Well, I am a year into my foray into Fantasy Golf, and I cannot claim to have gotten much better at playing so far. But, it is not like I have not learned things that point to winning.
For example, as in any fantasy contest, knowing the player pool, and their skill set, relative to where the contest is being held is critical, and for the most part, I am still learning players and abilities, let alone courses. Of course, I do still look at average points-per-week, as well as cuts made as barometers of a player's consistency. But just as it is really difficult for us hackers to follow up a birdie with a par, for example, so it is very difficult to regularly pick the winners.
Still, I am having at it, enjoying the process, and am happy to share my findings in year two, as I hope to improve as the Tour moves to the mainland and the Palm Desert and the Stadium Course in La Quinta. However, California, in the throes of a drought, is getting a lot of rain relief thus far, and La Quinta is looking at rain and winds projected for three of the four days of play this weekend. Not that it makes anything any easier to figure when projecting finishes, but in my view, the conditions do favor the tactical game over the big hitters who could smack the ball, but similarly face windy havoc.
So, here goes this week's thoughts, and some rationale, and don't forget you can duke it out against me and cut your chops playing $3 DraftKings Weekly Hybrid PGA.
Bill Haas ($10,500): A two-time Palm Desert winner, who always seems to come in under par is the big ticket guy this time.
Luke List ($8600): OK, List is more of a big hitter, but List is averaging 99 points thus far, has finished strong over his last five contests, and finished sixth in the Desert last year.
Webb Simpson ($7700): Finished strong at the Sony, with five top 25 finishes over his past seven years, meaning La Quinta and he get along.
Lucas Glover ($7600): Glover makes his 2017 debut on a course where he has had good success with five top 20 finishes.
Chez Reavie ($7500): Finished the Sony with a blistering 61 (111.1 points for the tourney), finishing in the top ten his last tourney of 2016 as well as his first in 2017, so a hot hand indeed.
Sean O'Hair ($7300): Another hitter coming off a strong finish at the Sony, and has three top-15 finishes in a row.
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Feel free to comment with your thoughts, and remember you can also hit me up @lawrmichaels