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The Tour Report

April 18 2012

5:30 PM

Fantasy mailbag: Weekley's value

By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy columnist FANTASY PREVIEW: RBC Heritage | Sign up for fantasy There are countless home games out there for which I receive emails including rules and websites constructed to keep all owners in the loop. Every now and then, one of these gamers will ask for a second opinion on the values of any number of golfers as it relates to his format. I'd share one of these emails but they're so specific that I'm afraid that the general lesson would fail to transcend a larger audience. So, in lieu of an email this week, I'm sharing a drop-add that occurred in my rotisserie league this week. Boo Weekley for Chris Couch. All you need to know about my league's format is that we include all PGA TOUR events through the Fall Series. Therefore, long-term value is critical. Gamers, much less casual fans, might not have noticed that Weekley is playing 2012 on Past Champion status. He's made nine starts, which serves as a full schedule, a rarity by mid-April for someone in his category. Consider that 10 of the 25 healthy PGA TOUR rookies have teed it up eight or fewer times, and those guys are in the reshuffle category some 20-50 slots higher than Weekley in the overall pecking order. Weekley has received at least four sponsor exemptions. He qualified for the Transitions Championship with a top 10 in Puerto Rico the previous week. And he earned a berth in last week's RBC Heritage as a champion in the last five years of that event (he won in both 2007 and 2008). And while he's missed three cuts and finished outside the top 50 three times, he's proven that the more he can throw up against the wall, some of it just might stick. With a T14 at the Shell Houston Open (sponsor exemption) and a T6 at Harbour Town, Weekley is now 75th in FedExCup points. That supports the drop-add above, but the fantasy values of guys on his level just might be ready to explode beginning with this week's Valero Texas Open. The VTO is the first of 10 non-majors on the year through the Wyndham Championship that boast fields of 156 golfers that play one course. (This is an increase of one tournament over 2011 when the field at TPC San Antonio was capped at 144.) Naturally, the deeper fields open the talent pool. In fact, this week is the turning point that full-season leagues have awaited. Toss in the True South Classic and Reno-Tahoe Open and you have up to 12 tournaments in which you can expect to see most if not all of the guys in the reshuffle. Those with conditional status can also expect a relatively predictable schedule from now through the end of the regular season. And golfers in Weekley's Past Champions category will begin to appear more frequently. Weekley is a unique example this season, but it's come time for you to expand your scope for finding value as we approach the midpoint of the FedExCup portion of the schedule. Many a league has been won in these trenches.