Need help with your fantasy-golf lineups for this week’s Genesis Open at Riviera? Our fantasy-golf experts are here to help.
From picks to win to DraftKings bargains to players to avoid, here are some options for you to consider:
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- Projected champion: Dustin Johnson. It’s going to be wet and soggy again this week, and he has the length to handle it. Plus, he loves Riviera, with six top 10s in nine starts.
- Also like: Hideki Matsuyama. Got a little rest after Phoenix, and how can continue his hot ways on a layout where he has had some nice success. And hard to go wrong with Jordan Spieth in his current form.
- Sleeper: Seung-Yul Noh. Tied for eighth last week at Pebble, which was a performance he needed, and now moves to L.A., where his worst finish in his last three starts is a tie for 22nd.
- DraftKings bargain: Thomas Pieters ($6.700). He won an NCAA title at Riv, and he’s a bomber, so it won’t bother him that the course is playing long. Also think Tony Finau is a very good play at $6,800.
- Fade: John Merrick. Has nine starts here, and one finish in the top 50 – a victory in 2013. Missed the cut in three starts since.
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- Projected champion: Dustin Johnson. Loved the way he played at Pebble Beach, where he finished third. He’s close, and Riviera has been kind to him – top-4 finishes five times since T-10 in 2009.
- Also like: Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott and Jim Furyk. Why not Hideki? He’s got five wins in his last nine worldwide starts and nothing worse than T-24 in three Riviera appearances. Scott will likely be my one-and-done pick this week as he has gone T-2, T-10 and T-17 in last three tries at Riviera. If not Scott, I’ll likely go with Furyk, who shook off some rust last week and has four straight top 25s in this event.
- Sleeper: Martin Laird. Three top 10s and no MCs in seven PGA Tour starts this season, and he was T-11 at Riviera last year.
- DraftKings bargain: Adam Hadwin jumps out at $6,600. He’s playing some good golf and was T-16 last year at Riviera. Also, Thomas Pieters at $6,700. Too good a talent to ignore at this price.
- Fade: Phil Mickelson. Playing for a fifth straight week and looked like he ran out of gas Sunday on the back nine at Pebble Beach.
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- Projected champion: Jordan Spieth. Why back off now? The young American is absolutely on fire, culminating last week in his first PGA Tour win since last May. He has good memories at Riviera, too, a T-4 in 2015 and also winning a team NCAA Championship in 2012. His good friend Justin Thomas has won PGA Tour events in back-to-back weeks this year, why not believe Spieth will join the party?
- Also like: Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott. The Spaniard won in his last start in Dubai and absolutely loves Riviera, or so his record shows. Scott is on a roll recently and also boasts a strong record at this event. To recap: Two world-class talents in good form with fine course history.
- Sleeper: Geoff Ogilvy. A solid record at Riviera, but the bigger thing is the Aussie has played quite well of late. A T-14 last week at Pebble was his third finish of that or better in his last six starts.
- DraftKings bargain: Billy Horschel, $6,900. Talented guy of course and has shown some promising form at times in recent months. Especially liked seeing a 65 two weekends ago at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Only one previous appearance here (T-54 last year), so course form plays in little here.
- Fade: Phil Mickelson. I agree with Brentley. Too many weeks in a row, and two straight poor closing nines. Great record at Riviera, but Lefty needs some rest.
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- Projected champion: Justin Rose. He’s been playing great golf since withdrawing from the Hero World Challenge, taking 2nd at the Sony Open, T-4 at Torrey Pines and T-39 last week at Pebble Beach. And he’s played great golf at this course, finishing T-16 last year, T-13 in 2012 and and T-9 in 2011.
- Also like: Dustin Johnson. Almost picked him to win on a lengthy track where he’s played very well before. But he’ll have to settle for second this time, which is what he finished in this event in 2014 and 2015. Also like Spieth, obviously. So hot right now.
- Sleeper: Seung-Yul Noh. Missed all four cuts in January but is trending the right direction this month, with a T-57 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and T-8 at pebble. He’s never fared worse than T-22 in three starts at Riviera.
- DraftKings bargain: Jamie Lovemark at $7,000. USC kid, has two top 10s already this season and will be rested after a week off.
- Fade: Jimmy Walker. Listen, we like Walker most weeks. He’s just been a little too inconsistent lately with a pair of missed cuts and a T-55 in his last three starts to justify the $8,500 price tag after he missed the cut at this event last year.