Top Golf DFS Picks for the 2021 Travelers Championship
Forget about any lull in the week directly following a major. The DraftKings lobby is filled with a slew of golf GPPs that each have six+ figures on the line.
If you are looking for fantasy golf advice and want to submit a few lineups, you came to the right place. After diving into the betting markets and evaluating salaries and projections, here are my top Travelers Championship DFS picks in 2021.
Patrick Cantlay – $10,400
Remember when Patrick Cantlay opened with 67-60 to grab a four-stroke lead at the halfway point? He was just a 19-year-old amateur at the time. That happened right here at TPC River Highlands – the same place Cantlay has produced back-to-back-to-back top-15 finishes.
11 times in 12 tries.
After a sketchy stretch in the middle of the spring, a victory at Jack’s Place and a good performance at the US Open, has Cantlay back on track.
He’s getting more and more comfortable with his mallet-style putter, as evidenced by Patrick gaining 6.99 strokes on and around the greens at Torrey Pines.
Kevin Streelman – $9,400
If Cantlay breaking 70 in 11 of the last 12 rounds contested at TPC River Highlands is impressive, what do we call Kevin Streelman’s recent track record at this venue? I’ll keep it simple and go with, superior.
Kevin has shot in the 60s in 14 straight rounds (67.1 scoring average during that stretch) at this golf course. He’s finished 8th-33rd-15th-2nd the last four years here – and did I mention that he closed with 64-64 to win the 2014 Travelers Championship?
Streelman birdied the final seven holes in regulation in ’14 to edge Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi by a shot.
On top of his affinity for the layout, the Dukie’s recent form has been rather inspiring. 26th or better in five straight starts including an 8th at the PGA Championship and a 15th at the US Open.
Matthew Wolff – $9,300
On the surface, coughing up $9,300 for a 22-year-old who has one top-25 in 2021 seems foolish. If you lift the hood and do a bit of digging, the idea becomes rather captivating.
Rested and recharged for a big summer ahead, Matthew’s two main weapons were clicking at Torrey Pines.
Among the five players who ended the week with at least four strokes gained off the tee, here’s how Wolff stacked up with the group when it came to efficiency on the greens.
|2021 US Open Stats – Top-5 Leaders in SG: Off-the-Tee|
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Matthew led the field in birdies, and don’t forget he’s third on the PGA Tour in eagles (holes per). There is some boost or bust attached, but with big risk comes a big reward.
Specifically, in GPPs, Wolffie is one of my top DFS picks for the Travelers Championship.
Brandt Snedeker – $7,200
One of my sleeper picks for the Travelers Championship, I’m on “Sneds” this week. Is it just me, or does $7,200 feel awfully low for nine-time PGA Tour winners who’s been surging as of late?
Brandt’s propensity to go low has been demonstrated in many ways – he shot 59 at the 2018 Wyndham Championship and has shot 61 or lower four times since 2010 (tied for most on the PGA Tour).
And although he doesn’t play this event year in and year out, he’s found enough time to squeeze in a couple of 63s and a pair of 64s (at TPC River Highlands).
Chez Reavie – $7,000
As people flock toward Mackenzie Hughes at $7,100, I suggest pivoting down to Chez Reavie and saving $100. Making his third start in succession, Reavie finished 14th at the Palmetto Championship at Congaree and was among the tournament leaders in SG: Tee-to-Green at last week’s US Open.
If Chez can putt halfway decent this week in Cromwell, he’s got a safe enough floor to make him one of the best Travelers Championship DFS picks. If Reavie can warm up his flat stick and do any sort of damage on the greens, a top-10 finish is imminent.
Austin Eckroat – $6,600
One way for your DFS golf lineup to stick out is to roster an unheralded rookie who the average fan doesn’t know much about. This is the guy who roomed with Matthew Wolff in Stillwater and was stuck behind Viktor Hovland’s shadow for the early part of his collegiate career. He’s since become a world-beater in his own right.
Having just turned professional earlier this month, Austin hit the ground running and arrives in Connecticut with tons of momentum. Following his illustrious career at Oklahoma State, Eckroat began his next chapter finishing 7th and 13th on the Korn Ferry Tour (during the last two weeks).
Also worth noting, Eckroat posted a T12 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic earlier this season playing as an amateur.
My 2021 Travelers Championship DFS Lineup for GPPs
- Patrick Cantlay – $10,400
- Kevin Streelman – $9,400
- Matthew Wolff – $9,300
- Brandt Snedeker – $7,200
- Chez Reavie – $7,000
- Austin Eckroat – $6,600
A couple of former Cowboys headline my DFS picks for the Travelers Championship. Patrick Cantlay is on top of the FedEx Cup standings and yet is a thousand bucks cheaper than DJ. Sign me up.
Kevin Streelman can play TPC River Highlands in his sleep, while Chez Reavie is a technician waiting to break the seal with his putter. Brandt Snedeker should be at least $8k on this slate – he’s a player I recommend getting plenty of exposure to.
Sam Burns ($7,700) is another guy I fancy, particularly in GPPs, but be wary of his ownership being bloated at what appears to be such a discounted price.