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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: Masters Tournament

by Josh Culp
Updated On: April 10, 2019, 11:53 am ET

"Welcome to Playing the Tips! 

Each week this will be the one-stop resource to soak in all the picks from our fantasy staffers at Rotoworld.com. 

Page 1 is going to look at Daily Fantasy Sports picks (FanDuel, Yahoo, and DraftKings).

Page 2 will have a look at One-and-Done options as well as PGATOUR.com's fantasy game. 

Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]

I will be giving out selections for one team for each DFS site, per week. 

These lineups will be entered into a large-entry Guaranteed Prize Pool. That means we need to take a risk or two, in order to separate ourselves from the field. 

The idea is to provide you a list of names to consider. I would not recommend copying these teams, golfer for golfer. Duplicate teams are no fun and don't help anyone. 

FanDuel Picks:

Tony Finau (9,900): Sprained his ankle the day before his 2018 Masters debut but still went out and posted a top 10. He's been slowing easing himself into the season but should really pick up steam over the next few months as we see more bentgrass greens which is where he's traditionally done most of his best work. 

Marc Leishman (9,800): The overall theme of this lineup is balanced but it's still boom/bust by nature. Leishman is a great example of that as he finished T4 in the 2013 Masters and 9th at last year's edition. His other four Masters appearances? All outside the top 40. 

Matt Kuchar (9,700): The aging vet is having a career year with two wins already. Heads to Augusta National where he's collected four top 10s in 12 tries. 

Gary Woodland (9,800): Will people trust form or history? He's missed the cut in each of his last three starts at the Masters (T24-WD-T26 before that). More recently, he arrives with great season-long form. He already has six top 10s to his name. 

Patrick Cantlay (9,900): If you play the narrative that distance is important at Augusta National but accuracy not so much, then Cants checks the box. He's losing strokes off-the-tee lately due to accuracy but the generous landing areas may help him this week. 

Bubba Watson (10,200): His winning upside makes him juicy in GPP entries. This also keeps $700 on the table which helps the roster avoid dupes. 


DraftKings Picks -- @futureoffantasy

Justin Rose (10,800): Looking at the percentage of rounds beating the field average here at Augusta National, Rose ranks 2nd in the field over the last 10 years. Only behind Spieth who is way out of form. That's not the case for Rose who has a blend of good/average form leading up to the event which he said has kept him hungry to keep the game sharp. Gets his bagman Fooch back this week. 

Justin Thomas (10,200): Hasn't feasted at ANGC yet but he still very highly of the layout and how well it fits his style of play. "It’s a place that I do feel like I’ll win at some point in my career hopefully at least once."

Thorbjorn Olesen (7,000): Never been afraid of the big stage. That was especially true when he posted a T6 here in his 2013 debut. First-timers aren't supposed to contend like that so it let's us know that the course should suit him well. 

J.B. Holmes (6,800): He's slumped since taking a vacation after the win at Riv. The Kentucky native finished T4 here back in 2016 so we know the upside is there. Also a strong hole-by-hole scorer with his length and most of the scoring coming on the par 5s this week. 

Gary Woodland (7,500): Missed his last three cuts at the Masters but he's not giving up hope. "it’s frustrating. Knowing that I was playing well and knowing that my game is suitable to this place now, that’s very frustrating." 

Patrick Cantlay (7,700): A steady cut maker to provide some salary relief. Has all the tools to contend in any event. Just needs a decent putting week. 


DraftKings Picks -- @DaveTindallGolf

Jon Rahm ($10,000) – Took him a little while to work out the majors but had two top fours last year, the first at ANGC. Perfect course for him.

Rickie Fowler ($9,700) – Performance here 12 months ago would have won him the green jacket most years. Course horse and I liked his gentle T17 warm-up in Texas.

Bubba Watson ($8,800) – Phil’s done it so why can’t the Masters have another left-handed three-time winner? It still blows my mind he was second in Driving Accuracy when T5 here last year so loves these tee-shots.

Matt Kuchar ($7,900) – Can squeeze a fourth genuine contender in thanks to Kooch’s sub-$8m salary. Is he running on fumes? Maybe? Does he have an impressive Masters record and is in the form of his life? Definitely.

Charles Howell III ($7,000) – Local news story: Augusta native plays Masters for first time in seven years. Made the top 20 on his last appearance in 2012 and some impressive – and winning! – form this season.

Vijay Singh ($6,400) – Playing the vet card can work well here and 2000 Masters champ Vijay looks the best option after his T6 at Honda. Made five of last seven cuts at Augusta National.

Total salary: $48,800

On the cusp: Rory McIlroy ($11,600), Justin Rose ($10,800), Jason Day ($9,100), Hideki Matsuyama ($8,700), Marc Leishman ($7,800), Charley Hoffman ($6,800).


DraftKings Picks -- @MattCooperGolf

Rory McIlroy ($11,600) – Not outside the top six in his last six strokeplay starts (including victory at the Players Championship) and not outside the top ten in his last five course starts. Too obvious? Maybe, but his head seems to be in a good place.

Justin Rose ($10,800) – His form has been a little up and down since the change to Honma clubs, but when he’s played well it has been very impressive (victory at Torrey Pines and after a poor first round at Sawgrass).

Ian Poulter ($7,600) – Suspect he has one more good Masters in him. A three-time top ten finisher there and I also like that he beat Kevin Kisner at the Match Play groups and then saw Kisner win the tournament itself. Might stir something.

Charley Hoffman ($6,800) – Successfully backed Hoffman last week in Texas off his long term course vibes and his likely determination to maintain momentum into this week. Loves the course and like his salary ahead of many above him.​​​​​​​

Kevin Kisner ($6,700) – Yet to achieve anything extraordinary at Augusta (3-for-3, best of T28 last year) and I suspect it’s too long for him to win, but not out of the question that he has a good week.

Bernhard Langer ($6,500) – I like the German vet as a low salary bargain. Grabbed a Champions Tour win in February and made four of his last six cuts at Augusta National.​​​​​​​

Total salary: $50,000​​​​​​​

On the cusp: Jon Rahm ($10,000), Paul Casey ($9,00), Jordan Spieth ($8,900), Bubba Watson ($8,800), Adam Scott ($8,400), Marc Leishman ($7,800)


Yahoo Picks: 

Dustin Johnson (48): Getting comfortable at Augusta National. Top 10s in each of his last three visits.  

Rory McIlroy (47): Can't be stopped right now as he enters with six straight T6 or better in stroke-play events. 

Keith Mitchell (22): The Georgia Bulldog has feasted since returning to the Southeast. Should enjoy his debut at the Masters as he brings a bit of course experience from college. 

Thorbjorn Olesen (23): Finished T6 in his 2013 Masters debut and returned to finish T44 in 2014. His game is very boom-or-bust which is just fine in high-entry GPPs.  

Ian Poulter (29): Has gained strokes tee-to-green in all five 2019 stroke-play starts. Not doing much with the putter so there is room for improvement over his steady form. 

Adam Scott (31): He's averaging 1.5 Strokes Gained Putting per event over his last 10 starts. That is 1.6 strokes higher than his baseline since the start of 2012. His ball-striking always keeps him in the mix and if his pin-in putting keeps cruising then he should keep popping out top 15s. 


Fantasy Race to Dubai -- @DaveTindallGolf: 

Last week: No event so more time for Masters prep.

Position: 2,195th

Jon Rahm (captain): He’s my idea of the winner this week so on goes the skipper’s armband. Fourth last year on his second look at Augusta National and a bunch of top tens coming in.

Justin Rose: Took to Augusta on his first visit and twice runner-up in the last four years. And he’s World No. 1!

Francesco Molinari: Perhaps easy to be trapped into thinking this isn’t his best major but Frankie is changing past history everywhere he goes so why not at Augusta National too.

Paul Casey: 6-4-6-15 the last four years would have got him a place on the team anyway but confidence even higher after his second straight Valspar win.

Tony Finau: DC Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau are both available but I’m going to risk Finau as my American pick. T10 on debut last year, low ownership and raises his game for the big events.

Louis Oosthuizen: He normally pulls out with an injury or misses the cut when I play him but Louis is a major winner, a former runner-up here and boasts some impressive recent form.


Fantasy Race to Dubai -- @MattCooperGolf: 

Last week: No change with no play last week, but one thought ahead of this week: how odd it feels to have no Rory McIlroy to select.

Position: 2,569th

Justin Rose (captain): His form in 2019 has been addressed above so let’s focus on how he copes at Augusta: Very, very well. Seven of his last eights starts have been T14 or better and twice a runner-up.

Jon RahmSeven of his eight strokeplay starts have been top 12 this calendar year, he’s impressed in his first two course starts, but I also like that he talks, and listens, to Phil Mickelson about strategy on the track.

Paul CaseyHe’s very confident about his game fitting the course and his successful defense of the Valspar Championship only adds to the good vibes.

Bryson DeChambeauCan he follow Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia in completing the Emirates-Augusta double? Not sure there is any magic in that combo, but it’s not out of the question he can go well.

Francesco MolinariHe’s turned so much around in the last year (ability to win, match play record, links record, major record) – why not now genuinely contend for a Masters?

Ian PoulterIn addition to the Kisner kick-up-the-bum, he will also know he wasted a good halfway position at Sawgrass. This year could be his last opportunity to have a real crack at this.

Josh Culp

Josh Culp joined NBC Sports Edge in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.