Yahoo! Fantasy Golf
Ned Brown is a long-time contributor for Rotoworld Golf. He’s had documented success in Yahoo!’s game for years. Even if you’re confident in your selections for that game, give his insight a read. He’ll lead us off each week in the Yahoo! game.
Valero Points: 148
Winter Segment Points: 1,928
Henrik Stenson: His game has come back together recently with a T16 at Doral and a T5 last time out at the API. He also has done well at the SHO with two top 3s (T3 '09, T2 last year) in three career starts.
Matt Kuchar: I really thought that Kuchar was going to win last week, but he was put on the clock for slow play and notched three bogeys on the back nine to settle into a tie for fourth place. Still, it was his four top 10 of the new year and he has two T8 finishes (in '11 and '10) in his last two visits to the SHO.
Luke Donald, Charles Howell II, Brian Davis
Dustin Johnson: He’s played great this new year, with four top 6 results in four stroke-play events, and he will go into the Masters as one of the favorites. He used to have a tough time in the SHO, but last year he played well and finished in a tie for fourth place.
Rory McIlroy: He played well at the start of the year on the European Tour and then played well here with the highpoint being a T2 at The Honda Classic. His record at the SHO isn't as strong as I would like it to be, so he is really about going with his recent play.
Jordan Spieth: He was 6-over-par at one time in his opening round at the VTO and proceeded to claw his way back over the next 3 1/2 rounds to a tenth place finish. It was real impressive stuff. Spieth has only one start at the SHO (T50 last year), so he another player that you are trying to capitalize on his recent play.
Keegan Bradley: There are a lot of guys you can go with in this spot but I'm going with Bradley. He finished in second place at the API and has top 10s (T4 in '12, T10 last year) in his last two starts at the SHO.
Graham DeLaet, Bill Haas, Jason Kokrak, Hunter Mahan
Sergio Garcia: He started to play well at the end of last season, and after wins in Thailand and the Qatar Masters, he has continued to play well here with top 10s at the WGC-Match Play and The Honda Classic. He has only played once at the SHO, so he is all about trying to capitalize on his recent play.
Louis Oosthuizen: He opened the year with a victory at the Volvo Golf Champions and a nice T5 at the WGC-Match Play, but he hasn't done much in the three stroke-play events, which is why you have to go deep into the Group C list to find him. His recent play at the SHO has been very good with a T3 in '12 and T10 last year.
Jimmy Walker, Charley Hoffman, Charl Schwartzel, Kevin Chappell
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Valero Points: 138
Winter Segment Points: 2,034
Valero Points: 158
Winter Segment Points: 2,005
Valero Points: 138
Winter Segment Points: 1,980
My decision to leave off Zach Johnson last week came back to haunt me but it was Ryan Palmer instead of Charley Hoffman on Sunday that put 82 nails into my coffin for the week. The better news was I got exactly 10 holes out of this start for Phil Mickelson before he retired.
That’s the beauty of Yahoo! Some weeks you pull all the right levers and some weeks you look like an idiot. It’s not hard to find what village I was in charge of last week, sadly.
Big field this week in Houston means big names will be left out. It happens.
Henrik Stenson: The powerful Swede kick-started his 2014 season last time out at Bay Hill and I believe he’ll continue peaking towards Augusta this week as well.
Matt Kuchar: The sign of a big-time pro is squashing results from the previous week and moving on. His 65 last Saturday overshadows his back nine on Sunday. Let the cream rise to the top, I say.
Dustin Johnson: After this week I’ll be down to only five starts with Mr. Gretzky. If he wins, I’ll hardly care.
Jordan Spieth: I’ll be down to five starts for #SpiethBoner as well but what are the odds that ALL FOUR of the B Group knock it out of the park this week? #insurance
Keegan Bradley: I don’t possibly see how he can be left off any rosters this week. The easiest thing to do in fantasy golf is overthink it. Just add him to your roster and move on.
Rory McIlroy: This will be a polarizing pick this week because half of the folks will point to his failure down the stretch at Honda and “bench him”. The other half, which includes me, likes him on a wide-open course with minimal rough and birdies on the menu.
Jimmy Walker: The Texan showed me everything I needed to know last week on where he is in 2014. He opened with 76 and finished T16. #sold
Sergio Garcia: I worry that his layoff will accumulate rust but he hasn’t finished outside of the top 20 ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD in quite some time.