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DraftKings Fantasy Tip Sheet: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Fresh off a victory at the Farmers Insurance Open, Jason Day headlines the field for this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Day moved to No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking following his victory at Torrey Pines. Now, he’ll try to win for the second consecutive week, at a place where he’s performed well. In five starts, he’s placed sixth twice and hasn’t finished worse than T-64.

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However, Day also draws a hefty price tag this week on DraftKings – he costs $17,700.

Like the Humana Challenge a few weeks ago, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am will be played on three different courses and will feature a 54-hole cut. Players will play Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Club and Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course once each during the first three days before Pebble Beach hosts the final round.

Golf season has arrived and DraftKings, a company that creates and hosts one-week fantasy-golf contests, has a unique way of upping the ante for PGA Tour fans. It’s simple and allows you to pick any player in the event each week, which is certainly appealing because nobody likes to be told which players to select. There are no groups, and a new game begins each week. That means no season-long commitment.

A variety of contests can be played each week, ranging from head-to-head to a large contest that ends with a big payout for the top fantasy players.

Each golf game provided by DraftKings allows you to pick six different players who will make up your team for that week. Of course, you can’t just take the best six, you have to keep your selections (each player carries a value) below the salary cap.

So, do you load your squad with big names? Do you take a few longshots, hoping to benefit from a good week? Or do you play it safe with a bunch of mid-range players?

The most important thing is the players you pick need to make the cut. You will earn no points on the weekend if your player doesn’t make the cut.

– Lance Ringler, Golfweek

Aside from Day, the field includes two other players ranked in the top 10 of the OWGR – No. 6 Jim Furyk and No. 9 Jordan Spieth. Furyk is making his 2015 season debut while Spieth is coming off a missed cut at the Farmers.

Other notables include two-time Pebble Beach winner Dustin Johnson, who was runner-up here last year; Jimmy Walker, the defending champion; Hunter Mahan, who celebrated the birth of his second child last week; and Brandt Snedeker, who won here two years ago.

Some of the pro-am participants this year include Bill Murray, surfer Kelly Slater, baseball player Buster Posey and actor Andy Garcia.

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Here is the complete list of past winners in the field: Jimmy Walker (2014), Brandt Snedeker (2013), D.A. Points (2011), Dustin Johnson (2009-10), Vijay Singh (2004), Davis Love III (2001, ’03)

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Expert picks

Here are the players our experts are picking:

LANCE RINGLER (LANNYLALA)

(Last week: 251.5 points; Season total: 1,678.5)

  • Brandt Snedeker ($10,100): Won here in 2013 and posted consecutive top 20s in last two starts.
  • Hunter Mahan ($10,100): Four top 20s in last four starts at Pebble.
  • Ian Poulter ($8,200): Not likely to win, but recent form suggest a good finish and points for four rounds.
  • Spencer Levin ($7,500): Played well here in the past and at times was on first page of leaderboard this past weekend at Torrey Pines.
  • Pat Perez ($6,900): You just never know. And this could be one of those weeks for Perez who is 4/4 in cuts made with three top 30s.
  • Bryce Molder ($6,700): His past performance at this site suggest he will be around on the weekend and makes him a good value play.

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ADAM SCHUPAK (GOLFWEEKSCHUPAK)

(Last week: 333.5 points; Season total: 1,490.5)

  • Jordan Spieth ($13,200): He missed the cut last week so I expect him to bounce back with a strong showing. He was T-4 last year and is worth the high ticket price.
  • Chris Kirk ($9,400): Runner-up in 2013. 6-for-6 in cuts made and due to contend.
  • Kevin Na ($8,300): Recent form has me a bit concerned but track record at Pebble is too good to pass up. The last three years: T-5, T-22, T-4
  • Brendon Todd ($8,100): Cooled off a bit since wife delivered the couple’s first baby in the fall. This is a good venue for his game to thrive. Finished T-9 in 2012.
  • Bryce Molder ($6,700): A cut machine at Pebble with three top-10 finishes in his last five starts in this events. Good value pick.
  • Mark Hubbard ($4,300): Spent my wad early so going with the rookie who has made six cuts in a row and seven of eight this season. Just needs to play a little better on the weekend to start cashing some big checks.

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JIM MCCABE (GOLFWEEKMCCABE)

(Last week: 376 points; Season total: 1,701)

  • Jimmy Walker ($17,400): How can you not throw a pile of chips his way – and we’ll need a big pile for the price ($17,400). Still, appears as if a round of 67-68 is on the card before he walks to the first tee.
  • Brandt Snedeker ($10,100): There’s a bit of a strut back in his step, an air of confidence. Throw in a friendship with his partner, fellow Vanderbilter Toby Wilt, and his success here and it’s too good to pass up.
  • Jim Furyk ($9,500): Coming off of a long break, yes, but he loves the tournament, will be paired with Huey Lewis, and played as consistently well as anyone last year.
  • Blake Adams ($3,800): Was trending beautifully a few seasons ago till injury set him back. Great talent, good demeanor, was T-10 year when in good health.
  • Jon Curran ($3,700): PGA Tour rookie is posterboy for how tough it is out here. Has missed five cuts in a row, once going 5-under, three times playing level par. But in great spirits, has terrific short game.
  • Charlie Wi ($5,200): Struggled a year ago, desperately needs a good tournament. For small price ($5,200) we’ll take a chance.

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JEFF BABINEAU (GOLFWEEKBABS)

(Last week: 308.5 points; Season total: 1,587.5)

  • Jimmy Walker ($17,400): A winner last year at Pebble Beach, with four consecutive top 10s here. A couple more wins, and he’s a modern-day Mark O’Meara.
  • Jordan Spieth ($13,200): Waiting for Spieth to start showing the blistering form he had late in 2014. Could start this week.
  • Padraig Harrington ($5,600): Has three top 16s at the AT&T, and knows the golf courses. Won late in 2014 and you don’t have to worry about him working hard at it this week. He’ll give everything.
  • Paul McGinley ($3,100): Last we saw McGinley at Gleneagles last fall, he had the Midas touch. Let’s see if it extends to his own golf.
  • Cameron Wilson ($4,000): His Stanford teammate, Patrick Rodgers, won last week on the Web.com Tour, and you know how that works sometimes. This week could be his time to shine.
  • Scott Langley ($6,200): Staying with the young guys/left-handers theme, Langley (25) missed his last two cuts, but doesn’t seem far off. And he’s played on Sunday at Pebble twice already in his career.

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ALEX MICELI (GOLFWEEKMICELI)

(Last week: 273.5 points; Season total: 1,575)

  • Jimmy Walker ($17,400): Defending champion, made uncharacteristic mistakes last week, but this week should be different.
  • Patrick Reed ($12,100): Solid player after a week off.
  • Kevin Streelman ($7,100): One of the better players in the field, great value for this week.
  • Colt Knost ($6,300): Playing well in 2015 and plays well in California.
  • Kevin Chappell ($6,900): Made his bones on the PGA Tour at Pebble.
  • Alex Prugh ($6,600): Played well last week, should have some positives from last week at Pebble.

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BRENTLEY ROMINE (BROMINE20)

(Last week: 301 points; Season total: 1,687.5)

  • Jordan Spieth ($13,200): He’s coming off a missed cut at the Farmers, but think of that as a positive since he’s a little more affordable this week at an event where he shared fourth place at a year ago. He was also T-22 in 2013.
  • Dustin Johnson ($12,400): A two-time winner at this event, Johnson was runner-up here a year ago. His short-game looked rusty last week at Torrey Pines, but I’m betting he’ll have things figured out this week.
  • Jason Kokrak ($8,200): I have a gut feeling Kokrak will make some noise this week. He’s made six straight PGA Tour cuts and has three top 20s during that span. He also has a T-9 and a T-19 in three starts at Pebble.
  • Pat Perez ($6,900): He’s made eight cuts in nine starts at this event since 2006, and he tied for seventh last season. He also has made his last six cuts on Tour.
  • Andres Gonzales ($5,700): He has yet to make a cut in two starts at Pebble, but he’s playing better than anyone else around this price range. He’s missed just one cut in seven Tour starts this season and tied for 27th at the Farmers.
  • Scott Gardiner ($3,700): He’s making his first PGA Tour start of the season after two straight missed cuts on the Web.com Tour. However, he’s cheap and he’s made the cut in this event each of the past two seasons, finishing T-13 last year.

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NICK MASUDA (NICKMASUDA)

(Last week: 316 points; Season total: 674.5)

  • Dustin Johnson ($12,400): It’s Pebble Beach, how can I not take DJ? He had a slightly rough week at Farmers, but I’ll take that as clearing out the cobwebs. Pebble should provide the platform for his return to the winner’s circle.
  • Chris Kirk ($9,400): He’s ranked No. 22 in the OWGR, finished second at Pebble in 2013 and has three top-25 finishes in six starts so far this season. Good enough for me.
  • Ian Poulter ($8,200): Shockingly has made only one career appearance at Pebble (T-50 in 2012), but has had a solid start to the season with a T-6 at the HSBC Champions and T-19 at Torrey Pines last week.
  • Billy Horschel ($8,200): Many have already forgotten how good Horschel was in winning the 2014 FedEx Cup. I haven’t. Sure a missed cut last week – he was the sideshow during Tiger’s WD – wasn’t ideal, but a T-28 in 2013 shows that he can get around Pebble in decent fashion.
  • Daniel Berger ($6,500): Another solid finish last week on the PGA Tour and I’m simply riding this unsuspecting pick until the mojo runs out.
  • Max Homa ($5,000): No history to go on here, but the Cal-Berkeley product is familiar with the weather, the course and is a candidate to make the cut and make some noise.

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Full field

(Players listed in order of Golfweek/Sagarin ranking)

  • 1. Jim Furyk
  • 4. Jason Day
  • 11. Jordan Spieth
  • 13. Jimmy Walker
  • 15. Ryan Palmer
  • 18. Dustin Johnson
  • 20. Chris Kirk
  • 23. Brandt Snedeker
  • 30. Kevin Na
  • 34. Ian Poulter
  • 39. Daniel Summerhays
  • 49. Brendon Todd
  • 51. Hunter Mahan
  • 52. Graham DeLaet
  • 56. Alexander Levy
  • 58. Jason Kokrak
  • 59. Shane Lowry
  • 60. Kevin Chappell
  • 62. Patrick Reed
  • 67. J.B. Holmes
  • 68. David Hearn
  • 73. Billy Horschel
  • 74. Ernie Els
  • 75. Blayne Barber
  • 77. Marcel Siem
  • 83. Rory Sabbatini
  • 86. Derek Fathauer
  • 87. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 88. Fabian Gomez
  • 90. Chris Stroud
  • 96. Michael Putnam
  • 102. Kevin Kisner
  • 107. Vaughn Taylor
  • 109. Kevin Streelman
  • 112. Bo Van Pelt
  • 113. Scott Langley
  • 114. Vijay Singh
  • 117. Mark Hubbard
  • 120. Troy Merritt
  • 121. Daniel Berger
  • 122. William McGirt
  • 125. Jason Gore
  • 129. Jason Bohn
  • 136. Aaron Baddeley
  • 140. Colt Knost
  • 141. Nick Watney
  • 146. Tim Wilkinson
  • 147. Billy Hurley III
  • 151. J.J. Henry
  • 152. Pat Perez
  • 153. Ricky Barnes
  • 161. Andrew Putnam
  • 162. John Huh
  • 163. Matt Jones
  • 164. Michael Thompson
  • 167. Scott Brown
  • 177. Alex Cejka
  • 179. Andres Gonzales
  • 180. Zac Blair
  • 182. Danny Lee
  • 191. Stuart Appleby
  • 193. James Hahn
  • 202. David Lingmerth
  • 207. Davis Love III
  • 210. Robert Garrigus
  • 214. Will Wilcox
  • 215. Alex Prugh
  • 224. Richard Sterne
  • 229. Bill Lunde
  • 232. Justin Hicks
  • 235. Glen Day
  • 238. Jonas Blixt
  • 239. Steven Bowditch
  • 242. Rod Pampling
  • 246. Max Homa
  • 251. Bryce Molder
  • 253. John Merrick
  • 256. Sam Saunders
  • 261. Kyle Reifers
  • 263. Cameron Smith
  • 266. Scott Pinckney
  • 268. Eric Axley
  • 269. Brian Davis
  • 275. Greg Chalmers
  • 277. Sean O’Hair
  • 278. Andrew Loupe
  • 279. Hudson Swafford
  • 281. Cameron Percy
  • 283. Jonathan Byrd
  • 295. Ken Duke
  • 298. Ben Curtis
  • 300. Spencer Levin
  • 302. Brian Stuard
  • 303. Zack Sucher
  • 304. Josh Teater
  • 305. Jim Herman
  • 311. Tyrone Van Aswegen
  • 313. Charlie Wi
  • 314. Tom Hoge
  • 323. Tommy Gainey
  • 324. Heath Slocum
  • 326. Charlie Beljan
  • 330. Greg Owen
  • 332. Chad Collins
  • 335. Johnson Wagner
  • 337. Nick Taylor
  • 339. Sung Joon Park
  • 340. Chesson Hadley
  • 343. Steven Alker
  • 346. Whee Kim
  • 348. Kyle Stanley
  • 357. Byron Smith
  • 358. Roberto Castro
  • 362. Padraig Harrington
  • 363. Jonathan Randolph
  • 372. Richard S. Johnson
  • 381. Roger Sloan
  • 396. John Rollins
  • 414. Trevor Immelman
  • 424. Steve Wheatcroft
  • 448. Ryan Armour
  • 450. Derek Ernst
  • 471. Billy Mayfair
  • 482. D.A. Points
  • 496. Oscar Fraustro
  • 507. Tim Herron
  • 526. Jon Curran
  • 531. Tim Petrovic
  • 535. Mike Weir
  • 556. Carlos Sainz Jr.
  • 579. John Daly
  • 608. Chris Smith
  • 620. Paul McGinley
  • 631. Oliver Goss
  • 649. Jim Renner
  • 663. Nathan Green
  • 665. Troy Matteson
  • 707. Scott Gardiner
  • 728. Dicky Pride
  • 745. Ryuji Imada
  • 758. Cameron Beckman
  • 800. Matt Bettencourt
  • 879. Scott McCarron
  • 919. Benjamin Alvarado
  • N/R. Blake Adams
  • N/R. David Carr
  • N/R. David Duval
  • N/R. Fred Funk
  • N/R. Brandon Hagy
  • N/R. Dudley Hart
  • N/R. Brandt Jobe
  • N/R. Tom Lehman
  • N/R. Kenny Perry
  • N/R. Chez Reavie
  • N/R. Michael Weaver
  • N/R. Cameron Wilson

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Last week’s winner

Here’s the lineup of last week’s Golfweek Fantasy Challenge winner, Oziumrules:

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