Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 RBC Heritage

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Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 RBC Heritage

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Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 RBC Heritage

Need help with your fantasy-golf lineups for this week’s RBC Heritage? 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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Jeff Babineau

  • Projected champion: Matt Kuchar. Past champion, loves the tournament, ready to win again, and riding the high of a brilliant Sunday down the road at Augusta.
  • Also like: Bill Haas. Has been playing nicely since the Match Play. And Jason Dufner. This is one track that isn’t all about length.
  • Sleeper: C.T. Pan ($6,700). Looking to get back to some of the good form he was showing on the West Coast.
  • DraftKings bargain: Boo Weekley. Doesn’t matter how he’s been playing, this two-time RBC Heritage champion (2007, 2008) still can be a factor here.
  • Fade: David Hearn. Six starts, never has finished better than T-46.

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Brentley Romine

  • Projected champion: Kevin Kisner. Runner-up here in 2015 and his game is such a good fit for Harbour Town. Made cut at Masters and has had a nice year so far. Just needs a win.
  • Also like: Russell Henley and Pat Perez. Henley is on a roll after a win in Houston and T-11 at Augusta National. Perez looked good at Augusta and has a good track record at Harbour Town.
  • Sleeper: Bryson DeChambeau. T-4 in his pro debut here last year. His ballstriking will be a nice asset this week.
  • DraftKings bargain: John Peterson ($6,900). Is well rested after T-24 in Puerto Rico. T-15 two years ago at Harbour Town.
  • Fade: Jim Furyk. Twice a winner here, but just not playing his best golf right now.

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Kevin Casey

  • Projected champion: Luke Donald. He’s done everything here but win: Six top-3 finishes without a victory. It’s got to come at some point. His play of late is more on form than you’d think (three top-30 showings in last five starts) and it’s arguably better than it was last year before a T-2 at Heritage. Incredible course horse who could finally break the win barrier here at any point.
  • Also like: Charley Hoffman and Russell Henley. Hoffman has a really good record at Hilton Head and it’s a good course for his precise tee-to-green game. Oh, and don’t take too much stock in a closing 78, he played fantastic golf at the Masters – a continuation of a recent surge in form. Henley’s absolutely on fire after a win at Shell Houston and T-11 at Augusta, and he has played well at Hilton Head in small sample size. Ride the hot hand for both players.
  • Sleeper: Ricky Barnes. He’s seemed to have found comfort in recent years at Harbour Town. A T-38 in 2014, a T-37 in 2015 and a T-9 last year. And he entered on poor form all three years. This year, too, Barnes’ recent play isn’t great entering the event, but a sneaky course horse right here that has shown that Harbour Town’s fit for him outweighs his form.
  • DraftKings bargain: Martin Laird, $6,900. The Scot has shown flashes of great play in 2016-17 – already four top-10 finishes – so it’s about catching him at the right time. A little bit of a hope here, but Harbour Town should fit his game pretty well. His record here so far shows otherwise – three missed cuts in five starts and a best finish of T-41 – but just have a feeling something will click at some point considering how his game should mesh well with this layout.
  • Fade: Branden Grace. The defending champion played well at Augusta, but that’s a completely different type of course from Harbour Town. Prior to his T-27 at the Masters, Grace had missed two of four cuts and failed to get out of group play at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Just don’t think his form is on right now to handle an exacting Harbour Town layout.

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Dan Kilbridge

  • Projected champion: Jason Dufner. He’s quietly having a very steady season and seems poised to put it together for four rounds sooner rather than later. With so many top players off this week, Dufner rises to the occasion.
  • Also like: Russell Knox. Finished T-2 here a season ago and despite missing the cut, he felt really good about his ballstriking last week at the Masters. Like him a lot.
  • Sleeper: How ‘bout Stewart Cink? Won this event in 2004 and has finished inside the top 30 in six of his last seven starts. Very affordable, as well, at $7,100.
  • DraftKings bargain: Sung Kang ($6,800). Tough week to pick out of the bargain bin, so we’ll just go with Kang considering how many putts he sank the last time we saw him in action at the Shell Houston Open.
  • Fade: Kevin Na. Gamers will remember his T-4 finish here last year, but he’s missed the cut in three of his last four starts and hasn’t broken 70 since the third round of the Genesis Open in February. Don’t pull the trigger on Na this week.

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