Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship

2016 - Henrik Stenson during the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge. Tracy Wilcox/Golfweek

Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship

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Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship

Need help with your fantasy-golf lineups for this week’s WGC-Mexico Championship? 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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Francesco Molinari becomes the 20th male golfer to withdraw from the 2016 Olympics.

Francesco Molinari (Getty Images)

Brentley Romine

  • Projected champion: Henrik Stenson. I just really feel like this course sets up well for him. He can hit a lot of 3-woods and find a bunch of fairways.
  • Also like: Tyrell Hatton and Francesco Molinari. Ride the hot hand in Hatton; this guy is for real. Have heard this course reminds players of courses in Italy and Spain. Molinari is Italian and his game is a good fit for this place.
  • Sleeper: Brandon Stone. Have a good feeling about the young South African this week.
  • DraftKings bargain: Bill Haas ($7,000). His record this year includes six starts and six finishes inside the top 20.
  • Fade: Thomas Pieters. It’s easy to get distracted by the long ball, but Pieters has not been driving it very straight this year, and those tree-lined fairways will look even smaller for guys struggling keeping their drivers straight.

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PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Dustin Johnson reacts to his putt on the 12th hole during the final round at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 19, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dustin Johnson (Getty Images)

Dan Kilbridge

  • Projected champion: Henrik Stenson. We’ve seen nothing but superb golf out of Henrik on the European Tour of late and his worst finish since the Ryder Cup was a T-9 in Dubai. This could be a huge year for the reigning British Open champion.
  • Also like: Did you see Dustin Johnson at the Genesis Open? Understand he really likes Riviera and doesn’t have experience on this track, but I’m excited to see what DJ can do with his first start as World No. 1 and even more distance off the tee thanks to the elevation here.
  • Sleeper: Sean O’Hair. He’s made 12 consecutive cuts and finished T-11 or better in four of his last seven PGA Tour starts. Good enough for me.
  • DraftKings bargain: Thomas Pieters at a reasonable $6,800. He’s ranked No. 35 in the world and shot a final-round 63 to finish T-2 just two weeks ago at the Genesis. Barely missed the cut at the Honda Classic with a 72-70 and looks to get back on track this week.
  • Fade: Patrick Reed. He’s very tempting at just $7,700 but has looked off in recent weeks. He’s still making a ton of cuts, but that doesn’t apply this week, and thus far this season he hasn’t been able to string four rounds together in order to make a serious run on Sunday.

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Jan 26, 2017; La Jolla, CA, USA;  Justin Rose waves to the crowd following the 9th hole during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Rose (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Casey

  • Projected champion: Justin Rose. He’s off to a roaring start in 2017 but hasn’t yet earned a win this year. That could change any week, and now’s an especially good time to do so with the Masters looming.
  • Also like: Henrik Stenson and Jon Rahm. The Swede’s schedule has been a little light, but his last six starts have yielded top 10s. This is Rahm’s WGC debut, but he’s playing too well to be intimidated by this caliber of field. We already know the guy is pretty fearless anyway.
  • Sleeper: Chris Wood. His talent is never in doubt and his form is solid, as he’s placed top 20 in his last two starts (both on the European Tour). Enticing option near the bottom in a loaded field.
  • DraftKings bargain: Danny Willett ($6,700). Yes, the reigning Masters champ hasn’t exactly had it smooth since putting on the Green Jacket last April. But at this price, why not take a stab at a major champion? No it hasn’t been perfect, but Willett has shown promising flashes of late. Two top-10 finishes in his last four European Tour starts indicates when Willett’s on, he’s still dangerous. Taking a chance that he’ll be feeling it this week.
  • Fade: Justin Thomas. At some point JT will get back on track, but after three early wins, he’s struggled of late. This is not the event for him to rise back up. Trust his current sluggish form to prevail over his recent resume of wins.

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