DraftKings Fantasy Golf Checklist: Silent Stars at East Lake

NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 06: Charley Hoffman looks on from the 17th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 6, 2010 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

It’s here — the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola in East Lake. After 10 long months, the PGA Tour season culminates this week in Atlanta.

As far as DraftKings goes, this week is a great week for you to flex your muscles and get your hands on a couple thousand bucks — if you make the right moves.

This week, the top -5 in FedExCup points control their own destiny — that’s a given — but there are still 25 more players who will be looking for their chance at $10 million.

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The top-5 who control their own fate include Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson — but they’re not the ones you ought to be worrying about if you want to win big this week.

The names you should be paying attention are the guys bringing up the rear of the top-30 — names like Sangmoon Bae, Harris English, Robert Streb, Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka, Steven Bowditch, etc.

This week, Jason Day is worth $12,500 — a pretty penny, when you consider your 6-man roster will make up 20% of the entire field. If you’re going to take Day (which is pretty much a no-brainer at this point) the success of your roster is going to hinge on the performance of the guys you take in the back-end of your draft.

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2015, file photo, Daniel Berger tees off on the 17th hole during the third round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. Berger is part of an strong group of 21-year-olds on the PGA Tour. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Considering you’ve only got $50,000 to play with, it’s impossible to draft two 5-figure players and still be able to round out a respectable roster.

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With that in mind, I really like riding the hot hand. After a runner-up last week at the BMW Championship and only valued at $7,200 this week, Daniel Berger is probably a must-take player.

After Berger, I’ve got my eyes on Steven Bowditch. I know he hasn’t been great the last two starts, but he did notch a T-13 finish at The Barclays and is a winner on tour this year. At $6,700, Bowditch is the cheapest available — and nicely balances the ledger with the choice of Jason Day.

The problem with all of these picks? None of them have any track record at East Lake as they are all making their first appearances in the Tour Championship. Making a pick based on the “horses for courses” theory is pretty much out the window once you get past Brandt Snedeker in the $7,300 range.

That being said, one guy with a little bit of history who is cheap this week and could have a huge return on investment is Charley Hoffman. He’s making his first start in the Tour Championship since 2010 — but that year, he finished sixth.

Short field events are always a little easier to handicap because there are so fews choices — but it also means if you make just once wrong choice, you’ll be bringing up the rear.

So choose wisely. After all, it’s your last chance at glory this season, too.

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