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GOLF Fantasy Roundup

DraftKings Preview: Stars to watch at Memorial

by Will Gray
Updated On: July 15, 2020, 1:00 am ET

The PGA Tour is reaching for the repeat button this week. Two straight weeks at the same course, Muirfield Village Golf Club, means that DFS players have a fresh dose of course history to consider when crafting lineups for the Memorial Tournament.

The home course of Jack Nicklaus will look a little different this week, with greens rolling a couple feet faster and rough about a half-inch longer. But the other trademark defenses remain in place, with the winning score likely a few shots higher than last week's 19-under total that Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas both reached.

From world No. 1 Rory McIlroy to Masters champ Tiger Woods, brawny Bryson DeChambeau and last week's winner, Morikawa, there's no shortage of top-flight options this week. But here are a few players that stand out as the Tour returns to a familiar venue to conclude a fortnight in the Buckeye State:

Favorites

Patrick Cantlay ($9,800 on DraftKings): With so many stars grabbing headlines this week, Cantlay might be the quietest defending champ in quite some time. But that's probably no issue for the soft-spoken star, who finished fourth at this event in 2018 before closing with a flurry to snag the trophy a year ago. Cantlay finished T-7 with little fanfare on the same course last week, shooting a final-round 65, and also finished T-11 at the Travelers in his only other post-hiatus start. He's been a fixture on the leaderboard at this event the last two years, and that could easily continue this week.

Viktor Hovland ($9,500): The Norwegian keeps chugging right along. Five starts since the lockdown, five top-25 finishes highlighted by a third-place showing last week. Hovland broke through earlier this year for a victory in Puerto Rico, and he has shown little signs of slowing down since. He ranks seventh on Tour this season in strokes gained: approach, ninth in SG: tee-to-green and just considerably shortened the learning curve at Muirfield Village a year ago. Now with a second crack at the same layout, he seems ideally positioned for another strong tee-to-green showing that could offer him a chance to contend for win No. 2 on the year.


Value Plays

Justin Rose ($8,900): Consider this salary a little discount given Rose's jarring effort last week, missing the cut after a second-round 80. But don't let one bad showing spoil a long line of strong results at this event and on this course, especially since his other recent results include a T-3 finish at Colonial and T-14 at Harbour Town. Rose now gets a second chance on a course where he won in 2010, lost in a playoff in 2015 and has finished T-8 or better on five other occasions. I'll take my chances that he won't lay a second straight egg on a course where he has had ample success for more than a decade.

Kevin Streelman ($7,600): Unlike Rose, Streelman turned a solid course history into a strong finish last week, tying for seventh at Workday. It comes on the heels of a second-place showing at the Travelers, his second runner-up of the year, and the veteran is within reach of a career best in the world rankings. Streelman doesn't boast a stand-out stat line, but what he does have is great memories at Muirfield Village, including a fourth-place finish last year when he closed with 66. In five appearances since 2015, he's finished worse than T-18 just once.


Sleepers

Adam Hadwin ($7,400): Hadwin featured in this section for last week's event, then promptly grabbed a spot on the early leaderboard with an opening 66. While he ultimately finished T-35, that result would only require a little improvement given his salary price point this week. The factors that favored the Canadian last week are still in play, and perhaps enhanced by faster greens that should accentuate the edge he has with the putter. Hadwin has made every cut since returning from the break, finishing no worse than T-43.

Jason Dufner ($6,500): Dufner is a great grab for your final roster slot this week. A winner here back in 2017, the 43-year-old hasn't done much since but often saves some of his best play for Jack's Place, where his deft iron play can shine. Dufner has finished worse than T-33 just once in six trips since 2014, with four of those results going for top-25 finishes. He has been solid if unspectacular since the break, making three of four cuts, and a weekend tee time with some upside would be a viable target for a player holding down the No. 6 spot.

Will Gray

Will Gray joined Golf Channel in 2007 and currently serves as a staff writer for GolfChannel.com. Gray has been covering fantasy golf since 2012 and is a regular contributor to the Golf Central blog and covers several PGA Tour events each year. He's also a regular contributor to several digital properties on GolfChannel.com, including Stat Man, On the Clock, Fantasy Central, Grill Room and the Monday Scramble podcast.