The FedEx playoffs start this week at the Northern Trust at TPC Boston, a par 71 course playing at 7,342 yards. Patrick Reed won last year at 16 under (on a different course), with the cut at a minus one. The top 70 make it to the BMW Championship next week, with the playoff finale after that.
Several of my picks panned out last week, although neither I, nor pretty much anyone else, touted the eventual winner, Jim Herman. Who should compete for the trophy this week? Here are some possibilities:
Jason Day ($9,300 on DraftKings, $11,300 on FanDuel)
We won’t be so lucky, I’m sure, to have many DFS players forget about Day after he sat out the Wyndham Championship last week. Although Day will likely be highly owned, I’ll still happily take him at this salary now that he’s gotten his game back in form. After missing three of four cuts after the PGA Tour restart, Day has now finished inside the top seven in four straight events, capped by a fourth at the PGA Championship. In addition, Day has a strong course history at TPC Boston.
Daniel Berger ($8,900 on DK, $10,800 on FD)
It’s funny to consider a 13th-place finish in the PGA Championship a disappointment, but given Berger’s hot run in recent weeks, it may be apt. That was only Berger’s second finish outside the top 10 in his past eight starts. Since the restart, he’s gained 2.27 strokes per round on the field, making him the best player in this category on the tour. DraftKings priced 11 players higher than Berger for the Northern Trust. He feels underpriced to me, given his potential.
Sungjae Im ($7,700 on DK, $9,700 on FD)
I may regret it, but I’m going back to Im, who I’ve played a lot after the restart, even as he’s disappointed me week after week. But things may finally be clicking for the South Korean after his ninth at the Wyndham Championship. One thing about Im is that even as he’s struggled, his results haven’t been that poor, with him making the cut in 19 of 23 events, including six of nine since the restart.
Harris English ($7,600 on DK, $9,300 on FD)
You can’t beat the consistency of English, who, over his last nine events, missed one cut and finished inside the top 25 eight times. His highest finish over that span was a ninth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and his worst, a 23rd at the PGA Championship. At that low salary, English can anchor your DFS lineups at the Northern Trust.
Doc Redman ($7,400 on DK, $8,900 on FD)
The knock on Redman – despite strong play since the tour resumed play – was his lack of top 10s. He solved that last week with a tie for third at the Wyndham Championship. He ranked first in that event in strokes gained both off-the-tee and tee-to-green, as well as in driving accuracy. If his chipping and putting remain strong at Northern Trust, he could contend.