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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: Travelers

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 U.S. Open Championship Recap.

  

Now for the picks... 
 

GolfChannel.com Fantasy Golf
 
Josh Culp

@futureoffantasy
 

Last Week: 341 points

Last Week Rank: 1,610
 

Paul Casey ($33,100)
Kyle Stanley ($20,000)
Graham DeLaet ($18,300)
Chad Campbell ($13,700)
Nick Watney ($8,700)
Wyndham Clark ($5,200)
 

ANALYSIS:  Watney, DeLaet, Campbell, and Casey, all have a good track record at TPC River Highlands. Wyndham Clark is a wildcard but his pedigree is through the roof. Stanley is striking the ball so well in 2017 and he does have two top 20s in seven Travelers starts.  

Ryan O’Sullivan
@RyanGolfBlogger

 

Last Week: 269 points

Last Week Rank: 6,965

 

Marc Leishman ($31,800)
Brendan Steele ($29,200)
Patrick Rodgers ($13,100)
Trey Mullinax ($10,800)
Troy Merritt ($8,500)
Beau Hossler ($6,500)

ANALYSIS:  While Mo and Josh go with Wyndham Clark in his debut, Ryan is grabbing Hossler fresh off a runner-up finish on the Web.com Tour. Perhaps that good finish will build some momentum on the big stage. 

 

Mori Yoshimoto
@Bears3423


Last Week: 219.5 points

Last Week Rank: 11,472

 

Brendan Steele ($29,200)

Webb Simpson ($26,600)

Kyle Stanley ($20,000)

Chad Campbell ($13,700)

Carl Pettersson ($5,200)

Wyndham Clark ($5,200)

 

ANALYSIS: Grabbing the salary savers in Pettersson and Clark then loading up on elite ball-strikers.

 
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: There doesn't look to be a major wind advantage to either tee-time wave this week, but Russell Knox pointed out something very interesting in his pre-tourney presser. He noted the drastic difference from AM to PM scoring conditions here at TPC River Highlands. It's often the case that AM tee times get the better end of the draw on a per-round basis, but Knox said it was very drastic here with greens usually firming up quite a bit in the afternoon. For that reason, I will make sure all of my starters will begin on Thursday AM and all of my backups will have a Friday AM tee time. 
  

Josh Culp
“Future of Fantasy” 

Last Week Points: 120
 
Season Points: 3,237
Season Rank: 6,311

Group A

Rory McIlroy (7)Couldn't pay for a putt to fall last week. I expect him to rebound in a big way. 

Marc Leishman (8): Plenty of good options in A this week, but Rory, Day, and Reed all go off on Thursday AM. For my PM options, I was deciding between Leishman and Steele. Both good options, but I think Leishman gets the edge as a past winner here. 

=SUPER SUBS =

Patrick Reed, Jason Day, Brendan Steele
 

Group B

Paul Casey (3)He's absolutely locked in with his irons right now and he already owns a runner-up finish (playoff loss) here at TPC River Highlands. 

Justin Thomas (8): I've clearly been cautious with my Thomas starts since I still have 8 remaining. Might as well ride the wave and hope last week's big finish will carry over this week.
 

Jordan Spieth (2): Running out of starts for Spieth, but I don't like to save starts. Making his course debut this week, but I think he'll be a very quick study.

Brandt Snedeker (6): Three straight top 25s here at River Highlands. The wrist injury is looking like a thing of the past, so I will jump back on the proven winner.
  

=SUPER SUBS=
Charley Hoffman, Webb Simpson, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson

 

Group C
Byeong Hun An (9): Finally comfortable playing in the States, he is 14-for-16 on the season and his elite tee-to-green game should be a perfect fit for TPC River Highlands.

Bud Cauley (10): Has a couple of top 25s on his Travelers resume including a T11 back in 2014. He fired an opening 7-under 63 that year, which is a score he bettered just once in his PGA TOUR career. Safe to say he can go low at River Highlands.
 

=SUPER SUBS=
Daniel Berger, Emiliano Grillo, Brian Harman, Tony Finau, Kyle Stanley

 
 

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

Last Week Points: 90

Overall Points: 3383
Overall Rank: 1188

 

Group A

Marc Leishman (7) and Brendan Steele (9)


Group B

Brandt Snedeker (6), Paul Casey (7), Justin Thomas (8) and Bubba Watson (9)

Group C

Brian Harman (9) and Daniel Berger (7)

 
 

Mo Yoshimoto
“@BearsGolf3423”

 

Last Week Points: 110

Season Points: 3,482

Season Ranking: 206

 

Group A

Brendan Steele (7) and Marc Leishman (8)


Group B

Paul Casey (8), Webb Simpson (9), Charley Hoffman (7) and Brandt Snedeker (8) 

Group C

Kyle Stanley (10) and Daniel Berger (8)

 

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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. 

Wyndham Clark ($4,800): With eight golfers to choose, getting 8-of-8 through the cut is tough. One way to attempt this in GPPs is to take a flyer on a bargain-bin option and load up in the other seven slots. With Clark, we do just that. He's one of the top amateurs in the world, if not thee best. Well, was one of the best amateurs, because this week is his pro debut. 

Paul Casey ($9,400): 
After saving salary with Clark we have plenty of cap to spend up on a stud. I like Casey's form, especially with his approach game lately. 

Emiliano Grillo ($7,600): A steady cut-maker with plenty of top-25 upside as well. 

Byeong Hun An ($7,500): 
Finally missed a cut last week but his elite tee-to-green numbers usually keep him around for the weekend. 

Graham DeLaet ($6,700): Now that we have some steady cut-makers, let's go for some home runs. DeLaet is still searching for that coveted maiden win. He's been close here a few times, finishing third in 2013 and fourth last year. 

Nick Watney ($6,600): 
 Has 50 career top 10s but just one since 2015. He's starting so show some signs of life, but this week's course presents a good opportunity to play his way back into the top 10. In 7 starts at the Travelers he's posted four top 15s. 

With two spots remaining, we have $17,400 left to work with. Golfers that could fill the final two spots: Kyle Stanley, Bubba Watson, Marc Leishman, Brendan Steele, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth

DraftKings Picks:
 

Wyndham Clark ($6,400): Just like the FanDuel team above, let's save some salary with the University of Oregon standout.

Paul Casey ($9,700): 
Sticking with the same duo as the FanDuel team, Casey is my pick to win this week, so I will lock him in. 

Jim Furyk ($8,500): Has really struggled off the tee this year but his approach game is rounding into form. Finally put together four rounds last week at Erin Hills. Should be ready to build on that momentum as he heads to the course that allowed his 58 last year.

Emiliano Grillo ($7,200):
 Was an early exit last week but that was just his second missed cut of the season. Expect to him rebound on these relatively easy bentgrass greens.

Marc Leishman ($9,300): Won here in 2012 and has two other finishes of T11 or better at TPC River Highlands.

Bubba Watson ($8,400):  Going with the ultimate course horse to round out the team. The big-hitting lefty has won here twice and finished top 10 on three other occasions.

 

 

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 went with Charl Schwartzel because I handcuffed myself by loading up on studs early in the season. An MC by Schwartzel hurts, but it feels a bit better than a MC by Dustin Johnson, if I would have still had him available to use. Let's rebound this week...

Let's have a look at some course horses first:

Bubba Watson (9-for-10 with 2 WINS)
Paul Casey (RUNNER-UP and T17)
Brendan Steele (5-for-6 with five top 25s)
Hunter Mahan (10-for-15 with WIN and two RUNNER-UP finishes)
Charley Hoffman (6-for-7 with five top 30s)
Marc Leishman (6-for-6 including WIN and T9)
Carl Pettersson (7-for-9 including two top 10s)
Vijay Singh (12-for-13 with five top 25s)
K.J. Choi (5-for-6 including RUNNER-UP)
Webb Simpson (7-for-7 including two top 15s)

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

Rory McIlroy
Jason Day
Jordan Spieth
Bubba Watson
Jim Furyk
Paul Casey
Justin Thomas
Patrick Reed
Byeong Hun An
Zach Johnson

 

A few golfers check the box in both long-term skill AND course history: Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

I've already used Paul Casey which leaves me with Bubba Watson. 

His season-long form is less-than-ideal, to say the least. At this point I won't miss him in future events, though, so I think it's worth a shot. Bubba Watson is my pick. 
 

Season Tracking

Wins: 2
Top 10s: 11
Top 25s: 15
Missed Cuts: 7
Total Picks: 31

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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: Didn't have Fleetwood but the relatively thin scrapings for Sergio, Louis Oosthuizen and Shane Lowry were enough for a rise of 44 spots.

 

 

 

Position: 1,864

 

 

 

This week:

 

  

 

Sergio Garcia (captain): Superb record in Germany and 7-2-MC-25-7 at this venue. I fancy Sergio to come out flying here after his low-key U.S. Open.

 


 

Bernd Wiesberger: One of Europe's best performers at Erin Hills and hitting greens, his strength, is key this week. Has a previous top four at this venue and the Austrian will get big support in Germany.

 


 

Martin Kaymer: He can be hit and miss on home soil but I'd feel stupid leaving him out if he goes on and takes a top five.

 

 

 

Pablo Larrazabal: The course king with victories in two of the last three editions at Eichenried and also a top three in 2010. Four top 25s in last five European Tour starts.

 


 

Rafa Cabrera-Bello: Top fours at Sawgrass and St. Jude and has some useful course form (11-26-MC-3). I'm giving RCB the nod ahead of Stenson (not playing well) and Fleetwood (could suffer mental let-down after big week). The three Spaniards on my team will love the hot weather forecast.

 

 

 

Joost Luiten: I'll also promote Luiten ahead of some of the fancied names. His game is trending in the right direction again (T7 Lyoness) and he has three top 11s in last four starts at this venue.

 

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.

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 Cooper (Team name: NormanStanleyFletcher)

Last week: Not much change for me last week. Tommy Fleetwood excepted, a pretty poor show all round from players valid for the European Tour Fantasy Race.

Position: 874th

Sergio Garcia (captain): Solid last week at Erin Hills (not one round over par) and three results of T7 or better on the course. Think he might enjoy himself.

Henrik Stenson: A course winner with four other top ten finishes is enough for me, even if his current form doesn’t excite over much.

Bernd Wiesberger: A standing dish in any regular European Tour event and have to be interested after he played well last week.

Tommy Fleetwood: Might there be a hangover from last week? Yes, but it might just as easily be a week when he lets the handbrake off and runs like a dream.

Rafa Cabrera Bello: Solid enough course form, with T3 his best, and twice T4 in recent weeks on the PGA Tour. Got the look of a horse that’s been raced with top opposition and is now up against easier foes.

Pablo Larrazabal: Two wins and a T3 is a pretty neat course log book and his form was perfectly fine ahead of a MC in Sweden. That’ll do for me.

Josh Culp

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