The Travelers Championship is set for June 23-26 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. 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 Travelers Championship lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Patrick Cantlay ($10,200)
Even though it comes the week after a tense and exhausting major championship, the Travelers boasts a strong field — Masters champ Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy are among the stars who are back to the grind this week. But we're giving our top nod to the defending FedExCup champion. Cantlay has never won the Travelers, but he shot a 60 at TPC River Highlands in 2011 as an amateur and has an active streak of four straight top-15 finishes in this event, qualifying him as a course horse for our purposes. He typically struggles in majors but finished T14 at the U.S. Open, and before that he posted finishes of T3 at the Memorial, first at the Zurich, and second at the Heritage, so his current form is strong. A win here would get him closer to another Cup.
Jordan Spieth ($9,900)
Spieth arrived in Brookline looking like a possible U.S. Open contender but was derailed by an ill-timed stomach bug. He fought through it to finish T37, but the three-time major winner has to be frustrated that his early major successes are fading farther into the rearview. Still, he's having one of his better ball-striking seasons in a long time, ranking 10th in SG: Tee-to-Green, and he has a win and two seconds this season. He's one of the few high-priced guys with a Travelers win on his resume; he won it in 2017 in a playoff with Daniel Berger.
Joel Dahmen ($7,700)
This is probably our recency bias showing, but we liked what we saw out of Dahmen at The Country Club this past weekend, and we'll reward him with a spot on our squad this week. Rather than wilt in the U.S. Open spotlight, the 36-hole co-leader hung in on the weekend, posting a respectable final-round 71 and a T10 finish. The golf world is still buzzing over winner Matt Fitzpatrick's ball striking, but Dahmen actually tied Fitzpatrick for the tournament lead in GIR at 72 percent. The bucket hat-wearing, cancer-surviving everyman is one of the most rootable and relatable guys out there, and now he comes out of Brookline brimming with confidence.
Harris English ($7,600)
The defending Travelers champion has been sidelined for much of 2022 thanks to Valentine's Day hip surgery (thanks, Cupid). The fact that he made the cut at the U.S. Open tells us that the surgery was a relative success. Last year, he survived a record-setting eight-hole playoff with Kramer Hickok despite agonizing hip pain. Now that he's shaken the rust off and is (presumably) pain-free, he can mount his title defense. English is a tough competitor, as he proved last year by ignoring the agony and earning his fourth career PGA Tour win.
Mackenzie Hughes ($7,400)
This under-the-radar Canadian has seemed like a star-in-waiting for a while now, and while we await his breakout, we can confidently plug him in this week at a tournament where he's five-for-five in made cuts with a top-5 finish to his credit (a T3 in 2020). This season has been something of a struggle for Hughes, but he's coming off a top-25 finish at the U.S. Open, and he has three top-10 finishes this season.
Rickie Fowler ($7,000)
We wish we knew how to quit you, Rickie. Every week, we scan the bottom of the board for field-fillers, and every week we notice Fowler's name and remember how he has eight career top-5 finishes in majors, four of them in one season. One of these days, Fowler is going to rediscover what made him a star to begin with, and we'll be there to cash in. Of course, at this point, we wouldn't blame him if he took the LIV money and ran.