Top DraftKings PGA DFS Plays for The Masters 2022
Top DraftKings PGA DFS Plays for The Masters 2022
Top DraftKings PGA DFS Picks for The Masters 2022
The PGA DFS experts at Team Rise or Fall were in lockstep with the select few golfers who used the Valero Texas Open as a tune-up for The Masters. It was our strongest showing of the season so far, pivoting to Augusta National in pinnacle form. Join Team Rise or Fall on our ascent to DFS greatness and use the Promo Code: Bo when you sign up to receive $10 off your first payment!
Tucked into the Georgia countryside is the most revered golf club in America. Augusta National Golf Club is as pristine and photogenic as any destination in the world and hosts the most prestigious invitational field in golf. The par-72 track’s challenge is more between the ears than from the golf bag. There isn’t a blade of grass or pine needle out of place. The azaleas are in full bloom. The caddies are emblazoned in bright white with green lettering, with nary a visible sponsorship logo.
This week is about the golf. One can’t help but feel romantic about The Masters. DFS players have a condensed field full of past champions and champion-qualifiers alike. The course demands near-perfection from the whole bag of clubs to don the Green Jacket on Sunday afternoon. The fairways are undulating and narrow. The greens are tiny and jackrabbit quick. The winds swirl through the evergreens in such a way that it’s nearly impossible to gauge.
My DFS player pool will be shallow enough this week for wading. I will have a few core favorites and a sprinkling of value plays to differentiate off the core. The three most heavily-weighted categories from which I will determine my condensed plan of attack will be Total Strokes Gained, recent form, and past success at the Masters. Augusta is a shot-maker’s paradise, with secret sight lines and uneven lies galore. First-timers rarely win here. Scuffling golfers seldom make the cut. The greatest shot-maker in the history of the game is back on the prowl. Let’s tee off.
Stick It Close: Studs to Target
Collin Morikawa (DK: $10,200; FD: $11,800; Y!: $44)
There are few golfers in the world with a more solid all-around game than Morikawa. The reigning PGA Champion is a world-class ball striker and shot maker. His two career appearances on Magnolia Lane have been 44th and 18th place finishes. Morikawa is a strokes gained machine and will not garner as much respect or DFS roster percentage as the others in his price bracket. His most recent PGA Tour Start was a top-10, so he is also entering Augusta playing well.
Cameron Smith (DK: $9,900; FD: $11,200; Y!: $41)
One reason the mulleted Aussie might be a bit chalky this week is because his last appearance was an iconic victory at TPC Sawgrass. Combine that with his sub-$10k salary and he will be pretty popular for DFS. I don’t care. Just like Morikawa, Smith has elite traits that will put him in contention for the Green Jacket.
His last two Masters appearances were a runner-up finish in 2020 and 10th place last year. There is no better golfer in the world right now from inside 100 yards. Smith is practically a righthanded, blonde-mustachioed Mickelson. Lefty has three Green Jackets hanging in his closet.
Will Zalatoris (DK: $9,200; FD: $10,300; Y!: $31)
What more needs to be said about a golfer who nearly won the Masters in his first appearance last year? Zalatoris is a gifted shot-maker and scores well on tough courses. His value on Yahoo! is so extreme that he will be in all of my lineups on that platform. His runner-up last year to Hideki Matsuyama was not a flash in the pan. Zalatoris is here to stay. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest to see him interviewed in Butler Cabin on Sunday.
No Gimme: Tap-In Values
Tyrrell Hatton (DK: $8,000; FD: $9,500; Y!: $33)
Hatton’s checkered past at Augusta might scare a lot of DFS players away from him. Good. His recent form is among the best in this field and the price is definitely right. Hatton is also sixth-best in this field in Total Strokes Gained. He’s priced up on Yahoo!, but is a value everywhere else. The Rise or Fall PGA Study Hub shows him as one of the best value plays on the board for DraftKings.
Matthew Fitzpatrick (DK: $7,700; FD: $9,600; Y!: $32)
There are quite a few players in this field that have presented themselves as screaming value plays. Fitzpatrick is at the top of that list. Long a favorite of the Rise or Fall PGA DFS team, he is going to be a core play for most of us on DraftKings and FanDuel. Fitzpatrick has made five-consecutive cuts at Augusta and three top-20 finishes in his last four starts on Tour. He is also tied with Cameron Smith for the most Total Strokes Gained (per round) in the entire field this week. I don’t think he will be overly chalky, but he Fitz is also a poorly-kept secret this week.
Webb Simpson (DK: $7,500; FD: $9,200; Y!: $27)
Simpson is my dark horse this week. It’s plain to see he belongs in this field, with four consecutive top-20 (including three in the top-12) finishes at Augusta. He has also entered Masters week on a three-tournament streak in the money. Ever the solid (albeit boring) all-around player, Webb Simpson is only projected to be rostered in 3% of DFS lineups this week. For a guy near the bottom of the salary scale, a made cut with upside stands to ensure he is in a lot of the cashing lineups.
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!