Tiger Woods won five times in 2013. (Kinnaird/Getty Images)
2013-14 Full-membership fantasy rankingstext sizeTiger Woods was the 2013 PGA TOUR Player of the Year after claiming five victories.October 07, 2013
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Insider
Hope you enjoyed the, um, "offseason." Of course, as compared to other sports, fantasy golf gamers were already familiar with the absence of a real break between official competition and the next draft, but the PGA TOUR went ahead and made it a reality.
Actually, the 17 days in between the conclusion of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the first round of the Frys.com Open should aid many that often forget about certain values. Think about it, when you're in the heart of a season, you're always going to have your best draft because knowledge is fresh. Still, it's a new season with new angles, new members and goose eggs on the board, so let's get to work.
This annual ranking includes almost all of the golfers with status through the Priority Ranking No. 30 reserved for Non-exempt Medical Extensions. Excluded are Tom Watson (Life Member), Rod Perry (PGA Professional National champion) and 57-year-old Scott Hoch (Major Medical). Golfers inside the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking are also injected.
All 245 are accompanied by a comment, but in the absence of an opinion, lean on the overall ranking for a reflection of my confidence. Remember that fantasy value is relative and there is no singular solution for all formats, so adjust appropriately to yours. I'll continue to analyze every field every week, but this guide will lay a foundation for the long-term. To that end, these are not predictions of any kind. The list reflects fantasy value, so consider a guy as a sleeper if you disagree with a low position overall here.
FedExCup points are the measuring stick for the Playoffs, but they also contribute to determining status for the following season. For example, the 126-150 bubble now defines conditional status, not those in the same range in earnings. FedExCup points will also be used for the reshuffles for the first time. Yet, while more one-and-doners are beginning to use FedExCup points, salary gamers stick with money, so I've included 2013 earnings for each. Outright buys and sells for many are included, but you'll find tacit endorsements and fades based on overall ranking.
An important reminder for all gamers is that the 2013-14 season expands to 45 events, up five from the one-time compressed slate for 2013. As a result, most golfers should enjoy boosts in starts, FedExCup points and earnings, but there are always exceptions no matter what the schedule offers. While Brian Gay topped out a career-low 24 starts in 2013, Matt Every set a personal high with 28. Since personal agendas always evolve, I didn't put too much weight into individual variances.
My Qualifiers feature will now include the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in addition to the other three WGCs, four majors and THE PLAYERS. Use the pages reserved for the reshuffle and medical extensions as tools in assessing midseason value. You can find all of this content on the FANTASY GAME page under FANS. If you're still in need of assistance, reach out to me on Twitter or via email.
Bolton's fantasy rankings: Nos. 1-50 Rank Golfer Age '13
Comment 1 Tiger Woods
37 8.553M Talk about your relative value. He was Player of the Year and still drew critics. 2 Matt Kuchar
35 5.616M If you don't mind an average of 9.25 top 10s over the last four seasons. 3 Brandt Snedeker
32 5.318M A dream in his prime. 4 Phil Mickelson
43 5.495M Enthusiasm for the game and a mastery on juggling his personal priorities quiet skeptics. Plug in another cornerstone season. 5 Hunter Mahan
31 3.036M Didn't win but stayed focus while enjoying life as a first-time father following the birth of his first child. As a result, he's on sale in salary formats. 6 Bill Haas
31 3.475M Set personal bests in top 10s (nine, which co-led the TOUR) and top 25s (16). Only knock is that he has zero top 10s in 15 starts as a pro in majors. 7 Adam Scott
33 4.892M Arguably the story of the year by breaking through at the Masters. In his prime but doesn't play enough to warrant lower-risk top dollar. 8 Justin Rose 33 4.146M The U.S. Open champ merely achieved what was expected. Slide to 17 starts, however, is mildly concerning. 9 Keegan Bradley
27 3.636M Now three years in, as it turns out, his comfort zone really is in the stratosphere 10 Dustin Johnson
29 2.963M While it didn't feel like it, his 22 starts marked a three-year high. Earnings were lowest since rookie year of 2008. 11 Webb Simpson
28 2.957M Easy to get wrapped up in his potential and 2012 U.S. Open title, but he's still climbing. 12 Jason Day
25 3.625M The rare 20-something that exceeds conventional logic. 13 Rory McIlroy
24 1.802M Most others would be happy with five top 10s, but consistency is the objective. Go ahead and buy high. He'll figure it out and he's still a pup. 14 Zach Johnson
37 4.044M Found his putting stroke and ran through the tape. One of the most reliable and safest long-term. 15 Jason Dufner
36 3.132M A relative late bloomer gave reason for pause early in 2013, but ball-striking travels. 16 Henrik Stenson
37 6.388M Second-half surge paid off salary investors. Should equal or surpass career-high 18 starts. 17 Bubba Watson
32 1.759M His worst season of the last four have salary gamers lining up at the window. 18 Nick Watney
32 2.477M Mild bargain with a new swing coach. Can't do any worse than how 2013 played out. 19 Billy Horschel
26 3.501M Converted on his projection in this space entering 2013. It wasn't too soon, but the natural question is if it was too much. 20 Jordan Spieth
20 3.879M Turning down the WGC-Bridgestone and making a run in the FedExCup Playoffs should qualify as the only messages you need. He owns his schedule. 21 Jim Furyk
43 3.204M An awesome 1a option if he falls. Gamers love grinders even though he hasn't won since 2010. Dropped two starts in each of the last two seasons. 22 Sergio Garcia
33 2.251M Pretty much gave exactly what we expected, but he probably carries inflated value in most formats due to cachet and curtailed scheduling 23 Rickie Fowler
24 1.816M Note his age and chill. He's already eight figures into career earnings. Makes more cuts than you realize. 24 Steve Stricker
46 4.440M Set a new standard for semi-retirement. 25 Lee Westwood
40 2.081M He logged a career-high 19 starts (by four) in a compressed season. Still chasing the carrot in majors, which properly inflates his value. 26 Graham DeLaet
31 2.834M While world-class ball-striking suggests it, he hasn't yet matched mainstream respect in our world. Winning will change that. 27 Gary Woodland
1.915M With how he polished off the season, he's set up to match or exceed his monster 2011. Terribly underrated putter. 28 Luke Donald
1.930M It was just a matter of time before he hit land again. His five top 10s marked a five-year season low. 29 Charl Schwartzel
29 2.256M Until he increases his playing time, he'll continue to settle in the higher tier of complementary value. 30 Harris English
24 2.201M He's missed just 10 of 53 cuts in two seasons on TOUR. Rapidly padding what was already an impressive résumé. 31 Chris Kirk
A must for any serious contender. Ignore the results, which are already acceptable, and instead embrace the fact that he's always lurking. 32 Martin Laird
30 1.755M Difference-maker. Wins in each of the last three odd-numbered seasons. Natural hesitation in lieu of light schedule, but he's delivered with consistency. 33 Graeme McDowell
2.174M Lost his putting touch over the summer. Got married after the Playoffs, so he may have been distracted. Still hasn't made more than 16 starts, though. 34 Hideki Matsuyama
Accepted membership via the non-member conduit. Unlike many Japanese before him, his game has translated to U.S. courses. 35 Robert Garrigus
35 1.132M All but disappeared after the birth of his second child in late May. As a result, he's a decent bargain in salary games. Ride out skids with his putter. 36 Kevin Streelman
34 3.088M Congrats if you were on board for his breakout season. Now limit him to complementary positioning. 37 Rory Sabbatini
37 1.327M Reeled in a really nice season after a suspect starts. Five top 10s marked a six-year high. Still young enough that you don't have to ask how much longer it will last. 38 Scott Piercy
34 1.830M Not for salary gamers again, but picks up free bonuses thanks to a lofty world ranking. 39 Ryan Moore
30 1.490M He regressed to his mean after the street wanted more, so he'll likely tumble a bit in your league. Always provides a steady diet of success, however. 40 Charley Hoffman
36 1.582M Solid, classic touring pro with a new haircut. Matched career high in top 10s (five) in career-low 23 starts. 41 Jimmy Walker
34 2.117M A confusing second half both discouraged and enthused his owners. A persistent injury risk but offers outreaching rewards. Not for salary gamers, however. 42 Brendon de Jonge 33 1.795M The X-factor for gamers' fail-safe is how The Presidents Cup modifies his perspective. Also, note that he ranked ninth in final-round scoring (69.68). 43 John Peterson
24 259K Web.com Tour Finals earnings leader. In his own category above the reshuffle and exempt into THE PLAYERS. Breakout potential. 44 Patrick Reed
23 1.961M A T7 at Pebble Beach laid the foundation for a full schedule out of the reshuffle. It took a while, but he found a groove and even won. Proven survivor, battler. 45 Russell Henley
24 2.008M I liked him more entering 2013 following an inspiring conclusion to 2012. Still a mad talent, but not worthy of an early call in his sophomore season. 46 Roberto Castro
28 2.154M Nearly tripled his rookie-season earnings thanks to a mad second-half run. Let's see that again, though. 47 Morgan Hoffmann
24 871K Limited to 20 events after a rough start, but came on strong in the heart of the season. Likely to populate many a salary gamers' roster. 48 Bo Van Pelt
38 956K Placed T116 in the all-around ranking, easily his worst since returning to TOUR full-time in 2004, but take the plunge in salary games as he's earned long-term patience. 49 Charles Howell III
34 1.877M The set-it-and-forget-it investment on TOUR, and has been for years. 50 Jonathan Byrd
35 428K Major Medical (surgery on left wrist on Oct. 29, 2012) ... 10 starts to earn $166,517.