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August 22 2012

9:59 PM

Fantasy mailbag: The Barclays

By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist A few more angles for gamers before the FedExCup Playoffs tees off on Thursday ... Hey Rob. First week of the Playoffs, I snuck in as the five seed. I have four of my five slots set (Webb Simpson, Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh, Ian Poulter), but need help with the fifth. I have to choose between Kevin Na, who would usually be a must-start but for his shoulder; Harris English, who may or may not have found his game again at the Wyndham; and Greg Owen, who has struggled a bit lately but was great in July. -- Ross If you’re eyeing Na, English or Owen for The Barclays only, it’s English all the way. He’s a nice fit for Bethpage State Park Black Course, and all rookies take their lumps. Owen’s ball-striking might shine but the 40-year-old Englishman doesn’t possess the same kind of firepower as English. You are right to avoid Na for the very reason you stated. Should I dump Jason Day? I am hanging on to first place by less than $300,000. Watney has been a disappointment all year for his value. I have two moves and thinking of moving Day and Watney out for Bubba Watson and Jason Dufner. What are your thoughts? I am the only one in top five of the league with Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar. -- Todd Depending on when you can pull your triggers, dump Day for Watson now, and then reserve your second move for when Dufner returns next week. Hey Rob, in the home stretch. I have Bubba Watson and Justin Rose locked in this week. Need two more from the following: Nick Watney, Robert Garrigus, Charl Schwartzel, John Huh and Ernie Els. They are all playing steady right now, so I suppose it's anyone's guess. Any opinions? -- Erik First, Garrigus is an automatic. For more on why, please look for expanded insight in "Horses for Courses" in my fantasy preview. Next, I'll dismiss both Schwartzel (based on form) and Huh (based on inexperience, although that's an admittedly weak stance given how he's shattered rookie stereotypes this year). Els has faded since his victory at the British Open, but I like for him to make a nice run at East Lake. That leaves Watney, who might have a bit of a chip on his shoulder having posted just two top 10s in 20 stroke-play starts this year. He's missed only three cuts, so he's a safer investment on a short list, and his overall game blends well with Bethpage Black. Rob, I have the following four left for my one-and-done: Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, and Phil Mickelson. I also have Ernie Els, but probably will not use him unless he gets hot. I am thinking Phil for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. How would you use the other three over the next three events, especially this week? In order, how would you rank those three guys this week in a one-and-done knowing you will be using the other two in the next two or three tournaments? -- Craig First, I completely agree with your usage for Mickelson. I'm doing the same, and remain hopeful that he'll turn his game around in the first three events. As far as The Barclays, Johnson is my pick. (I would have burned Rory McIlroy if he were available.) While DJ is the defending champion, Bethpage is this year's host course, not Plainfield, so I don't feel like I'm cheating. Bradley would be my second choice this week, but he could be my first pick at TPC Boston. Watson makes the most sense this week, but he could be a good fit for Crooked Stick in two weeks as well. Frankly, you could shuffle this trio any way you want and enter every event with a high level of confidence.
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