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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: John Deere Classic

by Josh Culp
Updated On: July 10, 2019, 11:20 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:

Sam Burns (10,100): Making his tournament debut but arrives with a string of steady results in the lead-up. 

Brian Harman (11,000): Won here in 2014 and has top 25s in three of his other five trips.  

Joaquin Niemann (10,900): Found his groove again with finishes of 31st or better in six straight starts. 

Sungjae Im (10,800): Four straight top 25s  and his salary is muted by the other youngsters at the top. 

Stephan Jaeger (8,200): He's gained 2+ strokes tee-to-green in four of his last five starts. These wedge-heavy courses fit his game well. 

Mackenzie Hughes (9,000): The Canadian has a trio of top 25s over his last five starts and also finished top 25 in his JDC debut. 


DraftKings Picks -- @futureoffantasy: 

Brian Harman (9,400): Rounding back into form with top 10s in two of his last three starts. 

Jason Dufner (8,100): Flashing that signature Dufner ball-striking over the last few months. TPC Deere Run doesn't cater to the big hitters so I will gladly go back to the well with smooth-swinging Duff Daddy. 

Nick Watney (8,000): Making his ninth appearance at this event, he's missed the cut in four of his visits so this comes with some risk. He does have a T13 on his JDC resume and arrives with steady season-long form. 

Mackenzie Hughes (7,900): The Canadian finished T16 in his JDC debut last year. Closed that week with rounds of 65-68-65 so perhaps he figured things out. 

Ryan Armour (7,300): The theme of the betting market this week is youth. What better way to break that narrative then for a 43-year-old Armour to teach the youngsters a thing or two. 

Sam Burns (9,100): The young phenom seems like old news when you consider all the hype the current crop of college grads is receiving. Burns is just finding his groove, though, with top 45s in five of his last six starts. He's trending toward that big breakthrough week. 


Yahoo Picks: 

Joaquin Niemann (42): He arrives with finishes of 5th, 5th, and 23rd over his last three starts. 

Collin Morikawa (26): Yahoo clearly doesn't wait for the betting markets to set their salaries. As a result someone like Morikawa will be extremely high owned. Probably worth it though, at this bargain of a price. 

Sam Burns (30): Has gained 3 or more strokes off-the-tee in three of his last five starts. That's the recipe for setting up scoring chances. Should have a lot of wedges in hand this week. 

Viktor Hovland (27): Similar to Morikawa, this salary just doesn't match up with the current market price. Enters with elite ball-striking numbers but still searching for his short game. 

Mackenzie Hughes (31): Finished top 20 in his tourney debut last year. 

Sungjae Im  (44): Back in form with four straight top 25s. 

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