Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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Fantasy golf expert picks: 2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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Need help with your fantasy-golf lineups for this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am? Our fantasy-golf experts are here to help.

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From picks to win to DraftKings bargains to players to avoid, here are some options for you to consider:

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Feb 2, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Jordan Spieth warms up on the practice range during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament at TPC Scottsdale. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Babineau

  • Projected champion: Dustin Johnson. Sure he missed the cut in his last start (Farmers) but didn’t seem far off, and loves Pebble week.
  • Also like: Jordan Spieth. Three top 10s out of the gates in 2017, antsy to win again soon.
  • Sleeper: Ricky Barnes. A California kid, he’s in a nice place with his game, and appears ready to contend more. Plus, he’s playing with Bill Belichick, who can guide him through any Sunday deficit.
  • DraftKings bargain: Steve Stricker ($6,500). Gritty player, he comes out of the Wisconsin winter ready to play.
  • Fade: Neal Lancaster. I know he’s shot 29 for nine at the U.S. Open (twice!), but he hasn’t been on this Tour in forever. Find a better option!

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J.J. Spaun won his first Web.com Tour event Sunday at the Knoxville News-Sentinel Open.

Brentley Romine

  • Projected champion: Jordan Spieth. Dustin Johnson’s length will make him tough to beat on a wet course, but Spieth is playing very well.
  • Also like: Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed. A little concerned about Mickelson teeing it up for a fourth straight week, but he’s had more success here than anyone in the field. Reed has been T-13 or better in three of his four Pebble Beach starts.
  • Sleeper: J.J. Spaun. Love the way this rookie is playing right now – two straight top 10s on Tour.
  • DraftKings bargain: Shane Lowry ($7,000). Plays well in wet conditions and for this price, you can’t go wrong picking the World No. 53. Also, Brandon Hagy ($6,400). The former Cal standout can bomb it, which will come in handy this week.
  • Fade: Kevin Chappell. Hasn’t done better than T-35 and has missed two cuts in five starts since T-2 at Tour Championship. He missed cut last time out at Pebble Beach, too.

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Brandt Snedeker waits on the second tee during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Kevin Casey

  • Projected champion: Brandt Snedeker. His two victories are his only top-10 finishes in this event, but they’ve come in two of his last four starts here. When Sneds is hot, he owns the Pebble Pro-Am, and look at that, he shared the 54-hole lead last week at Torrey.
  • Also like: Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. Lefty has fired out strong in 2017 with three finishes of T-21 or better, and now he comes to a place he’s won at four times and finished top 10 nine times overall. Everything points to him contending this week. Day missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, but he’s still the World No. 1 and has a strong record here. Easy tournament for him to bounce back.
  • Sleeper: Richy Werenski. An under-the-radar young talent who’s in great form. Werenski has gone T9-T20 in his last two starts. Why not ride the hot hand?
  • DraftKings bargain: Will MacKenzie ($6,900). Yes, he’s missed his last three cuts, but he was actually in contention through 27 holes at Torrey Pines before a late collapse. Think that round and a half shows his game is really coming around, and he has a pretty good record here, including a T-13 in 2014.
  • Fade: Patrick Reed. His record at this event is really good, but it still seems like his health is affecting him. High showings to start 2017 were courtesy of a limited field and then a back-door finish. He came back down to Earth last week, and expect more of that at Pebble.

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Phil Mickelson's T-14 at Torrey Pines this year was his best Farmers finish since a runner-up in 2011.

Dan Kilbridge

Projected champion: Phil Mickelson. The obvious pick paid off last week with Hideki Matsuyama’s victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and we’re thinking the same will ring true this week. Mickelson obviously loves the course and has been playing like a new man in 2017 since returning from offseason sports-hernia surgeries. Time for his big breakthrough.

Also like: Dustin Johnson. We’ll just stick with the chalk theme here and go with a guy who has won twice here before and has more than enough distance to handle Pebble Beach if rain plays a serious factor throughout the tournament.

Sleeper: Does a repeat champion still count? Vaughn Taylor has made nine consecutive cuts and is looking to channel his good vibes from last year’s victory.

DraftKings bargain: Ryan Brehm at $6,700. Has made seven of eight cuts in his first season on the PGA Tour, hits it a mile and seems poised to finish top 5 at some point sooner rather than later.

Fade: Jason Day. Still haven’t seen enough since the injury to pay up for the third-most expensive player in the field this week.

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