If all weeks were like this one, we wouldn't bother to play.
At last check, Webb Simpson was rostered by one-quarter of gamers in PGA TOUR Fantasy One & Done for the Wyndham Championship. He's been selected by nearly three times more than defending champion Brandt Snedeker, he also of a glistening overall record in the tournament.
Simpson's slice of the pie appears even larger when you consider how deep into 2018-19 we are. Even if you play a fractional season, to holster him for Sedgefield Country Club required some patience. Not that he didn't deserve it, however.
Simpson's affinity for the tournament is so strong that he named one of his children after the title sponsor. That well-known fact influences why he's the man to beat in our circles.
Front-runners who've yet to burn Simpson will be doing just that. We've earned the stymie. Of course, that opens the door for the surprise.
Sneds is the proper foil. Heck, even I backed into him here last year after using Simpson at the Shriners the previous fall. Neither star has presented any reason not to invest with the highest confidence.
Recent winners and fellow wunderkinds Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa slot a respective 3-4 in ownership percentage as of Wednesday morning. While they've exceeded even the loftiest expectations, that also reveals that absence of other horses for courses at Sedgefield.
Lucas Glover is No. 3 in my Power Rankings, yet he presents best as a complement in a two-man game. That said, if you've burned Simpson and Snedeker, pair Glover with one of the upstarts and enjoy the show.
Viktor Hovland is my Wild Card and a fine choice, but his omission from the Power Rankings proper is a testament to the quality of the field, not an indictment on the shiny new toy from Norway.
There are arguments to make for saving Billy Horschel (No. 4 in the Power Rankings), Patrick Reed (No. 5), Hideki Matsuyama (No. 6) and Paul Casey (No. 9) for the FedExCup Playoffs. No doubt all gamers have crossed off at least one of those guys, but if you wanted to play one at the Wyndham, walk on the wild side with Reed. He's a former winner (2013) with a T24 and a T22 since. He's also been playing well of late.
Chasers are encouraged to ride Jordan Spieth if he's available. He was a late entry who's healthy and, of course, possesses the profile of a top billing.
Cameron Smith is surging, so he's equally as enticing if you're in pursuit. Flirt with Joaquin Niemann and Sungjae Im as well.
Two-man gamers have enough of a smattering among all of the aforementioned to fill the bicycle. And because fantasy golf must be fun first, consider offering one of the seats to Wyndham Clark. Aside from the obvious connection between his name and the title sponsor, and for what a terrific story he'd make as a first-time winner (in his tournament debut, no less), the rookie is one of the best putters on the PGA TOUR. He'll need to hit more greens than the field average to have a shot, but if this thing turns into a putting contest, the headlines will write themselves.
Rank Expert Pick Comment 42nd
Webb Simpson Well, duh! I've saved him for this moment. Even if I was chasing, I'd play him just to keep pace entering the Playoffs. 53rd
He has the lowest scoring average Sedgefield since 2014 (minimum 10 rounds). A 59 helps. 58th
On the Mark
He named one his children after this event. Isn’t that reason enough? 64th
Steamed home in 64 to finish second last week in Memphis, his best-ever finish in a WGC event. He'll look to keep the momentum rolling this week in Greensboro as he looks to add his third podium finish in his last three starts at Sedgefield.
I’ve already burned the winner (Cameron Smith) so I’ll settle for runner-up and 300 points. 594th
A winner already this year and No. 14 in the FedExCup, he’s motivated to play well this week to get inside the Wyndham Rewards Top Ten.
NOTE: Select golfers committed to the tournament are listed alphabetically. Future tournaments are sorted chronologically and reflect previous success on the courses on which the tournaments will be held in 2018-19. The numerical values in parentheses represent the order of relative confidence of where to use each golfer if multiple sites are listed (e.g. 1 for strongest, 2 for next-strongest and so on). To present weighted confidence in real time, numerical values will not change all season no matter how many tournaments remain listed for each golfer. All are pending golfer commitment.
Paul Casey … TOUR Championship (3)
Jason Dufner … TOUR Championship (10)
Bill Haas … Wyndham (6)
Billy Horschel … Wyndham (7); TOUR Championship (1)
Zach Johnson … TOUR Championship (8)
Hideki Matsuyama … Wyndham (7); TOUR Championship (5)
Webb Simpson … Wyndham (1)
Cameron Smith … Wyndham (3)
Brandt Snedeker … Wyndham (1; defending)
Jordan Spieth … TOUR Championship (8)