DraftKings PGA DFS Cash Game Lineup Targets & Picks – John Deere Classic
What a weekend at the Travelers Championship. It was an odd tournament in that we saw 6 shots separate the Leaders on Friday and the last golfers to make the cut. The we saw a 58 by Jim Furyk on Sunday Morning. Finally, Russell Knox gets his much deserved first win in the states, second on the season Onto this week, and if you want to play the John Deere on DraftKings, you may want to reserve your entries now. They are running really small slates for the John Deere, and are putting all of their attention on the 60-man Olympic tournament. A lot of games were filling up by Monday night, so hopefully DraftKings will run some more games.
The John Deere Classic is outside of the Quad Cities on the Illinois side in Silvis. It’s a Par 71 that usually sees scores of about 15 to 20 under win. It will be a birdie fest, so find golfers who can score. There are 2 pros from this area that have dominated here. I’ll write one here, and one in the GPP article (only due to price). Here are some of my cash game picks for the week.
Steve Stricker (11,800)
You take a look at this price and you have to think DraftKings has gone crazy (well, not including the small contests this week). However, Stricker is from Madison Wisconsin, went to the University of Illinois, and had 3 straight wins from 2009-2011. He’s been on a “downhill trend” since 2011, with the following finishes in order, starting in 2012: 5th, 10th, 11th, and 33rd. I’ll throw out the 33rd as he was struggling a bit last year.
This year, he’s been playing well with 3 top 10s in 9 made cuts, including a 4th at the British Open. He is a part time player, so stats are a little hard to discern. But, he is 2nd in Strokes Gained Putting, 1st in Strokes Gained Around the Green, and 24th in Total Strokes Gained. Given his success and discount over Zach Johnson, Stricker is the cash game option this week.
Ryan Moore (10,300)
It was between him and Summerhays for this price range. Moore was solid last week, shooting 66 on Friday and Saturday to help finish tied for 17th. He’s 12/16 in made cuts this year with 4 top 10 finishes. At the John Deere, he is 7/7 in made cuts, with the past 4 years being all top 25 finishes and a best finish of 7th in 2014.
Another good putter, Moore is 32nd in Strokes Gained Putting and 48th in Total Strokes Gained. Simply put, he’s one of the best players in this field, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t get another top 25 or better.
Jerry Kelly (9,400)
I am mad I didn’t write him up last week. He was one of the last people I cut for these articles. I at least played him in a couple of lineups and did well, finishing 2nd. He went to college in Hartford, and now gets another comfortable setting as the Wisconsin guy returns to the midwest. He’s 6 for 7 in made cuts here with 5 top 25 finishes, including a 17th, 3rd, and 4th the past 3 years.
He is 2nd in Driving Accuracy, which helps him have a positive strokes gained tee-to-green number (100th overall). He did have 3 eagles last week, which is a good sign considering how low scoring will be at the John Deere. He’s a nice compliment to a balanced lineup this week and should continue his past and recent successes.
Chris Stroud (8,200)
Stroud didn’t live up to his past performances at the Travelers last week. But, if you played him at 6300, his 17 birdies didn’t hurt you as he finished 5 under and made the cut. This is 5 straight cuts made and he’s played well at the TPC Deere Run as well. He’s 7/7 in made cuts, with 3 top 25 finishes, which includes a 5th here last year.
Stroud is another player on the Playoff bubble, as he is now 123rd in the FedEx Cup Standings. His best stats are 55th in Strokes Gained Putting and 104th in Total Strokes Gained (close to 1). Current Form, Course History, and Playoff motivation put Stroud as a solid play this week.
Keegan Bradley (7,800)
You look at the cuts made of 13/24 and think how is he in this article. Well, he has made 4 cuts in a row, including 2 majors in that time. His game looks like it may be rounding into form and at a tournament that doesn’t have many top players, he could be in contention for a win on Sunday.
Keegan is 10th in Greens in Regulation and 26th in Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green. He’s also 113th in the FedEx Cup Standings, so he needs a solid week this week and next, in order to make the playoffs. He’s one of the better players in the field, and with his game coming around, this is a great price for him.
Jason Bohn (6,600)
Bohn won’t stand out if you look at the game log: all 6 missed cuts this year in his past 10 events. But, he does have 3 top 10s this year and can regain that form at any time. This event may be the key, as he is 6/8 in made cuts at the John Deere the past 10 years, with 4 top 25 finishes; his best being a 12th last year.
He’s 10th in Driving Accuracy, 36th in Birdie Average, and 64th in Greens in Regulation. If he continues his past form at Deere Run, he will easily hit and exceed value, and he’s too good of a golfer to continue to miss cuts. I see a bounce back this week and this price is great for your cash games.