I'm going to re-issue my challenge from last week. It went a little something like... this... *tunes radio*... "I pretty much ran the table for the U.S. Open over at GoDraft.com, which means I need more challengers! Click the link, join up, and come take my not-so-hard-earned winnings. Once the PGA games open for the week, you can find me in the We Talk Fantasy Sports league or in various other games as RiskRewardGolf. I promise to play nice. Maybe." Unfortunately, unbeknownst to your humble prognosticator, there were no games on GoDraft. I mean, how good am I at predicting when I can't predict that? Well, they've since fixed that and games will be a weekly occurrence. Find me there or hit me up on twit at me on the Twitter for a head-to-head.
I'd like to say there's a deep field this week, one ripe with choices on the lower end of the spectrum to pull from, but there isn't. Instead, as the summer rolls into the Open Championship at St. Andrews, most of the biggest names are taking the week off before heading to the Scottish Open for some hot links-on-links action, Louisiana Hot Link meets Linguiça style. Of course, there's still games to be had out there in the fantasy world, so let's start navigating the coin toss that is rest of this field.
You might recall from my Power Rankings for this week that I mentioned players with good distance and accuracy from the tee mixed with solid ball-striking stats tend to fare well here. If you don't, go back and read it, lazy sack. If you do, good, because the rest of this is going to make a whole lot more sense.
My Power Rankings draw on statistics only, while Risk and Reward draws more on gut feel and intuition about players who missed my Top 15. In this column, you'll find "Lay-Up", "Going For It", and "Hazard". Look for more subjective analysis here, as opposed to the Power Rankings, where I rely strictly on data. Lay-Up may contain players who, barring a Great Flood, will bank you some points. Going For It is where I'll have players that may have missed the Power Rankings or who I feel present an excellent opportunity to pick up a win, but carry some considerable risk. Lastly, Hazards, where I often find myself on any given Sunday, should be avoided.