Top DFS Picks for the 2021 RBC Heritage
Hideki Matsuyama was spotted at Hartsfield-Jackson on Monday morning with his Green Jacket casually draped over his chair as he waited to board his flight. Will Zalatoris was hopping in a rental car to drive three hours to Hilton Head.
What a difference a shot makes.
With the 2021 Masters now in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to shift our focus to the upcoming event.
Harbour Town Golf Links is a tricky par-71 layout designed by the late Pete Dye; year after year we see short knockers plot their way around en route to slipping on the plaid jacket.
After scoping the salaries on DraftKings, here are my top RBC Heritage DFS picks.
Webb Simpson – $10,700
Few things in golf are more certain than Webb Simpson performing favorably at Sea Pines Resort.
Going back to 2010, Simpson is 10 for 10 at the RBC Heritage with seven top-20s. He lit the course on fire in 2020 (65-65-68-64) on his way to being the last man standing.
Coming off a T12 at Augusta, Webby is a short game savant who shows up to Harbour Town each year knowing he’s going to play well.
Thanks to so much value lurking in the 7-8k range, we can easily slide Simpson in as one of our DFS picks for the RBC Heritage without any sincere sacrifices.
Tyrrell Hatton – $9,500
Arriving on the heels of posting one of two sub-69 rounds Sunday at the Masters, Tyrrell Hatton has fond memories from his last go-around in Hilton Head.
The feisty Englishman made 21 birdies and a lone bogey over the final three rounds at the 2020 RBC Heritage – and he did that despite losing strokes off the tee in each of those rounds.
☑️ Career best round at Augusta National ☑️ Career best finish at @TheMasters A strong finish for @TyrrellHatton ✍️ #Themasters | @WorkdayApril 11, 2021
Top-25s in 8 of 10 starts since the November Masters – Hatton had just one three-putt this past week at Augusta.
Consider his reliable flat stick with his dependable iron play (10th on the PGA Tour in SG: Approach), and don’t forget that he finished T3 the last time he was here.
Harris English – $8,400
After going into a bit of a rut following his triumph in Maui, Harris English slowly but surely is getting back on track. 26th at Bay Hill and a 21st at Augusta in his last two stroke-play starts, English’s well-rounded game should blossom at the Pete Dye creation (19th in Total Driving and 8th in Scrambling).
Zero rounds in the 60s since February 26th should keep his ownership down, but that also means a series of low numbers could be on the horizon.
Residing some 115 miles down the coastline in Sea Island, Harris fired a bogey-free 64 during the final round of last year’s RBC Heritage.
Zach Johnson – $7,200
Target Zach Johnson as one of your RBC Heritage DFS picks despite his back-to-back MCs.
Augusta National and TPC San Antonio are “second-shot golf courses” that require premium ball-striking.
Succeeding at Harbour Town comes down to angles and opportunities. It comes down to wedge play and good putting.
It’s a lot like the RSM Classic (Sea Island GC) and the Honda Classic (PGA National Champions Course). ZJ landed 8th at Sea Island and 6th at PGA National is back to putting like we know he’s capable of (10th in SG: Putting). $7,200 feels too cheap given what he brings to the table at this venue.
J.T. Poston – $7,100
If you want a sneaky horse for the course lurking down at $7.1k, click on J.T. Poston and lock him in as one of your DFS picks for the RBC Heritage. Do not just take my word for it, peek at this graphic for some confirmation.
|J.T. Poston – Career at the RBC Heritage|
Poston finished 22nd at THE PLAYERS last month and had a solid showing in Austin. In fact, J.T. is the only man who can say he beat Billy Horschel at the 2021 Match Play.
Statistically one of the top putters on the PGA Tour, the St. Simons Island resident paced the field in SG: Around-the-Green at the most recent RBC Heritage.
Mackenzie Hughes – $7,000
Hughes has won the RSM Classic (2016). He finished 2nd at the 2020 Honda Classic and 3rd in Puntacana.
Enter this week’s layout. One of the elite putters in this field, Hughes’ shortcomings off the tee (182nd in SG: Off-the-Tee) can be overcome at a place where bombing drivers is hardly required.
As for his form – Mackenzie emerged out of group play at the WGC thanks to defeating Webb Simpson and Paul Casey during the first two days. He shot three consecutive 72s at Augusta before a 76 on Sunday dropped him back into a tied for 40th.
My 2021 RBC Heritage DFS Lineup for GPPs
- Webb Simpson – $10,700
- Tyrrell Hatton – $9,500
- Harris English – $8,400
- Zach Johnson – $7,200
- T. Poston- $7,100
- Mackenzie Hughes – $7,000
If you’re worried about Webb Simpson’s ownership being through the roof, pivoting to Collin Morikawa ($10.5k) makes plenty of sense. Paying up for Patrick Cantlay is another way to differentiate.
Will Zalatoris ($9.7k) and Brian Harman ($8.7k) are both poised to play well, but like Webby, each will be incredibly high-owned.
For more insight into what lies ahead this week in Hilton Head, check out our weekly betting predictions located on our golf picks page.