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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Waste Management Phoenix Open - One-and-Done

If the OAD is like the stock market, then you probably shouldn't follow my lead this week. Last week, you would have been buying low after a MC at the Sony Open and a T49 at the CareerBuilder Challenge. You would have been rewarded with Brandt Snedeker as the winner.

For the record, I now have two wins in 11 tournaments (Kisner at Sea Island) and rank a mere 19th in my OAD league and am inside the money with one spot to spare. Tough crowd!

This week I'm taking a course history play. Some may immediately think that means Bubba Watson, with a pair of runner-up finishes in his wake at TPC Scottsdale, but I'm looking at someone almost as tasty. That would be Hideki Matsuyama, with a T4-T2 record in the WMPO.

Yes, he missed the cut at the Farmers last week, but he played just fine in the first round with a 68. He'll be fine. Probably.

Best of luck!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Farmers Insurance Open - One-and-Done

Before we dive into the one-and-done for the Farmers Insurance Open, this serves as a quick reminder that my power rankings can be found here

Four names were bouncing around in my head very early on the OAD process this week, and one name always seemed to stand above the others. I like Charles Howell III and Bill Haas for a OAD this week, but not as much as Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker. (I didn't see this as the right play for Day in this format even before the illness.) 

Both Mickelson and Snedeker have solid current form and great course history. There is an argument to save Sneds for Pebble Beach, but he also has the weight of defending there. Mainly for that reason, I'm going to go ahead and burn Snedeker this week at Torrey Pines.

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CareerBuilder Challenge - One-and-Done

Time is ticking away before balls are in the air at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and here is the one and done to wrap up our research for the week.

For those asking about power rankings, I have incorporated those into my CareerBuilder Rotoworld preview. You will also find my Yahoo! picks and Golf Channel picks in this Rotoworld article

I realize that it's a bit of a hassle for those of you that typically read the power ranking on the blog, but it only makes sense to write one article and publish it in one place. I will continue to link to that power ranking in this space. I honestly have mixed emotions about giving that up to Rotoworld, but it's the best thing for now. 

One thing to note since my Yahoo! picks were published is the sub out of Finau for Bohn. That had to do with spreading out the course rotation.

Now for the OAD!

This came down to two picks. Matt Kuchar and Charles Howell III. Both tied for 13th last week at the Sony Open and both are past runner-ups at this week's event. Because this week could play a little harder than we are used to in this event, I'm taking Kuchar by a hair over CH3. 

Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sony Open - One-and-done

The Sony Open is ready to kick off at Waialae Country Club, and here is this week's one-and-done. Apologies for the late posting. For those that follow me on Twitter, you probably picked up on my travels from South Carolina to Phoenix for the National Championship game.

As stated in my Rotoworld preview, I'm a big believer in course history this week. As such, names that pop up in the OAD include Jimmy Walker, Charles Howell III, Matt Kuchar and Russell Henley. For the record, I would endorse any of those.

I almost pulled the trigger with Charles Howell III, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. It's dangerous to use feel when making any type of pick, but that's what it came down to for me with the remaining three. It's hard to see Jimmy Walker winning three of these in a row. Matt Kuchar's course history is very attractive, and course history matters at Sony, but he's also usually fresh off a warm up at Kapalua. That wasn't the case this week.

I'm going with Russell Henley. He ended 2015 in good form and I really like his trend at the Sony Open. It was almost predictable that he would follow up his 2013 win with a bit of a letdown in his first ever title defense. He delivered on that expectation with a T57 in 2014. His T17 in 2015 established him as a course horse here and has him trending for a big week. It's a quiet trend, which I like even more.

Don't forget that Henley's background has him performing very well on par 70 layouts, due in part to a long history of par 4 scoring strength.

Best of luck to all!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Hyundai Tournament of Champions - One-and-done

The Hyundai Tournament of Champions kicks off 2016 for the PGA TOUR on the Plantation Course at Kapalua. As a reminder, you can now find my preview and player breakdowns at rotoworld.com in my weekly feature article, normally publishing on Tuesdays. My Yahoo! and Golf Channel selection can be found on Playing the Tips at Rotoworld in a feature written by Josh Culp.

As for this week's one-and-done, strategy comes into play. For starters, in a limited field with a no-cut event, everyone cashes that finishes.

While Jordan Spieth and Jason Day both stand excellent chances to win, this isn't the time to play them. Consider the opportunity cost. If you pick Spieth and he wins, but the guy you would have picked second finishes T7, you won't have gained as much as if you put Spieth on a win in a major or WGC versus your second best option missing the cut. Of course, if you could be 100% certain he was going to win, you would play him. And if Spieth finishes in a three-way tie for third and your second best pick is solo sixth, you've wasted a pick.

My one-and-done this week offers both excellent form and legit course history. That is Patrick Reed. he's been tearing it up across the globe and is the defending champion. I would happily take a top-five finishes with Reed and move on to the Sony Open.

Best of luck to all!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Yahoo! Fantasy Golf Announcement - Options

Hello! It's been a while!

I hope you and your loved ones are settling in for a great holiday season.

Monday night, I had a loyal Twitter follower drop a bit of a bombshell on me. Commish Joe pointed my attention to the reality that the Yahoo! Fantasy Golf game would not take place in 2016. Let me be clear that I have zero inside information on the inner working of the Yahoo! operation.

That said, I can only speculate that the fantasy golf traffic relative to the other major sports just didn't have the appeal to them to keep going. I don't know for sure how many people played the game in 2015, but I did notice I had to ascend to a higher number in the rankings to crack the 99th percentile this year than I did the year before, signifying a dwindling of play. My best guess is that there were around 80k-85k players last year, and I have no way of guessing how many of those kept with it for an entire season. I would further guess that the emergence of DFS, especially DraftKings, appealed more to serious gamers that enjoy a little wager than the free Yahoo! game.

Another thing to note is that, while many of you / us greatly enjoyed the Yahoo! game, there are plenty of players that hated the format. I tended to like it, in part because I felt like I figured out how to excel in it. It's like any game in that, once you get the strategy, it becomes much easier to produce relates.

So what now?

I have been peppered with questions on Twitter and email in regards to what I recommend for displaced Yahoo! gamers. The short answer is, "it depends." Why did you like Yahoo?

Timeout.

Before I get into recommending games, I've decided that I will only recommend games that I have personally played or games that I have a personal / professional relationship with those that run the games. I've heard of at least three different sites / games over the last 24 hours that I was previously unaware of, but I'm not promoting something of which I am unfamiliar.

Time in.

Most people liked Yahoo! because it would host a game for free where a bunch of buddies could play without the leadership of a commissioner and without any fees. Some did it for money, others prizes, other bragging rights.

If the format of the game doesn't matter to you, and you want something that's free and will allow customized leagues, I'd recommend looking at the GolfChannel.com game when it goes live in January. It's easier to play in that you set a lineup on Wednesday night (or before) and watch the results play out over the next four days without lineup changes. I would also recommend checking out the new PGATOUR.com Avis game (I think that's what it's called). While I haven't played it, Rob Bolton is a friend and a PGATOUR.com guy, and I'm sure it's fairly run.

It goes without saying that DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) is an option in most states as of today. For this that like weekly games and want to wager a buck or two in a game of skill (or chance), DraftKings is a known commodity. There is also a lot of smoke around FanDuel coming out with a game very shortly.

Something I would highly recommend for established groups that used to play Yahoo! is the idea of a private game with a commissioner. It takes a big commitment from someone in the group, but you are no longer beholden to a site. If you are interested in doing one of these and want to beat up potential options, shoot me an email and I'm happy to share some formats I've seen in private games I play. Some are about as complex as 300 level calculus and others are easy as 4th grade math. (thegolfaficionado@gmail.com).

The final thing I would recommend is some sites that I have come to be quite familiar with that offer season long games that you can still enter.

PGFantasygolf.com offers a salary cap game that begins with the Tournament of Champions and runs through the TOUR Championship. I've played it two out of the last three years and will be in it this year as well.

FantasyGolfTeam.com is another well run site that offers season long games, as well as some weekly games for bigger tournaments. The guys behind this site had a run at DFS with a site called Buzzdraft a few years ago and run a really nice game. They offer a variety of games, so check out there site and see what you like.

Golfmanna.com is an excellent site that is run by a guy that I happen to play with in several leagues. He offers several different games, and I highly recommend checking out his site.

As I mentioned before, I've had excellent personal experience with the sites above, and the people that have run them. I'm quite sure there are others out there.

I hope this helps you fill some of the void left with the Yahoo! departure.

It's not long until Kapalua. Oh, and rumor has it that I'll have a Rotoworld feature coming out in about a week with my updated top 125.

See you soon!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

RSM Classic - One-and-Done

The final tournament of the 2015 portion of the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season is finally here, and here is the one-and-done selection for the RSM Classic.

As bad as the picks have been for the first few tournaments of the new season, I'm ready to get this one turned in and hope the layoff provides me with some clarity in time for Kapalua!

With that, I'll take a shot with Kevin Kisner. 2015 has been an excellent year for the Kisner, and picking up his first victory after plenty of runner-ups would be the icing on the cake. He tied for fourth here last year and was runner-up (WGC-HSBC) in his last start. What's not to like? Well, other than that I've now cursed him.

Best of luck to all!