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Scott Pianowski

Handicapping the Transitions Championship

Scott Pianowski
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Maybe it's the presence of the NCAA hoops tourney, but I'm ready to spring a few upsets with this week's Fantasy Golf cheatsheet. To the racing form:

A-List: It's always a dark day in my world when I have to use Vijay Singh; he's probably been my least favorite golfer for 20 years. But he's won this event before (2004) and he's got a gaggle of Top-20 finishes, and his ball striking of late has been just sublime. I can't guarantee you that he'll ever get anything rolling on the greens, but I'll give him some run while he's hot. And I was starting to run out of Steve Stricker options besides. … Charlie Wi is another timing play, though I think it's plausible that I'll use Singh all week. Wi finished T4 here last season and he's already shown some game in 2010 (T8 at the Honda). Wi's ball-striking numbers will have you running for cover, but he's seventh in scrambling and 24th in scoring, so the heck with the other stats. He's my back up here.

B-List: Stewart Cink probably views this as the title that got away (he had a late collapse in his last Transitions start back in 2008), but it's hard to look past his 2-19-3 run on the card here. He looks like a horse for the course. … There's no need to get cute with K.J. Choi analysis; they've had this event for a decade and he's already won it twice (2002, 2006). He's quietly putting his career back in order this season, making five cuts in a row (20, 21, 27, 15, 39).

I've been aggressive with early Geoff Ogilvy plays so this looks like a week to start him on the bench, then call for help if needed. He'll appreciate the challenges of the Copperhead Course and he ran to a T10 finish back in 2008. … What do we do with defending champ Retief Goosen, who won here last season but missed the two previous cuts in Tampa? I'm content to leave him on the bench given the depth of the B-List. Is it too late to go with early-bird special Charles Howell III? He's cashed a six-figure check in two of his last three visits.

C-List: I'm going to give you three names and you can decide how you want to use them. It seems silly to skip Ian Poulter at any stop these days; his confidence is sky-high, his putting is superb, and while he hasn't been over this course, so what - that didn't bother him one bit in Phoenix. But I've got a moderate sleeper and a deeper sleeper I want to take a shot with. … John Senden's ball striking has always been dynamite and this is the type of course to put that to good use. He didn't make the cut in Tampa in his last stop, but that trunk slam came on the heels of two second-place finishes. He's got some swagger heading into Tampa, grabbing three straight cashes including a T11 at Doral. … Mathew Goggin has always been a fantasy tease, a multi-talented player who's somehow never won on the PGA Tour. There's no obvious weakness to his game, he just needs a little momentum and confidence on a weekend, while in contention. Maybe Tampa is the place for Goggin to catch lightning in a bottle; he was tied for fourth here last year, and he ran T14 back in 2008. I'll admit some bias in this selection, as I just made a buy-low investment on Goggin in my hometown auction league. Time to turn a disappointing season around, MG.

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League type:
Free Yahoo League
League size:
10 players
Draft time:
Aug 27 9:00 am
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