Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 Travelers Championship

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Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 Travelers Championship

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Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 Travelers Championship

Need help with your fantasy-golf lineups for this week’s Travelers 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:

Jeff Babineau

  • Projected champion: Brandt Snedeker. Was 11th here three years ago, 10th here two years ago and seemed to be in decent form at the U.S. Open. When he gets hot with the putter, watch out.
  • Also like: Marc Leishman, who won in 2012 and has two other finishes of T-11 or better in the last three years; Bubba Watson. Form is lousy, but this is a horses for courses thing. He loves Hartford. Just a hunch; and Brendan Steele. Steady.
  • Sleeper: Jim Furyk. This is his time of year, and Mr. 58 certainly has some good vibes here.
  • DraftKings bargain: Webb Simpson ($6,900). Has never missed a cut here in seven starts, and fully capable of winning with his short game.
  • Fade: Michael Thompson. Since finishing fourth in 2011, he has teed it up five times and failed to make the weekend each time.

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Brentley Romine

  • Projected champion: Justin Thomas. He’ll be a popular pick after his U.S. Open performance, but truth is, he has the game for this place and it showed last year (T-3).
  • Also like: Marc Leishman, Brendan Steele and Tony Finau. Leishman is a past winner here and he’s due for another great week. Steele is coming off a T-13 at Erin Hills and loves this place. I like Finau’s game for TPC River Highlands and expect him to best his first two finishes here (T-25 in 2015 and ’16).
  • Sleeper: Graham DeLaet. Game fits nicely here and he’s got two top 5s at the Travelers to show for it. He’s also playing well – T-10 at Memorial. My deep sleeper options are Nick Watney and Seung-Yul Noh. Watney had four top-13 finishes in seven starts at TPC River Highlands, and Noh has two top 20s and no MCs in five starts.
  • DraftKings bargain: Really like a few guys at $6,900 – Webb Simpson, Scott Piercy and Chez Reavie – but if you need a super-cheap option, go with Trey Mullinax ($6,500), who is coming off a T-9 at the U.S. Open and isn’t afraid to make a bunch of birdies.
  • Fade: Wesley Bryan. He’s missed three of his last four cuts and is 182nd on Tour in GIR percentage. Also, I know Hunter Mahan has a good history here, but stay away. Former Ryder Cupper has fallen to No. 889 in the world.

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Kevin Casey

  • Projected champion: Brandt Snedeker. After resting a wrist injury, Snedeker finally got back in the groove at Erin Hills with a T-9. Really like the way his game is trending and he finished T-11 or better here in 2014 and ’15. A lot of good signs in his favor heading into TPC River Highlands.
  • Also like: Marc Leishman. The Aussie is really comfortable at this event (2012 winner and a top 10 last year) and his T-27 at the Open is misleading. He was in contention at times last week, as he continued to show his recent run of strong form that dates back to the Nelson.
  • Sleeper: Jamie Lovemark. He missed the cut here last year, but he got a T-31 here in 2014. That’s more semantics. Lovemark has sneakily played really strong golf in his last three events (all top 30s, one of them a top 10). This prodigious talent is trending up at the moment.
  • DraftKings bargain: Harris English ($6,900). Love English at this price. After five MCs in six starts, he’s found his game the last month and has had success here. This is a good field: if you can get a two-time PGA Tour winner at this price, that’s pretty nice.
  • Fade: Paul Casey. Like going against the grain with this pick sometimes. A 26th at Erin Hills was Casey’s worst finish since March, and he was actually better at the Open than that showing indicates. But the way he did it expended a lot of energy, and just have a feeling he’ll come out flat, even at a place where he’s finished second before.

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