Top DFS Picks for the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open
Tiger Woods’ absence in San Diego means you can’t feature the ultimate “horse for the course” in your lineup. The good news is several other players in the field this week have great records at this venue.
For example, Rory has shined in his two previous appearances (T5 in 2019, T3 in 2020). Tony Finau finished 6th here last year and has landed inside the top-25 in all six of his trips to La Jolla. Jon Rahm has finished 1st, 2nd, and 5th here since debuting in 2017, but here’s the problem with that trio.
They’re the highest-priced golfers on the slate and will be relatively high-owned. Unless they emerge with the trophy in hand, they don’t do us much good.
As for my top Farmers Insurance Open DFS picks, here are some players you should consider riding.
Patrick Reed – $10,100
Don’t worry about Patrick Reed missing the cut at PGA West – let everybody else. They probably don’t realize that Patrick posted a T6 at the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open coming off of a missed cut.
Despite not being the straightest driver on the planet, Patrick’s ability to get up and down from anywhere makes him a viable threat at this tournament.
Hideki Matsuyama – $9,200
It’s hard to believe that Hideki hasn’t won a golf tournament since 2017. He’s played a lot of good golf and made a boatload of money, but perhaps he’s ready to get back to the winner’s circle.
Arriving at a lush layout at Torrey Pines armed with five straight rounds of 68 or better, Matsuyama is easily one of my top DFS picks for the Farmers Insurance Open. He finished 3rd here in 2019 and won’t be deterred if the rain starts coming down.
Hideki practising in the rain yesterday! pic.twitter.com/05C6EKQ0lL— Hideki Matsuyama Tracker ⛳️ (@TrackingHideki) January 24, 2021
Scottie Scheffler – $9,000
After missing the cut last week as a popular pick at The American Express, look for Scottie Scheffler’s ownership to come down at Torrey Pines. That’s one thing about rostering Scottie that appeals in GPPs – here are a few more.
- 2nd in total driving this season
- 7th in total driving last season
- 7th in birdie average last season
Scheffler is averaging more birdies more round this season (4.57) than he did in 2019-20 (4.35).
Jason Kokrak – $7,700
After touting Kokrak as a sleeper pick and a great bet to log a top-20, I’m going back to the 35-year-old dependable commodity in all fantasy golf formats.
When I think about a guy who’s got the perfect game to succeed at Torrey, Jason immediately comes to mind.
He flushes his irons and hits it long off the tee, and he’s unobtrusively developed into one of the game’s premier putters.
Seriously – Kokrak is perfect from inside 3’ (225-225) and is 29/30 from 5’.
Case in point – Jason is 6th on the PGA Tour in SG: Putting among players who have played at least 20 rounds.
John Huh – $7,000
If you’re scouring the lower price point for a fairly cheap option to round out your Farmers Insurance Open DFS picks, stop once you get to John Huh at $7,000. The challenging golf courses this week put a premium on the tee-to-green game, and take a quick peek at the following names.
- Patrick Cantlay
- Rory McIlroy
- Viktor Hovland
- Sergio Garcia
- Harris English
All elite ball-strikers, and yet they all rank below Huh this season in SG: Tee-to-Green.
On the heels of four top-25s in his last five starts, John’s got a shot to deliver all sorts of value at a $7k price tag.
Matt Jones – $7,000
An Aussie has won three of the last six editions of the Farmers Insurance Open (Marc Leishman, Jason Day twice), plus Adam Scott finished runner-up here in 2019. The two Cameron’s (Smith and Davis) are a couple of others from “Down Under” on many people’s radar.
But what about Matt Jones?
Jones finished 13th here in 2019 strolls into La Jolla with six straight made cuts in his back pocket.
The grit Matt showed Sunday in La Quinta bodes well for his chances in the upcoming week.
To keep you in the loop, Jones shot even par in the final round at The American Express despite a double and a quad on his scorecard.
My 2021 Farmers Insurance Open DFS Lineup for GPPs
- Patrick Reed $10,100
- Hideki Matsuyama $9,200
- Scottie Scheffler $9,000
- Jason Kokrak $7,700
- John Huh $7,000
- Matt Jones $7,000
The $8-9k range is usually my sweet spot on DraftKings. Ironically, nobody in that price point is featured as one of my best DFS picks for the Farmers Insurance Open.
Sometimes it pays to switch things up.
Reed and Scheffler are both coming off missed cuts last week and therefore, should both be underutilized. Rostering a pair of players at exactly $7k is another way to differentiate.
In terms of what makes Jason Kokrak a surefire play, I’ve got more insight on him in the following two posts.