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Against the Grain: Contrarian Fantasy Golf Picks for The Memorial | DraftKings & FanDuel

Jason Rouslin



PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Rickie Fowler wins the Honda Classic on February 26, 2017, at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. (Photo by Michele Sandberg/Icon Sportswire)

For the second straight week, there are just 125 players in the field for this week’s Memorial Tournament. And based on last week’s 6-for-6 percentages, it should be higher yet again. Ownership won’t be as concentrated as last week, but there are still plenty of higher-owned golfers, and of course, those low-owned, against-the-grain fantasy golf picks. Last week the article feature was eventual winner Jason Kokrak, and we will look to make it back-to-back weeks for the first time in quite a while. Let’s jump into some of the best PGA DFS picks for DraftKings and FanDuel GPPs.

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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Golf Picks for The Memorial Tournament

$9,000 and Above

  • 14 Golfers

Fourteen golfers fit this category this week, as it seems the pricing points align well with how DraftKings prices the field. There is just shy of 200% ownership going to these 14 golfers, with a heavy emphasis on golfers in the mid- to high $9,000s. Viktor Hovland and Tony Finau seem to be trending towards the highest-owned golfers of the slate (outside of Kyle Stanley). Patrick Cantlay, after just one good start, seems to be a heavy target, with his ownership creeping back up towards the 20% mark. Hideki Matsuyama is trending around that number as well.

Then there is a slight drop-off to the likes of Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Corey Conners and Patrick Reed. All of them should be owned around 15%. That leaves five golfers, the four highest-priced on the slate and Scottie Scheffler, all of whom will be under 10% owned this week. The top four likely have a floor of 7% ownership, though, so it would not be a surprise to see one or two of them get over the 10%-owned number.

Top Against the Grain Fantasy Golf Picks

A case can be made for all four of the highest-priced golfers, but that’s an obvious statement given they are the best in the field. If forced to lean on one of them when building an aggressive lineup, the order would be Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy.

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Mid-Range ($8,900-$7,500)

  • 22 golfers

There is one fewer golfer this week, but there is around the same amount of ownership spanning them, about 240% total. Matthew Fitzpatrick and Louis Oosthuizen, fresh off their good major performances, are the most popular in this range, along with Keegan Bradley. All of them should touch that 20% mark. But none of them are trending to be as highly owned as Kevin Streelman, who has been in a great spot of form lately.

There is a bit less interest in Shane Lowry and Charley Hoffman, both of whom are trending up heading into this week. Cameron Smith will still get plenty of attention, and those three will be around 15% owned this week, as will Billy Horschel, Gary Woodland, Emiliano Grillo and Christiaan Bezuidenhout. After them, there are plenty of options under 10% in the PGA DFS ownership projections, including:

  • Sam Burns
  • Sungjae Im
  • Rickie Fowler
  • Adam Scott
  • Marc Leishman

Top Against the Grain Fantasy Golf Picks

From that list above, Rickie Fowler going back to his old putter and gaining some confidence with the top-10 at the PGA Championship is something to get behind for at least a week.

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The Rest ($7,400 and Below)

  • 85 golfers

With the invitational setting and only 120 players in the field, this section is a bit smaller. Just five of those 85 will be owned over 10% this week, and Stanley is getting the most buzz. A late add to the field and priced at $6,100, Stanley hasn’t missed a cut in his last five attempts. He also has two top-10s here in the last four tries. Everything is spelled out for a huge ownership number this week.

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Also getting plenty of attention will be Brendon Todd, Russell Henley, Matt Jones, Patton Kizzire, Lucas Glover, Doug Ghim, Carlos Ortiz, Matt Wallace and Russell Knox. Then there’s a massive drop-off to the 5%-owned range. A few names coming close to that mark include:

  • Aaron Wise
  • Sebastian Munoz
  • Harold Varner III
  • Talor Gooch

Of those, Talor Gooch has the highest-projected point total of the four at 55.6 points. Check out the full PGA DFS points projections.

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Yahoo! DFS PGA rankings for today will be posted at least a day in advance of any tournament. Looking for more Yahoo! PGA DFS picks and FanDuel PGA DFS picks? The Yahoo! DFS PGA projections, the PGA DFS showdown projections and the DraftKings PGA DFS ownership projections are made and used by Alex Baker, the No. 1 DFS player in the world.

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 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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