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DraftKings Preview: Names to watch in Detroit

by Will Gray
Updated On: June 30, 2020, 11:54 pm ET

The PGA Tour has officially made it a month into its return to competition, and thus far the action has been worth the wait.

Dramatic finishes have factored at each of the previous three stops, including Dustin Johnson's one-shot win Sunday at the Travelers Championship. Now the scene shifts to the Rocket Mortgage Classic, as Detroit Golf Club hosts the event for the second straight year.

After the game's stars largely played each of the first three events back, many of them are staying home this week. It means that DFS players will have to dig a little deeper to uncover lineup gems. From the Tour's top Norwegian to last year's runner-up, here are some players to consider while constructing your roster for this week's event in the Motor City:


Viktor Hovland ($10,000 on DraftKings): Hovland is officially on a tear, and a second PGA Tour title might be his before too long. Hovland broke through earlier this year in Puerto Rico but has shown no signs of rust since the Tour resumed play, racking up three straight top-25 finishes. That includes last week's T-11 finish at the Travelers, and he now ranks 12th or better in strokes gained: off-the-tee and SG: approach. In his RMC debut last year, he finished T-13 after carding a final-round 64.

Rory Sabbatini ($8,800): Sabbatini was in the mix down the stretch at this event a year ago, ultimately tying for third. Like Hovland, he has quietly compiled some solid results since returning to tournament play, finishing T-14 at Colonial and T-21 at Harbour Town. Both of those results happened to feature scores of 65 in the final round. Sabbatini hasn't won in nearly a decade, but he came within a whisker of making it to East Lake last year and at age 44 he shows no signs of slowing down. This could be another week where he over-performs based on salary expectations.

Value Plays

Doc Redman ($8,500): This was where it all turned around a year ago for Redman, as the former U.S. Amateur champ turned a Monday qualifier spot into a runner-up finish, an Open berth and eventually full status on the PGA Tour. Redman returns this week as a much more consistent product, having chased a T-21 finish in Hilton Head with a T-11 result last week. Redman's ball-striking stats have steadily improved in recent months, and he's now among the top 25 on Tour in fairways hit, SG: off-the-tee and approach. If the putter heats up even fractionally, he could contend for the trophy that Nate Lashley kept out of his reach a year ago.

Brandt Snedeker ($7,900): Speak Donald Ross' name, and you have Snedeker's attention. The veteran has a strong record on some notable Ross layouts, namely a 59 two years ago en route to victory at the Wyndham Championship. He had similar success in his Rocket debut last year, where he finished T-5 after shooting 65-67 over the weekend. Snedeker has been quiet since the re-start, but his short game is among the best on Tour both this season and in general. On a course that's expected to yield plenty of birdies, players will need to take advantage of mid-range opportunities. Snedeker has been making more than his fair share of those for nearly two decades.


Brian Stuard ($7,400): There aren't many Tour veterans that call Michigan home, but Stuard will be on familiar turf this week in Detroit. The Michigan native tied for fifth at this event last year, and while he won't have any partisan crowds supporting him along the fairways and greens this time around, he's still worth some lineup consideration given the price point. Stuard has a reliable short game and has made the cut in each of his three starts since the Tour's return, including a T-20 finish last week in Connecticut where he strung together four straight rounds of 68 or better.

Will Gordon ($7,300): Gordon made the most of a sponsor exemption last week, and now he has special temporary status on the PGA Tour. But the former Vanderbilt standout is hardly a flash in the pan, having also cracked the top 25 at three other Tour events this season. Gordon is chasing a bit of a moving target as he looks to earn enough non-member points to secure a card for the 2021 season, but he'll get another crack at a course where birdies should be easy to come by. His aggressive style off the tee led to rounds of 62 and 64 last week, and similar scores could certainly be within reach for the 23-year-old.

Will Gray

Will Gray manages betting, fantasy and DFS content for NBC Sports EDGE across Golf, Soccer and NASCAR. He has covered the PGA Tour since 2013 and regularly contributes golf betting insight and analysis across multiple digital platforms. Gray has been with NBC Sports since 2007 and recently served as a writer, video analyst and podcast host for Golf Channel. You can follow him on Twitter @WillGrayGC