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Expert Picks: Hero World Challenge

by Josh Culp
Updated On: December 3, 2019, 3:06 pm ET

Each week this will be the one-stop resource to soak in all the picks from our fantasy staffers at Rotoworld.com. We have a limited number of fantasy games to play this week so DFS will be the star of the show this week in The Bahamas.

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 yourselves from the field.

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

 

Dave Tindall

@DaveTindallGolf

DraftKings

Jon Rahm ($11,200) – With some appealing cheap options elsewhere, I'm happy to pay top dollar for Rahm. Being the defending champion and newly-crowned European No. 1 after victory in Dubai two weeks ago is a pretty powerful combo.

Xander Schauffele ($9,800) – A runner-up at the WGC-HSBC on his last start, Schauffele overcame a sluggish start to take T8 here (middle rounds of 68-66) last year. Course suits.

Webb Simpson ($8,800) – This is Simpson's first look at Albany but it's not been a venue where plenty of past experience is necessary. It means I can lean on his current form which shows second in the RSM Classic last time and T7 in Vegas prior to that. 

Patrick Reed ($6,900) – Big fan of the course. Second and fifth in two of his first three visits and would have cracked the top five again last year but for a bemusing Friday 77 (shot 65-66 either side). Two top tens in last three worldwide starts and has the Presidents Cup on the horizon to keep his focus sharp.

Tony Finau ($6,500) – Five par 5s to go at on an exposed piece of property near the sea means we're in Finau's wheelhouse. His second place here last year backs up the theory, although I'm putting a bit of faith in some bounceback form after a flat recent run.

Matt Kuchar ($6,400) – All five of my American picks are jetting to Australia for the Presidents Cup so I'm definitely playing the incentive angle. Kuchar closed with 62 for a top 15 in Mexico two starts ago and has a third place here so could prove a bargain.  

Total salary: $49,600

 

Matt Cooper

@MattCooperGolf

DraftKings

Jon Rahm ($11,200) – He's won his last two starts and claimed this event last year with a second round 63 and closing lap of 65. Regression to mean a possibility but so, too, is super-high confidence.

Xander Schauffele ($9,800) – On debut last year he was in fine fettle after a third round 66 before stalling in the final lap with a 70. Second last time out on HSBC Champions defense.

Justin Thomas ($10,600) – Nine finishes of T17 or better in a row and two top 12s on the course. Will want to impress the host ahead of the Presidents Cup.

Kevin Kisner ($6,100) – T12 in his only course start is fair enough and every chance he'll want to remind Tiger what he opted not to choose with his wildcards (in a good way).

Chez Reavie ($6,000) – Tournament debut and plenty will see him as cannon fodder, but I suspect there's a chance he'll thrive on the confidence boost.

Henrik Stenson ($6,300) – His three courses starts include a second and a fourth. Value pick in a narrow field.

Total salary: $50,000

 

Josh Culp

@Futureoffantasy

DraftKings

Patrick Reed ($6,900) – Captain America is not going to want any rust ahead of next week's Presidents Cup. He's gone close here before with a runner-up finish in his 2015 debut.  

Justin Rose ($7,200) – He plays second fiddle to Tiger Woods this week in terms of local residents but Rose is likely the one that spends more time at Albany. This is a home game for Rosey who has limped into the finish line this year but hasn't been bad by any means. 

Bryson DeChambeau ($7,600) – Another golfer that spends a lot of time in the Bahamas. He's been beefing up this fall whenever he's not playing Fortnite. Over the last 12 months he's outperformed the field in par-5 scoring in 63% of rounds played which is 7th-best in this field and should certainly help on a course five five of them. 

Gary Woodland ($6,700) – Speaking of par-5 scoring, Woodland ranks 5th in that same metric I just cited for Bryson. He finished 8th here last year. 

Webb Simpson ($8,800) – Something clicked for him a while back and he's not showing any signs of slowing down. His baseline metrics sit around the top 5 of this field but we don't have to pay a hefty price tag. 

Jon Rahm ($11,200) – Rahm is the chalk this week as he arrives off back-to-back wins and the defending champ at Albany. How do you keep your roster unique? One way is what I've done by leaving $1,600 on the table. 

Total salary: $48,400

 

FanDuel

Jordan Spieth ($8,900) – A course with lots of scoring opportunities and generous fairways... no wonder Spieth has finished 6th or better in all three visits. 

Henrik Stenson ($8,400) – Comfortable in The Bahamas, the Swede has finished 4th or better in two of his three starts here. 

Jon Rahm ($11,500) – It's funny to think back just a few years ago and Rahm was complaining about how bad he was on bermuda. He's now one of the best on the planet and this turf doesn't hold him back.

Patrick Reed ($9,000) – The Texan has gained 3+ strokes over the field in at least one round in all four years he's played here. Just needs to avoid the garbage round and he'll be in contention. He did that in 2015 when he finished runner-up. 

Matt Kuchar ($8,600) – He finished T3 here in 2016 and won on another coastal track played down south, El Camaleon. 

Justin Thomas ($11,300) – He's finished outside the top 10 in both appearances at Albany but I wouldn't expect him to go 3-for-3 in that regard. 

Total Salary: $57,700

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