Fantasy Tip Sheet: Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods reacts to his five-shot victory in the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

Tiger Woods reacts to his five-shot victory in the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

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ORLANDO, Fla. - It should come as no shock that Tiger Woods is the overwhelming favorite at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Seven wins on the Bay Hill track make that pretty easy pickings for our fantasy panel. Woods' two 2013 victories help his cause, too.

But, let's say you don't think Tiger will be hanging with Arnie on the 18th green come Sunday. Who else might be a good bet?

Two of our panelists didn't go with Tiger, opting instead for Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell, both of whom have proven success living in Tiger's immense shadow.

As for our fantasy crew, Nick Masuda maintains his lead over Jeff Rude in the season standings, while Rude and Sean Martin had the best week in Tampa.

Here is a look at this week's picks:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Tiger Woods

If you have to ask why, then you don't know what Bay Hill or golf is.

Charles Howell III

Has been 17th or better in five tournaments this year, including a second and third, and is playing at home this week.

Winner: Sergio Garcia ($148,893); wild card: Retief Goosen (MC). 2013 total: $3,536,682

McCabe Phil Mickelson

Did a lot of positive stuff at Doral and looks like he has the pre-Masters focus locked in. Yeah, yeah, it's Tiger's playground, but no one loves the challenge of beating Woods more than Mickelson.

Sean O'Hair

Confounding at times. Looks so good for a week or two, then goes into a bit of a funk. Hard to figure out, but here's hoping a place that has provided him with good memories (T-14, T-3, 2nd in 2007-09) will rekindle his talents.

Winner: Jason Dufner ($55,000); wild card: Retief Goosen (MC). 2013 total: $2,928,350

Martin Graeme McDowell

Just to be different, I'm going with Graeme McDowell. The Orlando resident was second here last year, and has finished in the top 10 in his past three PGA Tour starts.

Charles Howell III

Another Orlando resident, Howell is coming off a 12th-place finish at Doral and finished 20th here last year.

Winner: Jim Furyk ($148,893); wild card: Michael Thompson (MC). 2013 total: $1,973,123

Ringler Tiger Woods

Is there a single reason not to pick him?

Boo Weekley

Final-round 63 last week in Tampa Bay to go along with good form at Bay Hill puts Weekley on the list this week.

Winner: Adam Scott ($31,969); wild card: Retief Goosen (MC). 2013 total: $2,952,987

Masuda Tiger Woods

I really debated with this one, just to be different. But then I told myself, "Why would I want to be wrong, in public?" Tiger at Bay Hill is as close as a lock as there is on Tour.

Russell Henley

Sure, I could go with Charles Howell III (home game), but something tells me that Henley is a guy that can grind away and stick around this weekend. Could be a good weekend for Nike.

Winner: Scott Piercy (MC); wild card: Graham DeLaet ($79,750). 2013 total: $3,984,358

The Arnold Palmer Invitational field, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings

  • 2. Tiger Woods
  • 6. Jim Furyk
  • 7. Phil Mickelson
  • 8. Jason Dufner
  • 9. Ian Poulter
  • 10. Justin Rose
  • 11. Sergio Garcia
  • 12. Lee Westwood
  • 13. Brandt Snedeker
  • 14. Bo Van Pelt
  • 16. Bubba Watson
  • 17. Vijay Singh
  • 19. Brendon de Jonge
  • 21. Webb Simpson
  • 22. Francesco Molinari
  • 23. Ryan Moore
  • 25. Jason Day
  • 26. Robert Garrigus
  • 27. Hunter Mahan
  • 28. Jimmy Walker
  • 30. Nick Watney
  • 31. Rickie Fowler
  • 32. Ernie Els
  • 33. Peter Hanson
  • 34. Zach Johnson
  • 35. Keegan Bradley
  • 36. Graeme McDowell
  • 37. Carl Pettersson
  • 39. Pat Perez
  • 43. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 44. Greg Chalmers
  • 45. Bill Haas
  • 46. Scott Piercy
  • 47. Henrik Stenson
  • 48. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 49. John Senden
  • 50. Charlie Wi
  • 51. Luke Guthrie
  • 52. Chris Kirk
  • 53. Jeff Overton
  • 54. Thorbjorn Olesen
  • 56. Billy Horschel
  • 58. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
  • 59. Graham DeLaet
  • 62. Bob Estes
  • 64. Harris English
  • 65. Charles Howell III
  • 66. Kevin Streelman
  • 69. Marc Leishman
  • 70. Ross Fisher
  • 72. George Coetzee
  • 73. John Huh
  • 74. Tim Clark
  • 76. J.J. Henry
  • 77. Brian Stuard
  • 78. Branden Grace
  • 79. Jonas Blixt
  • 82. Justin Hicks
  • 88. K.J. Choi
  • 89. Robert Streb
  • 95. Sean O'Hair
  • 98. Ben Kohles
  • 99. Bud Cauley
  • 102. Russell Henley
  • 106. Josh Teater
  • 107. Cameron Tringale
  • 109. David Toms
  • 119. Matt Every
  • 122. David Hearn
  • 123. Brian Harman
  • 124. Martin Laird
  • 125. Ben Curtis
  • 128. Rod Pampling
  • 132. Boo Weekley
  • 133. Greg Owen
  • 134. Brendan Steele
  • 135. Doug LaBelle II
  • 138. Tim Herron
  • 139. Charley Hoffman
  • 140. Casey Wittenberg
  • 143. David Lynn
  • 147. Ben Crane
  • 148. John Rollins
  • 149. Aaron Baddeley
  • 150. Nicholas Thompson
  • 151. Ken Duke
  • 153. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 155. Retief Goosen
  • 158. Brian Gay
  • 160. Trevor Immelman
  • 161. Camilo Villegas
  • 163. Brian Davis
  • 164. Tag Ridings
  • 166. Chad Campbell
  • 178. Scott Gardiner
  • 179. Brad Fritsch
  • 185. Patrick Reed
  • 187. Kevin Chappell
  • 188. Richard H. Lee
  • 200. Stewart Cink
  • 209. Gary Woodland
  • 211. Scott Langley
  • 213. Erik Compton
  • 216. Vaughn Taylor
  • 221. James Hahn
  • 223. Stuart Appleby
  • 226. Ryo Ishikawa
  • 228. Kyle Stanley
  • 231. James Driscoll
  • 233. Scott Stallings
  • 240. Dicky Pride
  • 249. Fabian Gomez
  • 250. Jeff Klauk
  • 255. Mark Wilson
  • 272. Matt Jones
  • 276. Tommy Gainey
  • 279. Lee Janzen
  • 281. Johnson Wagner
  • 285. Lucas Glover
  • 289. Angel Cabrera
  • 292. Ted Potter Jr.
  • 303. Scott Brown
  • 329. Charlie Beljan
  • 352. David Lingmerth
  • 389. D.A. Points
  • 589. Robert Allenby
  • 851. Mike Weir
  • N/R. Scott Verplank
  • N/R. Steven Fox
  • N/R. Peter Williamson
  • N/R. Robert Gamez
  • N/R. Rod Perry
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