March 13 2013
Jim Furyk won the Tampa Bay Championship in 2010 and lost in a playoff last year. (Little/Getty Images)
By Rob Bolton, Fantasy Insider
If your one-and-done league played out like a recreational bowling schedule, then the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank would serve as a position week.
Position weeks help create churn over the course of a season. Its primary objective is to give the bottom-feeders an opportunity to gain full points on the top teams. Conversely, the leaders can double up on their advantages, but they have more to lose than the challengers figure to gain. It's a gut check.
It is with that spirit that I relay that there are approximately zero no-brainer options for one-and-doners at Copperhead. Sure, there's chalk just like any other week, but it's spread around rather equitably. Futhermore, I could recommend multiple and arguably better options for everyone that cracked my Power Rankings.
Thirteen of the top 16 all-time money leaders of the tournament are scheduled to play. Nos. 1-6, 8 and 9 top the list of those in the field and all are former winners, but four of the top five hoisted the hardware in the days when Copperhead hosted in the fall before the event was moved to March to coincide with the advent of the FedExCup. Of that pool or early winners, only two-time champ Retief Goosen (2003, 2009) populated the Power Rankings, sneaking in at 13th. John Senden ranks 10th all-time in earnings, highest among non-winners, but he's worthy of a spot in two-man one-and-done formats only.
My play is going to be Jim Furyk (No. 6 in my Power Rankings). While he's a fan of the layout, his results have proved it. After a T52 in 2009, he won in 2010 (the same season he was crowned FedExCup champion). Since the title, he's posted a T13 in 2011 and lost in the playoff last year. He's fourth in all-time earnings at the event.
Indeed, when a blow to the core is anticipated, stick with a guy that has taken his share and risen right back up.
Last week: Graeme McDowell (WGC-Cadillac); T3; $417,500
Last week: Kevin Stadler (Puerto Rico); T72; $6,825
Overall record: 9-for-11
Top 5s: 4
Top 10s: 6
Top 25s: 8
Missed cuts: 2