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Top DraftKings PGA DFS Plays for the Byron Nelson 2022

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Top DraftKings PGA DFS Plays for the Byron Nelson 2022

I took down a tournament last week. Granted, it was only the weekly soiree among the PGA experts here at Team Rise or Fall. The exhilaration lingers, bristling the hair on the back of my neck from excitement. Max Homa and Cam Young, pillars of last week’s article, finished as the champion and runner-up at the Wells Fargo Championship. I even spared them my breakout value call, Luke List, who scored 63.5 points on DK. Maryland was a stormy slog with brutal scoring, but this week figures to flip the script.

Giddyup! We’re headed to Texas for the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch. The 7,400-yard par-72 is widely regarded as one of the easiest golf courses on the PGA Tour. The winning score is likely to easily surpass 20-under par and push 30-under if the winds stay mellow.

Fortunately, the field is rather packed with an assortment of big names. Next week’s PGA Championship at Southern Hills in nearby Oklahoma is likely the reason. Most players are using this week as a “get right” tuneup. I will be using this week as a bankroll builder so I can go full rodeo next week at the major.

Top DraftKings PGA DFS Plays for the Byron Nelson 2022

The fairways are wide, the rough is wispy, and the greens are relatively flat. When the layout is “easy” by Tour standards, the grand equalizer that determines who hoists the trophy on Sunday is putting. Making putts for birdies (and eagles) will be the mark of this week’s champion.

The course is on the long side, but the speed of the fairways allows even the shortest drivers get after these pins with a reasonable club on approach. Beside the all-important Total Strokes Gained metric, I will be focusing on Strokes Gained on Approach and Strokes Gained Putting, with a bias toward their most recent performances.

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Stick it Close: Studs to Target

Justin Thomas (DK: $10,600; FD: $11,900; Y!: $48)

This is simple. I believe Justin Thomas has the best chance to win this tournament. He is one of the best approach players in the world and is wielding a scorching-hot putter right now. This tournament won’t have much chalk at the very top, since there are quite a few big names to split it. I question if Scheffler can truly go low with his sights set on next week’s major.

Will Zalatoris (DK: $9,400; FD: $11,200; Y!: $44)

Since TPC Craig Ranch is a longer track, most of the golfers will be using mid and long irons on approach. There is no better golfer in the world with those clubs in hand than Zalatoris. If his putter gets hot, he could very well win this tournament with a barrage of birdies and eagles.

Talor Gooch (DK: $8,600; FD: $10,800; Y!: $40)

Gooch is a fantastic putter. He is also hyper-aggressive with his approach shots, lending to quite a volatile player on most courses. On a less-challenging course, Gooch can make it rain birdies in the Lone Star State.

Other Studs in the Pool: Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Joaquin Niemann, Tommy Fleetwood, Adam Scott.

No Gimme: Tap-In Values

Seamus Power (DK: $7,900; FD: $9,900; Y!: $39)

This is simply an incorrectly-valued player. Power is a world-class putter and has the ability off the tee to attack these pins ruthlessly. At sub-$8k on DraftKings, it is also a shock to see his projected roster percentage under 10%. Having six golfers make the cut this week won’t guarantee your lineup crosses the pay line. You need to roster golfers at all prices who can compete for the trophy on Sunday.

Maverick McNealy (DK: $7,800; FD: $9,700; Y!: $38)

Similar to Power, Mav is horrendously underpriced this week on DraftKings and FanDuel. He is drawing more popularity than Power and for good reason. The NorCal native rolls putts stupendously and has every capability of shooting the four rounds in the 60s that it will require to win the Byron Nelson.

Kurt Kitayama (DK: $7,400; FD: $9,100; Y!: $25)

I know I’m an awful homer, but the Chico, California native Kitayama is playing the best golf of his young career right this moment. His approach game and putting have been on full display in his runner-up finish at the Mexico Open two weeks ago and his 15th-place finish last week at the Wells Fargo.

Kitayama is one of many nice leverage plays in the low-$7k range and below on DraftKings that will push the top of the leaderboard and help take down DFS tournaments.

Other Values in the Pool: Si Woo Kim, Matt Kuchar, CT Pan, Tom Hoge, Matt Wolff, Sahith Theegala, Mark Hubbard, Austin Smotherman, Peter Uihlein, Adam Svensson.

I will be with you for an entire PGA Tour season of DFS picks. I hope you join me in victory throughout 2022 and beyond. I promise to be a better DFS golfer than an actual golfer. You can find all of my musings on Twitter. Good luck and hit ’em straight!