Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Humana Challenge: Write-Up and Picks/Value

Don't worry I haven't forgot about my faithful Fantasy Golf Times readers (thanks Mom!) I have done a full write-up with picks on DailyFantasyRadio.com. You can access these picks by clicking the image below or clicking right HERE! I will be doing the weekly picks for Daily Fantasy Radio and would love for you guys to check it out. I will continue to post potential lineups for Fantazzle, BuzzDraft, and DraftStreet on this site. I am looking forward to low scores and a lot of good golf at the Humana this week! Be on the look out for potential lineups tomorrow evening!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sony Open Recap: Pro Am Potential

Yesterday was a good day for the golf fantasy world! Because a rookie, Russ Henley, took down the Sony Open; a lot of people cashed on high finisher's (Me included.) I would like to preface all of this by saying congratulations to Russ Henley (@russhenleygolf.) Russ definitely didn't fly under the radar, he posted 3 Web.com wins and with the Sony Open (-24) win he posted his 3rd win in his last 5 starts. He wasn't the only rookie who impressed, Scott Langley (-17)(@Scott_Langley), finished third and in the money. If Langley wouldn't have struggled with his stroke on Sunday he possibly could have seen a fight to the finish with Henley. Besides the two rookies the leader board was made up of some "regular" names. Tim Clark (-21) finished in 2nd with a consistent performance throughout the tournament and CH3 (my new name for Charles Howell III)(-17) posted another great performance at the Sony T-3. Kirk, Kuchar, and Stuard sat T-5 at -16. Overton finished alone at 8 followed by a conglomerate of guys T-9 (Pat Perez included.) Henley sat a tour record at -24 and was the first rookie to post a win in over 10 years. Henley and Langley both looked like they had been tour members for a long time and without Langley's putting woes it could have been a 1, 2 finish. Henley now finds himself in some big tournaments (The Master's) and a lot richer, hopefully his success will continue and it will provide us "fantasy golfers" some success.

Now onto the fantasy aspect. Other than a few minor hiccups my picks did very well. I didn't get a first place finisher (C'mon Matt Kuchar), but neither did anybody else. With Henley coming out of nowhere, fantasy pools/tournaments came down to who made or missed the cut. Due to Johnson Wagner missing the cut (and because I overlooked Tim Clark in that tier) I finished one spot out of the money in the BuzzDraft Pool. If Matt Kuchar would have made a bigger push I probably would have seen minimal cash in the pool. I still feel that I had a successful showing in the Pool and look forward to another one this week. Ultimately, when it comes down to the success of one golfer over another it is a crap shoot. The idea with fantasy golf is to make consistent picks over the long run and that is what I promote on this site. I did, however, have a nice cash on Fantazzle. If you haven't checked out Fantazzle yet, you really need to. Fantazzle provides the largest selection of fantasy golf on the internet. The interface is also pretty good when it comes to scoring. As you see below, my Fantazzle lineup finished strong with 124 points. All of my golfers made the cut and placed high enough to provide me with some nice scores. I was up against some excellent fantasy golfer's in wondertwins and aceassin, both guys compete well every week during the season. Ultimately for Fantazzle and BuzzDraft (along with DraftStreet) it is essential that you pick golfers that make the cut. If you can survive the cut you have a chance at placing in the money every week. I am looking forward to the Humana Challenge this week and will have course info/picks later on in the week.

Congrats to Gregsj on BuzzDraft for posting a 5th place finish in the Pool (Money Man!) and for taking Tim Clark.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rookie Romp at Waialae

I am not saying that this is unbelievable, but this is unbelievable! The Sony Open is shaping up as a coming out party for PGA rookies. This party is looking extremely impressive and has promised us a final pairing of newbies. Like I stated yesterday, both guys are not newbies to the game. If Henley were to win, it would be his 3rd win in 5 starts (wow!) Both of these guys were off of the fantasy radar this week, but definitely won't be from now on. Even with a win by one of the rookies I still think their salaries will remain affordable on most sites. The even crazier thing is fellow rookie, Scott Gardiner, is sitting in 4th after posting 6 birds on the day. Can these rookies fend off a late surge by the likes of Tim Clark (-14) or CH3 (-13), only time well tell. Tomorrow will definitely be a round to watch and hopefully one of these rookies can pull out their first PGA Tour win!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Sony Open Round 1 and 2: In the Fantasy World

Take a good look at that face, do you know who it is? Well you wouldn't be alone if you didn't. This is Russell Henley (@russhenleygolf), your second round leader at the Sony Open and a PGA Tour rookie. Henley has posted a -14 to lead all (yes I said all) golfers at Waialae. An even more intriguing fact is that sitting a not to distant second is another rookie by the name of Scott Langley (-12). Of course these two PGA "unknowns" don't bid well for a fantasy roster, but it is extremely exciting as a PGA fan to see these guys atop the leader board. Henley is no stranger to winning and has posted 3 Web.com tour wins. Langley (@scott_langley) hasn't posted a tour win, but was, ironically, the low amateur at the 2010 US Open (tied with, guess who, Russ Henley.) Because of the success of these two guys I am going to be including a rookie write-up each week on the site (or on an affiliate site.)

The rest of the leader board takes shape as expected. My boy, Kuch made a strong move during the second round and is sitting at -11. This along with another guy, Charles Howell III or CH3, at -10. I felt like both guys would perform well at Waialae and if their consistency prevails they both have a shot at a win. The guy that flew under my radar this week was Tim Clark, there is absolutely no excuse for this guy to fly under my radar. Clark's game fits Waialae and he is also a guy that has a Kuchar type consistency. I love the fact that Clark is a fellow North Carolinian ( Attended NC State, I know an implant, but we take what we can get.) He is an extremely accurate guy off the tee and usually carries a high GIR. Stephen Ames has also impressed and is sitting at -8. Even though I didn't present him as a pick, I made a last minute switch to Ames in most of my leagues and have fared well because of this.

The leader board is stacked with scorers and has a large conglamorate of guys at -6 and -5. Some names in this group are John Huh, John Senden, and Webb Simpson. These guys have a shot to perform real well during the last two rounds, so be on the look out for them to move. One important thing to note for the fantasy golfer is the withdrawal of Dustin Johnson. Johnson was experiencing flu-like symptoms and has withdrawn from the tournament. I look forward to a great finish at the Sony and will have recap of both the 3rd and 4th round on Sunday evening. Hope your leagues are going great!

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

How's the Line-Up Shaping Up?

I like a 170 score on Fantazzle. The issue is with the stamina of these guys! I would love to see Ames keep up his streak, but we will have to see what the 2nd and 3rd round bring. Disappointed with De Jonge today, but hopefully he can pull it together tomorrow. The line-ups look decent on the other sites due to similar player's. Unfortunately on Drafstreet I included Mark Wilson in my line-up and his +4 showing today does not resemble his win from a couple of years back. I am looking forward to a great day of golf tomorrow. You know what they say, these guys are good!

If you guys missed out on playing this week, get in the game next week and join one of the sites listed on the right. I look for multiple sites in the DFS world to get involved in PGA fantasy within the next couple of months. When these new sites (DraftDay and DraftKings rumored) get involved I will provide a write-ups and hopefully I will be able to provide Fantasy Golf Times readers an incentive to join. I hope everyone is having success with their line-ups and good luck throughout the rest of the Sony Open! Let us know in the comment box how your line-up is doing.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sony Open Pick's

Vacation on Oahu, 72 holes of golf, and a chance at a 5.5 million dollar purse…sound like a dream? Well it is a reality for PGA professionals. As a fantasy golf player the Sony Open is a tournament that truly begins the New Year! With the limited field of the Hyundai, the tourney doesn’t offer the diverse salaries to pick that “sleeper” or to really diversify salary to have a lineup full of potential winners. Last year, I gave you my picks on a win/top 10 basis. This year, because of the popularity of daily fantasy sites, I am going to lay out my picks based on formats on a couple of websites each week. This will allow players to have a wide range of picks to choose from in salary leagues. This also will assist one and done players in making informed decisions about who they should choose for the upcoming tournament.  I will also be listing my top 3 picks for the win and their odds just in case anyone is interested in the sports betting aspect.  

The first site/game I will focus on is Fantazzle's salary game. These player's that I select could also be use in Fantazzle's pick-em league. The salary cap for Fantazzle's game is 1,000,000 and the golfers are broken down accordingly. I have provided a screenshot of my picks and will go into detail about each pick below.

John Senden $220,000: Senden is a guy that I trusted on courses that required accuracy last year. He was extremely accurate and only missed the cut 3 times during last years PGA season. Because of his accuracy off the tee it will make it easy for Senden to perform well on the tight Waialae fairways. I look for him to make the top 10 and potentially fight his way to the top for a win.

Brendon de Jonge $210,000: No I didn't tail the guys from the Morning Drive, I just like Brendon. Brendon was 8th on the tour last year in GIR. Being accurate is a huge advantage at Waialae and GIR is an extremely important stats(hint hint Johnson Wagner.) He is a guy that plays well consistently each week. Last year he finished in the top 20 and has competed well every time he has played at Waialae.

Rory Sabbatini $190,000: Sabbatini falls into the same category as my last pick. Sabbatini is an old school guy that has played extremely well at the Waialae course. He understands the course and I think will at least see a top 10 finish this week. 

Charles Howell III $220,000: I swear every time I see Charles on a lineup I think Gilligan's Island. CH3 owns this course. He has never missed a cut at Waialae and has played exceptionally well at this course. I just don't see how you can pick against a guy that has performed as well as he has at Waialae.

Fred Funk $150,000: For Fred we look at my reasoning behind picking Sabbatini. Fred can play golf and he has an old school feel about him. He putts the ball well and is accurate enough to keep the ball in the fairway. Look for him to make big putts when they matter, I see at least a top 20 finish. 

Remember, for Fantazzle, each pick scores on their final standing. I would love to have the winner in my lineup every week, but ultimately I am trying to pick all guys that I think will finish high!

The second site/game I will focus on is BuzzDraft's 29 Team Tiered Pool. I love the pool aspect and having to pick golfer's from a group. BuzzDraft also scores by where a player finishes the round. I will breakdown the picks below (if a player was also selected for the Fantazzle game the reasoning stays the same.)

Matt Kuchar: Kuch is my pick to win it all this week. In my mind Kuch has the best short game on the tour. He putts consistently, hits fairways consistently, and just acts consistent. He is not a guy that is going to drive it 420 yards to the green (see Dustin Johnson), but he has the accuracy required to dominate this course.

Carl Pettersson. Carl is a fellow North Carolinian and a guy that I thought was getting ready to break out big at the end of the year last year. He was a GIR master last year ranked tied for 3rd. He is a guy that can do a little bit of everything and if his putting is on, nobody will catch him. 

Johnson Wagner: Simply put, last years champ! Wagner plays well on this course and did a great job of putting last year. I look for him to have another great appearance.

Graham DeLaet: DeLaet is a guy that I fill can shoot low every week. He shot real low last year with a 1st round 63. He is aggressive and will work hard to make eagles/birdies when the opportunities present themselves. 

David Hearn: This guy hits fairways and can then make it to the green. That's what golf is about anyways, right? He finished in the top 20 for fairways hit at Waialae last year and a top 20 finish.

D.J. Trahan: Was 87th in GIR last year, but can really break out in a tournament. He is another guy I think will have a breakout tournament and his game fits Waialae. Trahan has withdrawn this pick will now be Brian Gay: Gay has a long streak of great rounds at Waialae, He has performed consistently and has the ability to perform very well.

Steve Marino: Marino is a guy that also is due a good performance. He was 27th in driving distance last year and 3rd in eagles per hole. If he can keep his drives relatively accurate and build on his 61st ranked GIR he will see a top 20 finish. 

Joe Ogilvie: Ogilvie is the pick I am most uncertain about, but he was the best in the tier. After watching him have great rounds in the past at Congressional, if he can overcome his injury woes from last season he should see a greatly enhanced GIR stat this year. He is a guy that can contend, but has to stay healthy.

For the betting man, my Top 3 picks have already been given in fantasy format. I think that Matt Kuchar 18/1 has an excellent shot at winning this week and he is my pick for an overall win! I like both Charles Howell III 25/1 and Brendon  de Jonge 33/1 to compete for the win during the final round! Stay tuned for tournament updates and other daily/weekly fantasy golf news.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

DJ Wins! Waialae Country Club and the Sony Open.

After feeling like the tournament would never begin we finally saw a victor at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Dustin Johnson did what he does best, win weather shortened tournaments. In similar fashion to his 2011 win at The Barclay's, Johnson took a lead and never let up. He was only in jeopardy once during the last round at the TOC and that quickly diminished. DJ finished the tournament at -16 and saw his closest competitor come in the form of last years champ Steve Stricker at -12. Brandt Snedeker built on his FedEx Cup win and finished third, putting together some excellent putting down the stretch. DJ and Brandt were both on my fantasy team that was humbled by Marc Leishman and Ryan Moore's disappointing performances. Congratulations to DJ for a great victory and a 420 yard drive (Wow) as we look forward to the Sony Open!

With that said we move on to the Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club (Oahu) this week. Waialae is one of my favorite golf courses off of the Major circuit. The Championship Course was designed by Seth Raynor in 1927. It plays at Par 70 this week and 7,068 yards. My favorite hole being the Par 3, 8th that runs the length of the coastline. Johnson Wagner returns as last years champion and looks to build on a decent performance in the wind stricken Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Luckily, the different style of course, and the weather at the present is a lot better than the previous tournament. The golfers will be playing for a purse of 5.5 Million and the winner will draw a check of $990,000. A nice pay day for what seems like a vacation for most guys. I am presently rounding out my lineups on all three of my daily sites and will present top plays tomorrow.

Recently I have had some questions about where I play weekly fantasy golf. One of my favorite weekly sites to play on is Fantazzle.com. Fantazzle offers a wide array of fantasy golf formats, my favorite being the pick-em, where you are able to pick golfers in a head to head match-up. Fantazzle also offers salary and regular pool tiered games. The guys at Fantazzle do a great job with customer service and make playing on the site really easy. These games are legal in the US and can be played for $2.75-$100. Fantazzle takes a small rake, but one can double their money with a win. Fantazzle also offers GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool) tournaments that allow a small entry for a potential big payout! If you are interested in playing weekly fantasy golf, Fantazzle should be one of your first stops! And if you end up playing a guy with the alias Tobinator44, please be easy on me!