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DraftKings PGA Projected Ownership Plays Of The Week: The Masters

Welcome to the 1st edition of the Draftkings PGA Projected Ownership plays of the week! Each week, I will look at projected ownership percentages  to find low owned golfers with the best upside. The criteria of a lowed owned golfer will be ownership projected at 10% or less. All the ownership projections this week are from RotoGrinders. Is everyone as excited for the first major of the year as I am? Lets get to the plays for The Masters!

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 Justin Thomas:  $8900

Projected Ownership: 10%

Just 3 months ago, we were ready to say Justin Thomas is the next big thing after back to back wins in Hawaii. The kid has everything you need to play well at the Masters. Controlling his aggressiveness will be the hardest thing he has to do. Like his buddy Rickie Fowler, he can put up a big number out of nowhere and derail his entire round. Statistically, he is very strong with a 6th in SG: Tee-To-Green, 11th in Driving Distance, and 1st in Par 4 scoring. With none of his 3 wins in the continental 48 states, many people are writing him off.  Even if he only puts up a top 5, his low ownership will still be an advantage for you.

Bubba Watson: $8400

Projected Ownership: 6%

I would rather pay $1100 less than Henrik Stenson and and gamble on another low owned stud with bad form. You always want to pick Bubba Watson at a place that he feels comfortable and enjoys playing. Augusta is definitely such a place. The course is suited for a lefty who likes to shape shots. Bubba Watson claimed his weight loss threw off his swing. However, he did well at his last event and put a new putter in the bag. Lets hope he gets some of that Sung Kang new putter mojo this week. Bubba Watson is priced right next to the very popular Jon Rahm which make a great pivot in GPPs.

Brandt Snedeker: $8000

Projected Ownership: 8%

Brandt Snedeker is a golfer to target when there is 20 mph winds and wet conditions that lead to par golf.  His final round at Torrey Pines in 2016 is still viewed as one of the best rounds ever played. Brandt Snedeker has 4 top 20 finishes in his last 6 Masters. He is not long off the tee but makes up for it with his short game. At only $8000 and 8% ownership, this is a great spot to pick a player with similar upside as others in his price range but at low ownership. RotoQL projections have Brandt Snedeker as a top 15 play.

Value Play Tier

From $7900- $6900, there are 45 golfers to choose from on Draftkings. Only Adam Hadwin, Kevin Kisner, Bill Haas, Matt Kuchar,  Marc Leishman, Paul Casey, Tyrell Hatton, and Daniel Berger are projected to have more than 10 percent ownership. This is the range where you can make your rosters unique if you shy away from all the chalk plays.

Gary Woodland: $7700

Projected Ownership: 2%

Gary Woodland is my favorite play in the 7k. He is priced right in between the very popular Paul Casey and Tyrell Hatton. Woodland has two top 26s in 4 tries at the Masters. He is currently in the midst of a great year but no one is talking about him since he withdrew from the Dell Match Play with a family emergency.  Gary Woodland is top 25 in SG: Tee-To-Green, Driving Distance, and Sand Save Percentage. If you can get up and down from the bunkers at Augusta, you will be ahead of the majority of the field.

Alex Noren: $7500

Projected Ownership: 4%

Alex Noren is the only unfamiliar name in the top 10 Official World Golf Ranking. He is a very good player that many casual fans are not familiar with. He has found most of his success on the European tour. From July 2016 to November 2016 he won 4 European Tour events and finished second in another one. This will be his first Masters event but how often do you see a OWGR Top 10 player priced at only $7500.

Matthew Fitzpatrick: $7400

Projected Ownership: 7%

Matthew Fitzpatrick has the 22nd highest projected score this week according to RotoQL’s new golf projections and is priced outside the top 25 highest salaries on Draftkings. He has finished top 17 in all but one tournament this year. In his second go around, Fitzpatrick finished T7 at Augusta in 2016. For the 2017  season,  he is 4th in SG: Putting and 19th in Par 5 scoring average which is one way to do well at the Masters.

Shane Lowry $7300

Projected Ownership: 3%

With projected winds over 20 mph Thursday and Friday, Shane Lowry instantly jumps into consideration. He is known to play well in windy conditions and difficult layouts. Lowry is 10th in SG: Tee-To-Green, 5th in Green In Regulation, 26th Sand Saves % , and 41st in Driving Distance. I am going to play Lowry if the winds  are still blowing on Thursday.

Brendan Steele $7100

Projected Ownership: 4%

If stats are how you make your decisions then Brendan Steele will check almost all your boxes. He is 13th SG: Tee-To-Green, 5th in Scrambling, 11th in Sand Saves, 31st in Driving Distance, 58th in Driving Accuracy, and 27th In Green Regulation this season. The only red flag is that he is 102nd in SG: Putting. Brendan Steele has 5 top 20 finishes in his last 8 events so the form is very good. This will be his 2nd time around Augusta as he MC in 2012.

Charley Hoffman: $7100

Projected Ownership: 7%

After a slow start, Charley Hoffman has 3 top 23s in his last 4 tournaments. Hoffman is 28th SG: Tee-To-Green which seems to be the reason why he has a T29, T9 and T27 in his 3 trips to Augusta. With Marc Leishman’s projected ownership to be over 20%, Charley Hoffman is a name to consider at the same price.

Soren Kjeldsen: $6500

Projected Ownership: 6%

Soren Kjeldsen is the lowest priced player I will have shares of this week. The last time we saw him, he beat Rory Mcllroy at the Dell Match play by throwing darts onto greens on a rainy and windy day. The forecast at Augusta is similar this week as high winds are expected Thursday and Friday. Depending on conditions, it may even be lift and replace for fairways. If the tournament indeed turns out to par golf, it would be wise to look into playing Kjeldsen. He is a great putter,  very deadly with his wedges, and accurate off the tee. His best finish at Augusta in 3 attempts was a T7 last year where he shot E for the week, of course.




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