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Playing the Tips

Our Picks: AT&T Byron Nelson

by Mike Glasscott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET



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Each week this will be the one-stop resource to soak in all the picks from our group of fantasy staffers from Rotoworld.com. We’ll have all of our selections from the GolfChannel.com, Yahoo! Fantasy Golf, my weekly selection for One-and-Done players plus DFS love from Josh Culp and European Tour insight from Dave Tindall.



GolfChannel.com Fantasy Golf



AT&T Byron Nelson







2015 Earnings: $12,506,105

2015 Rank: 8,394


Thankfully Spieth did his job by finishing T2 and Molinari, even though he spent a TON of money on Sunday, was T5 as the rest of my picks were a dumpster fire. Inching closer isn’t going to get the job done…



Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Marc Leishman

Group 3: Danny Lee

Group 4: J.J. Henry



ANALYSIS: Spieth frankly doesn’t like the course here but it’s hard to ignore what he did last week so I’ll follow again. If the course is soaked and the weather is a factory, which I believe it will be, Johnson is the clear second choice. Leishman destroys this place and has no problem if the weather turns on the fans. Lee has back-to-back solid finishes and Henry has played the weekend in six of the last seven at TPC Four Seasons and was the player consultant in the redesign along with Harrison Frazar.




Rob Bolton





2015 Earnings: $17,085,266

2015 Rank: 318




Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Marc Leishman

Group 3: Jerry Kelly

Group 4: Will Wilcox



ANALYSIS: After matching the top three last week we just match the top two across town this week. Bolton’s climb towards the top 100 continues. Mine does not. Sigh.




Ryan O’ Sullivan





2015 Earnings: $19,524,772

2015 Rank: 21st



Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Marc Leishman

Group 3: Danny Lee

Group 4: Will Wilcox



ANALYSIS: O would have had two in the top 10 (Poulter) last week if he would have trusted in Spieth over ZJ but he’s allowed an “oops” every 20 tournaments or so. He’s dropped to 21st overall so not too many tears are being shed! He said he’s not making the same mistake again this week.  O has a blend of me and Rob’s foursomes.




Ned Brown





2015 Earnings: $15,595,991

2015 Rank: 1,175



Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Gary Woodland

Group 3: Rory Sabbatini

Group 4: Kelly Kraft


ANALYSIS:  Make it all four with Spieth on top but Ned mixes it up with Groups 2 through 4. I have no problem endorsing Woodland this week; Sabbatini is the tournament record-holder and Kraft is boiling hot on the Web.com Tour.



Irish Open –Event No. 2





Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Shane Lowry

Group 3: Chris Wood

Group 4: Graham Storm





Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Shane Lowry

Group 3: Chris Wood

Group 4: Magnus A. Carlsson





Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Miguel Angel Jimenez

Group 3: Chris Wood

Group 4: Michael Hoey





Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Francesco Molinari

Group 3: Chris Wood

Group 4: Robert Rock



Yahoo! Fantasy Golf



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“Pure Spin”


Points – CPIAC: 202

Points – SPRING Segment: 1,142

Rank – SPRING Segment: 8,987


Points – SEASON: 3,246

Rank – SEASON: 1,533



Group A



Jason Dufner (10): Group A has only six players this week and none of them are a strong play. Dufner has course history here with a T8 in '11 and a championship in '12. So far this year he hasn't had a top 10 finish, so I'm hoping the course history will prevail.


Ryan Palmer (5): Palmer is the other player in Group A that has had some success here with a solo second place in '11 and a T9 in '12. Unfortunately, he has missed his last two cuts on the TOUR. At least he was playing well before his recent mini-slump.








Group B



Jason Day (4): Spieth is the top player in Group B, however I have run out of starts with him. Instead, I'm going with Day, who has a strong record here with a championship in '10, a fifth place in '11 and a T9 in '12.


Dustin Johnson (4): Johnson has cooled off after a very hot spring that included a championship at the WGC-Cadillac. Even though I have only four starts left with him he is attractive this week due to the weaker field and his recent course history here, which includes three top 7s in his last five starts.


Marc Leishman (10): His wife went through a serious health scare right before the Masters and he has played well since then with the highlight being a T9 at Doral. His recent history at the Byron Nelson is very good with a T12 in '13 and T3s in '12 and last year.


Gary Woodland (10): It has been the penthouse or the outhouse recently with missed cuts in two of last four starts and a solo second at Doral with a T4 at the Wells Fargo. I'm hoping that he'll be able to use his length off the tee to his advantage on what looks like to be a very soggy course.





Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Ian Poulter, Jimmy Walker




Group C



Charley Hoffman (9): He has played very well in Texas this year with T11s at the VTO and SHO with a T10 last week at Colonial. His record at the Byron Nelson is solid with three top 10s in eight career starts.


Justin Thomas (9): Hoffman is such a safe pick this week that I feel comfortable rolling with a rookie in the second spot. He has been hot recently with T11 at the Heritage, a T12 at the Zurich, a T24 at THE PLAYERS and a T7 at the Wells Fargo.





Brendon Todd, Boo Weekley, Keegan Bradley



Ryan O’Sullivan (O)



The Golf Aficionado”



Points – CPIAC: 186

Points – SPRING Segment: 1,206

Rank – SPRING Segment: 2,045


Points – SEASON: 3,399

Rank – SEASON: 56




Group A:



Ryan Palmer (5)

Harris English (9)



Group B:


Jason Day (5)

Dustin Johnson (5)

Marc Leishman (9)

Ian Poulter (8)



Group C:


Keegan Bradley (7)

Charley Hoffman (8)





Rob Bolton






Points – CPIAC: 212

Points – SPRING Segment: 1,174

Rank – SPRING Segment: 4,676


Points – SEASON: 3,222

Rank – SEASON: 2,080




Group A:


Brooks Koepka (9)

Harris English (9)



Group B:


Jason Day (5)

Dustin Johnson (7)

Marc Leishman (9)

Jordan Spieth (3)




Group C:


Justin Thomas (10)

Keegan Bradley (6)










Points – CPIAC: 178

Points – SPRING Segment: 1,044

Rank – SPRING Segment: 27,153


Points – SEASON: 3,102

Rank – SEASON: 6,685



Group A



Ryan Palmer (4)

Harris English (9)



Being a glutton for punishment, I’m sending Palmer right back out there as Group A is as thin as Duff Daddy this week. I tried Dufner on a course-horse track last week and his futility continued so English Harris gets the nod this time around.




Group B



Jordan Spieth (3)

Marc Leishman (10)

Dustin Johnson (4)

Jason Day (6)



I’ve decided to go all-in on Spieth this week again as he did nothing last week to scare me off. Leishman torches this place and Johnson and Day aren’t exactly slouches. This is another week where gamers could select another four-man team here and not bat an eye as Kuchar, Woodland, Poulter and Snedeker wouldn’t turn me off.



Group C



Charley Hoffman (8)

Justin Thomas (9)



It’s never easy to pick this group because it is usually about 120 guys. I’ve gone with proven veteran who’s rocked it out in Texas in three previous events this year and a young bomber who’s not afraid of anything. #Balance



Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]



Josh has compiled the recommended roster below for this week's $3 Birdie contest on DraftKings. This is a Guaranteed Prize Pool (GPP) contest which means we must finish in the top 20% in order to pick up some cash. Mix and match the golfers below to test your skills turning three dollars into a potential $10,000.


It's time to start taking some practice swings before the big U.S. Open event next month!



DraftKings Picks



Ryan Palmer ($9,200) ... Left a bad taste in everyone's mouth last week after slamming his trunk early while playing on his home course. In GPPs where we need to get inside the top 20 percent of entries, it will be fantastic that his ownership will plummet this week.


Gary Woodland ($9,200) ... Finished top 10 here last year and arrives with a T4 at the Wells Fargo as his latest start. His length and ball-striking will be an advantage on a wet course.


Keegan Bradley ($8,400) ... He's not going to win any putting contests with the new short stick, but on the bright side his putting can't get any worse. Even with the 133rd ranked putter, he's still 11-for-13 on the season. As the home of his first PGA TOUR win, this is the perfect venue to get back on the podium.


Daniel Berger ($8,100) ... He's missed two of his last three cuts but those were on courses that are set up for shorter, accurate golfers. TPC Four Seasons is a venue where you can come in and win on your first time, which makes the Florida State product a great option at this price.


Patrick Rodgers ($7,900) ... Made the splash we've been looking for two weeks ago at the Wells Fargo before going home early last week. Now he needs just 7.88 FedExCup points to qualify for Special Temporary Membership. Should be overlooked by many after last week's MC, but that's what we like to see in a GPP contest.


Morgan Hoffmann ($7,000) ... This is the perfect mix of course, form, and price. This price tag is unusual given his recent play combined with a pair of top 20s to his name at TPC Four Seasons. Sometimes you have to not overthink things and just take these easy value plays when they arise.



Other Picks to Consider



Alternate for Berger: Tony Finau ($8,100) ... Swap one youngster for another. Finau has a pair of top 20s entering the week and last week at Colonial was most impressive considering that track doesn't set up for bombers. This one does.


Alternate for Rodgers: Brooks Koepka ($7,700) ... Has gone cold since winning and also had a rib injury thrown into the mix. His ability to break par (10th in par breakers on the season) makes him a valuable DraftKings option.


Alternate for Palmer: Justin Thomas ($9,200) ... If you need steer clear of Palmer after last week, I can’t blame you. Thomas will be on the opposite spectrum as he's currently the teacher's pet of DFS golf as he can do no wrong as of late.




2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai



Dave Tindall is our newest contributor, but he’s been a fixture 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.






Pick 10 golfers. Players accumulate points based on Race to Dubai (R2D) points earned. Star player’s points are doubled. Unlimited team changes and unlimited star player changes are available each week.



Last week



A shame I waved goodbye to Byeong-Hun An having selected him numerous times, once as star player. Just a minor loss on the week at Wentworth so let’s have some luck at the Irish.



Current position: 4,931



This week



Team Tindall (Team name: YESSIR!)



Jamie Donaldson

Sergio Garcia

David Howell

Thongchai Jaidee

Rory McIlroy

Francesco Molinari

Marc Warren

Danny Willett

Chris Wood



Star Player: Shane Lowry


Back to form at Wentworth and ready to shine again in the event he famously won as an amateur.



The Rest



•       Jamie Donaldson: Won last time event was held in N. Ireland (Portrush, 2012); Big week brewing.

•       Sergio Garcia: Sawgrass runner-up loves links. First Euro Tour win came in this event in 1999.

•       David Howell: 4-2-2 before usual MC at Wentworth; Can bounce back here on track that suits.

•       Thongchai Jaidee: Runner-up at Wentworth and top 20s on his only two Irish Open starts.

•       Rory McIlroy: Lot on his plate this week as tournament host but MC at Wentworth will refresh him.

•       Francesco Molinari: Faltered late in otherwise excellent week at BMW; Strong record in Ireland.

•       Marc Warren: Top 20 last week and has consistent Irish Open record, including fourth in 2009.

•       Danny Willett: Third in this event last year and third at recent WGC-Match Play; Appealing mix.

•       Chris Wood: Links specialist, who cracked the top four at Wentworth. Three Irish Open top 10s.






Each week I painfully writhe and wretch trying to figure out the proper strategy to find a player that will hit the top 10. Wins are great but aren’t likely so I’m satisfied with having a CHANCE to hit the big money. Missed cuts are absolutely the death in this game but even the surest of things don’t always happen in the reality world of fantasy golf. Remember, fade or follow, it’s up to you!



Frys.com: Brooks Koepka. Let’s get this started off on the right foot. Koepka, playing without any status last year, led on Sunday by three shots at the turn. He finished T3 and learned a valuable lesson. His recent form has been scintillating as he has four top 15s in his last four worldwide starts, including the PGA at Valhalla (T15). He was T9 last week at the Dunhill. Koepka, T8, did what was expected and racked up a top 10 for $168,000.


Shriners Open: It came down to Moore, Watney and Piercy for the OAD place this week. Laird was also in the conversation but I’m going with the best putter of the group mentioned above and there’s not a place that Moore HAS TO BE USED later. Sure, he beat Gary Woodland in a playoff last year at CIMB but I don’t use defending champions. #WeakSauce. He shares the tournament record has three top 10s in his last four. More Moore please! ANY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE THREE OTHER THAN MOORE would have been just fine. Moore has wiped me twice in eight events. The good news is I don’t even have to CONSIDER his presence again until October of 2015.


McGladrey Classic: This is the CLASSIC HEDGE MOVE for gamers. I’m going with Kuchar above but Simpson down here to cover my ASSet. Look, save Simpson for Greenbrier, Sedgefield or TPC Boston, but I’m going with a guy who is hot NOW and will find someone else later. HOW COULD THIS GO WRONG, Ryan Moore??? Nothing like a T41 to back up a MC; $19,600.


CIMB Classic: I’m loading up on Charl Schwartzel since I can’t play him on the Sunshine TOUR at the Dunhill or Joburg. His course form is overwhelming and in a limited field with limited views of this track, his experience and successes here are huge. He’ll probably WD. He couldn’t catch up after his opening round 74; T19, $94,500.


WGC-HSBC Champions: I’ll go with the guy who holds the course record, the 2011 title plus two other top eight finishes in four starts, Martin Kaymer. Did I mention he made 29 birdies here last year? Ok, good. If I was a casual golf fan and just picked up the newspaper on Monday morning to see that Kaymer finished T6 I would have been thrilled…$216,337


Sanderson Farms: It came down to Tony Finau or Hudson Swafford and I went with the Georgia ‘Dawg. Both are hot so I’ll go with the local-er of the two and the better ball-striker. I should be required to take the “Silly Season” off. BOTH missed the cut. I’m ready for 2015…


OHL Classic: Can I just pass? Since I couldn’t pull the trigger on Jason Bohn in the Golf Channel game, I’ll hedge him here with Stroud and Sabbatini right behind him. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? I need a vacation. I was gun-shy but the hedge paid off with T7 and $196,275


HTOC: This is a good news/bad news event. The good news is that there are only 34 players and this is a track that requires previous experience. The bad news is if the guy you pick doesn’t finish in the top five it’s a complete waste of time. For the conservative/saver this is THE ONLY WEEK TO PICK Ogilvy since he’s won here twice. For the throw-caution-to-the-wind player, Kuchar, Day or Watson should lead the line. I’ll find myself  right in the middle with Chris Kirk. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? Kirk needed to tie the course record on Monday to hit six figures. Yeah, that’s all I needed to pocket $110,000, 11 birdies and 62. Day pulled the same trick but he finished T3.


Sony Open: I’m going with the man who has eight top 10s in 13 career starts, Charles Howell III. He’s hit the top five in five of the last six years and I’m not going to find that anywhere else on TOUR. #EasyChoice. Make it top five in five of the last SEVEN years. T26 paid $42,280.


Humana Challenge: Ryan Palmer gets the nod this week as he’s shown form on these tracks and has no problem getting low, yo! He’s a member at Colonial, FYI. The pain. The suffering. The life of a fantasy gamer. If reading from top to bottom it’s easy to see why my pain is prevalent. Shut up. T10 isn’t great but isn’t terrible, $136,000.


WMPO: This week, Hunter Mahan takes the wheel. With his wife due shortly, he knows his time, for the moment, is limited and it’s time to make hay. It doesn’t hurt that his game sets up for most layouts and it doesn’t hurt he won here in 2010 and was T4 last year. I’m not confident pulling the trigger on Watson, Spieth, Fowler or Mickelson just yet. THERE’S NOTHING WORSE than playing defense but these gentlemen are more valuable in majors/WGC than here in the desert. Brendan Steele was the backup plan. Mahan = T30 $36,729 but cashed more $$$ than Phil or Rickie! NOBODY CARES!!!


FIO: I’ve ridden Fowler here the last two years and he responded with T6 and MC so let’s hold off on the ticker tape parade. I’m throwing caution to the wind this week and sending the No. 1 player in the FedExCup to do work. With T2 and WIN in his last two Jimmy Walker is the play this week. I can’t use him next week at Pebble Beach where he is the defending champion (and I had him in OAD!) and his record at Riviera isn’t as strong as it is here. DO WORK, SON! One shot out of the lead entering Sunday resulted in a, for him (and me) a disappointing T7 and $189,787. Yep, that’s how high the bar is now set with him on the California coast.]


Pebble Beach: Day is tempting but if he keeps playing like this he’ll have chances in bigger paydays so he’s out. I’m saving Johnson for his redemption song next week at Riviera so he’s out. Walker was played last week plus he’s the defending champ so that leaves Patrick Reed. Hit it a mile. Find it. Make everything. Win. Kevin Na, Aaron Baddeley or would be a nice fill for a TOAD. Imagine if Reed didn’t close with 67 to finish T29 and pocket $44,200? Wait, it could have been WORSE? Blimey…


NTO: I’m a romantic so Dustin Johnson gets the call this week. His six months on the sideline were spent playing and practicing in his adopted home town and his form at Riviera is better than most. He lost in a playoff to James Hahn. That sums up my career in OAD. P2 $589,600. I liked when he was solo second last year when I had him…#MOARMONEY


Honda: I’m going to keep the big hitter motif going this week as I sent Keegan Bradley to bat. I’m looking to grab a guy who’s hot and has course form and he checks both boxes. Dead-beat MC. Wow. #NaeDollars


WGC-CC: There’s no point for me to start “saving” anybody for anything as this season is slowly slipping away. Plus, this is a WGC and the prize pool is only bigger in a couple events (PLAYERS/Open Championship). Bubba Watson is being sent out to stop the bleeding. Go on son! Bring the General Lee if necessary! HELP ME BUBBA! Other considerations would include Day (any event) or McIlroy (any event) and for TOADYS, I’m not sure how I’d talk anyone out of Jamie Donaldson. Watson finished solo third for $540,000. WHO TOLD HIM ON THE BACK NINE THAT I HAD HIM IN OAD?


PRO: I’ll give Overton a chance to keep up the heat on a track where he’s had success in the recent past. T27; $18,736.


Valspar: Time to strike while the iron is hot with Luke Donald. His four trips around here have been quite tight.  He’ll be happy to be inland this week and he’ll also be happy to see a yardage book with familiar marks on it. I’m not sure he has a better course history anywhere else and that’s been his calling card the last two years: course form. Well that streak of course form is over; T53, $13,468.


API: Orlando residents Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell or Henrik Stenson work this week. Kevin Na is also a tasty angle if he’s still available. Since Match Play is all jacked up different this year, this will be the spot I burn Poults. Hopefully he bought another Ferrari this week and feels he needs to pay for it immediately…Poulter opened with 67 and got worse from there with 70-71-72 to close and watch the field lap him on the weekend. T21 for $59,141. The only way I’ll accept this is Stenson winning when I finally pull the trigger on him.


Valero: Laird gets the call this week as I’ll gladly save the heavy hitters for down the road. The list of winners here is odd so it’s not the week to burn a big name. The winner last week wasn’t odd but he wasn’t available for me anyhow. Laird has finally burned out as his T50 for $14,838 feels just like a MC.


SHO: I’m not one of those weirdos who selects the defending champ once a year so I’m playing J.B. Holmes this week instead of saving him for Quail Hollow. I don’t love that he’s coming off a MC his last time out but his numbers at GCH are very nice. I hope the course is soaking wet and long as it can play. BINGO. BANGO. BONGO. First oversized check of the year!


Masters: Mickelson was a tempting choice this week as was the blazing hot Spieth but I’m going to load up on Jason Day for the second consecutive year. Except this year he’s not hurt. I’ve played Watson, DJ, Walker already on courses where they have excelled in the past and have had decent success. Day fits that bill this week. Please read the first sentence over and over and over and over and over and over again. I’m wondering how I left Rose out! Day opened with 67 and faded away to T28 and $68,000 while the first two names on the team sheet made $880,000 and $1.8 million respectively. All I can do is laugh. Again.


RBC Heritage: Since I can’t see the forest from the trees, Charley Hoffman gets the ball this week. His current form is excellent and he has plenty of scar tissue at this even that can help him down the stretch. If Spieth wins… HEY AT LEAST SPIETH DIDN’T WIN LAST WEEK!!! And neither did Goldilocks; and neither did I. Twhocares and $12,054


Zurich: With six of the last nine at TPC Louisiana going to a first-timer, I’m going with youthful exuberance in Morgan Hoffmann. Other considerations were Berger and Thomas.  Hoffmann began the final round T9 and finished T36 for $31,099. If you’re scoring at home, this is the THIRD tournament in a row that my “other” selections have done just a bit better. See above for details as Berger was T6 and Thomas was T12.


WGC-Match Play: Reading this has angered me so I’m sending Paul Casey to the bat this week. I don’t care if it’s a cricket bat. It's a big tournament so it deserves a big player. Stupid food poisoning. Stupid putter. Stupid McIlroy. T5 $285,000.


THE PLAYERS: I’m going with Ponte Vedra’s adopted son, Jim Furyk. His form has been excellent and his course knowledge is second-to-none.  Stenson, Garcia and Westwood would be my next three. T56; $22,200. Not worth adding up.


Wells Fargo: If you can’t use defending champions then McIlroy is DONE for The Open, WGC-BI and PGA so please remember that. The safety net of the U.S. Open for Mickelson goes out the window as well as Chambers Bay will be new to everyone besides Greller and Spieth. Stenson was T3 at St. Andrews in 2010 so that’s an option moving forward. I’ll take Mickelson on the track where he’s had his best results without a victory (besides the U.S. Open). Congrats to Rory on his win! Well, I nailed this on both ends so I’m just half-angry. T4, $293,466 so I only left $990k on the table!


Colonial: With two wins in his last four years and six top 10s in the last seven, I’ll trust ZJ to do the business this week. His putter hasn’t been up to the task but his current form suggests his ball-striking is carrying the load. Folks might argue to save him for the JDC but that will take 30 birdies to win and a cold putter won’t help with that. Dufner also got a look but Palmer (already burned) should be your choice if ZJ is not going out. Peterson is the play this week if catching up is the order of the day. Johnson finished T19 for $ 78,780 even though he led the field in GIR and fairways. Please don’t ask about his putting stats. Good luck to all of you who are saving him for JDC where he’ll need 30 birdies to win.


Byron Nelson: It’s Marc Leishman without a doubt this week as I’ve burned Day, DJ, Palmer, Keegs and Charley Hoffman.






SEASON TOTAL: $3,875,074; 28 events


Wins: Holmes, SHO

Seconds: Johnson, D., P2, NTO

Thirds: Watson, solo, WGC-CC


Top 10s: 10

Top 25s: 14

T53: 1, Donald on a course where he’s never finished worse than 6th.

MC: 3, Moore (Shriners), Swafford (SFC) & Bradley (Honda)

Thermometer: I’ve “saved” Spieth now in events where he’s won and finished T2.




Coming Wednesday


And the analysis doesn't end here. Rotoworld's Rob Bolton and I will be co-hosting a live chat Wednesday at 12 ET.  We will be breaking down the field at the AT&T Byron Nelson and answering your questions. Simply return to the golf home page to join in on the chatter.


Mike Glasscott
Fantasy Golf columnist Mike Glasscott joined Rotoworld in 2012. He can be contacted via email at RotoworldGlass@gmail.com or on Twitter.