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PGA DFS: Make the Cut Cash Game Picks for the Safeway Open

Jason Rouslin

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Round 2 PGA DFS picks and fantasy golf showdown lineups for Genesis Invitational Friday 2/18/22

The purpose of this PGA DFS Picks article is to help you “Make the Cut” in fantasy golf. Life on the European and PGA Tour can be grand but only if you make the weekend, and not coincidentally, the same goes for DFS Golf. The more golfers you have that Make the Cut, the better chance you’ll have at scoring more points. Simple. So, this article serves as a must-read for those playing cash games (50-50’s, head-to-heads, etc.) each week. Unlike GPPs, which are all about building unique lineups that focus on high upside and high variance plays, cash game lineups should be made up of safer plays.

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Contest and Fantasy Golf Lineup Strategy

Before we get into a recap, I think it’s essential to set the stage on how I attack cash games. I like to limit my bankroll to nothing more than 25% of my yearly roll, which this year candidly, I started with $10,000 in the “till.” So with that said, I invest upwards of $500 to $1000 in cash games. I will play a variety of head-to-head matches that include:

  • Randomly selected opponents at the and five-dollar level
  • Selected Opponents at the $10 $20 and $50 $100 levels.

I will run anywhere from one to four lines using the eight players from this article and maybe one or at the most two more. And I’ll put my “best” lineup in the single entry massive double contests at the $25 and $50 levels and will play one $215 winner take all three man as my “big” cash gameplay.

Recap of last week:

 

 

 

Safeway Open

Format

156-players Top 65* and ties make the cut.

Player Focus

*DK price listed first then FD

Favorite ($10,000+)

N/A

Secondary ($8000-$9000)

Collin Morikawa ($9,400/$11,000)

Eight events into his career and Morikawa hasn’t missed a cut and hasn’t lost strokes ball-striking yet. He’s also gained over three strokes ball-striking in four of those eight events, something that will land you inside the top 25 most weeks, if not higher.  His game, in my eyes, is very similar to Patrick Cantlay. Both have impeccable swings, controlled, rhythmic, and within themselves. I like the consistency that a swing like that yields, and have no problem paying mid $9,000 for either golfer in a given field.

His numbers have come down from the absurdly good stats we saw over his first couple of starts, but I think the regression is set in and we should see him settle into where he likely will be: a top-20-to-30 golfer in the world.

Emiliano Grillo ($8,800/$10,100)

He was a winner of this event back in 2015, when he knew how to putt, I guess. Last week was no different than what we’ve seen from Grillo over the past nine starts, losing strokes putting in seven of them. Four out of the last five events he’s lost more than 2.5 strokes total for the four days. Not good. However, the ball striking numbers are there. He has gained less than one stroke per round on average since the Honda in February. All we need is one good day putting Thursday or Friday, and we won’t have to sweat this guy making the cut. And maybe, just maybe, if he gets hot with the putter he could end up in the top 10, top five or possibly win.

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Harold Varner III ($7,800/$9,500)

Varner’s form has been simmering for what seems like quite a while now with the final grouping at the PGA and a very impressive showing at the Northern Trust. He comes off of a 19th-place finish two weeks ago, where he was in position for a much better finish, but couldn’t put four days of good golf together. He’s on the risky side for cash game play but has made four-straight cuts, not including the no-cut event at the BMW.

Doc Redman ($7,200/$8,200)

The irons remained hot last week for Redman, who gained four strokes over the four days. That has me intrigued for a guy whose rather long off the tee. He probably will end up somewhere in the top 50 this year. That should aid him here this week on a rather short course, but it’s his short game that will need to improve to get a better finish than the last two. Still, he’s put up 86 and 70.5 DK points in the last two weeks, without putting or chipping well, which has me even more confident in the play.

He may be a cut sweat, however.

Rounding out your PGA DFS cash lineups

Sungaje Im ($10,100) 

Abraham Ancer ($8,700)

Bud Cauley ($7,800)

Troy Merritt ($7,700)

*Want more info on this week’s event?! Join Ben Rasa & I tomorrow night on our Youtube Channel 9 pm EST!

Cheers,

Jason

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 four years later, Jason is a husband to Sarah and father of two boys, James & Myles. A dog and more specifically Lab lover (Bella), 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, at Disney World, on a hike, or somewhere in between. 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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