2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open Fantasy Predictions & Expert Golf Picks

The PGA Tour kicks off Super Bowl weekend at always-entertaining TPC Scottsdale

The 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open is set for Jan. 30-Feb. 2 at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.

 

Here's what our best 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:

 

Rickie Fowler ($10,500)

We're going with the defending champion over World No. 4 Justin Thomas, two-time winner Hideki Matsuyama and flavor-of-the-month Jon Rahm (in other words, another pretty top-heavy field for Super Bowl Sunday). Before missing the cut on the number at Torrey Pines, Rickie was playing some superb golf, with a T5 at the Sentry and a T10 at the American Express. He opened 64-65-64 at Phoenix last year and strolled to a two-shot win despite a momentum-killing triple bogey at 11 on Sunday. Think he's comfortable in front of the well-lubricated Scottsdale hordes? Try this: finishes of T11 (2018), T4 (2017) and solo second (2016) in the three visits prior to last year's win.

 

Matt Kuchar ($9,400)

Kooch had to travel halfway around the world to get his first win in a year, but win he did, holding off Justin Rose in Singapore a week ago despite a Sunday snowman on the par-5 seventh. The win somewhat redeemed a mixed bag of a season thus far — three top 14s and three missed cuts in his six previous tournaments. It will be interesting to see how the notoriously honest (and honestly liquored-up) galleries treat the once-comfortable, now-controversial Kuchar. He's sixth on Tour in par-3 scoring, so he should be able to handle the Theater of the Absurd that is the par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale.

 

Brandt Snedeker ($8,900)

Our recency bias is showing, but we liked what we saw out of Sneds at Torrey Pines, where his heart was on display in holding on for a T3 that included a tap-in eagle on 13 and a clutch birdie on 18 on Sunday. Finished second at Phoenix in 2013 with a highlight-reel 64-66-65-65 and had another top 10 here in 2015.

 

Keegan Bradley ($7,700)

The eccentric one keeps leaning and lunging his way to some pretty big checks. He's finished in the top 24 in four of his last five outings, including a T16 at Torrey Pines, where he opened with a 66. Started 68-69 here last year before fading on the weekend, but he does have four career top-25 finishes amid the desert bacchanalia.

 

Max Homa ($7,100)

Homa's looking like a bargain play this week. He's coming off a T9 at Torrey Pines, where he shot a stellar final-round 67. He's played the weekend in 17 of his last 19 tournaments, and he finished T26 at Phoenix last year. Ignore the stats that say he doesn't do any one thing particularly well and count on him to grind out a decent finish.

 

Chris Stroud ($6,400)

It would be charitable to call this guy a grinder — he was planning to retire from a game that had given him little but frustration before a win at the 2017 Barracuda and a top 10 at the 2017 PGA gave him second thoughts. He's still out there drawing the occasional paycheck, and a big one came at Phoenix last year, where he finished T7 on the strength of a second-round 66. Had a top 20 as recently as November (at the Mayakoba).

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