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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: Sentry Tournament of Champions

by Josh Culp
Updated On: January 1, 2020, 10:37 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. 
 

Dave Tindall

@davetindallgolf

DraftKings

Justin Thomas (11,200) - Top scorer in the Presidents Cup, a winner at the CJ CUP and owns a victory and a third in two of the last three editions of this event. Yep, happy to have him as the bedrock of my team. 

Matt Kuchar (8,400) - Holed the putt that won the Presidents Cup so hoping he can carry those good vibes to Hawaii. Will defend the Sony Open next week so hoping we get a case of a player excelling the week before he's 'supposed' to.

Cameron Champ (8,200) - Safeway Open winner also cracked the top ten at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan and was T27 at the Aussie PGA a couple of weeks so will be tournament sharp. Nice to have some course form too courtesy of his T11 two years ago on his one and only appearance.

Corey Conners (7,800) - Early reports that this is now more of a second-shot course due to the revamp bodes well for this elite ball striker. Conners was only once outside the top 25 in his final nine starts of 2019 and has some region form too after top three in 2019 Sony Open.

Ryan Palmer (7,200) - Long course with bermuda and a need for birdies puts this in Palmer's wheelhouse. First start here since T15 in 2011 and flashed some nice form in his final two starts of 2019 with T12 at the CJ CUP and T10 at the ZOZO. Previous winner of Sony Open.

Adam Long (6,900) - File him under thrilled to be here but don't treat him as a competition winner who won a draw to play against the stars. Long showed his Desert Classic win (bermuda and lots of birdies) was no fluke with some nice play at the end of 2019, including third at Mayakoba.

Total salary: 49,700

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Josh Culp

@futureoffantasy

DraftKings

Patrick Cantlay (9,800) - Avoiding the entire tier of $10K+ golfers with this one. Cantlay is strong in the wind and he won at Muirfield Village, another course with generous fairways. 

Matt Kuchar (8,400) - Not getting a lot of love but he has plenty of experience at Kapalua with four top 10s in his last six trips. 

Max Homa (6,300) - He's been busy over the holidays roasting everyone's swing on Twitter but hopefully he's been tuning his up as well. Nothing more than a salary saver here but he's appealing due to his wind stats over the last two years which are top 10 in this week's field. 

Chez Reavie (7,600) - Can get locked in with his irons which translates well to playing in the wind. Strike it solid is often the recipe for success in gusty conditions. 

Paul Casey (8,800) - The Englishman has racked up top 20s in five of seven worldwide starts since the TOUR Championship. I like that he's stayed active and competitive over the last few months. 

Patrick Reed (9,000) - The Texan has gained 2 or more strokes over the field in 7-of-20 rounds played at Kapalua. 

Total salary: 49,900

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FanDuel

Paul Casey (10,000): He's 6th in this field in adjusted performance over the last year but just 10th in salary. We have value here and he improves over his baseline when it comes to playing in windy conditions. 

Joaquin Niemann (9,500): We have some very mixed course-fit trends with Niemann this week. He's been awful on bermudagrass and coastal courses but solid on easy courses and really upped his game in the wind. He's too strong of a golfer to let grass types get in the way his entire career so I'm expecting him to close the gap on bermuda in 2020 and it starts this week with a nice top 10. 

Chez Reavie (8,800): Hasn't been here since 2009 but he finished T12 that year and has only improved his game over the last few seasons. 

Patrick Reed (10,800): "Any time I can come out, set up with wide fairways, large greens and be able to just kind of shape the golf ball and do whatever I want with it and be creative, it kind of fits into my wheelhouse."

Matt Kuchar (9,900): With softer pricing the hope is that most gamers plug in 1-to-3 stars at the top and then overlook this section entirely. Kuchar brings top-5 upside with low ownership. 

Patrick Cantlay (11,000): Avoiding the super studs at the top will hopefully keep this lineup more unique. Cantlay improves over his baseline in windy conditions but also improves in easy scoring conditions. Sounds like the perfect recipe for windy resort golf. 

 

Yahoo DFS

Xander Schauffele (39): Has comfort in the area and it showed last year when he surged on Sunday to tie the course record and win the event. 

Collin Morikawa (21): Sticking with the comfort factor, Morikawa also has ties to Maui and the surrounding isles. He visits here often with his family and knows "Hawaii Golf" better than most. Oh, he's also the near-min on Yahoo so this was an easy pick. 

Rickie Fowler (36): Saw his game fall off just a touch in 2019 but he's still one of the 10 best in this field and he arrives with some of the best course history in the field. (T6, 5th, T4). 

Matt Kuchar (33): Lost some luster down the stretch last season but a match-sealing singles match at the Presidents Cup might just kick him back into gear. 

Paul Casey (34): He's been busy this fall and grades out as 3rd best in this field in performance in the wind since 2018. 

Patrick Reed (37): Kept things balanced with this lineup which gives me winning upside from all six spots. Reed has a good track record here and is on the record for the course fitting his eye. 

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