Golf continues it’s east coast swing as it heads to the artist-formerly-known as the Deutsche Bank Championship to now–first year sponsor–Dell Technologies Championship in Norton, Massachusetts. A change in name only, the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs will still be played at the same venue since it’s inception at TPC Boston for the 15th consecutive year. I feel it should be mandated that NBC broadcasters announce the play with thick Boston accents and we could bet on who has the worst as an aside, right? It’d be like “The Departed”, “The Town”, and “Good Will Hunting” all rolled into one giant butcher shop for four straight days. Maybe even force players to give post round interviews this way? Speaking of which–God rest his soul–but does anyone else think it was odd that Robin Williams did not even bother to attempt an accent although he was allegedly from the same neighborhood as Will? If anyone has an explanation please contact me immediately–I think about this a lot.

The following is a Draft Kings guide for this week’s festivities in Boston focusing on low priced talent to set as the foundation for your DFS glory. Then your friends can roll up on chicks and start dropping this line and it might actually be true. Here’s how it stacks up through five tournaments going back to #JCD17 and 37 selections overall:

Made Cut Top 25s Top 10s Wins
62% 9 3 0
Ehh not exactly wicked smaht, but no one is telling me this either. Let’s do it…
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Poulter intends to do his job this week

Ian Poulter $6,900

The eccentric Englishman was a little feisty after last week’s 66th place finish at the Northern Trust. And, like all reasonable 21st century adults do, he let us know on twitter how disgusted he was with a whopping nine three-putts over the weekend. Don’t be so hard on yourself Ian! I had at least ten of those during the 45 holes I played last weekend. Who am I kidding? Probably more like ten four-putts… Either way, Poulter’s play has been rock solid as of late before last week’s putting atrocity:

  • 08/10 PGA Championship – T22
  • 07/27 RBC Canadian Open – 3
  • 07/19 Open Championship – T14
  • 07/12 Scottish Open – T9

He’ll look to make it his fifth consecutive weekend stay in his last five TPC Boston apearances. Not having missed a cut since April, I like Ian to bounce back strong this week and get his wand back on track.

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Francesco and brother Edoardo are leading the charge of an Italian golf renaissance

Francesco Molinari $6,900

The 17th ranked golfer in the world is quietly enjoying a career year on tour much attributed to his top ranking in SG (strokes gained): Approach-The-Green. TPC Boston is littered with short par fours and sets up nicely for the Italian to put himself in plenty of scoring positions. He showed with his T2 finish at the PGA Championship his potential for high place finishes when his putting game is on like it was that week where he finished fifth in SG: Putting. As he proved in the 2012 Ryder Cup’s clinching singles match “kind of” win over Tiger Woods, Francesco does not shy away from a big stage. After last week’s missed cut, I like Molinari to avoid consecutive missed weekends which has happened only once in his last two seasons in PGA Tour events. The 36th ranked FedEx player continues his playoff run moving on to next week’s BMW when the field slices down to 70.

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Cute dog, hot wife, can’t lose

Kyle Stanley $6,900

When playing DFS it’s important to go beyond the numbers and take a hard look at the man himself. When I look at Kyle I just see the good ol’ fashion heart and guts of a true fighter that is essential for any winning formula. In 2012, the former Clemson first team All-American, posted his first career PGA Tour victory in a season that included eight top 25 finishes, and over $2.3 million in earnings rising as high as the 47th ranked player in the world. Unfortunately the next few years humbled Stanley where he fell all the way to no. 683 forcing him to split play between the Web.com and PGA tours. And eventually, Stanley took some time away from golf altogether in late 2015 to recalibrate the sensors and regain his confidence. Whatever he did, did not do, or figured out during his time away–it’s working. Now back to no. 58 in the world, Stanley is enjoying a career season with five top 10s, over $3.1 million in earnings, and his second career victory at the Quicken Loans National just two months ago in a playoff. Once thought to be a future star on tour, the Washington native has gotten his career trajectory back on track by grinding through it the hard way. If it helps, back in 2012, he told Golf Digest his favorite TV show growing up was “The Bachelor” because he just believes in true love.

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Leishman’s son Harvey no longer believes Dad is a loser

Marc Leishman $6,900

Speaking of trials and tribulations, the Leishman family has had a share of their own. After being asked repeatedly by his son Harvey why he never wins a trophy, similar to Stanley, Marc earned his first victory since 2012 (second overall) back in March at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Two years prior to that his wife Audrey was given a five percent chance to live after spending four days in an induced coma after complications from battling a rare bacterial infection. Amazingly, after a long road to recovery, Audrey was given a clean bill of health last fall. In celebration, the couple wasted no time and added Eva Florence on July 6th to cap off this miraculous turn of fortune for their family. More importantly, they received a massive 613 instagram likes in the process. Even more shocking, and somewhat perplexing, just two days prior the Australian received 837 likes for his celebration of an American holiday. My response: Really instagram!? Get your like priorities straight! Instagram: USA! USA! Anyway, besides his second career victory, Leishman is having a career year in every way with only three missed cuts, 5 top 10s, over $3.5 million in earnings, and a career high ranking of 20th in FedEx Cup standings heading into this week. Oh, and he’s made the cut in seven of eight career appearances at TPC Boston. The Aussie is a dark horse candidate to win this week, and take down the FedEx Cup at East Lake in two weeks.

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Leishman crushing Schauffele in gram likes 😦

Xander Schauffele $6,900

There isn’t much to say about the “protector of men” that already isn’t being said if you’ve followed the tour lately. Since the rookie’s first career win in July at the Greenbrier, the former Aztec has been rolling with three top 20s in his last four starts. And, his girlfriend Maya thinks you should spend time at dog parks even if you do not own a dog according to playerwives.com. When aliens arrive and want to know what mankind’s purpose for the internet is I will direct them to that site. Continuing on… The only negative I can throw on Xander is most DFS degenerates have likely caught on and that will drive up his usage. Still, a top 20 finish at that price is the bedrock of any high place finish. Xander, you can protect me any time.

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Lingmerth was a bright spot in that piece of trash I put out last week

David Lingmerth $6,900

Running him back after paying off big in last week’s abomination of 7 Under 7. Was just too excited for Mayweather V McGregor I guess. Outside of a hiccup at the Scottish Open the Swede has been terrific cashing 12 of his last 13 starts finishing inside the top 30 in nine of those contests. Nothing further here except a gratuitous gif…

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This guy….

Harold Varner III $6,800

That’s Varner’s twitter profile picture. What else do you need to know? Fine–Varner arrives in Boston white hot making his last four weekends with three finishes 23rd or higher. Two weeks ago at the Wyndham Championship, Varner’s playoff chances were in jeopardy sitting at 138th and he knew it. All he did was clutch up with a season best T10, and kept it going last week with a T20 to sneak into the top 100 punching his ticket to Boston. If he can muster a T33 finish like he had at last year’s DTC he should be able to move on to next week’s BMW, and put himself in position to be the first player ever starting outside the top 70 to make it to the final round at East Lake in two weeks. Just a heads up, this week’s tournament begins Friday and ends Monday. Based on his twitter profile pic, we already know how Harry feels about Mondays…

Suggested Lineups

The “I must have DJ or Spieth in my lineup to feel secure” scenario:

Name Salary
Dustin Johnson  $        12,000
Paul Casey  $          8,900
Adam Scott  $          7,900
Patrick Cantlay  $          7,200
Marc Leishman  $          6,900
Francesco Molinari  $          6,900
Name Salary
Jordan Spieth  $        12,100
Charley Hoffman  $          8,300
Adam Scott  $          7,900
Daniel Berger  $          7,600
Kyle Stanley  $          6,900
Ian Poulter  $          6,900

The roast chicken approach lineup–no one $10,000 or higher:

Name Salary
Rickie Fowler  $          9,700
Sergio Garcia  $          8,400
Charley Hoffman  $          8,300
Justin Rose  $          8,100
Adam Scott  $          7,900
Daniel Berger  $          7,600

Good luck in Boston for the DTC! Don’t forget to like, share, and follow me on twitter and instagram @realBobbyAdcock. And make sure to check out all things sports at Fact Fiction Fantasy.

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