2018 Valspar Championship PGA DFS Cash Game Preview
Golf season took an electric turn this past weekend with Phil the Thrill breaking through for his first victory since 2013. His playoff win over Justin Thomas capped an exciting weekend, and showed that Mexico might be a great place for the WGC with birdies everywhere as seen with JT’s 62-64 weekend. With that comes some mighty swings in DFS, especially with the no-cut aspect. In JT’s case, he probably wouldn’t have been around for the week in a normal week, but the WGC event allowed him to get scorching hot and almost post a ridiculous win. We move onto the Valspar and the Florida swing this week with a very solid field in attendance.
Names like Spieth, Rory, Tiger, Rickie, and Stenson make up the top end of the leaderboard headed into the week, but there always seems to be some landmines to watch out for so cash this week could highly lucrative with just a simple 6/6 squad, even with some disappointments in the lineup. Let’s take a look at the
Chez Reavie, $7900 – Chez continues to not be pushed by DK too high into the salary space and that’s fine for cash folks. His game isn’t overly dominating, but he just continues to make cuts. Sure, his game is maybe on the downside, but having taken a few weeks off, Reavie got some rest and his approach game is still worth mentioning. Stats of not for Chez? Last eight rounds he ranks, 1st in P3: 200-225, bogey avoidance and SG: T2G. Not good enough for you? His last 12 rounds on Bermuda, he’s eighth in proximity from 175-200. His iron game is too good to ignore.
Chesson Hadley, $7400 – Hadley had a rough Honda Classic, but who didn’t? Everything seemed to go wrong, but the most glaring number is losing six strokes around the green. That’s not going to happen again. He’s third in SG: Approach overall and seventh in SG: Approach his last twelve on Bermuda. Good chance with his bomb at the Honda, he’s going to go under owned and it won’t make sense. His rank of sixth in this field in ball-striking make his price point that much more attractive.
Steve Stricker, $7400 – I’m going to let this breath. After last year’s MC at the Valspar, Steve Stricker missed one cut. Think about that for a second. Stricker can have success here; he came in sixth in 2016. Let’s add the fact he won last week on the Champions’ Tour and Stricker can still roll it. Even with losing 1.5 strokes at Pebble, Stricker threw up a 26th place finish with a 76 on Sunday. Old guy who can stripe irons and roll it makes him worth the shot to be a cut-maker.
Byeong Hun An, $8400 – Fresh off the Honda where he posted the low round on Sunday with a 65, Benny An gained 9.2 Stokes in his last two tournaments as well 5.2 strokes putting. His game clearing has come around and add in a made cut last year in his lone appearance and An is trendy. He sits seventh in his last eight rounds in SG: Approach and fifth in T2G. Don’t be afraid to use him this week.
You’ll notice the big names aren’t here. Why? There’s just some feelings out there that chalk bombs are going to be there. Being on the lower-owned guys opens up the door that could prove beneficial. Hope to see all four hit the weekend and we will see at the Arnie next week!