DraftKings Million Dollar Maker at the Masters
Welcome to our fourth golf daily game kit for the Masters at ScoutFantasySports.com. With an overall prize of $1,000,000 to the winner of this event for a $20 entry, the casual fan can’t let this opportunity slip by him. Fantasy golf is a great experience for daily owners as it gives more length to their investment while providing endless moments of anxiety as each golfer beats the golf ball all over the course. You can imagine the immense pressure these players feel when they are in the heat of the battle. This tournament by DraftKings will give you the same opportunity to be a star for a weekend while not seeing your knee’s wobble when trying to make a six-foot putt to save par. The information in this format is geared to help you narrow down the player pool to create a winning opportunity. The Masters is a unique tournament as the field is smaller with some options having no chance at winning. The possible number of players playing on the weekend is shorter than most PGA events. There will be only 50 golfers making the cut (+ ties). To win the event, you will need to find the winner plus every golfer will need to make the cut. There are too many combinations for someone to slip through the cracks. Each Fantasy golf owner should be looking to find three or four key players to build their team. Ideally, you would like to find the value plays with upside. Once you have your core, you may want to diversify the backend of your roster to give yourself more options to make the cut and win a million dollars.
To win the Masters, a golfer will need to be long off the tee with accuracy. The best swing path is a long draw (power fade for a lefty). Placement with approach shots is very important to create makeable birdie opportunities. A stealth short game is a must along with a hot putter.
Dustin Johnson ($11,400): Johnson entered last year’s Masters at the top of his game after winning three of his first nine tournaments in 2017. Unfortunately, a fall before the event led to a late scratch and a couple of weeks on the DL. In his last 16 events after his recovery, he has two wins, four other top 10 finishes, and two missed cuts. Over his last 20 rounds, Dustin is 66 strokes under par. In his seven contest at Augusta, he’s made the cut six times with his best finishes coming in 2015 (6th) and 2016 (4th). Overall at the Masters, Johnson is +3 over 26 rounds. He ranks 13th on the PGA Tour in driving distance (311) with only 56.9 percent landing in the fairway (158th). Dustin currently sits in 15th place in strokes gained-putting (.669) with a 2.59 to 1 birdie-to-bogey ratio (1st). Trending in the right direction at Augusta with an eagle swing on the Par 5s. Johnson is one of the top plays this season at the Masters despite getting swept in all three of his matches at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship.
Justin Thomas ($10,800): Over his last 14 tournaments, Thomas has been one of the best golfers on the planet. He’s won four of those events with two runner-up finishes. Over his last 56 days rounds, he shot under 70 in 35 rounds while being a combined 125 strokes under par. In his first Masters, Thomas shot 76, 73, 78, and 71 leading a 39th finish (+10) followed up by a 22nd place finish in 2017 (+2). His progression last year should put him in the heat of the battle in 2018. He currently sits 8th in driving distance (312.5) with some struggles with his accuracy (59.7 – 120th). On the year, Thomas is 39th in strokes gained-putting (0.451) and second in birdie-to-bogey ratio (2.11). A great young player with one major under his belt (PGA Championship in 2017) who had three top ten finishes in the major events in 2017. With a 1st, 2nd, and 4th place finish in his last three events, Justin looks poised to make a run a title at Augusta.
Jordan Spieth ($10,400): Spieth lost some his luster over the last 14 tournaments (no wins) despite placing in the top 20 in 12 events. Maybe we expect more from him based on the start of his early career. Jordan picked up the third leg of a career grand slam last summer when he won the Open Championship. In his four events at the Masters, he has a win, two 2nds, and one 11th place finish. Speith is ranked 81st in driving distance (298.3) with regression in his accuracy (58.4 – 133rd). His putter has let him down in 2018 (172 in strokes-gained putting (-.349), which was an area of strength over the previous three seasons. His game isn’t where it needs to be, but he does have a Master title plus another title that was in his hands. If he regains his putting stroke, Spieth would be the favorite to win this event while being one of the better board players at Augusta.
Tiger Woods ($10,000): There’s a lot to like about Tiger’s game over his last three starts (5th, 2nd, and 12th). He’s 21 under par over his last 12 rounds with five scores in the 60s in his last seven trips around the course. Woods ranks 37th in driving distance (304.2), but he barely hits the fairway (51.6 percent). His putting is rounding into form (14th – .739 strokes gained per round). Tiger has a 1.44 birdie-to-bogey ratio in 2018. In his career in the Masters, he has four wins (1997, 2001, 2002, and 205) and nine other top 10s in his 18 appearances. Woods is 84 strokes under par over 78 rounds at Augusta. Great history and even better story if he wins based on his injury history over the recent years. His driver isn’t where it needs to be to win this week. I expect him to high percentage own based on name value. Sometimes it’s more about the story at these big golf event, so I’d keep Tiger in your daily game thoughts.
Rory McIlroy ($9,900): Rory played well in his first two events (3rd and 2nd) on the European Toru in 2018 while picking up a win on the PGA Tour in mid-March. In his other five events on this side of the ocean, McIlroy has two missed cuts with a 20th, a 59th, and a 36th place finish. He ranks 6th in driving distance (314.1), but only 59.2 percent (117th) have hit the fairway. His putter looks improved (24th – 0.590 strokes-gained). Unfortunately, Rory doesn’t have a great birdie-to-bogey ratio (1.31 – 73rd). In 2015 at the Masters, McIlroy came off the pace to finish 4th (-12) after falling 12 shots behind Jordan Spieth after rounds one and two. It was his best Masters event in nine tries. Last year he finished three under par for a 7th place finish. Overall, Rory has 34 rounds at Augusta with one missed cut while being two under par. McIlroy has four straight top ten finishes while his best on Sunday over the last five years (four rounds under 70). Not in the best form, but he does have a recent win while gaining momentum over the last few years at this event. I’m my thoughts.
Jason Day ($9,800): Jason has a win and second place finish in his four events in 2018 while being 29 strokes under par over 12 rounds. In his seven chances at the Masters, Jason has a second and a third while withdrawing from the 2013 event due a wrist issue. Overall, he is -10 under par in 29 rounds at Augusta. He finished 22nd in 2017 with a score of +2. Day is 10th in driving distance (312.0) on the PGA Tour with 66.3 percent (33rd) of his tee shots landing in the fairway. He ranks 1st in strokes gained-putting (1.386) and 15th in birdie-to-bogey ratio (1.76). All the key stats point to a great tournament, and his salary is a more favorable area in 2018.
Phil Mickelson ($9,500): Mickelson has made the cut in his last five events with a win and three with top-six finishes. He’s 52 strokes under par over his last 16 rounds. In 25 events at Augusta, Mickelson made the cut 22 times with two wins (2004 and 2006), a second, and five thirds. Overall, he is -71 over 94 rounds at Augusta. His driver regained some distance (300.2 – 54th) in 2018, but Phil continues to struggle in his accuracy (48.7 – 212th). Phil is putting well (2nd in strokes gained-putting – 1.082) helping him place 3rd in birdie-to-bogey ratio (2.00). At age 47, Mickelson still has plenty of game to win on the PGA Tour. His lack of accuracy and a higher salary would force me to look elsewhere at this price point. He should be competitive, but I don’t see a win based on too many mistakes over 72 holes at Augusta.