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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: AT&T Byron Nelson

by Josh Culp
Updated On: May 8, 2019, 10:14 am ET

"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. 

Page 1 is going to look at Daily Fantasy Sports picks (FanDuel, Yahoo, and DraftKings).

Page 2 will have a look at One-and-Done options as well as PGATOUR.com's fantasy game. 

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. 

The idea is to provide you a list of names to consider. I would not recommend copying these teams, golfer for golfer. Duplicate teams are no fun and don't help anyone. 

FanDuel Picks:

Rafa Cabrera Bello (10,500): Ranks 4th in the field in adjusted strokes gained, worldwide, over the last year. That makes it an easy decision to roster him at this price point. 

Sungjae Im (10,600): About as steady as they come for a young rookie on TOUR. He gets the job done with elite ball-striking too, so I'm not too worried about him hitting a rookie wall. Just a matter of time before he picks up a TOUR win. 

Rory Sabbatini (10,100): He's gained strokes over the field in eight straight starts including +7.9 SG Total at the RBC Heritage (10th place finish) and +7.2 SG Total at the Wells Fargo (18th place finish). 

Hank Lebioda (8,100): The rookie gained 1.4 strokes off-the-tee last week and 3.9 strokes on approach. That's been the story for him all season as he's gained strokes tee-to-green in nine straight measured events. 

Charles Howell III (10,400): Hit a wall at Harbour Town and then his putter went ice cold last week at Quail Hollow. The steady striker can't miss the cut in three straight events, can he? Finished top 10 here last year. 

Keith Mitchell (10,200): "It’s definitely the grass, It’s Bermuda. I grew up on Bermuda. I know how to putt it. I know how to read it. It’s definitely helped a lot." We have bermuda again this week so fire him back up. 


DraftKings Picks -- @futureoffantasy

Marc Leishman (10,000): Fired an opening 61 at Trinity Forest last year. He loves the layout so I'm glad to use him as my anchor. 

Shawn Stefani (7,000): Said this at the 2016 St. Jude Classic, "Being here in the heat, the bermuda grass the zoysia fairways and the town is very nice. I feel like I have a lot of support. I feel like I’m kind of a home town kid over here. I do like it here and you know, it really is one of my favorite places on Tour to come." Stefani will have zoysia fairways and bermuda greens again this week so it should be another course that suits his eye. 

Aaron Wise (9,400): Struggled after bulking up over the winter break but he's rounded back into form lately and now he'll be defending his crown at Trinity Forest. 

Russell Knox (8,000): Finished top 16 in his first look at Trinity Forest with four sub-70 rounds. Ranks top 10 in this week's field in terms of total strokes gained ball-striking (Off-the-Tee plus Approach) over the last 3 months. 

Charles Howell III (8,500): Stumbled with the putter last week but he should be fully focused this week as he attempts to avoid three straight missed cuts. Finishes top 10 here last year. 

Ryan Blaum (7,000): The Duke Blue Devil prefers bermuda as his putting surface and he improves on his baseline when playing easy courses. No wonder he finished top 10 here last year. 


Yahoo Picks: 

Marc Leishman (44): Doesn't have the best form but he's a perfect course fit and he proved that last year when he fired the course record in R1 and finished runner-up at week's end. 

Hideki Matsuyama (46): Has gained at least 4.9 strokes tee-to-green in seven straight ShotLink starts. Keep it rolling until the ball-striking cools. 

Scottie Scheffler (20): Red-hot form with four straight top 10s on the Web.com Tour and a T20 at the Valero. Playing a home game this week. 

Nate Lashley (20): Gained 4.5 strokes on approach last week at Quail Hollow. 

Dylan Frittelli (30): The South African attended the University of Texas and still calls Austin home. He should be comfy in the state and know how to handle any weather thrown at him. 

Aaron Wise (35): The defending champ is trending well with back-to-back top 20s ahead of his title defense. 

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