The PGA Tour will touch down in Hawaii this week for the first event of the 2017 calendar year in the SBS Tournament of Champions. Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson have all made their way to the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort for this year’s event that will feature an absolutely stacked 32-player field. Here is a look at the optimal lineup for this week’s DraftKings PGA fantasy tournaments for the SBS Tournament of Champions.
Jordan Spieth, $11,500
Spieth is the highest-priced option on the board for a reason and every lineup should be built around him this week. Spieth absolutely dominated at this course a year ago when he won with a record 30-under-par score and everybody knows he will be motivated to open 2017 on a strong note with another big performance at this course. Spieth’s history at Kapalua combined with his outstanding ability should make him worth the hefty price tag as the betting favorite to win the SBS Tournament of Champions outright this week.
Patrick Reed $9,500
Reed finished the 2016 season on a rough note so it’s easy to forget how good he was throughout last season. We haven’t forgotten how capable he is of delivering a dominant performance and his course history indicates a strong start to 2017 is coming as he won here in 2015 and finished second here to Spieth last year. Reed is fairly expensive at $9.5K but considering the numbers and the fact that we can still lock in Speith and Reed by working with some value plays towards the end of our lineup and Reed should be another solid option to build around this week.
Ryan Moore, $7,700
Moore has a solid course history at Kapalua where he has posted a pair of top10 finishes in his four starts. Combine his course form with his strong finish to the 2016 season when he registered three consecutive top-25 finishes and Moore should be an obvious selection at a very reasonable price for this week’s SBS Tournament of Champions.
Branden Grace, $7,200
Grace is an outstanding value play for this week as just the 18th-most expensive option of the 32 entries. Grace has registered nine top-25 finishes and six top-10 results in his last 18 events and his ability to get from the tee to the green has been very consistent. He doesn’t have experience at this course but he should still be an excellent option for this week.
Cody Gribble, $6,700
With Spieth and Reed locked in as high-priced options, we need to balance out our lineup with a couple of sleeper plays beginning with Gribble. The former University of Texas teammate of Spieth had a tremendous start to the 2016-17 season with a win and two top-10 finishes in five starts. Although he’s coming off an event where he was cut (the RSM Classic), he finished in a tie for 15th at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, won the Sanderson Farms Championship and placed eighth in the Safeway Open. He’s had a very good start to the season. His dominance with the putter combined with his low price tag makes him an excellent value pick for this week.
Jhonattan Vegas, $6,500
The last time we saw Vegas he finished in the top-10 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba back in November so he should be well rested and focused for this week’s event. Vegas isn’t an elite option by any means but he is available for just $6.5K. Taking a look back at his campaign on the PGA Tour so far, it isn’t too shabby considering where we are slotting him in for our lineup. He was cut at the the Safeway Open – his first start – but he’s progressively improved by the week. He had back-to-back ties for 45th place at the CIMB Classic and the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. Then he placed in the Top 10 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. At the end of November, he finished in a tie for 27th at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf. He is our best option of the remaining players we can still afford in this 32-player field with the money we have left over for our final roster spot.
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