Well friends, the first week of the FedEx Cup Playoffs has come to a close, culminating in our league’s second benched win in it’s two year history. Poor Bryce was the culprit yet again, leaving Dustin Johnson and a dominant 150 point win on the bench. This brain-fart has far more impact than just a benched win however, with this being Bryce’s 34th consecutive week without a win. If the season-long cellar dweller doesn’t repeat with a win next week, he will match Brent’s much publicized futility streak. The Brycemaster now must also worry about holding the all-time lows for wins (previous record was 2), and points (the 315 points he needs are looking pretty daunting now). Although we’ve only been at this league for two years, Bryce’s team is having a rough go of it, and as much as he likely needs that first overall pick, he really doesn’t want his name in red that many times. But enough with the doom and gloom… lets move on to the positives.
Fuchs was a big-time positive this week, pounding out a league-high 160 points with sixty a piece from Brandt Snedeker and Vijay Singh of all people! The ageless Fijian has not been having the best of years, but two top fives in the past two weeks suddenly make him an intriguing potential keeper. Speaking of keepers, Charley Hoffman was a bit of a stretch to carry from one season to another, but his 35 points this week gives him a respectable 210 on the season. It may be too late for Fuchs to take a run at third, but 2000 points and 30+ top tens are certainly respectable debut numbers as Fuchs looks to penetrate the top three in his softmore campaign.
Speaking of penetration…did you know that Beast is Spreadsheet Fantasy’s first Officially Certified Penetration Tester? That’s right, our league’s eldest member recently completed a course at the U of M certifying him in penetration testing. But enough about his personal accolades, Beast also knows how to rack up the points in the fantasy realm as well. Defending champion Matt Kuchar went into the Barclays with a serious shot at winning, and he almost did just that, Falling short by just two shots to take home 75 points as the runner up. Jason Day contributed 25 while the rest of his team chipped in a pair of top 25’s and a top fifty to send beast packin with a smile on his face and 135 points in his pocket. He has narrowed the gap to 420 back of first place, but with only one Osicki Explosion left, the odds don’t look to be in his favour.
One man who has no use for odds is Brent, who despite a sizeable deficit, still remains positive he can make a comeback. Osicki’ing a pair of wins is a tall order, but if anyone has the skill to win back-to-back, it’s Luke Donald. Although he’s won just one tournament this year, he’s been close a number of times, including a playoff loss to Brandt Snedeker. It wasn’t Luke’s week this week either, as he managed just a top 25, failing to contribute to the top 5 and 10 posted by Jonothan Byrd and Camilo Villegas respectively. A debacle of a final round by Adam Scott saw him go from a potential top ten to a big fat goose-egg, shooting five over par to drop out of the top fifty. Brent has put up totals in the 200’s a league record 4 times this year, but he may have to reach out for a few 300 burgers if he’s going to be slipping on the green jacket this year.
With an astronomical lead going into the FedEx Cup Playoffs, a league record 14th 100+ point week was just what the doctor ordered for James’ team. With his lead still intact at over 400 points, Nick Watney and Webb Simpson’s top tens were simply gravy. Throw in a top fifteen from a mulligan’d Aaron Baddeley and it was an all-around productive week for the front-runner to capture his second straight title.
The second worst total of the week belonged to Bryce, who despite owning the winner, managed just 70 points while leaving 155 on his bench. The good news for Bryce is that Dustin appears to be back on track for next year, when he will likely be relied on as the spearhead of Bryce’s team. His 150 points this week, gives him 470 on the season, and he likely won’t be done yet as he will defend his title three weeks from now at the BMW Championship. The other piece of good news for Brycer is that Gary Woodland continued his remarkably consistent play with another top 15. The tour rookie and Degrassi Alumni now has 435 points in a wildly successful first season on tour.
Sadly, Dave has been in this position far too many times this season, as his team has really let him down. Six goose-eggs littered his roster this week from notables such as Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson and David Toms. Y.E. Yang was the lone bright spot, with a thirty five point top ten to replace the one left on the bench with Justin Rose. Dave’s disappointing season can be almost directly linked to his top three picks in January’s draft, who through 37 combined starts this year are averaging a pitiful 13.5 points per start and have combined for less points than Luke Donald, Nick Watney, or Steve Stricker. Dave will likely go in a different direction next year, as the elite international players he relied on could never get it going on this side of the pond.
That’s the wrap up folks. Just a quick reminder that you have all received your bonus FedEx Cup Osicki Explosion, so feel free to use it on whomever you wish. If don’t end up designating it to anyone, it will be applied to your lowest rostered player playing in the Tour Championship. See you around friends.