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Fantasy Golf Picks: The Masters

Tiger Woods may be a strong fantasy pick at The Masters 2018

Tiger Woods may be a strong fantasy pick at The Masters 2018

The Masters golf tournament is set for April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup, with best picks and sleepers. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help. 

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Here's what our best Masters 2018 lineup looks like:

Tiger Woods ($10,000)

Masters 2018 fantasy golf picks

With our top pick, we’re forgoing the world’s top-ranked player, Dustin Johnson, for the world’s No. 103 player, who was way down at No. 656 as recently as New Year’s Day. Yep, the kool-aid is pretty tasty. Woods showed enough at the Valspar (T2) and the Arnold Palmer (T5) to tell us that the old Tiger is close to emerging from his lair. Once he drives up Magnolia Lane, muscle memory will kick in, and he can post a top 10 without his best stuff. If he brings his best stuff? Watch out.    

Phil Mickelson ($9,500)

Turn-back-the-calendar week continues with Mickelson, who loves Augusta National more than he loves a three-team parlay. Lefty’s Masters record stacks up with Tiger’s — nine top-three finishes, including three wins and a T2 in 2015. Lest you think this is a nostalgia trip, check out Mickelson’s stat profile: fourth in SG: Approach the Green, second in SG: Putting, second in SG:Total.  

Bubba Watson ($8,700)

Our top three picks have nine Green Jackets collectively, so we clearly value history at a course that shares our affection for it. Bubba’s streaky, but he’s won two of his last four stops, and when he’s on, he’s the perfect player for Augusta National: long, creative and able to make hay on the par 5s. He’s driving the ball exceptionally well (sixth in SG: Off the Tee), and that’s the key to attacking Augusta.  

Brendan Steele ($6,900)

And now for something completely different: a guy who’s playing in only his second Masters. Steele may lack experience at Augusta, but he doesn’t lack game. He’s made 11 cuts in a row with a win and five top 20s in that span. He finished T27 in his Masters debut last year, and with his superb ball striking, a good week with the putter could get him a top 10.    

Kevin Chappell ($6,900)

Another relative Masters novice who has shown the game to contend in his limited opportunities, Chappell finished T7 last year in his second Masters appearance, closing with a tidy 68. He has three top 10s in his last seven starts.  

Bryson DeChambeau ($6,900)

DeChambeau made noise in his 2016 Masters debut as an amateur with a T21 that could have been a lot more. Was last seen finishing second at Bay Hill a few weeks ago in a determined, gutsy performance. Fourteenth in birdie average, 15th in eagles; a few of each could put him in contention this week.