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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: THE PLAYERS Championship

by Josh Culp
Updated On: March 13, 2019, 10:12 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:

Hideki Matsuyama (10,500): He's gained 5+ strokes on approach in three of his last five starts. 

Jon Rahm (11,300): Won the 2018 Desert Classic on overseeded conditions. Should enjoy the move away from pure bermuda. 

Patrick Cantlay (10,000): Shared the first-round lead here last year. Top 25s in both PLAYERS appearances. 

Rory McIlroy (11,800): Has posted T6 or better in all five 2019 starts. En Fuego. 

Sam Ryder (8,200): Born, raised, and attended school in Florida. Should enjoy the vibe and he enters with his iron play returning to form (+0.9, +1.5, +2.9 SG APP in his last three starts). 

Austin Cook (8,100): Had a light schedule so far, thanks to becoming a first-time father. He's back in work mode and a return to the Southeast is perfect for this Arkansas Razorback. 


DraftKings Picks: 

Byeong Hun An (6800): Attended the IMG Golf Academy and still sets his base in Florida so he should feel comfortable this week. He's gained strokes on approach in 8 of his last 9 rounds played. That kind of ball-striking consistency is not unusual for him. 

Justin Rose (10,200): Has just one top 15 in 15 tries here but the move to March might kick him back into gear. Should be relatively low owned this week. 

Jon Rahm (9500): Has gained a combined 8.8 strokes over the field in his two opening rounds at TPC Sawgrass. He's actually gained strokes in 5-of-7 rounds played here, just needs to avoid the blowup round. 

Tony Finau (8400): A DFS darling, it's rare to get reduced ownership but that might be the case this week as Finau arrives with a spotty record at TPC Sawgrass and nothing better than T13 in his last seven starts. All I'm hoping for is a cut made here because he should feast on the par 5s and outscore his finish position. 

Luke List (7000): Spent most of his formative years in the Southeast so it's no surprise that these events down South have brought out the best in him. He gained 5.1 strokes on approach last week so the irons are heating up. 

Phil Mickelson (7900): TAnother elite fantasy scorer who arrives with a love/hate relationship with TPC Sawgrass. The rough is to his liking this year and the overseeded conditions should make him feel more at home, as a West Coaster. 

Yahoo Picks: 

Sergio Garcia (36): He's 17-for-19 at THE PLAYERS and he's found his form with top 10s in nine of his last 11 worldwide starts. 

Zach Johnson (28): Nearly flawless here with a 13-for-14 record that includes seven top 25s. 

Paul Casey (37): Has podiums in three of his last four worldwide starts. 

Luke List (28): Has gained 2+ strokes over the field in two of his round PLAYERS rounds. A little more upside than his raw record indicates (0-for-2). 

Billy Horschel (33): He's leaning heavily on his flat stick right now but historically his ball-striking should come around soon. 

Hideki Matsuyama (37): Has gained 5.9+ strokes tee-to-green in five straight starts. 

Josh Culp

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