Need help with your fantasy-golf lineups for this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational? 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:
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- Projected champion: Dustin Johnson. Maybe Jordan Spieth winning consecutive starts at Travelers and the Open Championship was the wakeup call DJ needs to find his early season form. That, and he’s defending champion at WGC-Bridgestone.
- Also like: Kevin Chappell. Played very well in Canada, very good ballstriker, and was third here in his debut a year ago. And Paul Casey (cash machine) and Matt Kuchar (in good form).
- Sleeper: Xander Schauffele. Like this kid. He’s showing up at the big events.
- DraftKings bargain: Jhonnattan Vegas ($6,700). Plenty of length, and just won on Sunday. Who’s hotter than Vegas?
- Fade: J.B. Holmes. Usually bullish on Holmes, but this is just a horses-for-courses thing. Should be a good track for him, but has seven starts and no top 10s. Nice to know there is always a check waiting regardless.
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- Projected champion: Justin Rose. Disappointed at Royal Birkdale, but he has a good record at Firestone, which isn’t surprising considering his ballstriking talent.
- Also like: Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and Paul Casey. Fowler checks all the boxes, while Scott is a past champion here. Also think Casey is playing way too well this year to not have a victory to show for it.
- Sleeper: Russell Henley. Just one top 10 in nine starts since Houston victory, but has been one good round away from a few more, including in all three majors this year. T-17 in 2015 was his best finish here in three starts. Ranks T-3 in GIR from 200-plus yards, 14th in bogey avoidance and T-19 in par-4 scoring. Also has climbed to ninth in SGP.
- DraftKings bargain: Satoshi Kodaira, $6,000. Made the cut at the U.S. Open, which is enough to warrant picking him at $6,000, especially knowing you’ll get four rounds out of him (unless he withdraws).
- Fade: Tyrrell Hatton. Five straight missed cuts. No thanks.
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- Projected champion: Justin Rose. Will stick with the guy who I picked to win at Birkdale. A T-54 there was disappointing but uncharacteristic. His play has been strong all year, and as his record proves, Firestone is a good track for him.
- Also like: Adam Scott, Branden Grace and Alex Noren. The Aussie is a past champ and has mostly been in good form this year. Really like what I saw from Grace and Noren at the Open. Grace has also improved here each of the last few years, with a T-10 in 2016.
- Sleeper: Lee Westwood. Sneaky good T-27 at the Open and he had three top-15 finishes in his previous five starts. Get him while he’s feeling good.
- DraftKings bargain: Bill Haas, $6,900. His record at Firestone is OK, but Haas has been solid for months up until a missed cut at the Open. He’s in good form and a high finish is right around the corner.
- Fade: Thomas Pieters. He’s been hot and cold of late, and don’t love his game for Firestone.