Top DFS Picks for the 2021 American Express
With birdies and eagles forecasted in bunches, it’s the perfect week to play fantasy golf on DraftKings. There are a ton of juicy GPPs in the lobby, including a $12 tournament dishing out $200k to the winner.
How do you capture the eye-popping first prize?
Just submit a lineup of six golfers and score more points than everyone else.
It’s easier said than done, but as they say in golf, you can’t make a putt if you don’t get the ball to the hole. In this case, the only way to win a golf GPP is to fire in an entry.
Here are my top American Express DFS picks to help get you started.
Scottie Scheffler – $9,500
Any thoughts of potential rust having not played since the Masters quickly went away with a T13 in Maui. Scottie’s now registered 9 top-25s in his last 13 starts dating back to the Memorial – a stretch of golf that includes three top-4s.
Did I mention Scheffler shot 23-under-par and finished solo-third at this event in 2020, his first time in the Desert?
Short game perfection from Scottie Scheffler. ? pic.twitter.com/djbBU1qXmN— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 9, 2021
It’s only a matter of time until the 2020 Rookie of the Year picks up his maiden victory on the PGA Tour.
Abraham Ancer – $9,100
A missed cut at Waialae will give most cause for concern, but here’s the deal. Ancer hit 31/36 greens and shot 69-68 (MC by one) at the Sony Open. It was an abnormally poor effort on the greens (-2.790 SG: Putting) that held Abe back from being able to charge up the leaderboard over the weekend.
Coming back to the place where he closed with a course record 63 and finished runner-up, I say take advantage of his ownership, possibly being in limbo.
Russell Henley – $9,000
Don’t forget about Russell Henley when you’re making DFS picks for The American Express. Henley struck the ball beautifully in Hawaii (66-64-65-68) en route to his fifth top-11 finish among his last 10 starts, but his elite ball-striking goes back a lot further than one event.
You can find Russell slotted 5th in SG: Tee-to-Green this season, ahead of guys Jon Rahm (6th) and Justin Thomas (7th).
If Henley gets the putter warmed up in the desert, a top-5 finish seems imminent.
Charles Howell III – $7,800
Now that the West Coast Swing has officially arrived get used to hearing me tout Chucky Three Sticks in fantasy golf. Perhaps Charles doesn’t own as sparkling of a record in La Quinta as he does in Honolulu, but he has made 11 of his last 12 cuts at PGA West.
Howell is extremely familiar with both layouts (Stadium Course and Nicklaus Course), and how about this for being on form?
Charles hit at least 15 greens in each of the four rounds and made just one bogey all week.
Doc Redman – $7,500
You need to be able to go low if you plan on making noise in this event. The way the scoring on DraftKings benefits guys who make a lot of birdies, you especially need to target guys who know how to fill it up.
Enter Doc Redman, one of my favorite American Express DFS picks.
The Doc was working on Sunday. ?@doc_redman (-18) finishes with 6 straight birdies to card a 62 (-10) and jump into the top spot at the #SafewayOpen! #SIMdriver #TeamTaylorMade pic.twitter.com/898MlV1nt6— TaylorMade Golf (@TaylorMadeGolf) September 13, 2020
Here’s a guy who didn’t get his PGA Tour card until 2020, and yet he’s already racked up 10 rounds on tour of 65 or better. Five of those were 64 or lower.
Michael Thompson – $7,100
Talk about a guy whose game is trending in the right direction, Michael Thompson descends upon the American Express armed with seven straight made cuts. In other words, we don’t have to guess which version of Michael Thompson will show up in La Quinta.
|Michael Thompson’s Last Three Starts|
|11/5-11/8||Houston Open||67-72-67-69 (-5)||T15|
|1/7-1/10||Sentry TOC||73-68-67-69 (-15)||T21|
|1/14-1/17||Sony Open||66-68-66-66 (-14)||T25|
Top-25s in each of his last three starts, I’m loving Michael’s chances of making it four in a row. Thompson finished T9 here in 2019.
My 2021 American Express DFS Lineup for GPPs
- Scottie Scheffler $9,500
- Abraham Ancer $9,100
- Russell Henley $9,000
- Charles Howell III $7,800
- Doc Redman $7,500
- Michael Thompson $7,100
There are my DFS picks for The American Express. I’m going back to the well with Abraham Ancer despite an MC last week, and $7,800 is simply too low of a price to ignore Charles Howell III.
Jon Rahm’s withdrawal opened the door to squeeze both Scheffler and Henley in, while Redman and Thompson are two guys who I could see winning the tournament.
Once your lineup is set, go ahead and attack the American Express odds with the following predictions.