Fantasy Tip Sheet: Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Sure, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are both in the field this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. And, yes, they'll acquire the biggest galleries at Bay Hill.

But our fantasy panel is pointing to two other players to make some noise in Orlando, Fla. this weekend.

Webb Simpson made a couple of runs at the leaders last week at Transitions, and two of our fantasy experts thinks he'll be celebrating with Arnold Palmer come Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ernie Els is getting some love from the panel as well, with our experts believing he will use his bogey-bogey finish at Transitions as motivation, not to mention an invite to the Masters if he wins.

Our fantasy rankings stay the same, with Alex Miceli continuing to hold onto the lead, although Jim McCabe made up some ground this past week. Sean Martin made the biggest move last week with his sleeper pick of Jim Furyk.

Check out who our guys like this week at Bay Hill:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Webb Simpson

Coming off good finish at Transitions, where he tied for 10th, one of his three top 10s this year.

Ernie Els

Should've won last week. Playing well. Has won at Bay Hill before. Motivated to win and get into Masters. Shot 67 Tuesday at Tavistock Cup.

Winner: Peter Hanson ($12,265); wild card: Jason Dufner ($132,000). 2012 total: $3,874,103.

McCabe Webb Simpson

Has been MC each of the last two years at Bay Hill, but he's a far better player than a year ago when he arrived at Arnie's party. Hits a ton of greens and now complements that with a terrific short game. Broke 70 all four weeks at demanding Copperhead Course, which bodes well for the Bay Hill challenge. Plus, Arnold would never be upset about a Wake Forest kid winning..

Stewart Cink

Part hunch, because he's been showing slivers of solid play. Part heart, because he's a quality person who deserves to shake this slump. Was T-12 here a year ago and has three top 10s in his Bay Hill career.

Winner: Bo Van Pelt ($159,500); wild card: Bryce Molder ($53,839). 2012 total: $4,124,320.

Martin Justin Rose

Recent winner of the WGC-Cadillac Championship was third here last year. Had three sub-par rounds at the Transitions, including a final-round 66, to finish 29th. Only a third-round 75 kept him from finishing higher.

Sang-Moon Bae

The rookie has made all eight cuts, including last week's playoff loss at the Transitions Championship.

Winner: John Senden ($23,100); wild card: Jim Furyk ($410,667). 2012 total: $3,027,221.

Miceli Robert Garrigus

He missed a putt in last week's playoff at Transitions, but hit the ball great. This could be his week.

Ernie Els

Another putt missed, but loves Bay Hill and is playing well.

Winner: Charl Schwartzel (MC); wild card: Tom Gills ($11,275). 2012 total: $4,258,612.

Ringler Jim Furyk

Starting to see some of the Furyk we are used to. Has good form at Bay Hill and should be a weekend threat.

Ernie Els

He is a two-time champion at Bay Hill and maybe last week was enough to light the fire!

Winner: John Senden ($23,100); wild card: Jeff Overton ($193,188). 2012 total: $1,942,363.

The field according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings:

  • 5. Sergio Garcia
  • 6. Webb Simpson
  • 7. Tiger Woods
  • 10. Phil Mickelson
  • 13. Hunter Mahan
  • 14. Charles Howell III
  • 15. Bubba Watson
  • 16. Zach Johnson
  • 18. Bo Van Pelt
  • 19. K.J. Choi
  • 21. Fredrik Jacobson
  • 22. Nick Watney
  • 27. Carl Pettersson
  • 28. Bill Haas
  • 29. Brendon Todd
  • 29. David Toms
  • 31. Spencer Levin
  • 32. Pat Perez
  • 33. Bud Cauley
  • 34. Brandt Snedeker
  • 35. Gary Woodland
  • 36. Justin Rose
  • 41. Robert Allenby
  • 43. Jim Furyk
  • 44. Ryan Moore
  • 46. Jason Dufner
  • 48. Jeff Overton
  • 52. Martin Laird
  • 53. Brandt Jobe
  • 55. J.B. Holmes
  • 57. Harris English
  • 58. John Huh
  • 60. Robert Garrigus
  • 63. Brian Davis
  • 64. Trevor Immelman
  • 65. Ian Poulter
  • 67. Mark Wilson
  • 68. Andres Romero
  • 70. Greg Chalmers
  • 71. Ryan Palmer
  • 73. Ernie Els
  • 74. Stewart Cink
  • 75. Johnson Wagner
  • 78. Charley Hoffman
  • 82. Cameron Tringale
  • 83. Josh Teater
  • 84. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 86. Brendon de Jonge
  • 87. Charlie Wi
  • 89. Gary Christian
  • 91. John Rollins
  • 92. Ben Crane
  • 93. Ricky Barnes
  • 97. Thomas Bjorn
  • 98. Graeme McDowell
  • 99. Chris Stroud
  • 100. D.A. Points
  • 101. George McNeill
  • 102. Kevin Na
  • 105. Chad Campbell
  • 111. Brian Gay
  • 112. Vijay Singh
  • 114. Chez Reavie
  • 115. Brendan Steele
  • 116. John Mallinger
  • 117. Scott Piercy
  • 119. Brian Harman
  • 121. Jerry Kelly
  • 124. William McGirt
  • 127. Michael Thompson
  • 130. Rory Sabbatini
  • 134. Kris Blanks
  • 138. Jimmy Walker
  • 139. Jonathan Byrd
  • 147. Matt Every
  • 148. J.J. Killeen
  • 149. Rod Pampling
  • 150. Davis Love III
  • 154. Harrison Frazar
  • 157. Ryo Ishikawa
  • 162. Camilo Villegas
  • 166. Sean O'Hair
  • 170. Erik Compton
  • 177. Dicky Pride
  • 180. Ken Duke
  • 184. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 185. Jason Kokrak
  • 194. Kevin Chappell
  • 197. D.J. Trahan
  • 200. Tim Herron
  • 224. Henrik Stenson
  • 229. Martin Flores
  • 237. Anthony Kim
  • 242. Jhonattan Vegas
  • 249. Tom Gillis
  • 252. Lee Janzen
  • 255. Boo Weekley
  • 263. Justin Leonard
  • 278. Greg Owen
  • 296. Billy Hurley III
  • 297. Scott Stallings
  • 309. Tommy Gainey
  • 354. Skip Kendall
  • 373. Kyle Reifers
  • 413. Rocco Mediate
  • 421. Colt Knost
  • 425. Bobby Gates
  • 427. Jeff Maggert
  • 460. Daniel Chopra
  • 490. Robert Damron
  • 558. Sam Saunders
  • 578. Daniel Summerhays
  • 653. Scott McCarron
  • 744. David Duval
  • 870. Mike Weir
  • N/R. Tim Clark
  • N/R. David Damesworth
  • N/R. Robert Gamez
  • N/R. Kelly Kraft
  • N/R. Andrew Magee
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