It's a tradition unlike any other. Well, maybe "tradition" is not the right word, but I've been providing my value picks for the Masters for F6P for literally years now. I've done a variety of different things for the site over the years, but there was never a question that I'd be doing the 2021 Masters DFS Value Picks piece.
One of the questions was what other Masters coverage would we have. But that was answered when it was agreed that I would do ThriveFantasy Prop Bets Picks and that was posted earlier. Why not try something new?
In fact, I'm doing something new this year. I get a lot of positive feedback on the value picks, but folks always want to know who I like to win. And I know it is kind of the trendy pick, but I'm going with Jordan Spieth this week. However, I suspect his ownership to be extremely high, especially on Yahoo! this week ($25?!?!?! Even before the Valero that would have been a joke!).
So my GPP pick to headline my teams' will be John Rham. We can even fit Rhan and Spieth in on the same entry. To do so we will need some much cheaper golfers.
The pricing on DraftKings this week is much softer, so there are plenty of values to be had on that site this week. Corey Connors and Joaquin Niemann are two golfers for example that are below our DK "value" salary line of $7500 that I like a lot. But all value picks below must be below the $7500 line of DraftKings AND below $8500 on FanDuel.
Now that you know the rules, let's talk about some golfers that look brighter to me than the azaleas.
2021 Masters PGA DFS Value Picks
Cameron Champ (FD $8400, DK $6600)
We start with the lone returnee to this list, Cameron Champ. As I said last year, those who can "hit bombs" (thank you Phil Mickelson) often perform well at the Masters. And few can hit the ball farther than Cameron Champ. He is once again currently fourth in Driving Distance.
And Champ did just fine at the 2020 Masters, grabbing himself a top 20 finish. This week's greens are playing far firmer than the recent version, but we know the Masters rewards experience. With the strong finish in his Masters debut, don't be surprised if Champ threatens in his sophomore appearance as well.
Gary Woodland (FD $8500, DK $6800)
To win golf's possibly most prestigious major, it doesn't hurt if you've won another major. And it was only as far back as 2019 that Woodland was the US Open champion. Woodland is not having a great 2021 season, but his T-6 last week at the Valero Open shows that perhaps he is rounding back into form. He is still 20th in driving distance and if you think that power can play this week, you need to consider Woodland.
Billy Horschel (FD $8200, DK $7200)
The master of Match Play. 💪
Billy Horschel is your 2021 #DellMatchPlay Champion! pic.twitter.com/3CkZ8zyW8x
— WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (@DellMatchPlay) March 28, 2021
Horschel is a bit of a streaky player, but on the heels of his victory at the WGC Match Play, now might be a good time to jump on the Horschel train. He has five top-ten finishes since December. He is playing extremely well right now and is currently 25th in shots gained off the tee.
Horschel's best finish at Augusta was a 17th-place finish in 2016, so he doesn't have the best Masters track record. But this is his seventh appearance and I suspect it might be a lucky one.
Victor Perez (FD $7900, DK $7000)
Of all the players highlighted here, Perez might be the one most under the radar. The reason for that is because Perez spends most of his time overseas on the European tour. But he has some decent appearances on this side of the Atlantic recently. He made what many viewed as a surprisingly deep run in the WGC Match Play. He also had a top-10 at the Players, aka "the fifth Major".
Perez is a sneaky GPP play given the fact that he is 30th in the OWGR (Overall World Golf Ranking). This is not Perez's first time at Augusta either. He made the cut and finished T-46 in his Masters debut last year. If he simply duplicates that feat again, he will be a steal at his salary level.
Ryan Palmer (FD $8000, DK $6500)
Perez is 30th in OWGR, but Palmer is an even better 27th in OWGR and a similar 31st in the FedEx Rankings. Palmer already has a top-ten Masters finish, but that's not even why I like him this week.
I love everything about this. Ryan Palmer prob played 300 events since the pic at the Masters pic.twitter.com/wyPvZKn0EA
— Monday Q Info (@acaseofthegolf1) April 4, 2021
The 44-year old Palmer is turning back the clock this year and having a stellar season. He's statistically sound across the board, which has enabled him to miss just one cut in his last dozen tournaments. Palmer has rattled off three top-20s in a row. Palmer is not going to suddenly win the Masters. But he has one of the highest floors of anyone on this page.
Zach Johnson (FD $8000, DK $6300)
Want someone with a strong history at Augusta? Well, how about Johnson who already has a green jacket in his closet. But like Palmer, Johnson is also having one of his best seasons in years. But unlike Palmer, he's been doing it very quietly. He's made 12 of 13 cuts this season.
I also remind you of the expression, "drive for show, putt for dough". And you cannot win the Masters without putting well during the tournament. This is why Johnson's ranking of ninth in putting gives me plenty of reasons to have some ZJ shares this week.
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