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Top DraftKings PGA DFS Plays for the Travelers Championship 2022

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Top DraftKings PGA DFS Plays for the Travelers Championship 2022

Last Sunday was one of the most riveting days of golf I have ever watched. The US Open at The Country Club at Brookline came down to the 72nd hole and featured some of the titans of today’s game, along with some rising stars. I had faded Matt Fitzpatrick, jilted by his propensity to fail when his sparkling statistics elevated his name (and expectations) to Icarian heights. By the time Fitz hoisted the trophy on Sunday afternoon, I was smitten by his poise and dedication to outworking his competition.

All was not lost for the Rise or Fall PGA team of experts. Many were less bull-headed about Fitz than I was. I contributed runner-up Will Zalatoris to the mix, along with Aaron Wise and Collin Morikawa from my pool. PGA Tour golfers, and DFS players, deserve more favorable scoring conditions after the gauntlet at Brookline. This week’s Traveler’s Championship is ice cold mountain spring water hitting the back of our birdie-parched throats.

The Traveler’s stays basking in the gorgeous New England summer countryside in Cromwell, Connecticut at TPC River Highlands. The par-70 track measures a paltry 6,800 yards and some big names are remaining in the field for the event. The greens are a Poa/Bent hybrid that roll incredibly true. The rough is manageable, even if you miss the amply wide fairways. There will be some low scores posted this week.

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A noteworthy stat that indicates the type of scoring to expect is the PGA Tour’s all-time lowest round of 58 was carded here by Jim Furyk in 2018. The winning score projects to be somewhere between 15 and 20 strokes under par. Key metrics to consider are back to the true ball-striking stats and overall scoring. This is, of course, all readily available and digestible on the Rise or Fall PGA DFS Study Hub.

Top DraftKings PGA DFS Plays for the Travelers Championship 2022

Strokes Gained: From Tee to Green (SG: T2G), Strokes Gained on Approach (SG: ATT), and average proximity on approach from a wedge distance in the fairway (125-150 yards) will be added to birdie conversion percentage to build out my limited PGA DFS Player Pool for this week. I am targeting golfers who can make birdies in bunches and excel with a wedge in their hand on approach. With clear skies and wide fairways, let’s tee off.

Stick It Close: Studs to Target

Sam Burns (DK: $10,400; FD: $11,500; Y!: $46)

Burns is a breakout star on the PGA Tour. He is a three-time champion this season and continues to put himself in contention every week. He is second in the entire field to Rory McIlroy in total strokes gained per round this season, but trumps him handily on approach and in putting. In fact, Burns is the absolute best in this field in proximity on approaches from 100-125 yards. This is important, because the bombers like Burns on this course will be faced with quite a few approaches with a wedge in hand. With Justin Thomas and Sungjae Im out this week, Burns is my favorite to win.

Aaron Wise (DK: $8,800; FD: $10,400; Y!: $37)

Why wouldn’t I keep riding the pride of the University of Oregon? Wise’s ball-striking has never been in question, but his putting woes seemingly halted at Brookline when he put Ducks coach Casey Martin’s putter in his bag. Never walk away from the table when you’re on a heater. Wise is finally valued appropriately on all of the DFS sites, after months of letting us skate with impunity on bargain salaries. I’m still buying at sub-$9k in a top-heavy field.

Mito Pereira (DK: $8,700; FD: $10,200; Y!: $37)

The young Chilean is in the midst of a budding career breakout. Pereira was another golfer who narrowly missed the US Open cut, despite showing some real promise in his two rounds. There aren’t many in the world better on approach than Mito, especially from the fairway. His recent form, dating back to the Valspar in March, has been a picture of consistent contention. I believe he also learned a thing or two about closing the deal from his final round collapse at the PGA Championship.

Other Studs in My Pool: Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Keegan Bradley.

No Gimme: Tap-In Values

Maverick McNealy (DK: $7,700; FD: $9,400; Y!: $32)

Mav is back in the saddle this week, which means my NorCal bias is turned all the way up to 11. McNealy is a whiz with Poa greens and on short approach shots. He is a safe bet to make the weekend, only missing two cuts all season. Mav is a better golfer than the sum of his metrics. He simply lines up well to contend this week in Connecticut at a very savory price.

Cameron Davis (DK: $7,500; FD: $9,300; Y!: $30)

Cam Davis is very quietly operating on some incredible recent form in the shadow of another young Aussie named Cam. Two of his three top-10 finishes this season have come in his last five events, including a seventh-place showing at the Charles Schwab Challenge four weeks ago. Davis makes his hay off the tee, averaging 309 yards per drive. He is decent on approach and seems to make birdies in bunches on this type of course. This is your upside leverage (<5% rostership) value play.

Austin Smotherman (DK: $6,800; FD: $7,800; Y!: $20)

Smotherman is super-duper hot right now. His stats over the entire season are a hot mess, except for off the tee and on approach. His short game has made strides the past few weeks, as evidenced by his five consecutive made cuts. His T-25 finish at the Byron Nelson (a similar type birdie fest as The Travelers) gives me hope that the 28-year old originally from Northern California (of course) can provide a lot of roster flexibility and possibly a great deal more.

Other Values in My Pool: Si Woo Kim, KH Lee, Luke List, Kevin Streelman, JJ Spaun, Lucas Glover, Adam Svensson, Wyndham Clark, Matthias Schwab, Charley Hoffman, Cameron Tringale, Jhonattan Vegas.
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!