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Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: Valspar 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:

Sergio Garcia (11,300): His last four finishes at the Valspar are T15, T16, T7, and solo 4th. I wouldn't mind another top 20 this week. 

Rafa Cabrera Bello (10,000): Had a hiccup at TPC Sawgrass but from a long-term view he's as steady as they get for a $10k golfer. 

Jason Kokrak (9700): The big hitter has been very boom or bust at the Valspar. He brings plenty of risk but he arrives with stellar form and his price doesn't really reflect that. 

Roger Sloan (8000): Finished T12 on overseeded bermuda at this year's Desert Classic. He's gained 3+ strokes over the field in five of his last 11 rounds played. His good rounds are really good. 

Jim Furyk (10,000): He's 9-for-10 at the Valspar with a WIN and three other top 10s.

Webb Simpson (10,700): He loves these venues in the Southeast, in bermuda territory. Finished T8 here last year.

 

DraftKings Picks: 

Nick Watney (7,000): A flawless Valspar resume with 11-of-11 cuts made. 

Rafa Cabrera Bello (8,800): Doesn't rely on distance off the tee but he's strong with his irons from outside 150 yards. That will be a nice fit for the Copperhead Course. 

Patrick Reed (9,500): A budding course horse at Copperhead with finishes of T7 or better in three of his last four trips. 

Roger Sloan (7,000): Simply a "ride the hot hand" play as he's gained 3+ strokes over the field in five of his last seven starts. 

Paul Casey (9,700): His caddie convinced him to return last year and it paid dividends. Johnny Long Socks has now caddied for two winners at Innisbrook (Casey and Luke Donald) so it's safe to say he brings a good game plan. 

Sungjae Im (7,700): He's not long off the tee but he's gained strokes tee-to-green in all but one of his career PGA TOUR events. Keep riding the steady ball-striking. 
 

Yahoo Picks: 

Dustin Johnson (49): He's the class of the field so I will gladly use him as my anchor. Hasn't played here since 2010. 

J.T. Poston (20): Posted a T14 here in 2017 and arrives in stellar form over the winter. 

Sungjae Im (33): His form sheet doesn't read as consistent but his ball-striking consistency should/will lead to a hig cuts-made ratio. Keep riding the train. 

Jim Furyk (27): Finally healthy for the first time in three years (his words) and it's showing with a load of top 20s over the six months. 

Webb Simpson (40): He's always viable when the TOUR heads to the Southeast. Finished T8 here last year. 

Ryan Moore (31): Has top 20s in three of his last four trips to the Copperhead Course. 

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