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.
QLN Points: 170
Summer Segment Points: 170
Season Points: 3,865
Season Ranking: 2,450
Bubba Watson: It's been a rough ride for Watson in his last couple of tournaments. His putter has cooled off quite a bit, but he is hard to fade given the great success he has had this year. Also, everyone and his cousin will use him this week due to the very thin Group A.
Marc Leishman: It's really tempting to take a horse for the course like Daniel Summerhays, but he is off form right now. Instead, I'm using Leishman, who is in great form right now and last week almost earned his first victory of the season.
Gary Woodland, Daniel Summerhays, Patrick Reed
Bill Haas: It hurt to see him blowup with a final round of 77 last week at Congressional, but overall he has been playing some pretty good golf. His recent history at The Greenbrier is very good with a T2 in '11 and a T9 last year.
Steve Stricker: He has been playing a semi-retired schedule this year and has played well recently at the Memorial and the CVS Charity. His only start at the Greenbrier was in '12 when he was T22.
Webb Simpson: He was in a mini-slump in the spring, but he snapped out of it with a nice T3 at the St. Jude. His course history of a T9 in '11 and a T7 in '12 is the main reason that I am using him this week.
Brendon de Jonge: He is another player that was in the hunt for the title last week before settling for a T8 finish. His course history in very solid with two, top-four finishes (third in '10 and T4 in '12) in four career starts.
Keegan Bradley, Chris Kirk, David Hearn, Ted Potter, Jr.
Jimmy Walker: Group C is loaded with players this week, but there really isn't a reason to go far down the list. Walker is at the top of the list due to his three victories on the season (of which only two have come when the Yahoo! has been played). He looked great at the US Open (T9) and his record at The Greenbrier is outstanding with T4 in '10 and '11 plus a T2 last year.
Brendon Todd: There are a lot of ways to go with this pick, but I'm going to go with the hot hand of Todd. His victory at the Byron Nelson started a run of four top 8 finishes in five starts and he played well at the US Open where he was T17.
Kevin Na, Chris Stroud, K.J. Choi, Carl Pettersson
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QLN Points: 181
Summer Segment Points: 181
Summer Ranking: 2,832
Season Points: 4,015
Season Ranking: 176
Brendon de Jonge
QLN Points: 192
Summer Segment Points: 192
Summer Ranking: 719
Season Points: 3,835
Season Ranking: 3,501
Brendon de Jonge
QLN Points: 146
Summer Segment Points: 146
Summer Ranking: 23,374
Full Season Points: 3,857
Full Season Ranking: 2,718
Another week of “what if” on Team Glass as Justin Rose was surplus to requirements at QLN. After his 74 I was convinced it was the right move. No point second guessing anything now. If you’re not ahead of me at this moment…
Alas, it happens and we move on. Nothing like starting 23k or so behind!
Bubba Watson: Those who chase should make bolder decisions but I’ll choose safety first. His pedigree and season results validate that decision but his recent form must be questioned.
Marc Leishman: You might see him later in the column as well as the Aussie has hit a rich vein of form. I gambled on Woods last week to maintain the “bench” seat for the sake of Leishman. I would have played Leishman Sunday and would be even FURTHER behind. C’est la vie…
For those of you who prefer zigging to zagging, Daniel Summerhays is the no-brainer here and I won’t talk you out of Patrick Reed either. I reserve the right to dump Watson at the last minute for either of these two because I suck right now and need to shake shit up.
Steve Stricker: Into my lineup for the first time this season, Stricker starts hotting up this time of year as he gets ready for his invitational next week at John Deere.
Chris Kirk: His rubbish course history here doesn’t scare me off at all as he loves pumping in birdies. His career-year motors on this week.
Bill Haas: Our love-hate relationship continues because of his lack of bank-breaking finishes. This track fits his eye and his iron play has been stellar.
Webb Simpson: He has too much game and history around here to dismiss for me this week. He’ll also be happy to see an easier layout where he can make bushels of birdies after his last two week on U.S. Open-style layouts.
Ted Potter, Jr., could fill one of these spots as he is easily hidden if he doesn’t fire. Actually, I like David Hearn a little bit better but course form will trump.
Jimmy Walker: No explanation needed.
Brendon Todd: No explanation needed, part II.
The “rest” of the field seems to hang out in C so if you are contrarian, Kevin Na, Chris Stroud and Brendan Steele jump immediately off the page. Ben Martin would be my “if I had a sack” pick this week but I can’t leave out my first two choices. Nick Watney would be another to shake things up, if necessary.