NOTE: Before I start, I can’t help but tout the offer that DraftKings has right now. When they make these Millionaire Maker events, they try EVERYTHING to get as many people as possible, including giving away a ton of seats. And they are doing it again for the Masters. DK is giving away $1 million to the winner of their Masters event ($20 buy in). However, they are also giving away a ton of seats to new players. So here’s the deal. If you sign up with this link and deposit $5 (new account only) we both get a free $20 entry into the Masters event. That’s an unreal deal. Basically giving away $45 worth of buy-ins for $5.
The Masters is a unique event in the world of DFS. Golf in general is very difficult to handicap and it’s a matter of finding players who have good course history and are playing well recently. When those two lines are converging, it sets up for a great play. Luckily for us, since this tournament is played at the same course every year and all the big names players are involved, we have plenty of course history to use.
If you are new to PGA, there are some really good fantasy writers in the industry. My favorite is Rob Bolton from PGATour.com. You can find his power rankings and fantasy analysis here and follow him on Twitter.
Rory McIlroy ($14,900)
This is the last major Rory needs to complete the career Grand Slam and he’s the greatest player on Earth. Unfortunately, he hasn’t played particularly well by his standards and I don’t know if there are enough solid value plays to be able to roster him this week. I have to fade him.
Bubba Watson ($12,200)
His only two top 15s at Augusta are his two career wins. Hasn’t finished under par in the other four times he’s played. He’s boom or bust making him a great GPP play. Should be plenty of good vibes as the defending champ tries to go back-to-back.
Jason Day ($11,300)
Hasn’t finished worse than T31 in any tournament this season including 4 Top 10s. Led after 36 holes in 2013 and finished second. Finally healthy and always hungry for a Major Win.
Henrik Stenson ($10,100)
Has four consecutive Top 5s on TOUR. Withdrew last week with a fewer and sore throat. Assuming his health is fine, he’s a threat to make a deep run.
Jimmy Walker ($8,900)
This guy doesn’t get nearly enough credit. Coming off a win two weeks ago and leads the FedEx Cup Standings once again. 11/11 cuts, 5 Top 10s, and 2 wins already this season. Debuted at Augusta with a T8 last year. Should fly under the radar and be under-owned.
Keegan Bradley ($7,700)
He is rounding into form at the right time. He’s game is starting to click with a T5 last week in Houston. 2/3 in his Masters career. Has Major pedigree with PGA Championship victory in 2011.
Jim Furyk ($7,800)
If you want to win the Million on DK, you’re going to need to have all six of your guys at least make the cut. It’s detrimental to the entire lineup if just one fails to make the weekend. There might be no better lock to make the cut than Furyk. He’s 5/5 on TOUR this season including 3 Top 15s. His Masters resume is impressive with 16 cuts made in 18 trips and 12 top 25s.
Kevin Na ($6,000)
Na has been really good this season including 10/12 on TOUR and 4 Top 10s. His Masters record is hit and miss, but has survived the cut in his last two trips.
Cameron Tringale ($5,900)
This kid always feels like he’s about to breakout. He has all the skill in the world, he just needs to put it all together on a weekly basis. 10/13 on TOUR this year and a T5 last week in Houston. I’m nervous that this is his first trip to Augusta and the stage might be a little big for him.
The one good thing about Jordan Spieth losing last week…
Bummer, but Jordan Spieth can take solace in this: Since 1960, only 2 players have won the Masters after winning the week before.
— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) April 5, 2015