Dustin Johnson headlines the Tour's return to Detroit
The 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic is set for June 27-30 at Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Mich. 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 Rocket Mortgage lineup looks like this week:
Dustin Johnson ($12,000)
It's rare to see one guy fetch this high a price, but that's a by-product of a mid-summer tournament with a middling field. Anyway, DJ should be good for some serious ROI this week as the Tour makes its first return to Motown in a decade. He's been a top-10 machine — 21 in all since the start of 2018, with five wins. He's been searching for his best stuff of late, but even a disappointing T35 at the U.S. Open saw him on the fringes of the leaderboard for a while. Check these numbers: 3rd in SG: Off-the-Tee; 2nd in SG: Tee-to-Green; 2nd in SG: Total; 3rd in Scoring Average. Heck, he's even 27th in SG: Putting after not making anything at Pebble. The guy has no real weaknesses, and he's overdue for another win.
Sungjae Im ($8,800)
This kid's got game. A babyfaced rookie who's barely old enough to order a post-round libation, Sungjae finished solo seventh in Canada a couple of weeks ago, the fifth top 10 of his debut season. His more-than-respectable melange of stats includes rankings of 28th in SG: Total, T14 in Par-5 Scoring and 25th in Birdie Average.
Jason Dufner ($8,000)
Quietly — just how he likes it — the Duf-man has played some exceptional golf of late, with a T4 and a T7 among his last five outings, along with a respectable showing at the U.S. Open. He's risen to 20th in GIR, an eye-catching number on a Donald Ross track that values precision.
Vaughn Taylor ($7,600)
We're not above riding a hot hand. Taylor's fresh off a solo 4th at the Travelers, where he posted rounds of 68-66-69-65 for his third top 10 of the season. He's rolled the rock beautifully this year — 6th in SG: Putting, 4th in One-Putt Percentage, 19th in 3-Putt Avoidance — and his ball striking is starting to follow suit (27th in Driving Accuracy).
Ryan Armour ($6,900)
Pea-shooter is 4th in Driving Accuracy but 201st in Driving Distance, relying on guile to get him around the big tracks. He was the co-leader after an opening 64 at the Travelers before fading to T54. Strictly a cheap flyer, but he was a solid T12 at the Honda, T6 at the Valspar and T22 at the Memorial.
Bronson Burgoon ($6,700)
A year ago at about this time, Burgoon embarked on a summer hot streak that yielded finishes of T6, T30, T2. He showed signs of a similar mini-eruption at the Travelers last week with a 64-68 start before fading. Yes, we're grasping at straws; that's what happens when you blow all your money on your top pick.