PGA DFS Example Lineups the Valspar Championship: Top DraftKings & FanDuel PGA DFS Picks
With data and analysis in hand, Drew Phelps pores over the course of this week's the Valspar Championship to bring you his top example lineups.
Make sure you read my full PGA DFS Playbook for Valspar Championship before using these example lineups. You can also take a look at my Weekly Tournament Projections at any time.
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Former World No. 1 Amateur Ludvig Aberg has turned pro and will make his first pro start this week at the RBC Canadian Open.
The young Swede finished first in the PGA TOUR University Rankings while playing for Texas Tech. That earned him a PGA TOUR card for the remainder of the season as well as the 2024 campaign. While he's never been to Canada before this week, he did say it feels comfortable, "It reminds me a lot of back home, actually. Just the way that the course looks like and kind of the whole environment. So I like it. It's familiar." You can find Aberg around the +5000 to +6000 range in the outright market this week. That's a pretty lofty price for someone making their pro debut but he's proven he has the tools to contend based on his body of work at Texas Tech and a top 25 at Bay Hill, earlier this year.
Added Yesterday 7:01 pm (EST)
Rory McIlroy had mixed emotions after hearing the latest news in the golf world but is ready to put his focus on golf ahead of an attempted three-peat at this week's RBC Canadian Open.
McIlroy has been a key ambassador for the PGA TOUR over the last few years during their battles with LIV Golf. When a merger was announced on Tuesday morning it would have been easy for him to hang his head in defeat but he's still optimistic on the PGA TOUR's vistion. "There's a lot of things still to be sort of thrashed out. But at least it means that the litigation goes away, which has been a massive burden for everyone that's involved with the TOUR and that's playing the TOUR. And we can start to work toward some sort of way of unifying the game at the elite level." He went on to say he feels a bit like a sacrificial lamb after speaking out in the TOUR's defense in the last year but again zoomed out when analyzing the merger, "Removing myself from the situation, I see how this is better for the game of golf." On the golf front, McIlroy has won each of the last two Canadian Opens (2019, 2022) and he arrives with back-to-back T7 finishes on his game log.
Added Yesterday 3:19 pm (EST)
Joseph Bramlett removed his name from the field on Tuesday ahead of this week's RBC Canadian Open. He'll be replaced by the next alternate, Kevin Stadler.
Bramlett is trending well with top 20s in three of his last five starts. That includes a T16 last week at the Memorial. Bramlett took a chance on sectional qualifying on Monday, falling three shots shy at the Rockville site. He was set to make his third appearance at the Canadian Open with missed cuts in his two previous tries.
Added Jun 06 4:04 pm (EST)
Davis Thompson played his way into the U.S. Open on Monday and then withdrew from the RBC Canadian Open on Tuesday, prior to the start of the event. He'll be replaced by the next alternate, George McNeill.
Thompson settled for a T56 finish at the Memorial last week then hung around the area to try his hand at the Columbus sectional qualifier for the U.S. Open. He signed a 71-63=134 (-10) to finish second on the final leaderboard, earning one of 11 spots up for grabs at the site. Thompson landed top 12s in three of his first seven starts this season but has slowed his pace with 10 straight finishes outside of the top 50 in strokes-play events. He will try to get back on track next week at the U.S. Open.
Added Jun 06 12:42 pm (EST)
Ben Griffin will take a pass on this week's RBC Canadian Open, withdrawing from the field on Tuesday. He'll be replaced by the next alternate, Arjun Atwal.
The PGA TOUR rookie has hit a wall with missed cuts in five of his last six starts and a T52 finish in the other event. He tried his hand at U.S. Open qualifying on Monday, finishing three shots out of a playoff at the Columbus site. Griffin is still well-positioned at 62nd in the FedExCup race but he'd love to find that early-season magic that saw him land six top 25s in his first 13 starts.
Added Jun 06 12:38 pm (EST)
Charley Hoffman removed his name from the field on Tuesday ahead of the RBC Canadian Open. He'll be replaced by the next alternate, Kyle Stanley.
Hoffman sits at 145th in the FedExCup standings but has pegged it just once since the start of May, missing the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson. The 46-year-old has dealt with more than his fair share of injury concerns in recent years. Gamers should continue to treat him as a boom-or-bust fantasy option (with more lean to the bust side of the equation) any time he tees it up.
Added Jun 06 12:33 pm (EST)
Zac Blair removed his name from the field ahead of this week's RBC Canadian Open. He was replaced by the next alternate, Sangmoon Bae.
Blair was a pre-tournament WD last month at the AT&T Byron Nelson but returned at Colonial Country Club. He missed the cut that week. Gamers should remove him from weekly lineup consideration and keep him off their radar for the foreseeable future.
Added Jun 06 12:27 pm (EST)
Luke List played his way into the U.S. Open via sectional qualifying and then withdrew from the field at this week's RBC Canadian Open. Ben Crane will join the field in Canada, in his place.
List fired rounds of 67-68=135 (-9) today at the Columbus sectional. That earned him one of 11 spots up for grabs from that site. That triggered a change of schedule as he removed his name from the field at this week's RBC Canadian Open. List is 0-for-5 at the U.S. Open but he'll try to end that slump next week. He arrives off a top 20 at the Memorial Tournament.
Added Jun 05 9:57 pm (EST)