DraftKings PGA DFS GPP Cheat Sheet for the 2020 CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. Featuring top plays, high ceiling candidates, contrarian, and value picks to target for this week’s DraftKings and FanDuel PGA DFS main slate.
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This week gives us a 78 player field for the no-cut event at Shadow Creek for the CJ Cup. Last year we saw Justin Thomas win this event (granted at a different course), and him along with a star studded field will be teeing it up this week in Vegas at the Tom Fazio designed course. The greens are tight here, and the course is a long one checking in just over 7500 yards – a Par 72 – and I expect it to play fairly tough. Because it is a no cut event – we’re looking for players that have the ability to rack score and with the tight greens, SG: Approach will be a key metric. Let’s have a look at some of my favourite plays on the board below with an expanded list on the cheat sheet for this weeks tournament!
Justin Thomas, $10,800 – He’s won the event twice and has really carved out a niche for himself in no cut events over the past couple of seasons. We’ve seen him go toe to toe with the best golfers in the world at some tough courses in the past, and has really been playing great golf from a ball striking standpoint since the tour started back up again with some of the best metrics on tour (aside from putting). I like his chances of competing this weekend for the title and think he’ll be lower owned than he should be for this event. I have no problem paying up for him at this price point given some of the value options on the board (in combination with this event not having a cut).
Viktor Hovland, $9,000 – If you are worried about some fatigue from Hatton – or are just looking to pivot off of him (which is debatable in terms of if you should even opt to) – Hovland is an excellent choice. Always an elite ball striker, he has the ability to navigate the toughest courses on tour with relative ease…until he gets to the green. Given the fact that we have smaller greens in play this weekend, I’m less concerned about his ability to putt, and I think he has all the shots in his bag to make a run at this weekend’s event. Have a feeling he’ll be lower owned than he should be given the calibre of the field and some of the other options priced around his range, and have no problem tossing him in as a key part of line-ups this weekend.
Alex Noren, $7,400 – Noren is a player that I felt was poised to make a leap during the 2018 or 2019 seasons – but he just never made that jump into the PGA’s elite group. He has very quietly put together a great fall, highlighted coming into this one with six straight made cuts including a 3rd place finish at the 3M Open, an eight place at the Northern Trust and a 17th place showing at the US Open. He really is playing fantastic golf and I expect him to continue his strong recent form this week. There are some intriguing lower cost options that you can make a barbelled line-up with from a salary standpoint, which is one of the things that I think will keep his ownership levels in check this weekend – but I wouldn’t be shocked to see him rack up another top 10 finish in this event. He had an elite short game last season ranking 7th on tour in SG: ATG & I loved what I saw from him in terms of his ball striking down the stretch and into his first event of the 2021 PGA season where he gained almost a stroke per round with his approach shots, something that I like to carry over into this week’s tournament.
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