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 GolfChannel.com's fantasy game and also the PGATOUR.com's Fantasy Game.
Page 2 will have a look at One-and-Done options as well as Daily Fantasy Sports picks (FanDuel and DraftKings).
As a reminder, this event takes place in South Korea so it will begin at 6:45 PM ET on Wednesday. Make sure you set your lineups early!
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The GolfChannel fantasy game will return for the Tournament of Champions.
Each week I will think out loud about my process in determining my One-and-Done selection. If you are new to the One-and-Done format, it is like an NFL survivor league. You pick one golfer per week, but you can't use them again all year.
Had a disappointing finish from RCB last week but we can rebound this week with a $9.5 MM purse at THE CJ CUP.
Let's start our search this week with who played well here last year:
Justin Thomas (WIN)
Marc Leishman (PLAYOFF LOSS)
Cameron Smith (THIRD)
Whee Kim (FOURTH)
Pat Perez (T5)
Jamie Lovemark (T5)
Brian Harman (T5)
Rafa Cabrera Bello (T11)
Jason Day (T11)
Byeong Hun An (T11)
Branden Grace (T15)
Ian Poulter (T15)
Chez Reavie (T15)
Charles Howell III (T19)
Paul Casey (T19)
Kyle Stanley (T19)
After history, we can look at baseline performance over the last few years. More recent results are weighted more heavily:
With a $9.5 MM prize pool up for grabs, there is no reason to hold anything back here. The winner gets $1.7 MM while the runner-up banks just over a million. Even a solo 12th will net you $200K+ this week.
For me that puts RCB and Casey down the board a bit, since I don't like their win equity compared for JT, Day, and Leish.
Leish is coming off a huge week and sets up well again this week. A very strong option.
Jason Day has baby number 3 on the way and he's never been shy about a WD. That scares me in terms of committing to him as a One-and-Done. I will save him for DFS only.
JT is the defending champion but that shouldn't worry us. If you saw his recent list of goals then you know defending tournament titles is high on his list of priorities.
With five of his nine career wins coming in no-cut events, I will load up the heavy artillery and choose Justin Thomas this week.
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.
Justin Thomas ($13,100): Has the chance to become World No. 1 with a strong week. Is the defending champ.
Sungjae Im ($8,400): Posted a top 5 in his first start as a PGA TOUR member. Now he plays a home game on Jeju Island.
Byeong Hun An ($9,700): Not quite the level of comfort as SJ Im but Benny An should enjoy a week in Korea where the fans will speak his language and he's a bigger deal as he walks around.
Kevin Na ($9,500): Sticking with the Korean comfort factor, Na enjoys a good trip back to South Korea. He should be well rested, well fed, and ready to rack up birdies.
Abraham Ancer ($8,700): Has raved about his love of bentgrass greens and he's coming off a strong finish in Malaysia.
Joaquin Niemann ($9,900): Is he the best ball-striker in the world? Maybe not yet but he might be the best ball-striker in the world under 20-years old. That plays well on any course.
Hideki Matsuyama (10,400): Going with a "theme team" here so let's see if you can figure it out as we go. Matsuyama found his form over the summer so I want to ride that before his ownership catches up.
Sungjae Im ($8,000): Playing at his home course, I will lock and load the youngster into a heavy portion of my lineups this week.
C.T. Pan ($7,800): He's been rotating caddies over the last few months and it's worked wonders for his game. It probably helps that he's playing some shorter courses that suit his game. The same is true this week at Nine Bridges.
Joaquin Niemann ($7,600): Hard to believe the ball-striking numbers this 19-year-old continues to post. It's an easy decision to jump on board at this price, and hope his putter catches fire.
Abraham Ancer ($7,700): Proved his "knife injury" was not a big deal as he posted a top 5 last week in Malaysia. These shorter courses fit him perfectly so I like his chances to shine again in Asia.
Kevin Na ($8,100): Did you pick up on the theme of this team? As soon as I drafted Hideki, I started thinking about the Presidents Cup. Up until this pick (Kevin Na would qualify for US side), every one of these golfers is eligible for the International squad. When you add in Aussies like Jason Day, Marc Leishman, and Adam Scott plus all the South Africans, Ernie Els is going to have quite a player pool to choose from for next year's exhibition at Royal Melbourne.