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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: Valderrama

by Josh Culp
Updated On: October 16, 2018, 2:01 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. 

In this Tuesday release, we will look at some picks for the Fantasy Race to Dubai. Tomorrow, we will return to showcase our picks for the PGA TOUR event. 

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2018 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: Similar to last week. Had the winner (Pepperell) but no back-up. Jump of 220 spots.

Pos: 6,510



Sergio Garcia (captain): Could play this course in his sleep. Has won two of the last three European Tour events held at Valderrama and returns on a high after Ryder Cup win.


Shane LowryCourse form of 12-4-18, the Irishman loves this tree-lined test and has shown plenty of good form in recent months.


Padraig Harrington: Back in form but still needs Race to Dubai points. A perfect venue for him to bank some more as his course record is excellent.

Soren Kjeldsen: Valderrama definitely produces plenty of course horses and the Dane can be added to any such list. Has a win and two seconds here and is 6-for-6 since the start of September with three top 12s.


Marcus KinhultThe Swedish youngster shines in ball-striking tests as shown by good results at Le Golf National and Wentworth. Top four in Portugal last month and played all 72 holes on debut here last year.


Lee WestwoodA final course horse to complete the line-up. Westwood has seven top sevens in nine appearances here and went close to another European Tour win in Denmark last month.


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. He was the winner of the Ladies European Tour’s Fantasy League in 2011.

Team Cooper (Team name: NormanStanleyFletcher)

Last week: A confession - in my haste last week (I was on holiday) I accidentally inflated my position! Having Eddie Pepperell on board did help further improve my standing, but I remain just inside the top 800 not just outside the top 500.

Position: 778th

Sergio Garcia (captain): Scintillating course form (two wins, three seconds, 12 top tens), a top ten on his last start and a record-breaking Ryder Cup performance. That'll do.

Shane Lowry: A decent course record (18-4-12), played all four rounds last week and in this field has a touch of class.

Soren Kjeldsen: I love backing the Dane at the right time, but wouldn't touch him at the prices the bookmakers have him. However I really like him in fantasy. He's 14-for-15 in form and 10-for-10 on the course with a win in 2008 (when a big price).

Lee Westwood: His long game skills are a neat match for the challenge, as evidenced by seven top seven finishes. Rusty last week, but his ageing bones will enjoy a bit of Spanish sun.

Andrew Johnston: Course winner and always enjoys a tougher scoring challenge.

Aaron Rai: Going with a little left-field pick here. Arrow straight and the suspicion that he'd suit of last year was proved correct with T8. Four rounds last week after a rough run of four missed cuts.


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