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 since before anyone even heard of Covid. 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 2022 PGA DFS: Masters Tournament DraftKings Value Picks piece.
One of the questions was what other Masters coverage would we have. Our golf team is bigger than it has been in the recent past and that has allowed us to have expanded coverage this week.
Earlier in the week, Keith Lott provided his ThriveFantasy Prop Bets Picks. On Monday, Tyler Marling provided his "favorites to fade", and yours truly provided you with some of my favorite prop bets. More recently we published Tyler's PGA DFS FanDuel picks. So let this be the grand finale, as I provide my value picks, but also a few DraftKings picks as well.
I will caution you that as Tyler and I joked privately, we are more in sync this week than usual. Take that for what it's worth. But I like Cameron Smith and will be taking him in quite a few DraftKings lineups. I just can't decide if I like him to win or not.
Unlike Tyler, I can't completely fade Scottie Scheffler right now.
Furthermore, I've got quite a few Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, and Brooks Koepka shares too. I know, that's half of the top ten. But I definitely feel like your Masters winner will be one of those five.
Notable stat regarding #TheMasters for both #PGA #Propbets as well as #DraftKings #FanDuel etc....
15 of 21 winners this century ranked top-12 OWGR coming in. Outliers in last 10 yrs were all 25th or better: Matsuyama (25), Reed (24th) Watson (16).
Something 2 think about...🤔
— Mark Strausberg (@MarkStrausberg) April 5, 2022
So yeah, I'm going heavy at the top with most of my DraftKings lineups. But that necessitates some cheaper options. Fortunately, pricing is fairly soft this week. So we'll keep it simple and say that my "value picks" have to have salaries of less than $8k. So not Tyrell Hatton for example, but let's start at the top and make our way towards the bottom of the salary rung.
2022 PGA DFS: Masters Tournament DraftKings Value Picks
Russell Henley ($7800)
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Henley is going to be a popular pick. I am also reluctant to list him here as he is almost too chalky for a GPP entry this week. But we can pivot elsewhere. As Tyler mentioned, Henley is first in SG: Approaching the Green. He's also a strong 13th in GIR and is coming in playing quite well. He has yet to miss a cut this year and has five Top 25s in his last nine tournaments. I recommend swallowing the chalk on this one.
Luke List ($7000)
List might be the most intriguing 2022 Masters PGA DFS Value Picks play this week. Despite having played in ten majors, he's never played Augusta as a professional. He's 11th in the FedEx Rankings, but he's outside of the Top 50 OWGR. He's third on Tour in SG: Tee to Green as well as 8th in Greens in Regulation. But he's not even in the top 200 in shots gained putting and he's a scary 171st in driving accuracy. He's only 109th in scrambling. Enough contradictions for you?
But I found out some interesting things about him earlier this week. Yes, he's never played the Masters as a professional. Interestingly, however, Luke List has played in the Masters, having done so 17 years ago as an amateur and he recorded a T33. So he is not a true "debutante". Furthermore, he lives in Augusta and his wife grew up in the area.
Let's just say that I think there will be quite a few people on hand applauding when List does well this week.
Robert MacIntyre ($7000)
I keep waffling on this pick. Part of me says fade the heck out of him, a part of me says to get as many shares as possible.
MacIntyre had a very quiet T-12 in his Masters debut last year. He also made the cut in all four majors last year. But the one stat that has me locking him into a bunch of lineups is that he led the 2021 Masters field in total birdies and eagles with 21.
That's a nice concrete piece of evidence. But I also like the fact that MacIntyre is a lefty and know that Augusta favors lefties more than most courses. Rocky Balboa was a southpaw and I wouldn't be surprised to see MacIntyre go toe-to-toe with the top talent this week as well.
Gary Woodland ($6900)
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Unlike some of the other names that qualify for this article, Woodland should be in this range given his poor history at Augusta. In fact, he was a selection in this very space this time last year. This is what I said about him last year:
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.
That hasn't changed. What has changed is that Woodland is now $100 more expensive than last year. Despite the increase, he's an even better play this year. He's recorded a Top 25 or better in four of his last five tournaments. I got a hunch he gets another one this week.
Stewart Cink ($6400)
Can a $6400 player be chalky? My guess is that Cink will have very high ownership for a player this cheap. But at 48 years old, there are enough concerns about Cink that he could still be a leverage play.
One reason I like Cink is he went to Georgia Tech and has local ties. Furthermore, Cink has played 44 rounds at ANGC and ranks 15th in SG total. He has seven top 20s at Augusta, including a T3 in '08. Most recently, he finished T12. He didn't have a single Top 20 this season and he seemed more like a fade. However, with T-7 recently at the Valspar Championship, I'm liking him to make the cut, which is all we need him to do at this price point.
Charl Schwartzel ($6200)
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Some of my lineups are very top-heavy. Therefore, I needed a player that was super cheap. The whole picture might not look enticing, but when you get this low, if we can find one thing to feel good about, we'll run with it. And that one thing for Schwartzel is that has won here.
And the thing about Schwartzel is that he seems to play better each round. Actually, the stats confirm that. His ranking steadily improves as we move from Round 1 to Round 2 to Round 3 and Round 4. If he can somehow avoid the disastrous first round, he could sneak in under the cut line. Given he finished in 3rd as recently as 2017 and his most recent return to Augusta led to a T-25, I'm willing to take that chance, especially at this price.
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