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Expert Picks: European Masters

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


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. 

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: Picked some golfers. They didn't play very well. Purse was tiny. Nothing happened. Well, down 37 spots if you really want to know.
 
Pos: 2572
 
Alex Noren (captain): Loves it here. Twice a winner at Crans so deserves captain status when you add in the little matter of him being World No. 11.
 
Matthew Fitzpatrick: Been a bit flat of late but can peak again in the mountains. Another course horse with seventh and second last two years.
 
Tommy Fleetwood: One top five, a further top 10 and another top 20 at Crans. Add in him having a career year and it's hard to see how he doesn't have a huge week.
 
Jordan Smith: Debut for the recent winner but excels at everything that you need to do here (hits lots of greens, scrambles well).
 
Bernd Wiesberger: Good venue for the Austrian to get his season up and running again. Has a top six at Crans.
 
Mike Lorenzo-Vera: Three visits, three top 20s. The flamboyant Frenchman also made the top 10 at the Czech Masters last week so happy to take a punt on him.



 

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: The flattest of flat patches since July. Hoping a new month augurs well.
 
Position: 1,648th
 
Alex Noren (captain): Two-time winner on the course who’s had a break and should be ready to use this week as a launchpad for a Ryder Cup bid and strong finish to the season.
 
Tommy Fleetwood: Finished 19-9-5 in his first three visits then struggled whilst his game had a downturn (MC-49) but there was a 65 in that last visit. Time to get back on the horse.
 
Matthew Fitzpatrick: One shot behind the winner two years ago and shot 75 in R1 last year to give everyone a massive headstart, before posting 65-66-64 to finish T7.
 
Tyrrell Hatton: Grotty form (1-for-7) but it’s got to end eventually and where better than after a break and on a favored course? Record reads: 3-3-MC at Crans.
 
Richie Ramsay: Two fine results in the last few weeks (T2 in Ireland, T8 in Germany), a course winners and two top tens in his last three starts in the event.
 
Lee Westwood: A nice top ten last week in the Czech Masters and 9 of his last 11 starts in Crans has resulted in T23 or better, including a win.
 
 
 

Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]

I will be giving out selections for one team each week. 
 

These lineups will be entered into a large-entry Guaranteed Prize Pool. That means we need to take a risk or two, in order to separate ourselves from the field. 

I would also advise you to change a roster spot or two if you are trying to enter this lineup yourself. Duplicate entries are no fun. 

 

DraftKings Picks:
 

Mike Lorenzo-Vera ($7,200): A good track record at Crans Sur Sierre and also arrives with a pair of top 10s in his last four starts. Good salary savings.

Richie Ramsay ($8,300): 
A past champ here (2012) and playing well recently. Not bad for just $8,300 this week. 

Jordan Smith ($8,900): The Englishman will satisfy our craving for elite season-long form but doesn't check the box in course experience. That is a big reason why we get to pay $8,900 instead of $9,900 here. 

Tyrrell Hatton ($8,700):
While Smith brings the form, Hatton brings the course history. He sports a pair of third-place finishes here, but he's struggling with his game over the summer. Those two podium finishes at this event are still in his top 15 in terms of highest OWGR weeks, so this looks like a great venue to get back on track. 

Lee Westwood ($9,700): 
Playing his 500th Euro Tour event, this savvy veteran has plenty of success in the Swiss Alps, including a win back in 1999. Yup, before the Y2K scare, but still nice to see he is comfortable here. 

Callum Shinkwin ($7,200):  Not getting the pick of the litter with just $7,200 remaining but Shinkwin is trending well with top 10s in two of his last three starts. Finished T41 here last year in his debut. Other options I like for this final spot include: Pontus Widegren, Max Kieffer, Luke Donald, Gregory Bourdy, and Bernd Ritthammer.



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