pros – Justin Thomas made just two bogeys in his 2017 outing – nor is it one with many distinguishing features, although there have been changes of late. The fourth hole is now a driveable Par 4, the twelfth has been increased by 50 yards and the eighteenth was modified to try and make the closing stretch more difficult. The green has been halved in size and elevated, but even so it still remains one of the easiest holes on the layout.
The Bentgrass greens will run quickly at around 12 on the stimpmeter, while the rough is fringed with thick fescue grass.
The signature par three 16th during the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship on September 4 at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Weather Forecast for Norton, MA
It’s a week of two halves in Norton, Massachusetts.
From Monday to Wednesday, the forecast suggests its going to be very hot – up to 97 degrees in fact – with lots of sunshine.
But those predictions suggest something of a change in time for the first tee on Thursday. Scattered thunderstorms are expected to sweep in through the morning, bringing heavy rain and a noticeable downturn in temperature – with the mercury falling to 75 degrees.
Things should improve on Friday and Saturday, with sunny spells and cloud and wind speeds of around 10 mph.
On Sunday there is the possibility of further rain showers, which could soften conditions in time for a titanic finale.
Last Year’s Results from The Dell Technologies Championship
A weekend blitz from Justin Thomas was enough to fire him to a fifth win of a stellar 2017 campaign.
He opened with a fairly average 71-67, but accelerate from there with a stunning 63 on Saturday which propelled him up the leaderboard to a share of the 54-hole lead with Marc Leishman.
Thomas posted a pair of birdies in the final seven holes on a fraught Sunday to take the title by three shots from Jordan Spieth, who had thrown the tournament wide open with a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie start on the final day.
Leishman had to settle for a share of solo third, with Jon Rahm and Paul Casey rounding out the top five.
Where to Play Fantasy Golf for The Dell Technologies Championship this Week
We’re edging into the meat of the FedExCup playoffs, and that is reflected in the quality and diversity of DFS contests available this week.
- PGA $700k Champ Series: With this series gamers have two choices: the ‘Mini’ event, which offers a $100k top prize for $6 entry, or the ‘Medium’ where you can clinch the same top prize but in a smaller field and with a $44 entry.
- PGA $50k Albatross: Another budget option is this single entry contest, where a top prize of $5k can be yours in a field featuring less than 5,000 players.
This Week’s Fantasy Notes for The Dell Technologies Championship
It would appear as if what you do off the tee at TPC Boston is almost irrelevant: Justin Thomas gave it a fair go 12 months ago, but only found 59% of fairways, so even with the fescue rough it is possible to retrieve the situation.
Don’t forget that the likes of Henrik Stenson, Billy Horschel and Steve Stricker have done well here too, so arguably being short off the tee is not an insurmountable obstacle.
As ever, Greens in Regulation is a key stat – Thomas found 71%, which hints at how well he scrambled – and in an ideal world finding the right portion of these fast, undulating surfaces helps.
As you might expect, putting is key on slick Bentgrass greens, and 10 of the last 12 champions have ranked inside the top-10 for Putting Average. Thomas ranked 12th last year, and so a hot flat stick is a good guide.
You could argue that TPC Boston is a ‘finisher’s course’, where a strong putting show, allied to scrambling and chipping, is key.
We really are into the meat of the season, where the prize money and prestige starts to crank up a few gears. The list of former winners here, including Thomas, McIlroy, and Stenson, are all class acts, and even the anomaly on that list – Chris Kirk – is a four-time PGA TOUR winner who has presented Team USA at the Presidents Cup.
Last year’s top-five consisted of Thomas, Spieth, Leishman, Rahm and Casey, and so really we would say that only the classy types need apply this week.
Our Top 5 (and Top 2 Sleeper) Fantasy Picks and Odds to Win The Dell Technologies Championship
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