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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: the Memorial

by Josh Culp
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm 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. 

Here is a quick rundown of what sites and formats we will cover each week: 

Page 1 will feature all of our selections for GolfChannel.com and Yahoo! Fantasy Golf.

Page 2 will go over One-and-Done as well as Daily Fantasy Golf picks. 

Page 3 will take a look at the European Tour, with the Fantasy Race to Dubai.

Before we look ahead, Mo Yoshimoto takes a look at last week's action in his DEAN & DELUCA recap.

  

Now for the picks... 
 

GolfChannel.com Fantasy Golf
 
Josh Culp

@futureoffantasy
 

Last Week: 329 points

Last Week Rank: 2,838
 

Dustin Johnson ($33,300)
Hideki Matsuyama ($33,300)
Tony Finau ($17,300)
Stewart Cink ($7,000)
Curtis Luck ($4,000)
Ryan Ruffels ($3,400)
 

ANALYSIS:  Taking a chance on a couple of young Aussies (Luck and Ruffels). The rest provide a good mix of course history and long-term talent.
 

Ryan O’Sullivan
@RyanGolfBlogger

 

Last Week: 291 points

Last Week Rank: 5,914

 

Dustin Johnson ($33,000)
Matt Kuchar ($30,600)
Keegan Bradley ($10,400)
Kyle Stanley ($10,100)
Stewart Cink ($7,000)
Kevin Tway ($6,800)

ANALYSIS:  Kuchar, Bradley, DJ, and Cink, provide the course history. Tway brings the recent form and Stanley brings the ball-striking profile to the squad. 

 

Mori Yoshimoto
@Bears3423


Last Week: 260.5 points

Last Week Rank: 8,603

 

Dustin Johnson ($33,300)

Matt Kuchar ($30,600)

Kyle Stanley ($10,100)

Patrick Cantlay ($9,700)

Smylie Kaufman ($9,500)

Kevin Tway ($6,800)

 

ANALYSIS: A lot of power in this group and ball-striking in general. 

 
Yahoo! Fantasy Golf

*Make sure you check our Twitter accounts for any updates before the first tee ball flies on Thursday. Change in weather, tee times, etc. can always lead to last-minute changes and we will let you know through our social media channels. 


This week's Strategy: Last week we talked about the Thursday AM tee-time advantage and that held true. This week, the weather looks much calmer, so I am treating it as a non-factor. There will likely be rain at some point on Friday, but when it will arrive is the big mystery. 
  

Josh Culp
“Future of Fantasy” 

Last Week Points: 208
Segment Points: 1,249
Segment Rank: 2,524
 
Season Points: 2,851
Season Rank: 7,884

Group A

Dustin Johnson (5): Too hot to ignore. An easy plug-and-play. 

Adam Scott (5): Is rounding back into form with top 10s in two of his last three starts. 

=SUPER SUBS =

Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Patrick Reed
 

Group B

Hideki Matsuyama (6): Won here in his 2014 debut and returned with a T5 before missing the cut last year. Course definitely suits his eye. 

Phil Mickelson (6): With wide-open fairways, Mickelson should feel free off the tee, which is where he's struggled recently. 
 

Matt Kuchar (5): A pure course horse with eight op 15s in 11 starts here. 

Kevin Kisner (9): Just won last week but his chill attitude doesn't seem like the kind of personality that would be hindered by extra attention. Should keep rolling. 
  

=SUPER SUBS=
Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell, Adam Hadwin, Webb Simpson

 

Group C
Jon Rahm (6): He's crushing at every venue he takes on. Going to keep riding until the hot hand cools off, or I run out of starts. 

Brooks Koepka (8): Top 20s in three of his last four starts, he's rounding into form. 
 

=SUPER SUBS=
Tony Finau, Emiliano Grillo

 
 

Ryan O’Sullivan (O)
“The Golf Aficionado”

Last Week Points: 168

Spring Points: 1,183

Spring Rank: 8,539

Full Season Points: 3,019

Full Season Ranking: 1,128

 

Group A

Dustin Johnson (5), Adam Scott (8)


Group B

Hideki Matsuyama (7), Matt Kuchar (6), Kevin Kisner (8), Kevin Chappell (8)

Group C

Tony Finau (10), Jon Rahm (5)

 
 

Mo Yoshimoto
“@BearsGolf3423”

 

Last Week Points: 196

Spring Points: 1,266

Spring Rank: 1,636

Full Season Points: 3,144

Full Season Ranking: 68

 

Group A

Patrick Reed (9) and Dustin Johnson (6)


Group B

Kevin Chappell (8), Scott Brown (10), Matt Kuchar (7) and Adam Hadwin (8) 

Group C

Kevin Tway (10) and Patrick Cantlay (9)

 

 

 

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Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]

I will be giving out selections for one team each 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. 

I would also advise you to change a roster spot or two if you are trying to enter this lineup yourself. Duplicate entries are no fun. 

 
FanDuel Picks:
 

FanDuel is back and they have a new format. You no longer have to split your lineup into pre-cut and post-cut sections. A very good change, so let's see what we can put together. 

Ryan Ruffels ($4,900): The 19-year-old is elite from tee-to-green which should bode well on a shot-makers track. Really making this play based on salary alone. 

Hideki Matsuyama ($9,800): 
Needed some consistency after taking a risk on Ruffels. Has a win and T5 here in three tries.

Bud Cauley ($7,100): Has some scorching form as he's gained strokes over the field on 211 of his last 324 holes played. 

Marc Leishman ($7,300): 
Looking for some more salary savings, the Aussie is trying to round back into form after a post-win hangover. With T11 or better in his last two visits here, I like his chances to rebound. 

Webb Simpson ($7,500): Has gained strokes putting in three of his last four starts. That has been his achilles heel since the anchored-putter ban. If he's found his stroke, then I will keep riding him. 

Steve Stricker ($7,600):  Denied a special exemption into the U.S. Open so he's trying to play his way in through the world rankings. Has a win on his Muirfield Village resume as recent as 2011. 

With two spots remaining, we have $15,800 left to work with. Golfers that could fill the final two spots: Tommy Fleetwood, Keegan Bradley, Kevin Chappell, Peter Uihlein, Stewart Cink, Emiliano Grillo, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Tony Finau, Patrick Reed. 

DraftKings Picks:
 

Ryan Ruffels ($6,300): With a smaller field this week, I want to shoot for the moon this week and that starts out with an off-the-radar Aussie to save some salary. 

Matt Kuchar ($9,400): 
While Ruffels brings a lot of question marks, Kuchar does the opposite and provides a safe floor. He's racked up top 15s at Muirfield Village in eight of his last nine visits. 

Tony Finau ($7,900): Has gained strokes off-the-tee in nine straight starts which really lays the ground work for the rest of the game. With two finishes of T11 or better here at the Memorial, he's an easy pick at this price. 

Marc Leishman ($6,900):
Gained 19 strokes putting in the five lead-up events before his API win. Suffered a winner's hangover and lost 12.2 strokes putting in the three lasered events after his win. Finally snapped the slump last week by gaining 0.5 strokes putting at Colonial. Ready to rebound and sports T11 and T5 finishes over his last two trips to Muirfield Village.

Adam Scott ($9,800): After a slight hiccup in form, Scott is back in shape with a pair of top 10s over his last three starts. Also has three top 5s here in nine tries. 

Emiliano Grillo ($8,500):  There are lots of good options to round out this team (Cauley, Koepka, Reed, Fowler) but I want to dip down a bit to keep this lineup unique. Grillo posted a T11 in his Memorial debut last year and has shown no fear on fast greens. 

 

 

One-and-Done

Each week I think aloud to provide you with my One-and-Done selection as well as a few alternatives. Fade or Follow? You decide!
 

Last week I nearly pivoted to Kisner at the last minute to take advantage of the tee-time draw but decided to stick it out with Spieth. A runner-up finish is nothing to complain about, but I would have loved that Kisner win. Oh well, onto the next one. 

This week let's have a look at some courses horses:

Matt Kuchar (10-for-11 with eight top 15s)
Jim Furyk (20-for-21 with seven top 10s)
Ryan Moore (10-for-11 with seven top 25s)
Stewart Cink (19-for-20 with nine top 25s)
Tony Finau (T8-T11)
Steve Stricker (14-for-15 with five top 25s including WIN)
Hideki Matsuyama (WIN-T5-MC)
Dustin Johnson (8-for-9 with five top 20s)
David Lingmerth (T57-T49-WIN-T27)
K.J. Choi (15-for-17 with nine top 25s)

From there, let's hit the magnifying glass backwards to look at long-term performance on the PGA TOUR and Euro Tour since 2014

Dustin Johnson
Jason Day
Jordan Spieth
Adam Scott
Jon Rahm
Hideki Matsuyama
Matt Kuchar
Rickie Fowler
Jim Furyk
Bubba Watson

 

A few golfers check the box in both long-term skill AND course history: Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Hideki Matsuyama, and Dustin Johnson.  

I've already used DJ, Matsuyama, and Kuchar. There is no way I'm touching Furyk right now with zero top 30s over his last nine starts. 

Instead, I'm going to add a third list into the equation this week. Best performance over the last 10 weeks of stroke-play events: Brooks Koepka, Kevin Chappell, Jon Rahm, Sung Kang, Dustin Johnson, Kevin Tway, Rickie Fowler, Brian Harman, Tony Finau, and Bud Cauley. 

I am going to pluck a name from that form list that also pops on the course history list. Tony Finau is my pick. 
 

Season Tracking

Wins: 2
Top 10s: 11
Top 25s: 15
Missed Cuts: 5
Total Picks: 28

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Fantasy Race to Dubai

Dave Tindall is our main man in Europe. In addition to his weekly previews of European Tour events on Mondays, he’ll share his selections and analysis for the Fantasy Race to Dubai at EuropeanTour.com.

 

Format: Pick 6 golfers. Players accumulate points based on Race to Dubai (R2D) points earned. Captain’s points are doubled. Unlimited team changes can be made each week.


Team Tindall (Team name: YESSIR!)

 

Last week: Pleasing week at Wentworth. Had the first three and decent back-up too. A leap of over 1500 spots.

 

Position: 1,900

 

This week: 

Henrik Stenson
T3 at Wentworth on course he says he still doesn’t get along with. Now back at home course which he knows better than anyone in the field. Top five in two of last three Nordea Masters. 

Alex Noren
Brilliant win from off the pace at Wentworth so never under the gun. Should still be mentally fresh to try and win home event for third time in six years.

Thorbjorn Olesen
Course a shot hop from Denmark and Olesen was top four the last time this tournament was staged at Barseback in 2009. Recent winner of GolfSixes event in England and always capable of landing the big cheque.


Alexander Levy
Attacking Frenchman was winner in China two starts ago and remains driven by goal to qualify for home-soil Ryder Cup in 2018. Top three in 2015 Nordea Masters.


Pablo Larrazabal
Closing 66 at Wentworth ensured fourth straight top 25 (third before that) so Spaniard in good form. Was going well here in 2009 before poor final round. 


George Coetzee
Short game will serve him well here and run of 8-8-11-8 before missing cut at Wentworth. Oh, 11th was after quadruple bogey at 72nd hole.

 
 

Matt Cooper is part of our European team. He contributes to player news, and he’ll share his selections and analysis for the Fantasy Race to Dubai at EuropeanTour.com.

Team Cooper (Team name: NormanStanleyFletcher)

Last week: Back in the top 1000 after landing the 1-2-3. The captain (Justin Rose) wasn’t in that lot but he found something at the weekend to add to the spoils.

Position: 852nd

Alex Noren (captain): Absolutely no need to kick him off last week’s team. Two-time winner of the event, five-timer winner in 22 events, got the form and chutzpah to ride the wave of Swedish celebration.

Henrik Stenson: Still not quite firing for the Ice Man, but he’ll be sleeping in his summer-house and it would be a brave call to leave him out. Third last week and a previous second on the course is not bad for a man who thinks he needs work on the game.

Chris Wood: I like the chances of him enjoying the week after he was the focus of attention. Solid Wentworth performers (Monty, Donald, Warren) have won here, why not Wood?

Pablo Larrazabal: Ended the BMW PGA with a nice 66, was in fine form before that and, for what it is worth, has three wins in June.

Mattthew Fitzpatrick: Slightly surprising myself going with the defending champion, but I can’t shake the hunch that he’ll enjoy the track. Back to form last week with T12.

Alexander Levy: T3 in the tournament last time he played it in 2015, albeit on a different track, and a winner just two starts ago. Good enough credentials for me.

Josh Culp

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