2014 Fantasy GolfChris Garosi

2014 Fantasy Golf Daily Fix: Shell Houston Open


After a week off due to work and other things getting in the way of fantasy, I’m back this week with another edition of the Fantasy Fix’s Daily Fantasy golf picks. Remember to join DraftStreet via this link and head over to their Daily Fantasy golf game.  This week’s Daily Fantasy picks for the Shell Houston Open at Golf Club of Houston are below.

Tour Stop

In the appetizer to next week’s Masters, we head to Houston and the Golf Club of Houston. The course measures 7,441 yards with a par 72 scorecard. This is seen as a tune up for the Masters and the course does its best to set up the course like the Masters to attract a top notch list of entrants. And they’ve done so again this year.


We could see a few players returning from injuries/absences. I expect Charl Schwartzel (baby) to return this week. Phil Mickelson may return this week as well, but I imagine he sits this out to get healthy for the Masters. I also expect Erik Compton and Morgan Hoffmann to return from their illnesses this week as well. Compton’s withdrawal last week was a bit mysterious as he didn’t say it was an illness after it was originally reported as an illness. Compton is working on his third heart so any illness is a bit more concerning. Hunter Mahan is likely back this week as well. We may also see Bryce Molder, Tommy Gainey and Ricky Barnes back as well.

Also, Nick Watney has withdrawn so make sure to avoid him this week.

Here is the top 10 from 2013’s tournament at the Golf Club of Houston:

Shell Houston Open 2013 Results
Shell Houston Open 2013 Results

Let’s look at a few options this week:

(September 12, 2013 - Source: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)
Graham DeLaet – (September 12, 2013 – Source: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)

Graham DeLaet | $19,062 – The Canadian has been top notch this season with seven cuts made in nine events and five top ten finishes.

J.B. Holmes | $13,029 – He’s struck the ball well over the last month and has two top 10s to show for it.

Charley Hoffmann | $15,301 – Seven entries into this tournament. Seven cuts made including a top 10 and four total finishes in the top 25. He’s played well this year with seven top 25 finishes this season. He’s got an attractive price for what seems like a slam dunk.

Jason Kokrak | $16,120 – Kokrak looked great last week except for his third round 77. He finished in the top 10 last year at this tournament.

Seung-yul Noh |$12,973 He keeps making cuts and his price continues to stay low. He’s now 11 for 12 in cuts this season.  I’m going to keep sticking him on my rosters until he gets too pricey. He missed the cut here in 2012, but he’s a different golfer now.

Louis Oosthuizen | $15,998 – Oosty as he’s known to his friends (I’m sure that is his nickname – or at least it would be if he played hockey). He has a great track record here recently T16, T3 and T10 over his last three appearances. However, he has struggled lately including a missed cut at the Valpsar tournament. I like him to bounce back on a course he’s been comfortable at in the past.

Henrik Stenson | $24,753 – Stenson has moved into the rarified air of the top three salaries on DraftStreet. And he’s likely worth it this week. He was second last year and has two top three finishes on his resume (including second last year) and he’s never missed the cut here. He’s coming off a fifth place finish at the Arnold Palmer and his game is in top form.  I wouldn’t be mad at you if you decide to take Dustin Johnson ($25,763) or Keegan Bradley ($22,605) as your stud for the week as both are in top form and have good history at this venue.

Daniel Summerhays | $13,937 – Summerhays is a bit like Noh in that  he keeps making cuts and his salary continues to stay relatively low. He was tied for second last week and has three top 20s in his last six starts.

Josh Teater | $9,109 – He’s not the most exciting player, but he’s got two top 20 finishes at Houston on his resume. And his price can’t be beat.  He’s got eight cuts made in 13 tourneys this year and has three straight cuts made.

Jimmy Walker | $19,300 – Walker is a Texan. This tournament is in Texas. He hasn’t had great success, but he’s playing at another level this season and is worth the price of admission.

If you want to go cheap for any reason, there could be some value in Brice Garnett ($6,881) who has made 10 of 12 cuts this year. He struggled in Florida, but came back with a tie for 31st last week.   Old friend Davis Love III ($7,223) has also been a bit of a cut machine this year with eight cuts made in 11 tourneys and coming off a tie for 26 th at the Arnold Palmer. Padraig Harrington ($10,036) needs a win to get into the Masters. He’s never missed a cut at this event, but he is a shell of his former self. He’s a big risk, but has upside. And finally, Michael Putnam ($8,276) gets to play with his brother for the first time ever and could have some extra juice. He’s also made 11 out of 14 cuts on the year.

Good luck this week! Head over to DraftStreet to choose your squad for this week.

DraftStreet Scoring

Roster size: 6 Golfers

Points Scoring
ALBA*   4.5 pts
EAG       2 pts
BRD        1 pt
PAR        0.2 pts
BGY        -0.6 pts
2BGY+   -1.6 pts

*ALBA = Albatross or double eagle

1st          8 pts
2nd        5 pts
3rd         4 pts
4th-10th               3 pts
11th-25th            2 pts
26th-50th            1 pt

Round Bonuses
BFR*      1 pt
LROD**                2 pts

*BFR = Bogey-free round
*LROD = Low round

Note :

1. Ties will not affect “PLACE” bonus. For example, if three players tie for 2nd they will all receive the 5 point bonus for 2nd place.

2. Playoff holes will not count towards scoring but can impact the place a golfer finishes.

3. Golfers who withdraw or are disqualified in the middle of a round will receive 0 fantasy points for that round.

4. If multiple golfers tie for low round of the day, full bonus points will be awarded to all of them.

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