Best PGA DFS Golf Lineup

Breaking down our Valero Texas Open DraftKings picks with plays and fades at each prize tier and building a PGA DFS golf lineup.

The final preparation for The Masters, the PGA Tour, leads to the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio this week. Because of its place on the calendar, we often don’t see the largest fields at this event. That’s not the case this week, however, as Rory McIlroy, defending champion Jordan Spieth, veteran Corey Conners, the burly Bryson DeChambeau and many more are all in attendance.

Still, it’s an interesting week to tackle the DraftKings picks for the PGA DFS roster. You’ll have to look for value in the lower price tiers if you want to feature some of the big names in your lineup. The good news is that there is undeniably value, so you won’t be climbing a stream without a paddle.

BetSided’s Iain MacMillan recently reviewed his dark horse picks and this could be a good resource for you to find some value. Of course, we also have our top plays and fades for each prize tier to help compile our Valero Texas Open DraftKings picks before we build our PGA DFS roster. Let’s get into that.

DraftKings Picks Valero Texas Open PGA DFS Lineup: Top Plays

$10,000: Rory McIlroy ($11,200) – Considering Hideki Matsuyama is my pick for the win, it might come as a surprise that Rory McIlroy is the DraftKings pick in this line. I still like Matsuyama but acknowledge the risk I don’t quite see with McIlory. Rory brushed the ball and reeled off top 10 finishes with ease. I’m not sure about his win equity, but I think the floor is so incredibly high that it’s the best bet in the $10,000 range. Also consider: Hideki Matsuyama ($10,800)

$9,000: Chris Kirk ($9,400) – You’re missing out if you’re not riding Chris Kirk. He missed the cut at THE PLAYERS but the weather at TPC Sawgrass has me writing this tournament off in terms of form. Prior to that, he was in the top 10 in his last two starts. Additionally, Kirk has finished in the top 10 in two of his last three starts at this event. I love that he continues to make it big and pay that price. Also consider: Corey Conners ($9,800), Maverick McNealy ($9,500)

$8,000: Charley Hoffman ($8,200) – Form-wise, this probably looks insane as Hoffman missed heaps of cuts in 2022 and doesn’t appear to be anywhere near right. However, his history at TPC San Antonio is nearly unmatched. He rolls out of bed and lands in the top 10 here, and I’m willing to bet anything in a strong $8,000 range on him not to deviate from that. Also consider: Adam Hadwin ($8,900), Kevin Streelman ($8,700), Luke List ($8,500), Davis Riley ($8,400), Russell Knox ($8,300), Patton Kizzire ($8,000)

$7,000: Matthew NeSmith ($7,100) – Again dismissing THE PLAYERS, NeSmith’s other two starts in his last three carried a top 5 in the Valspar and T25 in the Honda. He just friggin’ kicks the ball off the ball and his putter wasn’t a nemesis, which was at times in his career. In this form, in a place where you need to hit greens and be accurate, its price feels underpriced and should be taken advantage of. Also consider: Rasmus Hojgaard ($7,900), Matt Kuchar ($7,800), Brendan Steele ($7,600), Lucas Glover ($7,400), Brian Stuard ($7,200), Matthias Schwab ($7,000)

$6,000: Tyler Duncan ($6,500) – Ducan is my favorite to win this week and while that might be a stretch I like where he is right now with three straight finishes of T35 or better. He’s winning shots across the board in his recent form and could play as confidently as you can find in the mid-$6,000 range. Also consider: Nate Lashley ($6,900), Austin Smotherman ($6,800), Doc Redman ($6,700), Peter Uihlein ($6,000)

DraftKings Picks Valero Texas Open PGA DFS Lineup: Top Fades

$10,000: Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau ($10,600 and $10,200) – My thoughts on DeChambeua were covered in my preview as I’m betting he misses the cut. As for Spieth, BetSided’s Iain MacMillan is fading him hard this week and it’s hard to disagree. Here’s what he said in the article about why Spieth isn’t the guy this week.

He finished T60 at the WM Phoenix Open, T26 at the Genesis Invitational, missed the cut at The Players Championship and failed to make the bracket stage of last weekend’s WGC Match Play tournament, winning just 1-2 on the group stage.

Also, his stats leave a lot to be desired. Here’s how he ranks in each key area:

  • Shots Achieved: Off-The-Tee – 62
  • Shots Achieved: Approaching the Green – 93
  • Shots Received: Around the Green -110
  • Shots Received: Putting -141
  • Shots Received: Tee-to-Green – 72
  • Total shots won – 91

For a player known for his short game, finishing outside the top 100 in both chipping and putting is a major concern.

As a former champion, save yourself the trouble of having Spieth in your lineups this week.

$9,000: Tony Finau ($9,100) – I don’t know when we’ll see the pricing really reflect what Finau is at this moment, but it’s certainly not this week. After suffering a rift last year and even before that, he’s now lost in the wild as his overall gameplay doesn’t live up to his admittedly high standards. There’s no way I can look at the $9,000 range and think it’s a viable option.

$8,000: Jhonaattan Vegas ($8,600) – Vegas has been showing great form lately, finishing T27 in the top five at Valspar and then Puntacana. That adds a bit to his price tag, though, and he’s been far from consistent throughout his career. He’ll be motivated to try and make a Masters run, but I don’t buy into him, especially in an area I particularly like. In fact, Vegas’ fading probably has more to do with the people around it than the player himself.

$7,000: Rickie Fowler ($7,700) – Simply put, this current iteration of Rickie Fowler doesn’t offer me enough upside to compare him to the guys in this price range that he surrounds. He’s been slacking off but hasn’t finished better than 40th at the CJ Cup since October. There is legitimate upside potential throughout the $7,000 area and Fowler is not at that level so I will not be holding any of his shares.

Valero Texas Open: Best DraftKings Golf Lineup

  • Rory McIlroy ($11,200)
  • Chris Kirk ($9,400)
  • Charley Hoffman ($8,200)
  • Patton Kizzire ($8,000)
  • Matthew NeSmith ($7,100)
  • Peter Uihlein ($6,000)

The top of this lineup was designed with a simple attempt to maximize what we get from these players without taking too much risk. I’m a firm believer that Rory, Kirk and Hoffman have winning capital, but most importantly, have safe ground at this place.

Since I tend to build tournament lineups, I end up making big swings. Kizzire has done well and could show up in this space, as does NeSmith. As for Uihlein, with two top-40 finishes on the PGA Tour and a second-place finish on the Korn Ferry Tour in his last two starts, he hasn’t played like a dead minimal player. I’ll take that fake price and use it to my advantage so I can build the rest of this lineup.

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John Verrall

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