PGA DFS This Week
After an exciting finish at the TPC Louisiana for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans that saw Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman come out on top, the PGA Tour turns its attention back to a single-player format and the Valspar Championship.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three guys to consider for your fantasy team this week at the Valspar Championship.
Valspar Championship Fantasy
Justin Thomas hasn't played since The Masters, but finished a respectable T-21 there. In his seven events this year, Thomas has four top-15 finishes, two top-five finishes and a win at The PLAYERS Championship a little more than five weeks ago. When you look at some of Thomas' rankings, he is playing better than his finishes might make it seem. He ranks No. 2 on tour in Strokes Gained (SG): Approach The Green, No. 14 in SG: Around-The-Green, No. 4 in SG: Tee-To-Green and No. 4 in SG: Total. In an event where ball striking will be crucial, this plays to Thomas' strengths right now. Additionally, in three career appearances in this event, Thomas has finishes of No. 18 and No. 10.
It's impossible to make picks for the Valspar Championship and not include Paul Casey. The man has won the event the last two times it's been played. Could he really go for a three-peat in 2021? Absolutely. Casey ranks No. 14 on tour in SG: Approach the Green and No. 24 on tour in average proximity to hole on his shots into the green. Additionally, Casey is playing really solid golf of late. Although he missed the cut in his last event at the RBC Heritage, in his six events prior to that, Casey had four top-10 finishes and two top-5 finishes. If Casey can drain a few putts, he'll be hard to stop on a course where he might be more comfortable than anyone on tour.
Justin Rose proved he can still run with the tour's best at The Masters a few weeks ago, finishing 7th. And he backed it up with a T-11 last week in New Orleans. His season-long numbers won't wow you, but that's because he was struggling earlier in the season. When he's right, he's got a very well-rounded game highlighted by great ball striking and an impressive short game. To top it off, He's got a pretty good history at Innsbrook. In his 10 career starts here, he's never finished outside the top-30 with the exception of missing the cut in 2015. In those nine other starts, Rose has five top-15 finishes, three top-10 finishes and two top-five finishes. Rose is riding high coming into a place he's seen some real success before. Definitely a guy to watch.
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