Expert Picks: Shell Houston Open

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March 26, 2013

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Expert Picks: Shell Houston Open
Expert
Fantasy selections
Projected champion
Rob
Bolton
Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan
Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker

Keegan
Bradley
Bradley sits atop my Power Rankings. Virtually free of weakness, he continues to soar above even the highest expectations for a third-year PGA TOUR member.
Mike
McAllister
Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan
Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker

Steve
Stricker
Since the Shell Houston Open moved to the Tournament Course, Stricker has four finishes of T-11 or better. Oh, and in three starts this year on TOUR, Stricker has yet to finish outside the top five.
Bill
Cooney
Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan
Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker

Keegan
Bradley
Bradley finished strong again at Bay Hill, racking up his third straight top 10. Was T4 here last season so he's the pick. Stricker, Mickelson and Mahan also seem to play well in the Space City.
Chris
Dunham
Keegan Bradley, Ben Curtis
Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker

Steve
Stricker
Here's a little insider tip for all of you fantasy gamers out there: If Steve Stricker is in the field, pick Steve Stricker. Perhaps it's a roll of the dice to leave Mickelson, Oosthuizen and McIlroy on the bench but I like my four more than anyone in that trio this week.
John
Schwarb
Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan
Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker

Phil
Mickelson
A missed cut at Bay Hill? No problem. Phil lives for Masters prep just as much as the Masters itself, and Redstone is where he puts in the work. The results the last two years (win, T4) make him an easy pick.
Helen
Ross
Keegan Bradley, Bill Haas
Phil Mickelson, Carl Pettersson

Phil
Mickelson
Mickelson has developed an affinity for Redstone with a win and a tie for fourth in the last two years. With azaleas on his mind, Mickelson will be sure he's primed for his second win of the season.
Ryan
Smithson
Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan
Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth

Keegan
Bradley
Keegan Bradley. I imagine a lot of people will burn a start for Keegan this week. I haven't used Rory yet, and while this is a risk, I need to pick up some points. I'm using Spieth while I can.
Brian
Wacker
Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson
John Senden, Jordan Spieth

Phil
Mickelson
Don't read too much into Mickelson's 79 and missed cut at Bay Hill. For one, he doesn't have a great track record there. For another, he's all about prepping for the Masters and Houston is as good a place as any to do so. He's also won there before and finished fourth last year.
Anne
Detlefsen
Keegan Bradley, Chris Kirk
Hunter Mahan, Jimmy Walker

Keegan
Bradley
Keegan Bradley is undoubtably the hottest player entering this week in Houston. He's finished inside the top 7 in his last three starts, and was T4 at this stop last year.
John
Swantek
Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy
Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker

Hunter
Mahan
Amazingly  consistent season in which his worst finish in 8 starts is a T-26. No reason to think that trend will cease in his title defense.
Amanda
Balionis
Keegan Bradley, Ken Duke
Thorbjorn Olesen, Brandt Snedeker

Keegan
Bradley
Bradley has had a tremendous season leading up to the Shell Houston Open. A T4 at The Honda, followed up by a top 10 at Trump Doral and then a T3 at Bay Hill. Bradley told me after his round on Monday that he feels like he is "right there" with his game ... and I believe him.
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Of the 625 teams currently in the league, Victory currently leads with 3300 points. Here's where our experts rank after the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.

Rank Expert Team name Points
13 ROB BOLTON, Fantasy Insider @RobBoltonGolf 2,900
35 MIKE McALLISTER, Managing Editor Mike McAllister 2,703
165 BILL COONEY, Site Producer @BillCooney4635 2,269
225 CHRIS DUNHAM, Site Producer @ChrisDunhamJr 2,086
252 JOHN SCHWARB, Site Producer John Schwarb 2,010
320 HELEN ROSS, Chief of Correspondents Helen Ross 1,856
348 RYAN SMITHSON, Site Producer Ryan Smithson 1,774
504 BRIAN WACKER, Site Producer @pgatour_brianw 875
507 ANNE DETLEFSEN, Site Producer Anne Detlefsen 862
521 JOHN SWANTEK, Host, On the Tee Swan Tech 748
590 AMANDA BALIONIS, Host, PGA TOUR Today Balionis 347
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