on February 11, 2014
Fantasy golf picks are in for the Northern Trust Open. Wow, this was an incredibly difficult week to nail down my lineup. We all know the guys that are playing great: Hunter Mahan, Jordan Spieth, Graham DeLaet, Jimmy Walker–and I’m certainly missing a few others. The point is: it’s tough to narrow it down. So much back and forth and self talk.
Well, I decided to get a little weird. Feel free to take it or leave it. I had to first acknowledge all the players that were “in form” before I told you I’m passing on them (well, most of them). Before you jump out of your seat–take a deep breath. I’m not going off the deep. These picks are still well thought out; but, I am digging into the Euro tour basket.
Is it just me, or is everyone quiet on Matt Kuchar? I’ve haven’t heard his name that much–and I’m not sure why. He’s finished t7, t6, and t8 in his last three events. What’s wrong with that? I’ve got him starting Thursday morning. Ryan Moore to back him up; he has an AM time Friday morning.
The B Group is where I get a little different. You’ve got to bet the Yahoo community will be “all over” the same guys: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Graham DeLaet. While they are great picks, I feel like going against mold.
I’m going with… [Continue Reading]
on February 9, 2014
I’m happy to report a solid week of fantasy golf. The prior two weeks were a little rough. Although my teams took a slide during that period, it has been a tough stretch for most owners. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was the first tournament in a while where the “good players” showed up. All the guys that were supposed to perform–did.
I ended the week with a 198 points. My big regret was leaving off Jimmy Walker. He missed the cut at Torrey, and that made me nervous. After reading a more detailed report, it turns out he was sick that week. The missed cut was not representational of his true form. On a side note, I went with Graeme McDowell on Sunday (-5). That provided a huge boost considering Walker limped home with a +2 final round.
The Northern Trust fantasy preview will be available late Monday night. When it’s complete, you will find it here.
Also, I currently sit in the 78th percentile. I’m not pleased, but I understand we are early into the 2014 fantasy golf year.
on February 4, 2014
The Yahoo Picks are in for the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. I’m getting a strong vibe that lefty is going to tear it up this week. For anyone that likes Family Guy, check out this hilarious clip of Mickelson’s wife (scroll down a bit). I’m haven’t had a beer before these picks, so maybe we are in for a treat this week (ha). Phil in Florida thinks my slump is caused by the fact I don’t drink liquor; I will have to test this theory out in the near future.
I’m going with Phil Mickelson because he indeed owns this venue, and never gives us a good sign of when a win is coming. Seriously, the guy misses cuts, then magically finds a swing thought and flirts with 59s. He’s been a little sluggish so far, and that’s a perfect reason to pick Phil… [Continue Reading]
on February 2, 2014
Let’s start with the obvious. The last couple of weeks have been dreadful. I’m staying positive and looking to flip the script. The PGA Tour rolls into the Monterey Peninsula for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AM. The event is played on a three course rotation, and the cut is made after the Saturday round.
The three venues do vary in stroke average, but the margin isn’t something to get too worried about. If your lineup is only built by the course they are playing, chances are you’re in for a long week. Good picks (better players) will go low at all the courses.
I was impressed with the t4 by … [Continue Reading]
on January 28, 2014
It’s time to deliver my fantasy picks for the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Thanks to all the folks that left comments on the preview page for this tournament. I didn’t get around to approving them until tonight (1/28/14). Once I have them forwarded to my email I will be able to approve faster. Definitely excited to have people chime in, and I like when you challenge me.
Most of you know my strategy–and quite frankly–I haven’t stuck to it. Last week I let course history dominate the decision making process. I went this Sneds (I tried to convince myself he was playing better) because of his rich history at Torrey Pines. Fail.
This week I am committed to my core strategy: picking the guys who are playing the best. It is that simple. A lot of the comments in the preview section mentioned players with previous Phoenix Open success. While I don’t discredit their chances this week, I would much rather play the hot hand (most of the names mentioned are struggling). If you strongly disagree, go ahead and make those picks. I’m curious to find out where we stand at the end of the week.
Yahoo Lineup… [Continue Reading For The Picks]
on January 26, 2014
I tell you what, the Farmers Insurance Open was brutal to us so called “experts”. Shows how little we know. All kidding aside, who in their right mind thought Sneds would open with a +5 Thursday round on the North course? And then our good friend Eldrick decided Sunday would be better spent with Lindsey. Really, 79?
And it wasn’t just the Snedeker and Woods picks that hurts us. Our entire team (outside Jason Day) was pretty miserable. I haven’t been this excited for a new week to start since last year’s Players Championship. Despite the horrendous picks, FantasyGolfGuru’s lineup only managed to drop 1% point. That’s right–we went from 80 to 79. It speaks volumes to the difficultly other fantasy owners faced as well.
We have been granted fresh slate, and I’m ready to deliver some killer picks. For this week’s fantasy preview we are going with a new format. I will have two categories: strong play and stretch. What does that mean? Anyone on the strong play list is someone I would not think twice about having in my lineup this week. They have either been finishing high in recent tournaments, or have a great track record at the Waste Management Open. Players deemed a “stretch” are solid picks, but a little risky. They should play well, but we don’t feel as certain about it. Hence, I’m “stretching” to make the pick…Show Me The Picks!
on January 19, 2014
The Humana Challenge proved to be a great week for our Yahoo fantasy golf squads; we’re now in the 80th percentile. For those of you who were worried after week 1 (52nd percentile)–it is important to stress that the season runs for 36 weeks. It is easy to lose your patience and try to “hit the homerun” week to week.
You will not see that strategy on this site. As long as we continue to make smart and researched picks, we will continue to rise to the top. There is no doubt we will get above the 90th percentile by year end; and truthfully, we should finish even higher than that.
If you haven’t already, make sure you grab a copy of my fantasy golf guide–you just need to sign-up (it’s free)–opt-in form is located on the right sidebar.
The 2014 Farmers Insurance Open preview is ready for your viewing. Also, be sure to check back in late Tuesday night for the full analysis and picks.
on January 19, 2014
Expert Fantasy Golf Picks – 2014 Farmers Insurance Open
The Humana Challenge was a fantastic week for our fantasy squads; taking note of the three course rotation proved vital to our success. If you love dominating fantasy golf, then I’ve got great news: this week’s two course rotation has an even more lopsided scoring average–and that means more points for us.
The Venue: Torrey Pines (South & North) golf course
The South course played host to the 2008 U.S. Open, site of Tiger Woods’ last major title. Anyone who follows the game remembers that Sunday afternoon. Tiger sank a dramatic 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole; it ultimately led to a playoff win over Rocco Mediate. Note – my friends and I were 12 rows deep in the crowd and watched (heard, really) Tiger drain that putt.
So you now know that the South course was host of a U.S. Open–and if you’re thinking it plays harder–you are absolutely right! You must take advantage and start players on the North course during the first and second round. It is substantially easier than the South course. By a wide margin.
So who gets the nod? The full fantasy golf picks will posted late Tuesday night, but let’s discuss some players we fancy.
Tiger Woods: I don’t have much to talk about here. The world’s #1 player makes his 2014 PGA debut at an event he dominates. It’s hard to keep track of all his wins at Torrey Pines. If my counts are correct, he has 7 wins when played as a regular PGA event, and 1 U.S. Open title. He’s been dominant to say the least. While we don’t know the exact state of his game, Tiger Woods is a go for my team.
Brandt Snedeker: this isn’t the 2013 Brandt Snedeker, but he’s still one of the game’s elite players. Brandt played well at the 2008 U.S. Open (Torrey Pines) and won the Farmers Open back in 2012; he also finished t2 behind Woods last year. Even if Mickelson is in Yahoo’s A group, I still believe Snedeker… [Continue Reading]
on January 14, 2014
I’m head to head this week at DraftStreet.com. I lost both my H2H battles two weeks ago during the Hyundai Tournament of Champions–both by less than a one point! Oh well, I feel confident and ready to dominate this week.
Here’s my lineup. Wish me luck and come join the fun!