The PGA Tour heads to Detroit Golf Club, playing at 7,340 yards and a par of 72, for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. This is just the second year for this event on this course, so we don’t have much course history to study. Nate Lashley won last year with an eye-popping 25 under — six shots clear of Doc Redman. Course officials say the rough will be deeper this year, but experts still expect fairly low scores on this course that features four Par 5s and a great weekend weather forecast.
If your DFS team tanked last week, don’t fret, as just about everybody that mostly played the chalk stunk it up too with so many top-tier players missing the cut. This week, we’ll see just three of the tour’s top 10 in action. Here are some players to consider for your DFS lineups at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Bryson DeChambeau ($11,700 on DraftKings, $12,200 on FanDuel)
He’s costly, but DeChambeau has a lot of momentum going for him. Vegas pegs him at 8/1 to win this event, and eight is an optimal number since he hasn’t finished lower than eighth in his past six tournaments. No player is hitting the ball more consistently right now, and a course with four Par 5s sets up very well for his masterful long game. Consider this advice strictly for tournaments, as rostering DeChambeau doesn’t leave you enough salary in cash games for those “sure” bets for making the cut (yes, a relative term, given last week’s carnage). Fortunately, as you’ll see below, this event features some sneaky good values in the lower salary ranges, so go ahead and add DeChambeau to your tournament builds.
Sungjae Im ($9,800 on DK, $10,800 on FanDuel)
A drawback to DeChambeau is that he’ll likely be highly owned in DFS. But Im may go overlooked after subpar performances over the past two weeks. He missed the cut at RBC Heritage and finished 58th at the Travelers Championship. But on the year, Im has scored six top 10s and made 15 of 17 cuts. He’s due a return to form, and it could happen this week at a course where he finished tied for 21st in 2019.
Brian Stuard ($7,400 on DK, $8,900 on FD)
A native of Michigan, Stuard has the home-state thing going for him. Better than that, though, he finished fifth at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last year. Another factor that favors Stuard: he made the cut in each of the first three weeks of the PGA Tour’s return in June, including a 20th-place finish last week. He’s hoping to carry that momentum to Detroit on Thursday.
Tyler Duncan ($7,000 on DK, $8,700 on FD)
I’ve seen few touts mention Duncan for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, so he may prove to be a sneaky, low-owned pick. Prior to the tour’s suspension during the pandemic, he made just seven of 15 cuts. He’s played solidly since the return, however, finishing in ties of 32nd, 28th, and 38th over the past three weeks. Some key stats further show why you should consider him for your lineups: Duncan ranks ninth in Strokes Gained: Approach, and 12th in Birdie or Better Gained against the field of this tournament. Plus, he scored a victory at the RSM Classic earlier this year.
Lanto Griffin ($6,800 on DK, $8,600 on FD)
The sub-$7,000 salary range on DK doesn’t feature many players with three top 10s and a victory on the year, but we see one here in Griffin. His salary has been depressed by missing two cuts upon the tour’s restart. He did, however, notch 24th place at the Travelers Championship. For his salary, Griffin offers great potential.