After nine weeks of Spreadsheet Fantasy golf, it’s clear who the teams to beat are. Carding 6 of the league’s 7 wins, Bryce and Beast are on fire, with Bryce on pace for 16 wins, and Beast looking like a good bet to surpass 50 top tens. This week was Beast’s turn to take the top spot, with Jordan Spieth sinking a monster 30-foot putt on the third playoff hole to capture the Valspar Championship. Patrick Reed shrugged of allegations of cheating throughout his collegiate career, to take second place in the playoff, his second top ten finish in three weeks. Lets take a look at how the teams did.
For the fourth time this year, Beast had the highest total of the week, largely on the back of his win from Jordan Spieth. The win is Spieth’s fourth top ten in six starts, and with Beast’s top four averaging more than 30 points a start, it’s not hard to see why he’s winning. This week was a bit of an off week for Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk, both of whom failed to crack the top 25, but Harris English made up for it with a top ten, his third of the season. Beast and Bryce will likely continue to go back and forth throughout the season as the early favorites to take home the Richard J. Osicki Memorial Trophy (provided Brent didn’t accidentally throw it out.
After starting the season off slowly, Brent has showed up in a major way over the last three weeks, averaging over 100 points a week. Patrick Reed’s 2nd place finish this week racked up 50 points, and Charles Howell III quietly snuck into the top 10 for another 25 points. Lee Westwood has had a decent start to the season, landing in the top 25 again this week. Though he’s a good ways back of the top two, Brent’s team boasts some impressive potential with Adam Scott and Patrick Reed, and it’s clear he can string together a number of good weeks.
After a horrendous start to the season, averaging less than 20 points a week through week 7, Lawerence has put together a couple of good weeks in a row, mainly thanks to the performance of Henrik Stenson and *record scratch* Kevin Na?? The two have carded 145 in just the last two weeks, and both appear in top form. They’ll need to keep that momentum going, as ‘Big Train’s’ bottom five players have combined for just 45 points.
Jarret has been relatively quiet after Jimmy Walker’s win to start off the season, but the league’s newest member has a team that can come up big. Hunter Mahan and Billy Horshcel have been in poor form so far, but both have the ability to win it any given week. Ryan Moore had a chance to win on Sunday, but settled for a top five, his second in the last two weeks, while Ian Poulter added another ten points.
Daniel’s three best weeks have come when Bubba Watson tees it up, and that didn’t happen this week. Despite managing just 40 points, Daniel’s team has been remarkably consistent this year, scoring at least 35 every week. Jason Kokrak was a surprise top ten this week, but Daniel will take it as he tries to keep pace with the leaders.
Relying on the likes of Cameron Tringale and weird skinny Dufner, this was never going to be a very good week for James. However, both managed to sneak their way into the top 20, holding up the fort in a week where most of James’ team was probably relaxing on the beach. Next week will be much more promising, with McIlroy on the course again.
Bryce’s team seems to be the definition of boom-or-bust so far in the 2015 season. When things are good, Bryce puts up well over 100 points, including a monster 230 last week, but when they’re bad, he barely scores at all. This week’s goose-egg continues that theme, as he has four weeks with less than 30 points. Still locked in a duel with Beast, Bryce will look forward to fielding a better roster next week.