Golfweek.com’s 2010 Fantasy Guide (Pt. 2)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
In Part II of Golfweek’s 2010 Fantasy Golf Guide (you can read Part I here), Lance Ringler and Alex Miceli tell you which player is most likely to get his first major in 2010, young guns to keep an eye on, and who not to pick for your 2010 fantasy team.
Major moment (Most likely to get his first major victory in 2010)
Lance Ringler picks...
- Lee Westwood: He has been close with three top 3s in his past seven major starts. There is no reason to think that won’t continue and he’ll soon become a first-time major champion.
- Steve Stricker: His name has been mentioned as one of the best without a major. Don’t be surprised if he crosses “major victory” off his “to-do” list. He has nine career top 10s in majors.
Alex Miceli picks...
- Sergio Garcia: How is it that Garcia has let so many chances slip away? St. Andrews may be the Spaniard’s nirvana.
- Kenny Perry: Nearing 50, the old man still has a couple of tricks up his sleeve. The ’09 Masters wasn’t a fluke. He may pull a Payne Stewart and make up for a disappointing miss last year with a victory in 2010.
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Young guns (Under 30 but impressive)
- Nick Watney: Already a two-time winner on Tour and getting more comfortable. That should make you more comfortable picking him any week in your fantasy league.
- Jason Day: At 22, Day is quietly getting accustomed to life on Tour (he earned $1.25 million in ’09). With 53 Tour starts under his belt, look for Day to help you surge in your office pool.
- Hunter Mahan: One career victory is not impressive, but Mahan is getting closer to living up to his expectations. Look for something special this season.
- Anthony Kim: Is it possible that his victory in New Zealand (Kiwi Challenge) over three twentysomethings will jump-start Kim’s 2010 season? He thinks so, and I agree.
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Ready for big things (Didn’t have full status on the PGA Tour in ’09 but will make an impact in 2010)
- Rickie Fowler: The can’t-miss kid. In his three fall starts, 10 of his 12 rounds were in the 60s. He should get into enough events and do well for anyone who picks this rookie.
- Michael Sim: Dominated the Nationwide Tour with three victories in only 14 starts in 2009. Could be a real sleeper with a lot of value in fantasy leagues in ’10.
- Rickie Fowler: Already has proved he can handle the pressure. Now it’s on to the next step: victory.
- Rory Mcllroy: Joining the PGA Tour in ’10, McIlroy is as talented as anyone. The only thing his resume is missing is a victory in the U.S. Expect more than one.
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Don’t judge a book by its cover (Not a longer hitter, but will be in the money a lot)
- Brian Gay: Only one player – Corey Pavin – drove the ball shorter than Gay. However, Gay made 21 of 27 cuts and won twice in ’09. Confidence should be high this season.
- Ben Curtis: Not known for length but surfaces near the top of leaderboards when it’s least expected. A great wild-card pick any week, and a good player on tough tracks.
- Zach Johnson: He was 143rd in driving distance last year but was fourth in scoring average and money. With six career victories and a major, Johnson is quintessential for this category.
- Jim Furyk: He’s short off the tee but long in heart and experience. Furyk hasn’t won an official event since ’07, but his tenacity has to be rewarded at some point.
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Off my draft board (Picks we’ll avoid)
- Heath Slocum: He gained a lot of attention late in ’09, but don’t be fooled. Slocum had only five top 25s (and 13 missed cuts) in 30 starts, and one of those was at the 30-player Tour Championship.
- Stewart Cink: His major win helps camouflage a below-average year. Other than British title and a top 20 at Tour Championship, Cink finished in the top 20 on only three other occasions.
- Rory Sabbatini: He was 18th on the money list but couldn’t get a seat at the Presidents Cup table. He could take that slight and turn it into a positive. Don’t bet on it. And don’t bet on him, either.
- Ryan Moore: Captured his first victory in 2009, but his swing, apparel and game makes you wonder whether he can match last year’s success. I don’t think so.
• Coming Wednesday . . . It’s all about stats. Some of these numbers might be just what you need to choose the right guy for your fantasy team.