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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: U.S. Open Championship

by Josh Culp

"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:

Tiger Woods (11,900): Lapped the field here in 2000 and he's arriving off a top 10 at Muirfield Village. 

Brandt Snedeker (9,400): One of the few golfers on TOUR that actually cites their love of poa annua greens. He's a two-time champ at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. 

Kevin Na (9,200): Usually known for his course complaint videos at the U.S. Open, this time around he's instead sharing videos of him making bets with his caddie about "if he wins this week." Enjoying life as a dad and seems to have found his groove on the course as well. 

Chez Reavie (8,300): Went through a mid-season slump but he's now gained strokes tee-to-green in four straight starts, so he's back on track. 

Dustin Johnson (12,200): The best golfer in the world, in my opinion. Has two wins at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and also built a 54-hole lead at the 2010 U.S. Open. 

Lucas Glover (8,800): Has the putter figured out this season so let's ride the hot hand. 

 

DraftKings Picks -- @futureoffantasy

Paul Casey (8300): If you're starting with a balanced approach, Casey is an easy man to pop in. He loves playing on poa annua greens and love Pebble Beach. Was the runner-up here back in February. 

Matt Kuchar (8,500): Another balanced-build staple this week, Kuchar just continues to grind out top 20s and he's flashing the upside this season with a pair of wins also. 

Henrik Stenson (7,600): Love the Swede on a less-than-driver course that will allow him to pound his trusty 3-wood. 

Sergio Garcia (7,800): Loading up on popular plays, this is where I swerve a bit. Garcia has been pretty bad during the Spring but his price reflects that. The underlying stats don't suggest this is a serious issue, just a matter of not piecing his game together. I'll take my chances with a few GPP sprinkles. 

Justin Rose (9,700): Not going to be a forgotten man but certainly overlooked this week as DJ, Brooks, and Tiger steal all the headlines. Always brings winning upside to the table and the tougher the test the better. 

Webb Simpson (7,700): It's tough to swallow his projected ownership levels which is why he won't be finding a majority of my teams but with Garcia and Rose providing a contrarian route, I will take a stab on the chalky Simpson here. Playing tremendous all season. 

 

DraftKings Picks -- @DaveTindallGolf

Patrick Cantlay ($10,000) – Superb in the majors this year and now he returns home to California on the back of a stellar performance and win at Memorial. Jack Nicklaus loves his game. That'll do for me.

Xander Schauffele ($8,700) – Part of the furniture when it comes to a majors leaderboard. Great attitude and ranked 1st SG: OTT at Memorial which bodes well for this week.

Paul Casey ($8,300) – I'll forgive him his Masters flop and focus on the Englishman's two recent starts at Pebble - second and eighth.

Marc Leishman ($7,800) – The Aussie likes golf by the coast, has a great record in California, is wielding a hot putter again and was fifth at Memorial last time. Underrated here.

Brandt Snedeker ($7,500) – Very obvious and appealing converging trends. A double winner at Pebble, loves poa greens and shot 60 on the way to T4 in Canada last week.

Graeme McDowell ($7,300) – Not buying into the theory that he'll switch off now he's qualified for Portrush. G-Mac may not repeat his 2010 win at Pebble but he's a course horse flushed with good vibes and can plot his way to another big finish.

Total salary: $49,600

On the cusp: Rory McIlroy ($10,500), Jordan Spieth ($10,300), Hideki Matsuyama ($8,800), Gary Woodland ($8,000), Kevin Na ($7,700), Martin Kaymer ($7,400)

 

DraftKings Picks -- @MattCooperGolf

Brooks Koepka ($11,600) – Will he make it five majors in 23 starts? Not sure. Can he make it a 17th top 25 or an 11th top ten? Why not.

Brandt Snedeker ($7,500) – Can’t see much of a downside. Won twice at Pebble, twice at Torrey Pines, made a U.S. Open top ten at both, shot a 60 last week. Only problem is that his case seems too good.

Jason Day ($9,100) – A seriously fine record on Poa Annua and Californian cliff tops (two Torrey Pines wins, six top six finishes in the AT&T Pro-am) and Steve Williams on the bag.

Hideki Matsuyama ($8,800) – Improved his finishing position every week since the Masters, third at Torrey Pines this season, sixth last time out.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat ($6,800) – I’m kind of keen on his ability to putt on Poa Annua. Twice top five in Mexico and 15th at Shinnecock last year.

Chan Kim ($6,100) – Second and third in his last two outings in Japan, T11 at the 2017 Open in Birkdale, reportedly very excited and very high on confidence right now. (Very keen on his top 20 price too, for what it’s worth ...)

Total salary: $49,900

On the cusp: Rory McIlroy ($10,500), Jordan Spieth ($10,300), Xander Schauffele ($8,700), Tommy Fleetwood ($8,900), Paul Casey ($8,300), Phil Mickelson ($8,200)

 

Yahoo Picks: 

Paul Casey (39): Withdrew from his latest start with illness but he's had a few weeks to recover. Finished runner-up at the AT&T Pro-Am in February. 

Lucas Glover (23): Has improved his strokes gained putting by nearly two shots per tournament this year, compared to his long-term baseline. The ball-striking has always been there which should suit him nicely at Pebble which features some of the smallest greens on TOUR. 

Matt Kuchar (39): He's never been the steadiest contender at the AT&T Pro-Am but he's one of the golfers that should enjoy the June conditions which will allow the course to play firmer and faster than February. 

Kevin Na (31): Just won at Colonial which is another course that allows a conservative strategy off-the-tee. 

Brandt Snedeker (26): A two-time champ at the AT&T Pro-Am but in theory his accuracy over distance approach should fit better with June conditions.  

Jason Day (41): Added Stevie Williams to the bag which may be the missing piece to the puzzle that allows him to get back to the top of the mountain. Day has a pair of wins at Torrey Pines so we know he can handle these California poa annua greens. 

 

Fantasy Race to Dubai -- @DaveTindallGolf: 

Last week: Good to be back after no game in recent weeks due to format changes. Doubled money (Rory playing a key role) with Draftkings picks in Canada so hopefully can keep the run going here. 

Position: 1,071st

Rory McIlroy (captain): Hard to look elsewhere for a captain when Rory's in this sort of form. The last man to capture a major after winning the week before so McIlroy can ride the wave.

Justin RoseA former U.S. Open winner, who won at Torrey Pines on his last start in California. Tied sixth on Pebble debut and just a little under the radar this week.

Xander SchauffeleHe's the go-to guy when Euro gamers want an eligible American. Fifth and sixth in his two U.S. Opens and runner-up in last year's Open Championship.

Paul CaseyRunner-up at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in February and won the Valspar again earlier this year. May come in to his own as the course gets dry and hard on the weekend.

Tommy FleetwoodLoves this event (fourth and second the last two years) and every reason to think he'll be a great fit for Pebble Beach too.

Tony FinauLikes majors. Likes the west coast. Recent runner-up at Colonial. And low ownership too.

 

Fantasy Race to Dubai -- @MattCooperGolf: 

Last week: Another week of treading water, but the game is going to really kick into gear from this week and on into July. Big points on offer, big moves possible.

Position: 3,310st

Rory McIlroy (captain): If I get the chance to pick Rory in this game, I take it. His lack of Pebble experience, never mind a weekend there, is a worry, but his form last week was superb.

Xander SchauffeleI will continue to follow him in majors for as long as he performs so damn well in them. Also a native Californian so plenty of Poa knowledge.

Paul CaseyThe AT&T of every year has been a good guide when the U.S. Open comes to Pebble and Casey was second in February, leading by three after 54 holes.

C.T. PanHang on, what? Yup, he’s in the game. He’s been second at Torrey Pines and he won at Harbour Town this year.

Shane LowryA far from flawless Pebble record but he has been T14. His form is wonderful however: T3 at Harbour Town, T8 in the PGA, T2 last week. That’s seaside and blustery, major and Poa form. All of them ticked.

Justin RoseLoves California. Winner at Torrey Pines this year, been T6 in the AT&T and the theory is that his form is ropey yet he slugged a 63 at Muirfield Village last time out.

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