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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: The Northern Trust

by Josh Culp
Updated On: August 7, 2019, 6:12 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. 

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. 

Josh Culp



Rory McIlroy (12,000): Gained 5.7 strokes over the field during R2 of the 2013 Barclays. He can lap the field with his A-Game. Should still contend if he settles for his B-Game. 

Billy Horschel (9,800): Trying to make a run onto the Presidents Cup team. Currently sits at 18th in the standings. 

Jim Furyk (8,600): You can't teach an old dog new tricks but Furyk has plenty of tricks already up his sleeve. That includes a pair of top 15s at Liberty National in two previous appearances. 

Matt Kuchar (10,100): Too cheap for a golfer who has gained 3 or more strokes over the field in 4 of his 8 rounds played at Liberty National. 

Bryson DeChambeau (10,000): You would think he cured cancer with how excited he was about his work done last week when practicing at home. He's been tinkering a lot over the summer and may finally have all the calculations finely tuned.  

Tyrrell Hatton (9,300): The Englishman is flashing some form lately and never backs down on the big stage. 



Sungjae Im (7,500) - He's been a busy man this year and he showed last week that he's not fatigued. We are targeting Im for his price tag but we know he brings upside to the table with finishes of T26 or better in six of his last seven starts. 

Tiger Woods (9,000) - Getting a reduced price on Tiger because of his dip in performance since the Masters. On the bright side, he should be well-rested ahead of the Playoffs since he's scheduled such a light load this season. Woods is a two-time runner-up finisher at Liberty National.

Adam Scott (8,800) - Stormed Liberty National in round four of the 2013 Barclays to come from six shots off the pace and win the event. He's been close to returning to the winner's circle this season. 

Joaquin Niemann (7,500) - Was slow out of the gate this season but something has clicked. He's finished T13 or better in four of his last six starts. 

Tony Finau (8,300) - This is the type of price tag that made Finau such a popular DraftKings option all of last year. He's been inside the top 40 after each of his last 12 rounds played and T12 or better in six of those rounds. He's trending back into form. 

Bryson DeChambeau (8,600) - He's the defending champ, albeit a different host course. Still should take some confidence knowing he won the first two legs of the Playoffs last year, both played in the Northeast. 


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Jordan Spieth (32): Will the driver woes be cured? Probably not, but at this price tag we don't need him to be firing on all cylinders. 

Rickie Fowler (41): Having a quiet season but still arrives with 10 top 15s since the start of the 2018 Playoffs. 

Collin Morikawa (22): Not showing any signs of slowing down. I will continue to ride the hot hand until he slows his form or his price increases. 

Jim Furyk (28): Very affordable and owns a pair of top 15s in two tries at Liberty National.

Billy Horschel (27): The time of year when Horschel heats up. He eight career top 10s in the Playoffs including six podiums. 

Rory McIlroy (49): Continues to put himself in position to win golf tournaments. Deserves another win before the year is over. 


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Tony Finau (8,300) - Runner-up last year and seems to like it anytime he can see a decent expanse of water. Third place at Royal Portrush could set him up to be one of the stars of the Playoffs.

Tommy Fleetwood (9,800) - Ball-strikers should come to prominence this week and that shines a light on Fleetwood. Second at Open and fourth at St. Jude on last two starts, and has played well in New York/New Jersey previously.

Joaquin Niemann (7,500) - Only finish outside the top 25 (and four of the six-tourney sample were top 15s) was MC on overseas trip to Northern Ireland. Closed Wyndham with a 63.

Ryan Palmer (6,900) - Potential bargain this week given great tee-to-green numbers of late along with T7 on last start at Barracuda and two top sixes in last three starts in New Jersey.

Webb Simpson (9,400) - Was in two top at halfway in both starts at Liberty National, finishing T8 and T15. Add that to current stellar form and it's worth splashing the cash. 

Matthew Wolff (7,700) - These Playoffs are an absolute free hit and has been quietly impressive since breakthrough win at 3M Open. Don't be surprised to see him on the leaderboard again.

Total Salary 49,600

On the Cusp: Justin Thomas (10,000), Patrick Cantlay (9,200), Bryson DeChambeau (8,600), Tyrrell Hatton (7,500), Sungjae Im (7,500), Dylan Frittelli (6,900)

Josh Culp

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