Henrik Stenson tops a weak field at the GC of Houston
The 2019 Houston Open is set for Oct. 10-13 at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 2019 Houston Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Henrik Stenson ($11,400)
The surprisingly strong fields of the last few weeks are but a distant memory at this week's Houston Open. It doesn't help that the event has been exiled from its spot on the schedule as the Augusta warmup to this mid-October no-man's land, where it's competing on the sporting landscape with the heart of football season and the MLB playoffs. Bottom line: This week is for hard-core fantasy degenerates only. Henrik Stenson — No. 37 in the World Golf Ranking — is the top-ranked player in the field, and he does have a solid record at the GC of Houston: a T6 in 2018 and a runner-up in 2016. Decent form of late: a T3 and a T17 in his last two appearances in Europe.
Keegan Bradley ($9,000)
The season is very young, and the sample size minuscule, but Bradley's off to a solid start in 2019-20, as seven of his eight rounds have been 70 or better. Those numbers dovetail with a 2018-19 season that had some nice moments, including a T2 at the Travelers and two WGC top 10s. Finished T15 in Houston in 2017, T5 in 2015, T10 in 2013 and T4 in 2012, so he's a course horse.
Luke List ($8,500)
List apparently stepped into an open manhole after a solo 6th at the PGA in May: missed cuts in his next six outings to plummet 28 spots in the 2019 FedExCup standings. He finally showed a pulse this past weekend at the Shriners: a T13 that included a back-nine 32 on Sunday, with an eagle and three birdies over his last six holes. Tends to play well in the autumn months, with five top 10s in October and November since 2017. Finished T24 in Houston in 2018.
Johnson Wagner ($6,900)
Two factors playing in Wagner's favor this week: He's a course horse at GC of Houston (winner in 2008 and runner-up on a sponsor's exemption in 2015), and he's cheap. A couple of eye-popping stats from an otherwise forgettable 2018-19 season: He was 2nd in GIR and 18th in SG: Putting. That tells us that there's something there, even if doesn't always show up in the earnings column. Maybe it will this week, at a place where he's comfortable.
Jason Dufner ($7,000)
We're always irrationally bullish on the Duf-man, who has struggled through a bunch of missed cuts and middling finishes since the start of summer. But he also specializes in out-of-nowhere top 10s, like his T7 at the Memorial and his T4 at the Wells-Fargo in May, and his ball-striking was solid all last season (5th in GIR in 2018-19). Finished T12 in Houston in 2017.
Stewart Cink ($6,900)
There are five major winners in the field this week, and we've got four of 'em (sorry, Rich Beem). Cink joins Stenson, Bradley, and Dufner in a quartet of crafty vets who can always string a few good rounds together. Cink was a solid T28 at the Sanderson a few weeks ago, and the last time they held a major, he snuck into the top 20 at the British in July.