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The Winning Element: American Express PGA DFS Picks, Player Pool & Ownership Percentages

Jason Rouslin

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PGA betting picks for AT&T Pebble Beach with PGA odds and expert picks for outright winners and prop bets featuring Chez Reavie and Patrick Cantlay

All of my PGA DFS picks, and content is geared toward providing information that will help you with all your DraftKings and FanDuel daily fantasy golf and wagering decisions in the best way possible. This is the last of my week-long written material for the American Express, and now it’s FREE!

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I am primarily a GPP PGA DFS player and enjoy making 50 to 150 lineups, so the allocations I give out are likely not exact, but they are my target for the mass-entry GPPs. And so, if this is your first time reading it, let’s go over what you can find in it.

Article Index

  • Key/Legend
  • Last week recap
  • TV schedule and weather update
  • My entire player pool
  • Notes on the chalkiest players
  • #NarrativeStreet

Key/Legend

The following sections define who will play and what recommended allocation you should play them at:

  • Core: We will start with these golfers in every lineup. At least two from my core will be in every one of the lineups.
  • PFs: We all have our guys, and these are mine. They will be in the player pool at a minimum of 20%. I have seven, and they are quite common: Tiger Woods, Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth, Brian Harman, Collin Morikawa, Brian Stuard and, at times, Bryson DeChambeau. 
  • Chalk Zone: These golfers are expected to be the most popular golfers of the week. They are supposed to be widely owned, and so, in a massive GPP, a winning lineup likely won’t have more than one of the guys listed in this area.
  • Alternates: On the PGA Tour, alternates are lucky to get in the field each week. However, it happens all the time due to injuries. In this section, we’ll identify a few lineup alternates that can help fill a lineup and still provide some decent upside.
  • Recommended Allocation: The percentage of time said golfer should be in your lineups, or at least what we are advocating.
  • Projected Ownership: The percentage that the field will have said golfer in their lineups.
  • Variance: The difference between Recommended Allocation and Projected Ownership. A favorable variance gives you leverage.

Last Week’s Recap

You really couldn’t miss up top unless you went with Sungjae Im, and on DraftKings that’s exactly what I did. On FanDuel, though, I didn’t and had a lot of Joaquin Niemann and Webb Simpson, which help me get a 2.5x in the $333. I also had a decent player pool on FanDuel that included Chris Kirk and Matt Jones. That sounds like a lot of positive, and I like positive, so we’ll keep it that way. You can see the negative for yourself below.

Viewing (Sweat) Schedule

There is no PGA Tour live this week. Here is all we get:

Thursday-Saturday: 6-10 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Sunday: 7-10:30. Golf Channel

Weather

It’s Palm Springs and the desert; there aren’t ever any weather problems out here, and there aren’t any expected again for the next four days.


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Patrick Cantlay is the top-priced option this week with relatively high ownership, so that’ll be a little tough for me to get that much leverage. I’ll still play him as a core position, though. Both Brian Harman and Brian Stuard are also in play this week, with Harman getting plenty of allocation and Stuard a little less so. I’ll keep playing a bit of Will Gordon, but not as much this week.

PGA DFS Picks for the American Express

Total Player Pool: 69

Week-Long DFS Contests

DraftKings

  • One $555 Signature hole
  • 200 GPP lines

FanDuel

  • Three $333
  • 150 GPP lineups

Core Golfers

Matthew Wolff ($9,700 DraftKings/$11,000 FanDuel)

If you’ve been following along this week, you know by now I’m pretty keen on the 21-year-old. Even with his most recent interview (published here) where he talks about how he played too much golf last year and could be a bit rusty right now, it isn’t quite enough for me to come off of him. I mean, Xander Schauffele said the same thing before he finishing in the top five out at Kapalua after getting COVID. So I’m not trying to buy into the spoken words in this exact moment. With projected ownership around 7%, it shouldn’t take much more than 25% to get upside leverage on the field.

Scottie Scheffler ($9,500 DraftKings/$11,300FanDuel)

While he’s cheaper on DraftKings than Wolff, yet shorter in the odds to win market, Scheffler will carry a heavy ownership load this week. It’s tough to fade him given that this course does seem to set up quite well for him. His week out on Maui was so so, but that’s rather typical for a first-timer at the event. His ball striking was the problem, so that’s the concern for me a bit, but I still think I’d rather take the $7,000 savings with a little less ownership and eat the Scheffler chalk rather than the Patrick Reed chalk.

Abraham Ancer ($9,100 DraftKings/$1o,900 FanDuel)

Losing over four strokes in two days with his short game last week, Ancer could have been right there had he matched the field. But it wasn’t to be as the putter and around-the-green game were icy cold. Maybe this week, with smaller targets and easier green complexes, Ancer’s short-game will turn. If they do, he’s live to win.

Sam Burns ($8,300 DraftKings/$10,300 FanDuel)

His third time around the PGA Tour season, Burns seems to finally be finding the type of upper-end form we thought he had when he came out of college. The American Express has provided two decent paychecks, including a sixth place last year. He hasn’t played yet this year, and the last time we saw him he came in seventh almost 11 weeks ago, so there may be a bit of rust.

Cameron Davis ($7,700 DraftKings/$9,300 FanDuel)

Leading the field last week in strokes gained off the tee, Davis took an aggressive route everywhere he could. He should be able to do that again this week at both courses. Given his other stats, I don’t think a top-five is possible, and I think a top-10 might be stretching it, but his consistency and scoring ability (birdie or better rate) is always fruitful for DFS purposes.

Doc Redman ($7,500 DraftKings/$9,100 FanDuel) 

Since joining the tour, this young, talented golfer has been remarkably consistent given his path to the tour and his age. While he hasn’t won yet, he has only missed back-to-back cuts one time. His average finish after a missed cut is right around 20th, including the last two times, where he came in a tie for third and a tie for fourth.

Brendan Steele ($7,300 DraftKings/$8,800 FanDuel)

One of only a few golfers to gain in every facet of his game last week, Steele had a chance to win at the Sony for the second straight year. This year, though, I don’t think he lost it, not in my opinion at least. Na just played better on the back nine and got a tad luckier. I’m OK buying again at these levels.

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Gambles of the week ($7,000 and Below)

Nick Taylor ($7,000 DraftKings/$8,500 FanDuel)

After blistering out to the 36-hole lead, Taylor couldn’t keep pace as his approach game failed him over the weekend, losing a stroke. But his off-tee game remained good, and his putter also remained hot. If those continue into this week, then I see Taylor breezing through to the weekend and aiming for another top-20.

Max Homa ($7,000 DraftKings/$8,400 FanDuel) & Michael Thompson ($7,000 DraftKings/$8,500 FanDuel)

After his best finish of the year, a third at the 3M Open, Homa went on to miss three of the next four cuts. But since that bad stretch, it has gotten a lot better, making three of his next four, including the 12th-place finish at Mayakoba a month ago. Like we saw with Michael Thompson last week, accomplished players can provide great return if you guess correctly. That’s the fun of this game. I’ll try and guess correctly on Homa here this week.

For Thompson, it’s been a solid start to the season with back to back top 25s. Granted there were only 42 players in the field out on Maui, but he still was able to put up a ton of DFS points. If I have the $100 on FanDuel I’d take Thompson over Homa, if not I’m fine having Homa in that spot as well.

Camilo Villegas ($6,900 DraftKings/$8,100 FanDuel) 

Making the most of his situation, Villegas has been able to make four of his seven cuts and has just about seven starts left on his exemption. He is well on his way to gaining status back on the tour, having finished sixth at the RSM Classic. Villegas will need a couple of more of those to earn his card back. We just saw Chris Kirk do something similar last week, and we know that Villegas has popped form recently, especially with his irons. That should bode well for him here this week.

Akshay Bhatia ($6,500 DraftKings/$7,200 FanDuel)

That FanDuel price is so tempting, especially since we know Bhatia can do it. If he hadn’t made a cut or come in the top 10, I’d probably rather head to Joohyung Kim, especially on DraftKings. I will still do for the spots that I need a player this cheap.

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PGA DFS Chalk Zone: Listed by Salary

Key

O = Overweight
E = Equal Weight
U = Underweight

  1. Patrick Reed (E to U)
  2. Tony Finau (E to U)
  3. Sungjae Im (E)
  4. Kevin Na (U)
  5. Russell Henley (E to U)
  6. Patton Kizzire (E to U)
  7. Joel Dahmen (E)
  8. John Huh (E to U)

PGA DFS Fringe Players

* Likely to be in a higher-dollar lineup and 15-20% in GPPs. 

  1. Cameron Champ
  2. Adam Long
  3. Si Woo Kim
  4. Emiliano Grillo
  5. Charles Howell III
  6. Aaron Wise
  7. Peter Malnati
  8. Sepp Straka

PGA DFS Alternates (10-15% GPPs)

  1. Rickie Fowler
  2. Paul Casey
  3. Lanto Griffin
  4. Adam Hadwin
  5. Erik van Rooyen
  6. Gary Woodland
  7. Tom Hoge
  8. Chez Reavie
  9. Kevin Streelman
  10. Wyndham Clark
  11. Matt Jones
  12. Denny McCarthy
  13. Kramer Hickok
  14. Doug Ghim
  15. Akshay Bhatia
  16. Brian Stuard
  17. Kristoffer Ventura
  18. Mark Hubbard
  19. Austin Cook
  20. Maverick McNealy

PGA DFS Holes in One (1-5% GPPs)

  1. Ryan Moore
  2. Erik van Rooyen
  3. Alex Noren
  4. Talor Gooch
  5. Keegan Bradley
  6. J.T. Poston
  7. Richy Werenski
  8. Scott Stallings
  9. Harry Hall
  10. John Augenstein
  11. Luke List
  12. Aaron Baddeley
  13. Robby Shelton
  14. Sebastian Cappelen
  15. Ryan Armour
  16. Joohyung Kim

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Jason established his roots in the littlest state that could...Rhode Island. But after 29 years of bitter cold, and only being able to play golf 4 months a year, upended those roots and moved to Florida. Now two years later, Jason is a husband to Sarah and father of James as well as two Labradors (Choco and Bella) and he dedicates his time to serve as the lead of PGA content at Awesemo.com. In the time he is not diving into the PGA stats and covering this week's current tournament, you can find him researching and trading stocks, on the golf course, or somewhere hopefully lost in nature with his dogs guiding him along the way. Want to chat? Have a question about Golf/Stocks or anything else? Hop on twitter and give him a message @dfsgolfer23. You can also contact Jason by emailing [email protected].

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