2022 PGA DFS: Rocket Mortgage Classic FanDuel Picks

by Tyler Marling

Let's get started with my 2022 PGA DFS: Rocket Mortgage Classic FanDuel picks!

This week the PGA Tour heads to Detroit, Michigan for the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.

Detroit Golf Club is a par-72, 7,300-yard setup this week with Bentgrass greens.

Birdies will be key this week as each of the previous three winners has gotten to at least 18-under par. Because of that, I will be making birdie average my first key indicator for this week.

Secondly, I think shorter approach shots will be key, I will be using approaches from 125-150 yards as my second key indicator.

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Lastly, I will be using SG: Putting to round out my three key indicators.

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C.T. Pan - $8,800

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With my first selection, I'll be going with C.T. Pan at a high-value potential price point of $8,800. As the FedEx Cup playoffs get closer, Pan is sitting comfortably in 87th in the FedEx Cup ranking. A solid showing this week could propel him into a safe position moving forward.

Pan has had a solid season this year and he's been playing well as of late. He's made the cut in nine of the last 10 tournaments he's entered. While his finishes haven't been great with only one top 15 in that stretch, he is seeing the weekend on a consistent basis.

Pan shows solidly in our key indicators for the week, especially at his price point. He is currently ranked T-96th in birdie average as he is making 3.73 birdies per round this year.

He is currently T-53rd in approaches from 125-150 yards with a 22'4'' proximity to the hole average on such shots.

Lastly, he is currently in 81st in SG: putting, picking up .099 shots per round on the field.

Joel Dahmen - $9,100

Next up is Joel Dahmen. Dahmen needs a solid week this week as he currently sits in 79th in the FedEx Cup rankings.

A bad week could see him start to get on the cusp of not being inside the coveted top 125. Sometimes I like taking guys who have their back to the wall a little as they have a little extra motivation to perform well.

In saying that, that reasoning is the main point for Dahmen's selection as he doesn't show well, overall, in my three key indicators this week.

At the moment, Dahmen is solidly in a tie for 60th in birdie average, making 3.83 birdies per round.

However, he shows poorly in my other two key indicators. Dahmen is currently T-122nd in approaches from 125-150 yards. He has a proximity to the hole of 23'10'' on such approaches.

Lastly, Dahmen shows mediocre in SG: putting. He currently ranks 141st in this statistic and he is losing .097 shots per round.

Matt Kuchar - $9,100

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Matt Kuchar got off to a really bad start this season but has since turned it on a bit. His recent form has propelled him up to 51st in the FedEx Cup rankings.

Since missing the cut at THE PLAYERS Championship, his third missed cut in four events, Kuchar has made the cut in eight straight appearances and has two top-five finishes in that stretch.

Kuchar also shows fairly well in my key indicators for the week. Like Dahmen, he is tied for 60th in birdie average, making 3.83 per round.

Also like Dahmen, he's been very poor on approaches from 125-150 yards. He currently ranks T-194th with a miserable 26'4'' proximity to the hole on such shots.

However, his putting has been splendid this season. Kuchar is currently 8th in SG: putting, picking up .636 shots on the field per round.

Russell Henley - $10,100

Up next is Russell Henley. It's been a solid 2022 campaign for Henley and he is comfortably in the top 125 in the FedEx Cup rankings at 46th.

Henley has been a bit up and down as of late with two missed cuts in his last five events and a high finish of T-41st in that stretch. However, those are the only two cuts Henley has missed all season. He has been incredibly consistent this year.

Henley also shows solidly in our three key indicators. He has been one of the best on the PGA Tour at making birdies as he currently ranks in a T-12th in this statistic and has made 4.19 birdies per round this year.

Henley has also been solid in approaches from 125-150 yards, coming in at T-42nd. He has a proximity to the hole of 22'1'' on such shots.

His putter has been his main bugaboo this season. He's been just below tour average in SG: putting. He ranks T-107th and is losing .003 shots per round on the field.

Davis Riley - $10,900

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After a disappointing week last week at the 3M Open where Davis Riley missed the cut, I expect the 24th-ranked player in the FedEx Cup to bounce back in a big way this week.

The next budding breakout star on the PGA Tour had been nails prior to that missed cut, dating back to the team event, the Zurich Open where he and his partner finished in a T-4th. Riley had made eight consecutive cuts entering last week and had four top 10s, with three of those being top fives. He also finished T-13th in both the Memorial Tournament and the PGA Championship.

I'm thinking Riley is going to contend for a win this week.

He shows OK in my three key indicators. The one indicator he is showing at an elite level in is birdie average. He is currently 16th, making 4.16 birdies per round.

His worst showing is in approaches from 125-150 yards. He currently ranks in a tie for 126th with a proximity to the hole of 23'11''.

Lastly, he is tied for 74th in SG: putting, picking up .124 shots per round on the field.

Patrick Cantlay - $12,000

For the second consecutive week I'm going with the highest-priced player in the field, this time it's Patrick Cantlay. It paid off last week as Tony Finau came home with the win.

Cantlay is a lock to make the top 125 and is very well positioned to make it to East Lake for the Tour Championship as he is currently in 6th in the FedEx Cup rankings.

Cantlay has also been playing really well of late. Prior to a missed cut at the PGA Championship (his last missed cut), he followed a second up at the RBC Heritage with a win (alongside Xander Schauffele) at the Zurich Classic. Since his missed cut at the PGA Championship, Cantlay has a T-3rd, T-14th, T-13th, T-4th, and a T-8th. It's clear he's due to win.

He also shows very well in my three key indicators for the week.

Cantlay is currently fourth in birdie average as he makes 4.48 birdies per round.

He is T-76th in approaches from 125-150 yards with a proximity to the hole of 22'9''.

Lastly, Cantlay has been solid with the flat stick. He currently ranks 19th in SG: putting, picking up .521 strokes per round on the field in this area.



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