The Daily Spin – DraftKings Preview – US Open

Zachary Turcotte
By Zachary Turcotte September 16, 2020 02:40

The Daily Spin – DraftKings Preview – US Open

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I would love to tell you that Stewart Cink was a golfer that I was considering closely and just missed being in my player pool, but that would be nothing more than a ridiculous charade as he was nowhere on my radar or anyone else’s last week. He had a nice cut making percentage on the season, but had not flashed a whole lot of upside this year. It was one of those wins that I will look back at as I write my GPP review at the end of the year and think, how in the world did Cink win at Silverado? It was frustrating in that there was no way we were ever going to hit Cink on an outright. Jeff had shares of Ventura who was in the hunt late into Sunday and Pari had Chez who made a late on Sunday, but came up just short.

From a fantasy perspective, it was a mixed week overall. I came away with a small profit on my GPP rosters for the week, which was fantastic and once again, was just one player off on my best 6/6 team from being on top of the world, but Luke List turned in a limp performance over the weekend and left me just short of hitting something nice. My core was solid outside of Mark Hubbard and Tyler Duncan. Hubbard started out really well and was -4 after the first round, but then could not get anything going on Friday, made a double bogey early and was only able to make one birdie for the round after missing putt after putt inside of ten feet.

My cash team looked to be in really good shape after the first round. I used Steele up top and he raced off to a fast start shooting an opening round 65. I stacked him with HVIII who is reliable at this event and usually plays well during the fall. I managed to create enough cap space for Cam Davis who started slow, but worked to make the cut Friday and played respectably over the weekend. From that point on, it was downhill. I thought I was going to get away with playing Chris Baker for 6400. He was -5 for the tournament with three holes to play, two of which were Par 5’s and he had a bogey free round going. He did not get a great birdie look on 16 and made par. On 17, he had a look from 10 feet, but missed. All he needed on the last hole was par to make the weekend, claim his bonus points and get me to the cash line. After his second shot, he had 89 feet to go from the intermediate and just needed to find a way to get down in three shots to get to the weekend. Obviously, I would not be drawing it out this much if he made birdie or par. He hit his third shot all of 18 feet to the fairway and was now 71 feet away needing to get up and down for par. His fourth shot got to about 5.5 feet and he blew the par putt and my hopes were dashed. Camerone Tringale missing the cut in the afternoon topped it off for me and I did not need to bother following my cash game team over the weekend.

All in all, it was a typical swing season event. There were a lot of long odds players that had a chance to close. There were a lot of young players that made a move towards contending. There were also a lot of veterans that earned some critical early season FedEx Cup points. If you are new to fall tournaments, that is about how they will go for the most part. There is always considerable carnage, usually a good deal of scoring and plenty of names near the top that we are not used to seeing up there. I like to use events like that one to observe which new players moving up to the big tour look locked in and to see which veterans take the opportunity to reinvent themselves and find something that seemed lost the previous season. I typically cut my bankroll exposure during these types of events and add a little more GPP exposure, especially in entering multiple lineups into contests. Our research is going to uncover some great opportunities, but you are going to need a few extra bullets to get the perfect lineup with low cut lines creating more volatility around the cut line for good players.

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Zachary Turcotte
By Zachary Turcotte September 16, 2020 02:40

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