Welcome back everybody to my weekly DraftKings PGA Sleeper Picks. This week the tour heads to The Old White TPC course located in West Virginia, for The Greenbrier Classic. Before we dive into everything about this week, I first want to quickly go over my picks from last week. It was a very successful week for The Sleepers, as all three of my main guys made it through the cut. Not only did they make the cut, but Nick Taylor, Kevin Na, and Kevin Streelman all finished inside the top 30, with Streelman having the best finish at T17th. There were a few very popular names to miss the cut, so it was good to have these cheap guys all get to the weekend at some decently low ownership levels in GPPs. So let’s try to keep this going into this weeks Greenbrier Classic. First off there is no defending champion from last year, because this event was actually cancelled due to serious flooding in the area. The course has been shut down since and was renovated with new greens and fairways. None of the actual designs of the holes have changed and it sounds like it will play very similar to the prior years.
Like with every par 70, par four scoring will be crucial here at The Old White. In fact in 2015, all of the top ten players in par four scoring for that year finished no worse than T13 for the week. These fairways are also wide and generous, so I think longer players off the tee will have a slight advantage. Lastly, as always approaching the green will be very important, so don’t forget about GIR percentage and strokes gained approaching when choosing your golfers. Just like last week, with another major only three weeks away, we are getting another very weak field of players to choose from for this event. It is still a solid week to play DFS, I just think it is a wise week to cut back how much of your bankroll you are putting on the table. So good luck to everyone and if any of these picks help you win or if you need any advice, don’t hesitate to let me know on Twitter. @Hunta512.
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Trey Mullinax: (6,400) The young bomber out of Alabama has never competed here, but there is no way Mullinax should be this cheap in this field. He was struggling to make a cut earlier in the season, but over the last month he has been excellent, making the cut in three of his last four events, with two notable finishes, including a T13 at The FedEx ST Jude and a very impressive T9 at The U.S. Open, which was his first ever major tournament. During these four weeks he has posted a very high GIR percentage of 71.5%, which is the best average of all the players in this field who have competed in the last six weeks.
He has always been a monster with his driver ranking 8th on The Tour in driving distance at 307.5 yards, but he has been even longer in these past four starts, with a 322.8 yard average drive. For the season, he also ranks 86th in strokes gained putting, 31st in par four scoring, and 28th in birdie or better percentage. He is definitely a tough pill to swallow in cash games, but at this cheap of a salary, Mullinax is easily one of my favorite GPP plays of the week.
Ollie Schniederjans: (7,400) Ollie has been very consistent recently, making six straight cuts and is now 15/20 this season. Just like with Mullinax, this young player has also never competed here before, but I don’t think this should prevent us from rostering him this week. Most of his game sets up well for this course, as he ranks 50th in strokes gained tee to green, 42nd in strokes gained approaching the green, 109th in GIR percentage (65%), 34th in driving distance (299.1 yards), 82nd in par four scoring, and 47th in birdie or better percentage.
His game hasn’t looked perfect in his last two events, with a T71 at The Memorial and T63 last week at The Quicken Loans, but there is always upside with Schniederjans if he can get it going with his irons. He is clearly underpriced at $7,400 when considering that his Vegas odds to win this event are currently at 66/1, which are the same odds as Jamie Lovemark and Nick Watney, who are both priced over $8,000 on DraftKings. This is a really nice price for Schniederjans in this lackluster field and he is a great GPP play that should come with a decently low ownership. (9-12% projected ownership level via Fantasy Labs)
Robert Streb: (7,300) Streb has been very successful here at The Old White TPC, going 3/3 in made cuts, with a T2 in his last appearance here, after losing to Danny Lee in a four player playoff back in 2015. He was playing better that season (25/30 in made cuts), but he has started to regain his form as of late, now making four consecutive cuts since The Bryon Nelson.
Most of his stat rankings are average for the season, but he has played well on par fours, ranking 82nd in par four scoring this year. He also has played very well on these par fours here the last two times he has teed it up at The Old White TPC, finishing inside the top five in par four scoring both years. He may not be the most exciting option, but at only $7,300, I think Streb is a really nice value play that should make the cut this week.
Also Consider: Gary Woodland, David Hearn, Stewart Cink, Hudson Swafford, Smylie Kaufman, Nick Taylor, Branden Thornberry, Michael Kim, Ryan Brehm, and Seamus Power.