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Fantasy Golf: Showdown Spotlight Round 2 John Deere Classic (FREE)




Jason Rouslin previews the Houston Open and picks for your DFS Lineups!

This column a quick hitter article, to give you the stats you need to make informed decisions for your fantasy golf, PGA DFS lineups, and give you a couple of recommendations.

DraftKings is offering 10K to first place for tomorrow’s Round 2 slate.

Tournament Update: Round 1

Scoring was bountiful, as expected with a total of 154 birdies were made on the day. Roberto Diaz late in the day got it to nine under and took a two-shot lead over a couple of golfers. It was a career low for him.

  • Scoring Average:
    • 69.46 or -1.56

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Round 1 Commentary 

A stellar all-around performance from Roberto Diaz, he’ll likely remember it for quite some time. He gained 5.1 strokes tee to green and another five with the short game, 2.5 coming from the putter, so everything was clicking. Adam Long and Russell Henley also gained over four strokes tee to green, and at least one stroke putting as well, and sit just two back.

MY GUY Colin Morikawa finds himself in second place in the pivotal SG BS vs. SG P category, behind Chase Wright. Collin, however, gained 2.5 strokes tee to green, 1.61 one of that coming from his ball striking, but lost almost three strokes with the putter. Yikes. Not something you like to see from a top priced golfer. John Catlin, Josh Teater, and Brian Stuard round out the top 5 in said category.

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Round Two Showdown Picks 

*Focusing on golfers outside the top-10.

Stud Pick

Matthew Wolff ($9,500) 

I’m going to go right into it here, and ride this wave. He played a bogey-free round, and looked good tee to green again. This type of course, is made for him, and hey listen he hasn’t qualified for The Open yet because last week was not an Open qualifying event. This week is though. I’m sure he’d love to go play in his first Major as a pro coming off of back-to-back wins.

Value Pick

Doc Redman ($7,200)

So Doc has his Open invite sewed up, but not his PGA Tour card, and its vice-versa for Wolff. Funny how that works. Anyway, if Zach Sucher weren’t’ in the top-10, he’d be in this spot as he looks to be back in form, but we will stay true to the article and talk about Doc. Doc looked good everywhere except around the green, which isn’t usually like him. He ended up losing almost a stroke from that category, and I’m willing to gamble that that doesn’t happen again.

Sneaky Pick

Beau Hossler ($7,200)

Beau ended up being close to a core play for me this week, and he didn’t let me down on Thursday. He gained 1.3 strokes tee to green, that same 1.3 strokes ball striking (he was even on around the green) and gained over a stroke with his putter. We know he’s got the talent, but since that runner-up finish to Ian Poulter last year, it’s been tough sledding. It looks like he’s trending in the right direction so I’ll hop aboard again.

Lineup Fill-Ins 

Viktor Hovland ($10,200)

Bud Cauley ($8,000)

Brice Garnett ($7,000)

Jhonttan Vegas ($7,400)

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