Let’s rewind back to the 2013 SSF Draft. ‘You DON’T want to take Brian Gay,’ were the words spoken by the Beast when Gay’s name came up as a possible draft pick. Beast had owned Gay for parts of each of the past two seasons, and evidently, he didn’t think the Fort Worth, Texas native was worthy of being selected. But Gay proved all the nay-sayers wrong – primarily Beast – yesterday by winning the not so highly acclaimed Humana Challenge in a playoff. While it was a good week for Gay, it was one of the quietest weeks in league history as far as fantasy points go, as illustrated below.
The only owned top ten in the league in week 2 went to Brent, with the newly acquired Charles Howell III. Howell shot an impressive 8-under par to get into a 3-way playoff, but even with the 50 points he put up, Brent is still feeling a little blue because of the two makeable putts Howell had to win the tournament (Brent hasn’t won a tournament in 21 weeks, the longest active streak in the league). Still there were some positives, as last year’s 6th place team didn’t manage their first top ten until week 7 last year. Also on the board were ten points from Zach Johnson, and a 5 burger from Cameron Tringale. The move from 7th to 2nd is the largest one week jump in SSF history.
Second place on the week went to the number ranked masseuse in Swan River – AN-DREW FUCHS. Fuchs posted a reputable 25 points. Brandt Snedeker began his quest to prove last season’s amazing year wasn’t just a flash in the pan, managing a top 25 and the ten points that go along with it. Jimmy Walker also posted a ten point week, while friend of the league Brendon de Jonge was fine form, posting a 5 point finish in his first start of the year.
In a week filled with movement, the most stable man in the league, stayed right where he was. While others were moving up and down on the leaderboard, Beast put up 15 points, and stayed in 3rd position, but it could have been more. The BIG MAN got points from two of his three keepers, with Matt Kuchar scoring ten points – his 2nd straight double digit week – and Bo Van Pelt chipping in with 5. Long John benched a top ten in Ryan Palmer, and also left a 5-burger from Aaron Baddeley off his scorecard.
Beast wasn’t the only league member scoring 15 in week 2. Last year’s 2nd place finisher Dave also put up the old 1-5. However, even tying for the 3rd most points on the week dropped Dave into last place. First-round pick Robert Garrigus made his debut on the squad, posting ten points, while his second selection of the draft, Bud Cauley, scored 5. The key to any success for Dave’s squad this year will be the play of his keepers, who start getting back into the fold this weekend.
James stayed atop the standings, despite scoring just ten points, with Phil Mickelson and Jeff Overton each accounting for 5. Brad Gilbert bagels were put up by Seung-Yul Noh and Chris Kirk. Rounding week 2 of the season were Bryce and Lawrence who each scored 5 points, thanks to Martin Laird and Carl Petterson respectively.
Up next it’s the first tier 2 of the season. The Farmer’s Insurance Open from beautiful Torrey Pines.