The John Deere Classic is set for July 8-11 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup as this tournament precedes the final major of the season, next week's British Open.
Here's what our best John Deere Classic lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Daniel Berger ($11,100)
It's the week before a major, and the weakness of the field reflects the fact that most of the top guys are focusing their attention on Royal St. Georges. Berger will be there, too, but first things first — he's a threat to win his second trophy of the season this week in his Open tune-up. Aside from a disappointing MC at The Masters, Berger has been pretty bulletproof this season, with 11 top 25s in 17 outings, including a T7 at the U.S. Open in his most recent event. He's done it with ball striking — he's 9th in GIR and 14th in SG: Approach the Green.
Troy Merritt ($8,700)
Merritt has played some of the best golf on Tour in the last two months, with a T8 at the Valspar, a T7 at the Nelson, a solo 7th at the Charles Schwab, and a T2 this past weekend in Detroit, where he shot four rounds of 68 or better and lost in a playoff. His third career Tour title is looking like an inevitability, and it could come as soon as this week.
Zach Johnson ($8,500)
This tournament is held on hallowed ground for the two-time major champion; ZJ is on the board of directors for the John Deere Classic, which is contested in his beloved Hawkeye State. He's also a past champion here, having won the 2012 edition. He doesn't have much to show for this season apart from a T6 at the RSM and a T8 at the Honda, but the guy can still drain putts — he's 3rd in SG: Putting.
Dylan Frittelli ($7,800)
The Deere was canceled in 2020 due to COVID, so 2019 winner Fritelli comes in as the defending champion. This tournament is typically a scoring bonanza, and Frittelli's win was no exception — a 21-under masterpiece that included a 65-64 weekend. His best showing this season came at the November Masters, a T5 — not a bad spot to post your only top 10.
Steve Stricker ($7,700)
The U.S. Ryder Cup captain still likes to sip from the fountain of youth and compete with the youngsters from time to time, with highly credible results: In the last year, Stricker has four top-20 finishes in 11 PGA Tour starts, including a T4 in Phoenix in February. Memorably, he also won this tournament three years in a row (2009-11). The ageless 54-year-old looks like a bargain this week.
Michael Kim ($6,100)
How often can you get a recent champion and the tournament record-holder at this price? It's what happens when a guy comes in ranked No. 1,490 in the world having made one cut in his last 10 tournaments (a 67th-place finish at the Byron Nelson). We'll focus on the positive, though — Kim won this tournament by eight strokes in 2018 with a record 27-under score, a magical 63-64-64-66 weekend. It may well have been a one-off, but we'll root for muscle memory to kick in on the familiar turf of TPC Deere Run.