The Northern Trust is set for Aug. 20-23 at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. 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 Northern Trust lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Patrick Reed ($9,000)
Forget COVID; we've got a serious case of FedEx fever. It's that time of year when the elites gather and there are viable options up and down the board. This week, we're looking at the middle of the pack of the Tour's top 125 and finding all kinds of enticing choices, starting with the defending champion, a two-time winner of this event. (And before you point out that Reed won last year on a different venue, I'll point out that he has three top-6 finishes at TPC Boston.) Reed has been a mixed bag since the restart, but his last four starts do include two top 10s and a T13 at the PGA. He's been money on the moss, ranking 9th in SG: Putting, but his overall game has been equally strong — 10th in SG: Total, 8th in Birdie Average, 8th in Scoring. Set aside the prickly personality and focus on the track record.
Daniel Berger ($8,900)
You could argue that Berger has been the MVP of the Tour's reboot, with a win at the Charles Schwab, a T3 at the Heritage, a T2 at the FedEx St. Jude, and a T13 at the PGA. And he wasn't too shabby before that, with three straight top 10s heading into the shutdown. He's shown no real weaknesses this season, ranking 4th in SG: Total and 5th in Scoring. After missing the playoffs in 2019, Berger's a threat to grab the 10 mil this year.
Tony Finau ($8,800)
It feels like we're points racing by picking Mr. One Career Win, but one of these weeks, Finau is going to finish the job, and even if he doesn't, he's a virtual lock for a fat paycheck. Finau has finished in the top 8 in three of his last four starts, including a T4 at the PGA, on the back of some beautiful ball striking (10th in SG: Tee-to-Green this season). One frustrating but still impressive stat: He has by far the most top 10s without a win over the last four seasons with 31. If he can ever pair his prodigious talents with a killer instinct, look out.
Billy Horschel ($7,900)
Horschel rewarded our faith in him at the Wyndham with a solo second that could easily have been a win had a couple of makeable birdie putts found the bottom instead of burning the edges. Billy Ho has crafted an impressive statistical resume this season, ranking 17th in SG: Total and 11th in SG: Putting. The 2014 FedExCup champ is built for this time of year.
Abraham Ancer ($7,700)
Looking for a player who shows up and cashes checks? Abraham's your answer. He is in possession of the Tour's third-longest active cuts made streak, with 15 (just behind Patrick Cantlay's 19 and Rory McIlroy's 16). That kind of consistency is priceless in fantasy and makes him a bargain this week. Ancer, who went 3-1-1 at the 2019 Presidents Cup, is getting more and more comfortable on the big stages. For what it's worth, he finished solo 2nd at The Northern Trust last year, at Liberty National.
Harris English ($7,600)
We've talked up English on more than one occasion this season, and he's rarely let us down. If flash is your thing, look elsewhere, but if quiet consistency suits your fancy, English is the man. He's 9th in Scoring, 8th in SG: Total and 11th in GIR, and his par-or-better streak of 33 rounds is the best on Tour this season. He arrives in Beantown carrying a streak of five straight top-23 finishes.