Fantasy Tip Sheet: John Deere Classic

Despite saying all season that he likely would not play in the Tour Championship, Steve Stricker has made the decision to travel to Atlanta because of his current eighth-place standing in the FedEx Cup standings.

For good reason, a semi-retired man is the focus at the John Deere Classic.

Steve Stricker returns for his annual stop in Indiana, a place that he has won at three times.

Needless to say, Stricker is the favorite to recapture the title this year after finishing fifth in 2012.

Jordan Spieth also registers as a favorite this week, with the 19-year-old chasing the clock in trying to become the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour in more than 80 years. He turns 20 at the end of July. He also needs a victory to qualify for the FedEx Cup.

Other players that might not be on your radar, but should be: Charley Hoffman, Jeff Overton and Morgan Hoffmann.

As for the fantasy panel, Lance Ringler kept his slight lead over Jim McCabe, while Nick Masuda picked up a tiny bit of ground with his pick of Hoffmann last week at Greenbrier.

A look at this week's picks:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Steve Stricker

Why pick anyone else? He's No. 1 in the Sagarin Rankings. And he won the John Deere in 2009-11 before tying for fifth last year.

Charley Hoffman

The man with the scarecrow hair has five top-10 finishes this year, including a T-7 at Hartford recently.

Winner: Webb Simpson ($20,121); wild card: Scott Stallings ($53,100). 2013 total: $6,806,886

McCabe Steve Stricker

Question is: How can you not pick him? All he's done is win three times and finish T-5 in his last four starts in this "hometown" event. Throw in the fact that no one comes to tournaments better rested and no one plays better when rested than Stricker and it's impossible to ignore him.

Morgan Hoffmann

T-9, T-8, T-23 last three tournaments. Translation: He may not be quite "knocking" on the door, but he's getting close.

Winner: Graham DeLaet ($36,619) ; wild card: Scott Stallings ($53,100). 2013 total: $7,792,893

Ringler Steve Stricker

No reasons needed.

Jeff Overton

Usually plays well in the mid-summer heat and has the game that fits a tournament where double-digit under-par does well.

Winner: Webb Simpson ($20,121); wild card: Scott Stallings ($53,100). 2013 total:$8,072,595

Masuda Jordan Spieth

Yes, I am tempted to go with Steve Stricker. I probably should. But that's the safe pick, but my gut tells me the 19-year-old is going to do something special this week. Hook 'Em Horns!

Morgan Hoffmann

Picked him last week as my favorite. Why wouldn't I take him as my underdog?

Winner: Morgan Hoffmann ($53,100); wild card: Scott Stallings ($53,100). 2013 total: $7,521,749

The John Deere Classic field according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings

  • 1. Steve Stricker
  • 14. Louis Oosthuizen
  • 21. Chris Kirk
  • 22. Keegan Bradley
  • 27. Brendon de Jonge
  • 30. Pat Perez
  • 32. Carl Pettersson
  • 34. Nick Watney
  • 36. Harris English
  • 38. K.J. Choi
  • 40. Jordan Spieth
  • 45. John Senden
  • 46. Zach Johnson
  • 51. Jeff Overton
  • 52. Kevin Streelman
  • 57. Ryan Moore
  • 61. Gary Woodland
  • 62. Charles Howell III
  • 67. Camilo Villegas
  • 74. Charley Hoffman
  • 78. John Huh
  • 80. Brad Fritsch
  • 83. Russell Knox
  • 85. Jonas Blixt
  • 87. Kevin Stadler
  • 90. Luke Guthrie
  • 94. Greg Chalmers
  • 95. George McNeill
  • 101. Jerry Kelly
  • 102. Scott Stallings
  • 104. John Rollins
  • 106. Morgan Hoffmann
  • 109. Brendan Steele
  • 110. Martin Flores
  • 112. Chez Reavie
  • 115. D.H. Lee
  • 118. David Hearn
  • 121. J.J. Henry
  • 122. Brian Gay
  • 126. Boo Weekley
  • 129. Bryce Molder
  • 133. Davis Love III
  • 136. Matt Jones
  • 136. Si Woo Kim
  • 138. Stuart Appleby
  • 141. Bud Cauley
  • 142. Ben Crane
  • 143. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 147. Brian Harman
  • 150. Doug LaBelle II
  • 153. Justin Hicks
  • 154. Henrik Norlander
  • 158. William McGirt
  • 160. Brian Davis
  • 165. Tom Gillis
  • 166. Roberto Castro
  • 167. Robert Streb
  • 169. Scott Brown
  • 170. Charlie Wi
  • 173. Nicholas Thompson
  • 174. Brendon Todd
  • 175. Ken Duke
  • 176. Brandt Jobe
  • 180. Ted Potter Jr.
  • 187. Mark Wilson
  • 194. Chad Campbell
  • 195. Kyle Stanley
  • 196. Y.E. Yang
  • 197. Erik Compton
  • 203. Ben Kohles
  • 209. Bill Lunde
  • 210. Rod Pampling
  • 213. Shawn Stefani
  • 215. Ryo Ishikawa
  • 216. Patrick Reed
  • 217. Vaughn Taylor
  • 218. James Hahn
  • 222. Daniel Summerhays
  • 223. D.A. Points
  • 230. Cameron Percy
  • 232. Tommy Gainey
  • 233. Tag Ridings
  • 235. Gary Christian
  • 237. Robert Karlsson
  • 239. Casey Wittenberg
  • 244. D.J. Trahan
  • 246. Dicky Pride
  • 250. Aaron Baddeley
  • 270. Trevor Immelman
  • 271. Rory Sabbatini
  • 272. Sean O'Hair
  • 273. Jason Bohn
  • 276. Greg Owen
  • 291. Heath Slocum
  • 292. Nick O'Hern
  • 295. Fabian Gomez
  • 297. Troy Matteson
  • 298. Lucas Glover
  • 299. Justin Bolli
  • 300. Nathan Green
  • 302. Ricky Barnes
  • 304. Andres Romero
  • 307. Steve LeBrun
  • 309. Derek Ernst
  • 315. Glen Day
  • 317. Lee Williams
  • 318. Will Claxton
  • 326. Luke List
  • 340. Joe Affrunti
  • 341. Jim Herman
  • 350. Scott Langley
  • 366. Kevin Sutherland
  • 368. Charlie Beljan
  • 377. Steven Bowditch
  • 379. Aaron Watkins
  • 394. Scott Gardiner
  • 404. Jin Park
  • 407. Billy Mayfair
  • 421. Michael Letzig
  • 424. David Mathis
  • 434. Alistair Presnell
  • 436. Stephen Ames
  • 439. Tim Petrovic
  • 462. Andrew Svoboda
  • 463. Colt Knost
  • 473. Bobby Gates
  • 490. Jeff Gove
  • 522. Wes Short Jr.
  • 526. Jonathan Byrd
  • 528. Chris DiMarco
  • 543. Joe Ogilvie
  • 577. Robert Allenby
  • 593. Mike Weir
  • 596. Darron Stiles
  • 608. Scott Verplank
  • 613. Todd Hamilton
  • 623. Michael Bradley
  • 635. Eric Meierdierks
  • 647. Andres Gonzales
  • 696. John Kimbell
  • 713. Paul Haley II
  • 789. Joey Snyder III
  • 790. Shaun Micheel
  • 809. Donald Constable
  • 842. David Duval
  • N/R. Justin Thomas
  • N/R. Steven Ihm
  • N/R. Jesper Parnevik
  • N/R. T.J. Vogel
  • N/R. Scott McCarron
  • N/R. Patrick Rodgers
  • N/R. Neal Lancaster
  • N/R. Chris Naegel
  • N/R. Sean McCarty
  • N/R. Connor Arendell
  • N/R. Justin Peters
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