2018 Houston Open PGA DFS Cash Game Preview
A week after the Match Play in Austin, the tour takes its final stop before the Masters at the Houston Open. Last week’s Match Play dynamic left open the door to find a really unique cash lineup as well as GPPs since it was the first time out in the market. I think DraftKings did a good job of putting together a new game type; however, I think the edge will be more reduced next year knowing how teams need to be built in order to have your full team pick up the right number of points.
We still have some big names looking for a final tune-up between Rickie, Rose, Jordan, Henrik and Phil, there’s a loaded top of the board. Yet, there’s still solid pieces available for cash in the $7-8k range.
Byeong Hun An, $8700 – An was only 0.6% owned in cash during the Arnold Palmer Invitational and paid off in a good way with his 14th place finish. His stats continued to pad to an already good start to the season. Over his past 24 rounds, An sits 3rd in SG: Off the Tee and 8th in Birdies or Better. Shrink it down to his last 12 rounds and he still is 3rd in SG: Off the Tee and remains at 9th in Birdies or Better. Add the fact the Golf Club of Houston is not on poa greens and there’s a good reason to believe Benny An isn’t going to be missing the cut.
Shubhankar Sharma, $8400 – Sharma finally gets to play back-to-back tournaments in the same country with eyes on the Masters next week and sits in the mid 8k’s for a guy who was very impressive in the stroke play event at the WGC Mexico. After traveling to India and back over the last month, Sharma finally settles down and will get to play stroke play after a 0-3 showing at the Match Play event last week. Might be a bad thing to look at the record considering he lost to Sergio Garcia on the 18th, Xander Schauffele 3&1, and Dylan Fritelli 1 down. All talented players. Look for Sharma to get his game in shape for Augusta and his special invite.
J.B. Holmes, $7300 – Holmes has taken a liking to this tournament with a win and two other top 12 finishes before last year’s MC. His game hasn’t been terrific, but he in the right target of stats that you need to be looking at this week. He sits seventh in proximity from 150-175 and is 16th in SG: Par 4 scoring. Add the course history to those current numbers and J.B. at lower pricing is a good name to add to your team.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello, $9300 – My pick to win for the week is RCB in the One-and-Done, and it should be no surprise you can fit him straight into your cash lineup. He’s first in proximity over his last 12 rounds, fifth in SG: Approach and fifth in proximity from 150-175. Makes it easy for me. His fourth place finish two years ago means he can play well around here and he would be the top part of my cash lineup for easy. He hasn’t missed a cut since the Northern Trust last year and has picked up strokes in his approach in every tournament since. Play him.
Augusta beckons, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get your bankroll set up without some fun this week. Enjoy the final tournament before the tradition unlike any other is back next week.