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Expert Picks: CIMB Classic

Tuesday, October 10, 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 

Yahoo and Golf Channel golf should both return in January. For now, we will look at One-and-Done as well as Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) on Page 1, then head overseas for the Fantasy Race to Dubai on Page 2.


Each week I will think out loud about my process in determining my One-and-Done selection. If you are new to the One-and-Done format, it is like an NFL survivor league. You pick one golfer per week, but you can't use them again all year. 

Last week I had it narrowed down to Kevin NaBrendan SteeleTony Finau, and Emiliano Grillo.... I went with NA (OOOOPS). Can't let that tilt me because it's a long season. Got to stick to the process and get back on track in Malaysia.

Let's start off with some course horses at TPC Kuala Lumpur (including results from Malaysian Open when TPC KL hosted):

Justin Thomas (WIN-WIN)
Hideki Matsuyama
Kevin Na (T29-T3-T2)
Charl Schwartzel (T19 plus T4-T6-T11 on Euro Tour)
Brendan Steele (T26-T3-T25)
Rafa Cabrera Bello (T10 plus T3-T4-T22-MC-MC on Euro Tour)
Scott Piercy (T10-T7)
Charles Howell III (T39-T10-T7)
Keegan Bradley (6-T47-10)
Gary Woodland (T56-T56-T2-2)

After that, let's look at a (weighted) baseline performance metric since the start of 2014. 


Hideki Matsuyama
Paul Casey
Justin Thomas
Charl Schwartzel
Thomas Pieters
Kevin Na
Brendan Steele
Branden Grace
Jason Dufner
Rafa Cabrera Bello

Looking at both lists, the overlapping names to consider are: Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, Charl Schwartzel, Brendan Steele, Kevin Na, and Rafa Cabrera Bello. 

This week's CIMB prize pool is a bit higher than last week's but it's nowhere near some of the big events that will come after the calendar flips to 2018. 

For that reason, I will avoid Thomas and Hideki, for now. Instead, I will go with someone I won't miss down the road.... Rafa Cabrera Bello

Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]

I will be giving out selections for one team for each DFS site, per 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. 

FanDuel Picks:

Ian Poulter ($7,100) 
The Englishman would love to crack the top 50 in the world to earn a spot into next week's field. He's won in Singapore, Hong Kong, and China. Might as well add Malaysia onto his Asian resume. 

Scott Hend ($5,100):
One of the best boom-or-bust scoring talents in the world. He'll rack up birdies and eagles in bunches but he'll also throw in a double (or worse) with the best of them. With nine starts at the course, I like that experience. 

Hao Tong Li ($6,700): 
While Hend provides the course experience, Li provides the youth and talent. Picking based purely on pedigree, here. 

Peter Uihlein ($6,200):
 Missed the cut last week in Napa to kick off his rookie season. I expect a big rebound as he heads to Asia, a continent that was very kind to him during his time on the Euro Tour. That includes a T16 at TPC KL in 2015 (Malaysian Open). 

Anirban Lahiri ($5,600): 
Going back to course experience here. Lahiri is a past champ at TPC KL (2015 Malaysian Open) and also led the CIMB last year after 54 holes. 

Rafa Cabrera Bello ($8,500):  With pricing rather soft this week, RCB might be one of the exceptions. At $8,500, he may get overlooked as gamers opt for more known commodities in that range. Still searching for his PGA TOUR breakthrough win, why not happen at a course where he owns three top 10s already (two on Euro Tour)?

That leaves plenty of salary to round out the squad with any two golfers at the top. 

DraftKings Picks:


Justin Thomas ($12,300) Going for a three-peat, going to stick him in blindly as the anchor.

Anirban Lahiri ($00): 
He's a winner at the course (Malaysian Open) and also 54-hole leader here last year. He likes the layout.  

Rafa Cabrera Bello ($7,400): 
Posted a T10 in his CIMB debut, but it wasn't his first time seeing the course. He's also posted a pair of top 5s at the Malaysian Open.

Peter Uihlein ($7,700):
 Looking at Euro Tour performance on the Euro Tour (since 2015), nobody has gained more strokes against the field than Peter Uihlein. That's enough for me to take a shot. 

Hao Tong Li ($7,300):
Trying to play his way onto the big stage, Li is very likely to be the third Chinese-born golfer to earn a PGA TOUR card (after Marty Dou and Xinjun Zhang did it this year). Might as well get on board with the talented youngster. 

Scott Hend ($7,100): Has pegged it at TPC KL in 9 events, posting top 30s in five of them. That includes a T7 at last year's CIMB. 


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