Expert Picks: TOUR Championship

Josh Culp
Rotoworld

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).

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Page 2 will have a look at One-and-Done options as well as PGATOUR.com's fantasy game. 
 

Josh Culp

@futureoffantasy

FanDuel

Justin Thomas (14,200): Not guaranteed a win this week but it's nice to take the headstart and run with it as an anchor at the top. 

Adam Scott (9,300): He brings experience to the table with 10 visits to the TOUR Championship including a win in 2006. 

Tommy Fleetwood (8,200): One of the best at going low so it should be fun to watch as he tries to chase down the leaders at the top. 

Justin Rose (9,000): Has a scoring average of 68.81 at East Lake, with a whopping 36 rounds played. 

Paul Casey (8,300): He's finished T5 or better in four of five visits to Atlanta. He'll need to get on the birdie train early if he wants to maintain that ratio. Starts at 2-under (T16) this week. 

Jon Rahm (10,700): He's turned a weakness into a positive as he struggled on bermuda when he arrived on TOUR but now he boasts some of the best bermuda profiles on TOUR. 

 

DraftKings

Rory McIlroy (10,600) - He's five off the lead but we've seen McIlroy lap the field in big events before. He also has a win and runner-up finish in five tries at East Lake so the course appears to suit his game. 

Jason Kokrak (5,300) - Has gained strokes off-the-tee in six straight events which should put him in good position to play aggressively this week as he tries to work his way up from the bottom of the board. 

Justin Rose (6,900) - Rattled off five straight top 20s before stumbling to T52 last week. Should be a good bounce-back candidate. 

Jon Rahm (9,900) - He's on fire with seven straight worldwide finishes of T11 or better. 

Paul Casey (7,500) - Has a strong record at East Lake and arrives a bit more rested since he skipped The NT. 

Webb Simpson (9,700) - The easy filler in this spot but with just $100 remaining in salary, it'd probably be wiser to go further down the board and leave some money on the table to avoid duplicate lineups. 

 

Yahoo DFS

Jon Rahm (43): He struggled on bermudagrass when he first came on TOUR but only McIlroy has better numbers on the grainy grass when you look at performance since 2014 with more recent results weighted more heavily. 

Abraham Ancer (24): This lineup doesn't have one of the big 5 so we're banking on a comeback story here. Ancer starts at 4-under which is good for a T6 out of the gate. 

Tommy Fleetwood (31): Fleetwood can rattle off a 64 in his sleep so I like him this week as he plays the role of hunter, starting on 1-under. 

Tony Finau (32): The big hitter has gained strokes putting in both of his visits to East Lake. That's a good sign for Finau who typically struggles with the flat stick. 

Adam Scott (27): A past champ at East Lake who arrives with great season-long form. This price is hard to overlook. 

Justin Rose (41): He'll start the week at T16 but you have to figure he's one of the top-5 most likely to win this event if no starting strokes were involved. That should lead to plenty of hole-by-hole scoring and hopefully a top-5 finish by week's end. 

 

One-and-Done

Each week I will think out loud about my process in determining my One-and-Done selection. If you are new to the One-and-Done format, it is like an NFL survivor league. You pick one golfer per week, but you can't use them again all year. 

First up let's have a look at course history at East Lake over the last 10 years: 

Justin Rose (Six straight top 10s)
Dustin Johnson (T6 or better in four of his last five)
Paul Casey (T5 or better in four of five visits)
Rory McIlroy (a win and runner-up in five tries)
Matt Kuchar (Nothing better than T10 but a lot of experience with 8 starts)
Webb Simpson (Three T5 or better in six tries)
Gary Woodland (Four T13 or better in six starts)
Adam Scott (A win and four other top 10s in 10 starts)
Justin Thomas (T6, 2, T7)
Brandt Snedeker (A win but nothing better in T17 in five other starts)

Now let's look at baseline performance over the last year. This will give us a good feel for who should pop regardless of past course results: 

Rory McIlroy
Dustin Johnson
Justin Rose
Patrick Cantlay
Webb Simpson
Jon Rahm
Justin Thomas
Brooks Koepka
Bryson DeChambeau
Xander Schauffele

The overlap list would include Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, and Justin Thomas

Congratulations if you have any of them still available. 

I'm in two OAD leagues and one of them ended last week while the other is using the raw leaderboard (excluding starting strokes). Make sure you know which format your league is using. 

Personally I will drop down and go with Xander Schauffele who has a WIN and T7 in two trips to East Lake. 

 

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Josh Culp 

“@FutureOfFantasy”

Last Week Rank: 579
Season Rank: 117

Starters: 

Webb Simpson
Tommy Fleetwood
Tony Finau
Paul Casey

Bench: 

Xander Schauffele
Jason Kokrak

 

Mo Yoshimoto 

“@Bears3423” 

Last Week: 4436
Season Rank: 2290

Starters:

Brooks Koepka
Hideki Matsuyama
Rickie Fowler
Kevin Kisner

Bench:

Patrick Cantlay
Xander Schauffele

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