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Fantasy golf expert picks: Wells Fargo Championship

Rory McIlroy
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Need fantasy-golf advice for this week’s Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club? Our Golfweek experts are here to help, providing their pick to win, sleeper players, DraftKings bargains and more.

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Jim McCabe

  • Projected champion: Rory McIlroy. Admittedly, not much imagination here. So sue me. But in six starts at Quail Hollow he has two wins, a second, and five top 10s. Wrap that all up in a dire need to win and you’ve got an unimaginative, yet effective, pick.
  • DraftKings bargain: Webb Simpson ($7,800). Nothing about his play in 2016 inspires confidence, but he lives on Quail Hollow and has finished T-2 and T-4 in two of the last four editions of the Wells Fargo.
  • Course horse: The irrepressible left-hander, of course. Phil Mickelson. Hasn’t won at Quail, but good gracious does he play it well. Twelve starts, 12 made cuts, eight top 10s, and almost a given to make his presence felt.
  • Sleeper pick (outside the top 100 in OWGR): Patrick Rodgers. He’s No. 137 but he was T-2 at Quail Hollow a year ago and it would be a shock if he feel some good vibes when he plays this week. Feast or famine of late (six missed cuts, but four finishes T-31 or better).
  • Fade: Matt Jones. Started the year 54th in the OWGR, is now 71st, and for good reason. Has missed the cut in five of his last six stroke-play events. Struggling.

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Adam Schupak

  • Projected champion: Kevin Chappell. Second, T-9,T-4 in his last four starts. He’s red hot and ready for a breakthrough.
  • DraftKings bargain: Ollie Schniederjans ($6,400). The former Yellow Jacket has been a model of consistency on the Web.com Tour. I expect he will do just fine teeing it up against the big boys this week.
  • Course horse: Rory McIlroy is worth a pick this week even in one-and-done leagues. He’s that good at Quail Hollow.
  • Sleeper pick (outside the top 100 in OWGR): Patrick Rodgers. No top-10s since Mayakoba and slipped to No. 137. Says his swing issues are behind him and I believe him. Finished T-2 in first appearance here last year.
  • Fade: Maybe it’s the shades, but Hunter Mahan is in a dark place right now. Hasn’t cracked 70 in his last 29 rounds and best finish is T-43 in 2016.

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Brentley Romine

  • Projected champion: Rory McIlroy. Easy to pick a defending champion and World No. 3, but I really like Rors this week. Two wins here and three other top 10s in six starts is too good to pass up. Also, I think McIlroy is tired of Jason Day and Jordan Spieth sitting ahead of him in the world rankings, so expect a lot of points out of him this week.
  • DraftKings bargain: Davis Love III ($5,500). If you want a couple of guys like McIlroy on your team, I’ll help you out and go super cheap. Love hasn’t missed a cut in his last 11 Tour starts.
  • Course horse: Bill Haas. He hasn’t been super consistent here, but he does have a pair of top-4 finishes in 12 starts here and has made his last two Wells Fargo cuts. I recommend him for his recent form on Tour (T-14, T-24, T-9, second), but his familiarity with Quail Hollow definitely helps his stock, in my opinion.
  • Sleeper pick (outside the top 100 in OWGR): Bryson DeChambeau. OK, so no one is overlooking this 22-year-old, but at No. 206, he qualifies for this category. DeChambeau had a week off to rest following his MC at the Valero Texas Open. He is approaching special temporary membership and I believe he gets a top-25 finish (or better) this week.
  • Fade: Jim Furyk. It’s good to see Furyk back after a wrist injury sidelined him for nearly eight months, but I expect him to be a little rusty. Plus, he missed the cut here last year.
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