To celebrate and help promote the launch of their new format, QuickPick, FanDuel recently gave their users a voucher for a free entry into the British Open PGA Stinger. As a result, we have received several requests to cover this new format and share some thoughts on how to manage each tier.
For those of you that have not had a chance to check out what exactly QuickPick is, it’s a new style of fantasy FanDuel recently introduced in which you select a player from each of five tiers. There are no player salaries, or a team salary. Simply make a pick from each of the five tiers of players, and that is your team.
To give you a better idea of how tiers work, here is a sample from the tiers for the British Open QuickPick this week:
Tier A: Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas…
Tier B: Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler…
Tier C: Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods…
Tier D: Tony Finau, Matt Kuchar, Adam Scott…
Field: Emiliano Grillo, Kevin Na, Charley Hoffman…
Clearly this is a simplified version of their salary cap format, but there is still plenty of strategy involved. When do you back the favorite from a tier, when do you fade a popular pick? The way you answer those two questions will determine just how well you fare in this QuickPick format.
British Open Tier A Pick
I fully expect DJ to have the highest ownership % in these QuickPick contests, and rightfully so. If this were football and Le’Veon Bell was available, coming off of back-to-back-to-back 200 yard games, owners would load up on him. Having made every cut, finished in the top 20 in every start, competed or won every major for two years (aside from Masters injury) it’s hard to fade him.
If you decide to, I think you need to back one of the two other golfers in this group that could potentially win: Jordan or Rory. Both players have the ability to get hot and lead the field in just about every stat that matters on this course. Oh yeah, and both players have already won a British Open: Jordan last year and Rory in 2014.
While neither golfer is in particularly great form, neither made the cut at the US Open, I think this could be the week that Rory adds another major to his resume. He has struggled at the first two majors this year, but has 5 top 16 finishes and 1 win in his last 7 starts. If he can get the putter going at all, he can run away from just about any field.
British Open Tier B Pick
While I generally do like golfers with a ton of links experience, I don’t necessarily try to load up on them when building lineups for these links tournaments. That being said, in tier B I am going with another Euro with a bunch of links success in Tommy Fleetwood.
Fleetwood is once again in the top 3 in the Race to Dubai, and has fared extremely well when he has competed across the pond as well. Despite an 8-over par third round, Fleetwood landed a solo second at the US Open, and on the year has 9 top 10’s in 22 starts. He also holds the course record, 63, here at Carnoustie.
British Open Tier C Pick
Given the fact that Phil and Tiger are in the group, I think it’s fairly safe to go chalk here, and to me Patrick Reed has to be chalk. I fully expect another top 10 finish out of Reed, and his skill set should allow him to grind out four days on Car-Nasty.
Reed’s form stacks up with just about anyone other than DJ in this field. He has 5 top 10 finishes in his last 8, including a Masters win and a 4th at the US Open. Reed is particularly dangerous on these tougher courses because, like Spieth, he has the grit to shake off bad shots, holes, or even rounds and if he gets hot can go low on the toughest of courses.
British Open Tier D Pick
I think this is the tier that most people are going to have to start digging deep to find a horse they can back. As a past winner that has made 16 of 17 cuts this season, it seems likely that Zach Johnson has the highest ownership in this group.
Finau tends to be a fantasy-favorite because his length allows him to score in bunches when he is hitting it straight. Kuchar is another obvious pick here, just because he’s a familiar name in a group that doesn’t have a ton of golfers that the casual fan will recognize.
My personal pick is Thomas Pieters. Pieters certainly isn’t in as good of form as he has been in the past, but what was a rough start to the 2018 season is slowly starting to come around. He has had three top 20’s in his last 5 and is coming off a 6th at the Scottish open a week ago.
Carnoustie sets up nice as a course that Pieters can attack with his length. When he’s on he is one of the best young strikers in the game. He will have the power to avoid some of the traps that Carnoustie sets, and could be a sleeper top 10 pick if his game is on.
British Open Tier Field Pick
We hinted at our pick here earlier in the week, Jorge Campillo is a guy that we will be on during this tournament. With 3 top 10’s in the last 9 events, Campillo is in great form, and is one of those links experienced players that generally fare well at The Open Championship.
Some other names worth a look in the field group: Stewart Cink, Emiliano Grillo, and Matthew Southgate.