The Race for the FedExCup heats up with Round 1 of the Playoffs
The 2019 Northern Trust is set for Aug. 8-11 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. 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 Northern Trust lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Justin Thomas ($10,000)
JT looks like the big-board bargain this week. He had his year derailed a bit by a wrist injury, but he arrives in Jersey City off back-to-back top 12s, a sign that his early-year form — he had four top 10s in a five-week span in Jan.-Feb. — is returning. His stats are largely unassailable — he's 2nd in SG: Approach the Green, 2nd in SG: Tee-to-Green, 12th in SG: Total, 1st in Birdie Average and 9th in Scoring. The one exception: his putting, which has lagged (no pun intended) behind the rest of his game. If a few putts drop, he'll win this week.
Xander Schauffele ($8,900)
Schauffele tends to show up when the lights are brightest and the fields are strongest. He has five top-6 finishes in majors since 2017, including a T2 as this year's Masters and T3 at the U.S. Open, and among his four career wins are a FedExCup playoff event (the 2017 Tour Championship) and a WGC event (the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions). Aside from an occasionally wayward driver, his game has no real weakness. He's fourth in FedExCup points and only 14th in salary this week. Smells like a bargain to us.
Jordan Spieth ($8,000)
It's been a weird, frustrating year for the former World No. 1. Exhibit A: his round-by-round scoring averages. He ranks 10th on Tour in Round 1 Scoring Average (69.35) and 2nd in Round 2 (68.4) — then the weekend comes, and it all falls apart. He's 172nd in Round 3 Scoring Average (71.19) and 195th in Round 4 (73.00). That tells us it's all mental, and that self-imposed pressure is leading to implosion. We submit that he's really not that far off. His putter hasn't deserted him — he's 4th in SG: Putting — and a small adjustment between the ears is really all that's needed. Provided he doesn't drive it into the Hudson River (he's 191st in Driving Accuracy).
Billy Horschel ($8,000)
Billy Ho's heating up at just the right time. The 2014 FedExCup champ enters this year's playoffs coming off consecutive top 10s — at T6 in Greensboro and a T9 at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude. Actually, he's been sneaky-solid for awhile now, with seven top 25s since late April. Nothing flashy, but no real weaknesses either — he's a solid 32nd in SG: Total and 23rd in SG: Putting.
Gary Woodland ($7,800)
Woodland's been sleepwalking a bit since his U.S. Open win — two missed cuts and a T55 at the FedEx St. Jude. That just means he's overdue for a nice week. He was the 54-hole leader the last time this event (known then as the Barclays) was held at Liberty National, before fading to a final-round 73 and a T2. Woodland's scary when dialed in; he's second in birdie average (4.49).
Lucas Glover ($7,300)
We've been Glover lovers for much of this season, and he's rewarded our faith in him more often than not, with six top 10s. He's 17th in Scoring Average, 16th in SG: Total and 20th in SG: Tee-to-Green. Nothing to complain about there. When you're looking for scraps to fill your dance card, you could do a lot worse.