DraftKings Masters Preview: Swiping in Augusta

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For this week’s DraftKings Masters preview I’m re-calibrating my techniques to align with the challenges that major tournament play in Augusta presents. With a limited field and all the big names playing, it’s especially important not to miss fire on any high priced selections. When matters of a serious nature such as this need to be considered, my powers of deduction only know one way to sort through the land mines crossing me through to my DFS Elysium–by swiping. Let it begin!

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Phil 47, USA $9,500 (Elsa/Getty Images)

You know when you order Chinese delivery, and the driver is like “hope you guys enjoy” and you realize he thinks there’s other people at your place based on the amount of food ordered, but it’s just you, Friends re-runs, and regret? I do. Huge heart. Bigger boobs. Age ain’t nothing but a number. Curvy lives matter!!!

I can’t go right fast enough. I’ve been all over Lefty pretty much all season where he’s been the tour’s main renaissance man after winning in Mexico just weeks ago. Honestly, considering form, course history, modest DK price, and upside to win what’s not to like. A few fun Mickelson at Augusta facts:

  • 22/25 in cuts made
  • 15 top 10s
  • Three wins

Fuck outta here! Lefty’s in all lineups. Let’s see if he can emulate another famous artist from a period of rebirth, and create his own Sistine Chapel. And, swap out Friends for Seinfeld, and I know that sequence of events all too well. Hard Right!

Justin 23, USA $10,800 (Golfchannel.com)

Justin 24, USA $10,800 (Golfchannel.com)

I’m not looking to be your dad, but I’m down to be your daddy. I’m the whole enchilada and I can cook’em too! My 5 favorite things: wine, dahlias, poetry, runnin, and cumin. Looking for someone who will rub my butt and feed me french fries. Let’s taco about it.

JT is playing like the cancer who ate away Jack Byrne’s Mother’s organs like an unstoppable rebel force. However, the way the field is priced out on DK this week has me hesitant to pull the trigger on most five figure guys when I can get Ricky Fowler at $9,000. I’ve picked Thomas in some other pools, but for DK purposes I’ll look else where. Potentially foolish, but… Left.

Bubba 39, USA $8,700 (Getty Images)

Bubba 39, USA $8,700 (Getty Images)

Here for whatever… Been told I can be a bit sassy–sorry not sorry. I won’t message you first. Dinner that leads to casual sex is fine with me. Swipe left if you wear socks to bed…

Similar to Phil, Watson is another elder statesman of the tour enjoying a career resurgence coming into a place he’s played some of the best golf of his career. Before flaming out with a final round 79 at the API last month, Bubba had played his previous 11 rounds at 26 under par with five rounds posting in the 60s. He seemed to move on from the 79 better than Josh Duhamel from Fergie cruising two weeks ago to his second win of the season at the WGC Match Play event. At his cap-friendly price, it’ll be tempting to include Bubba in all lineups this week where both his major victories came in 2012, and 2014. While 2012’s was a bit out of nowhere, he was playing very well heading in with two consecutive top 10s including a sole runner up finish at a WGC stroke play event. In 2014, he was scathing hot arriving at Augusta on the heels of four straight top 10s including a win:

2/02/14 Waste Management Phoenix Open T2
2/16/14 Northern Trust Open 1
2/23/14 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship T9
3/09/14 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship T2
3/23/14 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard W/D
4/13/14 Masters Tournament 1

 

Considering all that, and he’s only lookin for a little wine and dining to seal the deal, Bubba is a no brainer right this week–maybe even a swipe up for a Super Like!

Jordan 25, USA $10,300 (Kevin Dietsch/UPI)

Jordan 24, USA $10,400 (Kevin Dietsch/UPI)

May face is a 4 and my personality is a 6 so I’m basically a 10 lol! Seriously though, plan on being in town for the weekend on an annual work trip. It’s so beautiful here this time of year! Looking for some help decompressing at night after stressful work days ;) Open to more but am really focused on my career right now. And, stopping JT from thinking he’s better than me. If you put pineapple on pizza swipe left and kindly leave the country…

Spieth got the performance he wanted last week in Houston heading into a tournament he wants as bad as anybody as evidenced by his career results:

Major Year Player Finish
Masters 2017 Jordan Spieth T11
Masters 2016 Jordan Spieth T2
Masters 2015 Jordan Spieth 1
Masters 2014 Jordan Spieth T2

 

Out of his 16 rounds played at ANGC, the Texas native has posted only five over par. After an opening round 75 in Augusta last year subsequent to the final round collapse the previous year, the narrative was out there that maybe… just maybe… 2016’s quadruple bogey on the 12th hole of a Sunday round wounded something in Spieth when he looked to be invincible on his way to back-back Masters wins (only Jack, Sir Nick Faldo, and Tiger have done this). Maybe Spieth had flown too close to the sun, and his 2015 run that included two majors, the Tour Championship, and Fed Ex Cup was more lighting in a bottle than a sign of things to come.

Fast forward a few months later to a gloomy Sunday in England. What seemed like–in the moment–another potential Sunday major meltdown on the 13th hole in the Open Championship, Spieth didn’t flinch after an awkward, self inflicted delay where pretty much no one besides him knew what the hell he was doing. Two holes later, he answered any remaining question regarding his play under “back nine Sunday Major” pressure by telling all of us to, “go get that”…

Fucking SAVAGE...

SAVAGE AF!…

I’m not putting anything past Spieth this week. If I go with anybody over 10k, I think he is the safest selection to be in contention on Sunday of the group. I also consider pineapple on pizza a threat to national security–Right!

Jason 30, Australia $9,800

Jason 30, Australia $9,800

I hate bios but you should probably know I keep this app in the food folder :) No agenda. Mostly on here cause I heard my ex was on here and wanted to see how she’s marketing herself. True story. Want to more? Just ask.

Real talk: that’s a real profile. Regardless, yes Jason, I would like to know more. Why are you changing irons and caddies before the biggest tournament of the year? Why did you follow up a ho-hum T-22 at the API with failing to make it out of your group at the WGC Match Play event? Why have you failed to finish inside the top 10 in your last four times out at ANGC? Why would you wear that backwards hat in that interview depriving the world of your thick, lustrous mane of black hair? Why Jason? Why?! It might seem a little nit picky, but when I swipe–I swipe for keeps. And, there’s too many less expensive guys with similar floor/upside combinations like a Bubba or Rickie to justify the steep price for rostering Day this week. Left.

Dustin 33, USA $11,400 (Getty Images)

Dustin 33, USA $11,400 (Getty Images)

You like to party? What’s your address?…

Well now! Just like his profile would suggest, DJ is the ultimate high risk/high reward player in the field as the only selection north of 11k this week. Does the fact that he went 0-3 in his group match play two weeks ago concern me? Not really. It’s more of an ends justifying the means type of fear I have with rostering someone this expensive where a miss could arguably end up being any finish outside the top 10. Sticking with my general approach fading most players above $9,500, it’s going to be a no for me on DJ this week–left. Besides, if I’m really trying to get down this weekend, this next guy is more my pace…

Eldrick 42, USA $10,000 (Getty Images)

Eldrick 42, USA $10,000 (Getty Images)

Been outta the game awhile. Just starting to feel good about getting back out there after getting burnt a few times. Really looking for something genuine and… ehhhh fuck this. Look here’s the deal I can’t help myself cause I’m rich, famous, kick major ass at what I do and want to get back at all the chicks that rejected me in high school when I was a goofy golf nerd. Now what bitches! Come and get yourself some Tiger! Swipe left if you aren’t DTF. Swipe right if you want the Big Cat to lay it down tonight. BOOYA! I’M BACK BABY!

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Core Four

1. Lefty – Projected Winner

  • I think I’ve said enough about him. Actually, no I haven’t. Two of his three Masters wins came in years when he already had a win under his belt coming into ANGC. I like Phil to get a fourth green jacket and become the oldest player to win a major since Jack’s 1986 win at Augusta.

2. Justin Rose

  • Playing great, price great, upside high enough to win.
  • Arguably highest floor–in 12 Masters appearances Rose hasn’t missed a cut and has three consecutive top 10s including two runner ups. Five top 10s overall.

3. Bubba Watson

  • See above.

4. Rickie Fowler/Matt Kuchar

  • Rickie’s pretty self explanatory, and I just think it’s matter of time until he gets his first. And, another great price to get him at.
  • To quote the great attorney Mitch McDeere regarding the Kuchar selection, “it’s not sexy, but it’s got teeth”. In terms of floor/upside/price Koooooch might be the steal of the field this week considering the following:
  1. 10/11 made cuts in career at ANGC
  2. Since 2010 he’s made it eight straight weekends including four finishes T-8 or higher
  3. In general, he’s been rock solid in major tournament play having missed just one weekend in his last 22 starts across all four majors with eight top 10 finishes including three just last season. I think there might be a little extra motivation for him trying to avoid the dreaded “best player to have not won a major” title. Swapping Rickie out for him provides some much nicer projected lineups. On paper at least…

Projected Rickie Lineup

I talked up Dylan last week and he promptly missed the cut for the first time since October. This would be a hell of a spot for a bounce back week from Frittelli who is making his Masters debut, and does have the upside to get to the weekend. Pat Perez is arguably playing the best golf of his career coming into this week where he finished a career best T-18 last season.

Player Salary
Phil Mickelson  $      9,500
Justin Rose  $      9,200
Bubba Watson  $      8,700
Rickie Fowler  $      9,000
Pat Perez  $      6,900
Dylan Frittelli  $      6,700

Projected Kuchar Lineup

Stenson doesn’t have a great track record here, but when he gets it going it doesn’t matter where he’s playing. He’s contended in both of his last two starts netting finishes of sole fourth place, and T-6 in Houston last week trending in the right direction headed to ANGC. As I’ve stated numerous times this season–I love Ryan Moore.

Player Salary
Phil Mickelson  $      9,500
Justin Rose  $      9,200
Bubba Watson  $      8,700
Matt Kuchar  $      7,600
Henrik Stenson  $      7,800
Ryan Moore  $      7,000

Good Luck in Augusta! Follow me on Twitter @realBobbyAdcock.

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