6 DFS Golf 2019 Masters Deep Sleepers

by Mark Strausberg
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I love doing a DFS Golf Masters Deep Sleepers preview. Yet fantasy sports writing is not the only thing I've done professionally. I’ll spare you my resume, but I definitely possess some sales experience during the last few (cough)...decade um...number of years. And that includes selling corporate hospitality for sporting events from the Super Bowl to the Masters to the Final Four and everything in between. The Masters package was always far and away the most expensive package we sold due to the difficulty in securing those tickets.

Therefore, I know first-hand how beloved the Masters is. When Jim Nantz says it’s a tradition unlike any other, he’s not just spouting corporate lingo. It really is something special. One of my favorite debates to have with other golf aficionados is what major is the most prestigious to win. The debate often devolves into which one is the most impressive, but no one has ever convinced me that any other major is more prestigious to win than the Masters. Therefore, doing the DFS Masters preview is one of my favorites to do every year.

Because I don’t need to waste time telling you about the course or what it means to win or what skills are important here at Augusta. If you don’t know, do yourself a favor, go look it up. I’ll be here when you get back….

Not that this is really a Masters preview. Sure, I like Rory McIlroy to do well this week. Way to go out on a limb Mark! But we are not focusing on the studs and which one will likely win. I need to remind everyone that our Masters DFS Deep Sleepers Preview is those golfers on DraftKings priced under $7K. And many of them are the minimum $20 salary on Yahoo, so I have included Yahoo pricing for your convenience as well. Thus, I don't really think any of the selections below are likely to be fitted for a green jack within the week. This is more of a menu of whom I am including in order to afford Rory, DJ, and the other studs you need to have on your lineup this week.

Picking a long shot to win the Masters is foolhardy. But here are some of my favorite deep sleepers this week to enable you to pick that high-priced winner.

2019 Masters Deep Sleepers

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Jimmy Walker ($6600 DK, $20 Yahoo)

We start with one of two golfers that our returning to this space from a year ago. Walker’s price should not be a surprise. He’s currently ranked 176th in FedExCup standings. Entering last week, the only time he’s even been in the Top 50 this year was a 44th place finish at the Waste Management Open. Suffice to say that he has been garbage this year.

But it was just a few years ago that Walker won a major. I refuse to believe that his PGA career is over at age 40. I think Walker will continue to regain his form. Walker, Texas Ranger, did just that at the Valero Texas Open picking up another Top 30. As mentioned, he was in this space last year, and responded with a T-20 finish. It was his third top 20 at Augusta and fifth year in a row making the Masters cut. His history at the Masters is just too strong to ignore.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat ($6700 DK, $26 Yahoo)

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Meanwhile, at just 29 years of age is Kiradech Aphibarnrat. As our other returning sleeper from last year, he too made the cut last year in his maiden appearance. Aphibarntat is ranked 61st in FedEx points. He's 53rd in Par 5 Birdie or Better Leaders. Therefore, I'm comfortable recommending him given the importance of doing well on the Par 5s at Augusta. A respectable 64th in shots gained off the tee and one of the better putters on tour (35th in SG: Putting), I expect Aphibarnrat to be even better this year than last.

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Aaron Wise ($6600 DK, $20 Yahoo)

On the flip side is Aaron Wise. He is one of the worse putters on tour (ranked 152nd in total putting). However, "wise up" and dig a little deeper. Wise is 72nd in 3-putt avoidance and a surprising 24th in actual putting average. That could all be explained by how strong his game is up to that point. He’s 32nd in SG: Off the Tee and 59th in Greeens-In-Regulation. He’s got three Top 25s this season already. If he can have a  little success with the flat stick this week, Wise could definitely be a contender this week. This is his first time playing the Masters, so I am keeping my expectations relatively low as first-timers rarely contend. Nonetheless, at this cost, I have no problem betting on the boy from Vegas.

Emiliano Grillo ($6600 DK, $23 Yahoo)

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At the same price, I’m also willing to bet Grillo makes the cut this year. Grillo has made 11 of 12 cuts this season. FanDuel for example has him priced proportionally higher at at $8800 and would not make our usual deep sleeper cut for that site. And I know I’ve said it before: Grillo looks more like a Quiddich player than a PGA golfer. But it’s hard to argue with his results. You don’t become a Top 50 golfer by catching snipes, you gotta grab some birdies too.

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Charley Hoffman ($6800 DK, $20 Yahoo)

And Charley Hoffman is not a bad way to do that. But before we get into Hoffman, I realized we don't have any Masters DFS deep sleepers below the $6500 range. And there's a reason for that as most of the options that low are scarier than Jordan Peele's "Us". The one exception? Lucas Bjerregaard is a shocking $6400. He's under-priced by at least a few hundred dollars. Bjerregaard is coming off a missed cut at the Valero Open, which will likely depress his ownership levels. However, two weeks ago he notched an impressive 3rd place finish in the much deeper field of the WGC Tournament Match Play including a head to head win over Tiger Woods. Bjerregaard, aka “The Tiger Tamer” or the "Great Dane" could be an absolute animal this week. But unless you absolutely need the salary relief, I'd go with Hoffman over Bjerregaard.  

Hoffman, however, is the minimum on Yahoo for example. He is also exhibit 1A when discussing streaky golfers. It would not surprise me if he missed the cut by half a dozen strokes. Yet he is coming off a second place finish at last week's Valero Open, thus it wouldn't also surprise me to see him in the top ten or even better this week either. Hoffman has made five-for-five Masters cuts. Those results include a T-12 last year and a T-9 in 2015. I have quite a few shares of Hoffman this week, but at $6800, there's actually a golfer I like even more...

Keith Mitchell ($6800, $22 Yahoo)

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Of all the Masters DFS deep sleepers this week, Mitchell is absolutely my favorite. Mitchell brings a tantalizing ceiling, but I will have some rosters devoid of Mitchell. Especially since this is Mitchell's first time playing at the Masters, he could easily miss the cut. He has missed it four times already this season. But currently ranked 19th in the FedEx Cup standings, he could also finish with a top ten like he has twice in the last four weeks. That includes his win against the loaded field in the Honda Classic. Something tells me the Georgia Bulldog feels at home this week in Augusta. I doubt Mitchell wins a green jacket this week. Yet I wouldn’t be surprised if he is just an arms length away.

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