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2020 U.S. Open Expert Picks: PGA DFS lineup advice & tips

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2020 U.S. Open Expert Picks: PGA DFS lineup advice & tips

It’s been a slow 2020 sports build, but this weekend we have one of the most exciting stretches on the sports calendar in a long time: Week 2 of the NFL season, college football, the NBA and NHL Playoffs, MLB pennant chases, a NASCAR race, and on top of all that, we have newly crowned PGA Tour Player of the Year Dustin Johnson leading a top-notch field into the 120th U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club. I’ve never had to make the decision to either watch a PGA major or the NFL, and it has me completely flummoxed. I know I would chose to watch any of the four golf majors over any of those other sports, but not the NFL. I think I’m going to likely have the Sunday Ticket on my laptop while I put Sunday at the U.S. Open on my big screen.  I’m pumped for all of it — and that includes my DFS lineups.   

Do you remember when everyone was stunned by how much of a challenge Olympia Fields posed to these players at the BMW Championship? That will be a walk in the park compared to what Winged Foot will put these players through this weekend. Winged Foot has hosted five U.S. Opens and one PGA Championship in its storied history.  Only in the 1984 U.S. Open did the winner end the tournament with a score below par. In the other four, the average winning score was five over par. The last trip here for the U.S. Open was in ’06, and the average round was 75, only one hole played under par for the week, and there were just 12 total rounds scored under par the entire weekend. Hale Irwin won here in ’74 with a final score of seven over par. Then USGA president Sandy Tatum said afterwards, “We’re not trying to humiliate the best players in the world. We’re simply trying to identify them.”   

MORE: Complete betting guide to the 2020 U.S. Open

If I told you that Winged Foot was 7,469 yards and played as a Par 70, that would be enough to know that this course will be very difficult — but that’s not all. It is known for having extremely difficult putting surfaces. Colin Montgomerie finished runner up at the ’06 U.S. Open and said, “I think everybody will three-putt out here.” The slopes are so crazy that players joke that you can see the bottom of the cup from the fairway. They may say that in jest, but on some of the holes, that is not an exaggeration.

After reading all that, I’m definitely going to have Strokes Gained: Putting as one of my key stats. The bombers will have an advantage and these guys hit it much further than the guys back in ’06, but also they have to avoid the deep stuff. Like most all U.S. Open courses, it will punish you if you land in the rough. Knowing all that, I’ll add Strokes Gained: Off the Tee as one of my other key stats. You know I’m going to have Strokes Gained: Approach, as well. 

These players will bogey and bogey a lot this weekend, but the player who can avoid them the most will take home the title. That’s why I’m putting bogey avoidance in my key stats. This is another course with a bunch of Par 4s between 450 and 500 yards, so I’m going to look at players’ efficiency in that range. We’ve also have courses with a bunch of really long Par 3s, so I’m going to target Par 3 efficiency 200-225. These players will be put to task at Winged Foot and survival will be the word of the week.

The weather looks to be good with temps in the mid-60s throughout the weekend. As of right now, there is no real rain in the forecast with winds dabbling in the double digits. As far as conditions, it will be much more pleasant than it was a few weeks ago at Olympia Fields.

PGA DFS Strategy: U.S. Open

The last thing I wanted to add is about roster construction this weekend. I have already highlighed why this course is so hard and how much of a struggle it will be. I believe knowing that, you need to target six good golfers in your lineups. That means going with a balanced build over stars and scrubs. I’m going to give you some deep dive plays, but there is a reason that those players are under $7K, and the likelihood of them making the cut is slim. The way to score the big prizes in these GPPs is getting six players through the cut and hope they can make a move over the weekend. Yeah, you may only be able to get one of the big dogs in your lineup, but I’d rather my lowest-priced guy be Brendon Todd than J.T. Poston. I want to trust that everyone in my lineup has the ability to make the cut.

KEY STATS: 
Strokes Gained: Approach
Strokes Gained: Off the Tee
Strokes Gained: Putting
Bogey Avoidance
Par 4 Efficiency 450-500
Par 3 Efficiency 200-225

ONE-AND-DONE PICK: Daniel Berger

U.S. Open PGA DFS expert picks

Daniel Berger: If you are able to ignore his missed cut at the Memorial, it’s been a stellar season for Berger with finishes of 9th, 5th, 4th, 7th, 1st, 3rd, MC, 2nd, 13th, 3rd, 25th, and 15th since the Waste Management back in January. He’s nother guy who just fits the mold for success as he sits ninth in Par 4 Efficiency 450-500, 10th in Bogey Avoidance, 17th in Strokes Gained: Putting, 27th in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, and 34th in Strokes Gained: Approach.There is no reason not to play him this weekend.

Adam Scott. The one thing you can say about Scott is that he’s well rested. He really limited his schedule down the stretch of the PGA Tour season. This will be his 13th trip to the U.S. Open, he knows what the expect, and how to smartly play this event. He has five top-20 finishes, which includes three top-10 finishes. He’s top 50 in Strokes Gained: Putting and top 25 in Bogey Avoidance. I like the old vet a lot this weekend.

Justin Thomas. Despite only having two top-10 finishes and a win under his belt this season, I’m still a believer that he can get it done this weekend. He’s another guy who can bounce back from a bad hole or round, sitting at eighth in Bogey Avoidance. He’s first in Strokes Gained: Approach, 22nd in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, and eighth in Par 4 Efficiency.

Rasmus Hjogaard. Unless you play Euro Tour DFS regularly, you probably don’t know this kid. I say “kid” because he can’t legally drink at just 19. He has two wins, a second place, and a third place finish in his last 12 starts. He is actually higher than three-time major winner Jordan Spieth in the official world golf rankings. He’s fourth on the Euro Tour in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee and fifth in Driving Distance.

Webb Simpson. Simpson won the 2012 U.S. Open and then kind of fell off the golf map for a while before having an awakening over the past three seasons. He fits the mold here so well. He’s first in Bogey Avoidance, first in Par 4 Efficiency 450-500, sixth in Strokes Gained: Approach, 13th in Strokes Gained: Putting, and 13th in Par 3 Efficiency 200-225.

Collin Morikawa. The only thing that scares me about his game is the putting. He’s pretty middle of the road when it comes to that, so he will struggle on these greens like everyone else. He differentiates himself in being a premiere ball striker. He’s second on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Approach and 19th in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee. The PGA Championship winner has a legit shot of going back-to-back in Major play.                                                   

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Apex Legends Leak Reveals All Upcoming Legends up to Season 13

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Apex Legends has a lot of exciting content lined up for the coming months. Each season players are greeted with new features and changes that present a refreshing experience, keeping players longing for more. Respawn has been planning way ahead to keep delivering fresh seasonal content and expand Apex’s horizons.

Season 6 has progressed smoothly with exciting additions, and there is already an upsurge in anticipation in the Apex community for the future of the game. Lots of leaks and speculations have emerged about potential features for Season 7 and upcoming events, but nothing is set in stone yet.

Now, an intriguing leak has surfaced, revealing the upcoming legends all the way up to Season 13. Thanks to WaterGotHim, who has featured all the leaked characters in his video.

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Significant leak reveals seven upcoming Apex Legends characters

Recently, u/Prome1heus shared an image of a leaked character select screen showing all the new legends up until the next seven seasons. The first legend seen in the picture after Rampart is Valk, whose abilities have already been subject to leaks and speculation. Next up are Blisk and Ash, for Season 8 and 9, respectively. Both of them are Titanfall 2 characters, and the prospect of them coming to the Apex Games is fascinating.

“As we usher the kings from their castles, we brandish them with wisdom. Let the People see the light, and rejoice with the coming of day.” – Prome1theus from ApexUncovered

Moving onwards, Horizon is the proposed legend for Season 10. Dataminers discovered clues of this character in the current season’s game files. Meanwhile, Season 11 has Fuse lined up. So far, no one has spotted mentions of this legend in the game files yet, according to WaterGotHim.

Finally, Firebug and Husaria are the planned legends for Season 12 and 13, respectively. Apart from the name listings, the leaked character screen also revealed the different classes for the legends. While Valk, Ash, Horizon, Fuse, and Husaria appear to be Offensive Legends, Blisk and Firebug seem to belong to the Recon Class.

The planned lineup is indeed exciting, but it seems there are no plans for defensive or support characters. However, game development is subject to frequent changes, and Respawn can make adjustments anytime they want. Although the leak provides a good first look at Apex’s future roster, nothing is confirmed yet. The details are somewhat speculative, and fans have to wait and watch for the coming months.

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Novak Djokovic Shows Signs of Worry in His Round 1 Victory at French Open 2020

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As the 2020 French Open got underway, it was time for the tournament’s #1 seed to grace the court in the men’s singles. Novak Djokovic had no trouble seeing off Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in the first round, but there were slight hints of an injury concern that arose due to the Serb’s activities during the game. 

Djokovic cruised to a 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 victory, dropping just five games to assert his dominance. He’s stepped into Roland Garros with hopes of claiming a second career crown. A 16th consecutive first-round victory is just the start the 33YO would have hoped for. 

While Rafa dropped ten games in his first-round fixture, Djokovic halved it to strike fear among his opponents. It is the perfect start in Paris for Djokovic, who is now 32-1 in 2020. While his only loss came due to a default, it really seems like Djokovic can only be beaten by himself! 

Injury concern pops up for Novak Djokovic in his first-round victory

This year has really taken a toll on everyone. For Novak Djokovic, it has been bittersweet. He’s won four out of the five tournaments he’s competed in. But the US Open debacle stands as a stain in his career. 

Moreover, we saw Djokovic struggling with his neck just before the start of the 2020 US Open. At the Western & Southern Open, the Djoker had to pull out from the doubles event due to the same.

While his neck injury seemingly wore off at the US Open, Djokovic is now troubled by his arm. The 33-year-old was spotted stretching his arm quite a lot against Ymer. It seemed strange as he more than often touched and inspected his dominant hand which caught the attention of the camera. 

The extreme cold conditions and the new and heavier balls are certainly a factor that can contribute to this. A few players including Djokovic have voiced out against the new Wilson balls, which is evidently slower on the surface but gets heavier with more usage. After the game, the Djoker commented on the injury concern and said

“Everything is all right. Balls are heavy, so I “felt” my forearm a bit, but nothing serious, I haven’t had any problems. It was a bit tight, but it wasn’t pain, nothing alarming.”

However, this did not stop Djokovic from eliminating his opponent in straight sets. With this victory, he moves into the second round in Paris and will face Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania.

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Roy Jones Jr. Says Mike Tyson Can “Cause a Problem in the Heavyweight Division”

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Roy Jones Jr. Says Mike Tyson Can "Cause a Problem in the Heavyweight Division"

Four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. appeared in an interview where talked about his opponent for his comeback bout, Mike Tyson. In the interview, he was asked if Tyson could still compete at the highest level in boxing.

“I know he can because he [has] one thing most of them don’t have, except Deontay Wilder, which is tremendous punching power. Anytime you got tremendous punching power like Mike got, he got a chance. Because he can — in most of the fights — win under three rounds,” said Jones.

“So it’s like most of these guys, all he gotta do is get to their chin and he got them. [Do] you understand me? Because he had that much explosiveness in his punch…

“Yeah, I believe if he got himself in shape and took care of himself for like a six-month period, he definitely could cause a problem in the heavyweight division right [at] the end of the day.”

On being asked if Tyson could beat Joshua and Wilder, he said, “I think he could do well against those two, without a doubt… Just explosive punching power, that’s it.”

Jones and Tyson are set to fight each other on November 28 in an 8-round exhibition bout.

Should Mike Tyson take Roy Jones Jr.’s comments seriously?

Roy Jones Jr. (66-9, 47 KOs) had his last fight in 2018 against Scott Sigmon where he won via unanimous decision. He was finalized as Tyson’s opponent in his comeback this year. Mike Tyson (50-6-2, 44 KOs) will make his return to the ring after 15 years, having retired in 2005.

Coming to Jones’ statements, although Tyson was one of the most lethal heavyweights back in the day and still looks in great shape for this bout, him competing with the best heavyweights of the generation at 54, still seems far-fetched.

Age is something that cannot be neglected in a sport like boxing, even if Tyson is in his best shape. And while fans would love to see Tyson back in the ring competing against fighters of his age, going 12 rounds with heavyweight champions in their prime might be dangerous for the legend.

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