It's always a pleasant surprise this time of year when options atop the Power Ranking are available in the one-and-done game, and that his the case at the Quicken Loans National this week. With that, there isn't much reason to dive down the list unless you find yourself trying to make a big move.
I've narrowed my choices to the top three on my Power Ranking this week, which are Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker and Jordan Spieth. Each of these options are excellent, and if you have only one of these available then I would strongly suggest that you consider using him. I can't think of an obvious spot for which to save one of them, though there will be other spots along the way where they will nicely fill a need.
I'll make the case for each of them.
Jason Day was the runner-up at Congressional at the 2011 U.S. Open and has posted a T8 and a T21 in his subsequent two starts. His form is also a sigh of relief, tying for fourth at the U.S. Open and 18th at the Travelers Championship. For him to tee it up in three consecutive tournaments is a signal that his health is no longer a concern. He's also sixth in the Official World Golf Ranking and clearly among the elite in the field by any measure.
Brandt Snedeker has gotten back on track with a T9 at the U.S. Open and a T11 at the Travelers in his last two starts. Add to that, he has three top-eight finishes in this event at Congressional. I absolutely love that he played the par 4s in 11-under last week and gained 1.226 strokes with the flat stick. That's the Snedeker we grew to love as an elite player over the last few years. His current trend reminds me of where he stood just before he won the RBC Canadian Open last year where, oh by the way, he was our OAD pick.
Jordan Spieth - While he hasn't picked up the second PGA TOUR win just yet, he's been a top-20 machine virtually everywhere. He finished sixth here last year, making it one of the few courses where we have some strong course history to go with his great form. The biggest concern has been his scoring on the weekend.
The scary thing about this week is that a large percentage of OAD players probably still have Sneds and / or Day at their disposal. I would expect that less have Spieth. Because Day and Snedeker are widely viewed as favorites, should one of them have a really big week then there will be some movement in your league.
Typically in this scenario, one of these three will unexpectedly bomb out (think Justin Rose at Memorial or Matt Kuchar at Colonial), one of them will have a respectable week (top 25 but not top 10) and one of them will be a real contender and maybe even win.
While in some ways he may be the riskiest, I'm trusting that he's turned the corner and is peaking towards a big week and rolling with Brandt Snedeker.
Best of luck to all this week!