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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: Rocket Mortgage Classic

by Josh Culp
Updated On: June 26, 2019, 12:56 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. 
 

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:

Aaron Wise (9,400): Putter is the only thing that was consistently holding him back over the Spring but he gained with the flat stick at Pebble Beach. A sign of good things to come?  

Sung Kang (8,800): He's better than the field in recent driving distance AND recent driving accuracy. That should help set up a lot of birdie chances this week at a course that looks to be scoreable. 

Billy Horschel (10,400): Has gained off-the-tee and on approach in five straight starts. Trending up. 

Sungjae Im (10,300): Went through a mini-slump in May but he's back on track with a top 10 in Canada and a top 25 at the Travelers. 

Rory Sabbatini (9,400): Gaining 5.9 strokes tee-to-green per start, over his last five starts. That is nearly four shots better per start when compared to his 20-event baseline. Did we miss the window or can he still strike while the iron is hot? 

Hideki Matsuyama (11,300): Ranks 1st in the field in total strokes gained approach over the last year. Poa annua is his best putting surface, historically, when looking at SGP measured rounds. 

 

DraftKings Picks -- @futureoffantasy: 

Dustin Johnson (12,000): An easy starting point as the best golfer in the world. The problem? His price is going to force us to play a lot of less-than-reliable names. 

Vaughn Taylor (7,600): He's won at Pebble Beach and in Reno so poa annua greens seem to fit his game. As long as he's healthy, he's usually pretty steady. 

Dylan Frittelli (7,100): One of the best ball-strikers in the world, he's still adjusting to the PGA TOUR setups. I think it will click soon. 

Rory Sabbatini (8,500): Finally got a chance to rest after a long stretch of non-stop golf in the Spring. He brings four top 20s to the table over his last six starts. 

Alex Prugh (7,000): Most of his great results over the course of his career have come on poa annua greens. Just looking for a top 25 here which is what he's posted in each of his last two starts. 

Sung Kang (7,600): He's a driving machine right now so let's hope that continues as he takes on a tree-lined track in Detroit. 

 

Yahoo Picks: 

Rickie Fowler (47): He's getting a little overlooked but he's still one of the three best players in the field this week. 

Kevin Streelman (32): The fairways and greens machine is always capable of taking it low, just need the putter to cooperate. 

Joaquin Niemann (30): The young Chilean made a switch in the way he practiced putting and the results are showing on the course with positive SGP in two of his last three starts. 

Hank Lebioda (20): Gained 3.9 strokes on approach at the Wells Fargo and 4.1 strokes on approach at the RBC Canadian Open. That equals upside, especially for this salary range. 

Troy Merritt (27): The Iowa native and Boise State product should be comfortable on these cool-season grasses. Two top 20s in his last five starts. 

Hideki Matsuyama (43): Has good results in this region with wins at Firestone and Muirfield Village. 

Josh Culp

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