The American Express is set for Jan. 21-24 at the Stadium Course at PGA West and the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West in La Quinta, California. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are back in action and ready to help.
Here's what our best American Express lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Patrick Reed ($10,200)
It's a small sample size — four tournaments — but Reed has yet to finish outside the top 25 in the 2020-21 season. Plus, it's a Ryder Cup year, and Reed would love to drop some deflating bombs on his European counterparts again, so look for some resume-building this week. He's a former champion here (2014), and the elimination of the pro-am portion of this event will limit distractions. When Reed gets going, he makes birdies in bunches (5th in birdie average).
Kevin Na ($9,200)
With his win at the Sony this past weekend in a dominant scoring display (21-under 259), the underrated Na has risen to No. 23 in the World Golf Ranking. A pair of Cups — Ryder and FedEx — are now squarely on Na's radar, but he'll need to continue to make hay while the sun is shining on him. Ride the hot hand for another week.
Phil Mickelson ($8,800)
We'll probably see less of Lefty in 2021, and not just because he's lost weight. At 50, Mickelson is going to be choosy about where he plays this year, limiting his stops to places where he thinks he can win. This is one of those weeks. He's the tournament host, and he'll want to put on a good show for his guests. It's his first outing since The Masters, so beware of rust, but the wide-open fairways and immaculate condition of these courses suit his game at this point, as he's proved with his two Champions wins.
Patton Kizzire ($8,400)
Very quietly — or as quietly as a lumbering 6-5 giant can be — Kizzire is putting up solid finishes these days. He has three top-11 finishes in his last four starts, including a T7 at the Sony this past weekend. He's getting it done with the putter (13th in SG: Putting) in posting 16 rounds in the 60s in his last 20 rounds. Grab him while he's relatively cheap.
Andrew Landry ($7,000)
Landry's the defending champ, and his win here last year came absolutely out of nowhere — he had missed the cut in seven of his previous eight tournaments before catching lightning in a bottle and posting 26-under. It wasn't exactly a springboard to greater things; his next-best finish the rest of the season was a T30. But he did post a T4 at the RSM a few weeks back. And as cheap flyers go, you could do worse than the defending champ.
Sean O'Hair ($6,400)
Speaking of cheap flyers, they don't get much cheaper than this, but a deeper dive reveals that O'Hair is something of a course horse — he's in the top 5 in strokes gained in this tournament over the last five years. It's been a long, frustrating injury slog, but he's capable of surprising this week.