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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Graham DeLaet
Len Hochberg looks for gems in the bottom of the barrel among golfers who finished far out of the top 125 but still qualify for this season's PGA Tour.
The RotoWire golf crew projected 2019-20 earnings for more than 200 golfers who have PGA Tour cards for this season. Will Justin Thomas be the leading money winner?
Greg Vara and the RotoWire golf crew rank the 2019-20 golfers with projected earnings and season outlooks, as Brooks Koepka has settled the debate over the world's best golfer.
Jon Rahm has produced high finishes on a regular basis this season, and Len Hochberg zeroes in on him as he provides his DraftKings recommendations for the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Len Hochberg looks for gems in the bottom of the barrel among golfers who finished far out of the top 125 but still qualify for this season's PGA Tour. Don't forget Bill Haas.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
DeLaet had a nice run from 2013-14 where he topped $2.5 million in each season, but he followed that up with two sub-$1 million seasons. He bounced back last season with a performance closer resembling his 2013-14 efforts, but he also set the bar pretty high considering he failed to crack the $1 million mark in his previous two seasons. Considering DeLaet has zero top-3s in the past three seasons, it's reasonable to think he's trending the wrong way and as such, he's not a good salary cap option this season.
Not too long ago, DeLaet was the clear-cut, best Canadian golfer on the PGA Tour. With a slip in his game and some others stepping-up, that's not the case anymore. DeLaet isn't that far removed from back-to-back seasons which he earned over $2.5 million though, so he's definitely worth some consideration in salary cap leagues this. His number is low enough that it mitigates a lot of risk. In draft leagues he should go near the 10th-round.
DeLaet started the 2013-2014 season on fire, but he didn't accomplish much outside that stretch last season. That's not to say they his early-season play was a fluke, but it's a little disheartening that he couldn't build upon what he started early in the season last year. He's probably priced a bit too high for consideration in salary cap leagues this season, especially in those leagues that don't start until 2015. In draft leagues he should go late 3th or early 4th round.
If you checked out late in the season last year, you may be surprised that DeLaet cracked the top-20 on the 2013 money list. That's because DeLaet made most of his money and had the majority of his success during the second-half of the season. That doesn't mean that it was a fluke, but we'd like to see a little more from DeLaet before we slot him in the 10-20 range. As it stands now, he should be going anywhere from 25-35 in draft leagues. His 2013 number isn't so high that you can automatically discount him from salary cap league, but again, there isn't much beyond his 2013 season to go off of.
DeLaet has been fairly productive in his brief PGA TOUR career when healthy, and last year was no exception. DeLaet's 2011 season was cut short due to injury, and he started last season on a medical exemption. His status was in peril for most of the year, but a strong finish during the FedEx playoffs secured his card. It's hard to tell where DeLaet's upside is because he hasn't been healthy for more than 12 consecutive months. That alone might be a reason to avoid him this year, but DeLaet has potential. He's worth a look in a salary cap leagues, and in drafts he should be available ninth round.
DeLaet earned nearly $1 million in 2010, but injuries derailed his 2011 season early on. Because of that, he'll have 26 events to catch up to No. 125 on last season's list. In other words, he essentially has a full exemption this season. Considering he nearly cracked $1 million just a year ago, there's no reason to pass on him.
DeLeat had a nice rookie season on the PGA TOUR in 2010, finishing in the top 10 three times. His best finish came at the Shell Houston Open where he finished third. Among his other top-10s were a fifth at the Viking Classic and a sixth at the Frys.com Open. DeLeat started the season with two top-25s but soon after ran into a typical rookie rut. He pulled out of his mini-slump in Houston and finished the year strong during the fall season. DeLeat built a solid base for a nice future last season, and he should continue to improve this season. His stats were very impressive last season - he ranked sixth in both driving distance and GIR.
Delaet represented Canada at the 2008 and 2009 World Cup events in China. He was the Canadian Tour's Player of the Year in 2009.
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