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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Northern Trust Open - Fantasy

Before we dive into the popular fantasy games for the Northern Trust Open, I would be remiss not to say thanks for the feedback on yesterday’s post. I read every tweet and email, and reply to most. It seems like information overload was well received.

As for the games, sometimes things come together well, and sometimes they don’t. The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was one of those weeks where most things went right. For an example of the opposite, look back at Torrey Pines.

Jimmy Walker was a pretty easy call in most formats, and a slam dunk for most of you in the Yahoo! C group. Having him perform in a one-and-done situation was a huge plus, and sliding him into the Golf Channel game in Group 2 was icing on the cake.

Jason Day was a disappointment but, unless he was your OAD, there was enough good (D. Johnson, Spieth, Mahan) to cover up the bad.


While we got the daily lineups wrong a few times, most notably in the final round by leaving Spieth and G-Mac on the bench, it was a nice Yahoo! week. We improved to 5,732 (92nd percentile) with 1,025 points.

While I typically play the AM/PM game with the first two rounds of most tournaments, I’m not going to do that this week quite as religiously. The weather is essentially the same every day in temperature and only presents relatively mild wind to where there doesn't appear to be a big advantage for the afternoon wave.
  • A-List – Starting Bubba Watson with Ryan Moore on the bench. Both are in the PM/AM wave, with Bubba ranking sixth on TOUR with a 68.33 late scoring average.
  • B-List – Starting Dustin Johnson and Bill Haas, with Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth on the bench. It was hard leaving off Mahan and DeLaet, but this is the one wave where I reached for Simpson and Spieth because they rank first and second in early scoring average. If I went with DJ, Haas, Mahan and GDL, I would have had all four in the same wave.
  • C-List – Starting Kevin Na, with Jimmy Walker on the bench. Similar to Bubba, Na is a solid player late in the day ranking fourth on TOUR with a 68.15 late scoring average. Both are PM/AM wave.

Golf Channel

As always, check out Mike Glasscott’s weekly Rotoworld article for all of our Golf Channel picks. Shout out to Ned for killing it last week with a win (Walker), T2 (D. Johnson) and a T4 (Kevin Na).

For the one and done, I find myself essentially down to D. Johnson, DeLaet and Haas. With Walker off the board, I really don’t see anyone else creeping into the discussion at this point.

Johnson is sort of the perfect blend of course history and form. Of course, so was Jason Day last week.

DeLeat and Haas are like looking at the opposite side of a coin. Haas is the course horse with questionable form, and DeLaet is on fire with course history that is reasonably improving.

One final note for those that still have a Walker burn available…I don’t know what to tell you in a OAD. With three wins in eight starts, he’s in David Duval, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods air. I was a casual observer at best when Duval burst onto the scene, but he rattled off wins like crazy for a while, as I remember. If this tournament was two weeks later, I’d say use Walker and don’t hesitate. But as it is, he’s still thanking sponsors on Twitter as of Tuesday morning, so clearly he’s still trying to get past the Pebble win.

We’ll firm up a one-and-done, and highlight any Yahoo! changes in our Wednesday post. 

Until then, best of luck to all!

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