Ned lets me know that is could possibly be the worst winter storm of the year to hit Los Angeles this week!
You might want to take a look for yourself here
Maybe on Sunday!
Yahoo! Fantasy Golf
Last Week: 217
Winter Points: 1,006
Winter Rank: 3,658
Season Points: 3,658
I’ve joked plenty of times that I am going to start a league next year that rewards the most points left on the bench each week. Thursday my four bench guys all went lower than my starters. Friday I left 64 and 65 on the pine. Saturday and Sunday both had a 65 just for good measure!
I won’t complain too much because I’ve leapt in the rankings from 15k to 3k in just a few weeks. I also didn’t play Jason Day at all last week and didn’t suffer because of it.
There’s not many weeks in this format where I’m “happy” but chalk this up as one of them!
Remember, Yahoo! is a SCORING GAME ONLY.
Nothing else matters.
With a field this thick and deep and a forecast that is less than optimum, tee times will matter again this week.
The weather looks to be the worst Friday afternoon so that will suggest the LATE-EARLY wave.
If you’re not a believer in waves, no sweat, you’ll have the best of it early on Saturday morning before the heavier rain arrives in the afternoon when the leaders play.
I’ll remind you that on the weekend that the coverage ends at 3pm PT so “afternoon” is liberally used. Also, AFTER the cut, they have the option to move up the tee times into the morning to avoid any “afternoon” weather as well.
When in doubt, mix your waves. When I’m in doubt, I usually go with the premium players and let the others out-guess me.
More details in my preview here:
Starts remaining in parentheses
Dustin Johnson (8) — Sparkling record here plus his ability to endure the elements makes for an easy selection.
Jason Day (9) — I didn’t pull the trigger on him last week so I get a FREE ROLL this week as he’s in the opposite flight (late-early).
Adam Scott: If he wasn’t in the same flight as DJ, he’s in, no problem.
Brendan Steele: Nothing has slowed him yet after opening the season with a W and he’s made his last five cuts here.
Jordan Spieth (8) — I’m not leaving the guy who won last week off especially when he’s on the right side of the draw.
Hideki Matsuyama (6) — I’m not leaving the guy who won in his last start off especially when he’s on the right side of the draw.
Justin Rose (9) — Playing early-late, I’m leaning on his recent form and ability to handle big boy tracks.
Jim Furyk (10) — BAWK BAWK BAWK! Safety first here. I can’t win it on the first day but I sure can lose it!
If you believe that Spieth and Matsuyama will do the business this week, it really doesn’t matter who your subs are going to be. One angle is to find someone that you think will go ridiculously LOW Thursday morning and give it one round. The other angle is load up on cut makers so you’re insured in case the weather turns this thing upside down. Webb Simpson, Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore and even Bubba Watson can work depending on your philosophy.
Sergio Garcia (10) — He’s opened his calendar year on Tour at this even in four of the last five years plus he won his last time out.
Charl Schwartzel (10) — His MC in Malaysia last week allowed him to get early and get rid of the jet lag. Of his 16 rounds here, 13 are par or better including 11 under par.
I’ve often referred to Group C as the Rummage Sale of fantasy golf as there is something in here for any theory or style.
Seung-yul Noh has a fantastic record here but Keegan Bradley’s is better. J.B. Holmes recent form doesn’t stick out but his love for this track might sway a few. Pat Perez seems to be “Old Faithful” on the Poa tracks this spring, like he usually does when healthy.
Ned Brown returns to drop his knowledge in Yahoo! as he did here last year. Ned is a legend in the gaming world and has cleaned up in Yahoo while most of you were in diapers! He’ll share his thoughts and picks here when he wants!
Last Week: 229
Winter Points: 1,065
Winter Rank: 484
Season Points: 1,065
“Last week I had the top golfer, third place, fourth place and tied for fifth place.
So with 229 points on the week you know I messed up a bit with the timing again and again it was with Rahm.
The weather page on Accu-Weather is calling for the biggest winter storm of the season to hit California.
It looks like it’s going to hit northern and the middle of the state and Friday is definitely going to be wet in Los Angeles.”
Dustin Johnson (8) — He played well last week and had a chance at the final hole to tie for second place but missed the birdie putt. He returns to Riviera where he has a very strong record of six top 10’s in nine career starts including a second place in ’14, a T-2 in ’15 and a fourth place last year.
Adam Scott (10) — Johnson’s record is so strong here that I feel I can take a little risk. Adam Scott played in the Australian events at the end of 2016 and his only start of 2017 was in the Singapore Open where he tied for ninth place. He has a strong record here four top 10’s in eight career starts, including a championship in ’05 and a T-2 last year.
Shane Lowery, Jason Day, Branden Grace
Jordan Spieth (6) — I’m down to six starts on Spieth but he has played so well this season he has been next to impossible to fade. He did miss the cut here last year, but before that he a T-4 in ’15 and a T-12 in ’14. You can try and hide him on your bench to try to save a start.
Justin Thomas (7) — Played like a golfing god in Hawaii and came crashing back to earth with a missed cut at the WMPO. He has made the cut in both starts here but has finished well back in the pack. Youth has been kicking butt his season on the TOUR so I’m betting that he will rebound this week.
Hideki Matsuyama (7) — Easily the hottest player on the planet coming into the 2017 and has continued to play well. His win the last time out at the Waste Management Phoenix Open is the proof. He has a nice record at the Genesis Open with a T-23 in ’14, a T-4 in ’15 and a T-11 last year.
Charles Howell III (8) — A real tossup between Justin Rose and CH IIII. I’ve been impressed with Rose this year but he really cooled off last week in the heavy weather at the AT&T. Instead I’m going to see if I can get another week out of CH III who had a T-8 at the Sony, a T-12 at the CareerBuilder and a T-2 at the Farmers.
Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson
Sergio Garcia (10) — The Spaniard looked great last time out has he led the field in his championship at the Dubai Desert Classic. His recent record at the Genesis Open is solid with a T-4 in ’12, T-13 in ’13 and T-4 in ’15.
Charl Schwartzel (10) — It was disappointing that he missed the cut last week at the Maybank, but it might give him some extra time to get ready for this week. He loves this tournament and I like to use him here because he grew up playing on Kikuyugrass.
Keegan Bradley, Byeong-Hun An, J.B. Holmes
Pat Perez, Tony Finau, Martin Laird, J.J. Spaun
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