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.
RBC Points: 190
Spring Segment Points: 493
Spring Ranking: 8,404
Season Points: 2,421
Season Ranking: 4,344
Rickie Fowler: It's a real thin Group A this week, so Fowler pops out as a must use this week. He has been working on swing changes and the work has started to pay off with a sixth place at the SHO and a T5 at the Masters. Fowler has made the cut in all three of his starts here with the best result being a T10 in '12.
Kevin Stadler: It's been a breakout year for Stadler with his first PGA Tour championship at the WMPO. Since then he has been finishing in the middle of the pack, with the exception being a T8 at The Masters. His first top 10 at the Zurich Classic came last year when he tied for eighth place.
Patrick Reed, Charles Howell III
Justin Rose: He has played somewhat of a light schedule so far this year on the PGA TOUR, but he has started to heat up recently with a T8 at the Valspar and a T14 at The Masters. His recent history here is good with a T10 in ‘12 and T14 last year.
Matt Every: Here’s another player having a breakout season with the highlight being a championship at the API. He did miss the cut at The Masters, but he rebounded last week with a T12 at the RBC Heritage. He has made only one cut here is three starts, so he is all about playing the hot hand.
Graham DeLaet: He started the year off with back-to-back T2 finishes at the FIO and the WMPO. DeLaet cooled down after that, but he started to regain his form with T8 at the Valspar and a T19 at the SHO. He has made the cut in two of his three career starts at the Zurich Classic, with his best finish coming in '12 with a T4.
Freddie Jacobson: It's tempting to take Keegan Bradley here, but has missed the cut here in his last two starts. Instead, I'm going with Freddie Jacobson, who has been a top 20 machine in here with five straight T20s. This is not an event that he normally plays in, so he is another play on the current hot hand.
Keegan Bradley, Billy Horschel, Lucas Glover, Ernie Els
Ryan Palmer- Group C is absolutely the strongest group this week and at the top of the list in Ryan Palmer. He lost in a playoff at The Honda Classic and then didn't play again till the Texas Swing where he T56 at the VTO and T7 at the SHO, which was his fourth top 10 of the season. His recent history at the Zurich is fair with by far his best showing came in '12 when he tied for fourth place.
George McNeill: Group C is so stocked this week the second pick could be any of a dozen players. I'm using George McNeill, who has been playing real well here with five straight top 20s and two top 10s (T6 at the NTO and a seventh at the Valspar). In seven starts at the Zurich Classic, he has played on the weekend in six of them with the highlight being a T6 in '11.
Russell Knox, Cameron Tringale, Chris Stroud
Ryan O’Sullivan (O)
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RBC Points: 218
Spring Segment Points: 571
Spring Ranking: 106
Season Points: 2,605
Season Ranking: 83
RBC Points: 162
Spring Segment Points: 465
Spring Ranking: 18,307
Season Points: 2,470
Season Ranking: 1,974
RBC Points: 196
Spring Segment Points: 468
Spring Ranking: 17,138
Full Season Points: 2,448
Full Season Ranking: 2,912
I decided to drop Matt Kuchar Wednesday night before the RBC. Should I continue to keep typing? The last time I worked my brilliance late on Wednesday night, I dropped Keegan Bradley before he went on to shoot 60 at Byron Nelson. Morale of the story: Don’t use the internet on Wednesday nights.
Patrick Reed: He has no problem going low and has plenty of ties to Louisiana. It’s about time he gets back on track.
Rickie Fowler: His last two starts have resulted in top fives so it’s obvious that the Butch Harmon effect is coming together nicely. I have a feeling this will be about 90% of Group A plays this week and gamers know what that means! #dumpsterfire
Graham DeLaet: He learned a lesson here in 2012 when he was 15-under after three rounds and couldn’t keep up with Els and Dufner on Sunday. He won’t let that chance pass him by again.
Justin Rose: Anytime he’s healthy and in the field, he’s in my lineup. #strikerofballs
Matt Every: His excellent 2013 continues and his T12 last week with all four rounds of par or better isn’t going to scare me off!
Billy Horschel: The part of Yahoo! Group B that I enjoy is that only two of the four players are available daily. Horschel, the defending champ, is wearing out the clubfaces of his irons and woods and sadly, his putter. If he makes anything his week, he’ll contend.
Ryan Palmer: He keeps racking up high finishes, and like Horschel, owns a piece of the course record here (64). With P2 and T7 in two of his last three finishes, it’s all systems go for the Texan.
J.B. Holmes: This spot will be up-for-grabs until after the chat on Wednesday because there are literally a dozen guys who could occupy this spot. As for now, I’ll stick with the guy who has finished T10, T12 and T18 in three of his last four on TOUR. #form