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DFS/Fantasy Golf Picks: Waste Management Phoenix Open

Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama

The Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament is set for Feb. 1-4 at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup, including sleeper picks. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help. 

Here's what our best Phoenix Open 2018 lineup looks like:

Waste Management Phoenix Open, DFS Golf

Hideki Matsuyama ($11,500)

As course horses go, Hideki’s the Scottsdale Secretariat. He’s the two-time defending champion, with a T2 and a T4 before that. In other words, in four appearances, he’s 517-4-3 against the field (h/t He’s more comfortable in the desert than a camel. Don't bet against a three-peat.   

Webb Simpson ($8,900)

Webb is weaving a nice little season, with three top 20s so far, including a T4 at the Sony. In fact, he hasn’t missed a cut since May. And speaking of Scottsdale studs: Simpson lost here in a playoff last year and has a scoring average of 68.05 at the venue since 2011.

Ryan Palmer ($7,900)

Palmer was last seen losing a playoff at the Farmers. In other words, he’s hot right now. He crushed it off the tee at Torrey and ranks 10th on Tour in Total Driving. He has a history at TPC Scottsdale, with a T2 three years ago.

Zach Johnson ($7,700)

ZJ has rediscovered the consistency that had him on a Hall of Fame track. He hasn’t finished outside the top 25 in his last six tournaments, and he’s a horse for this course: five top 25s in his last nine appearances, and three-for-three in top 14s since TPC Scottsdale was redesigned in 2014. 

Brian Stuard ($7,000) (SLEEPER PICK)

Our selection of the high-priced Matsuyama has forced us to scour the bargain bin, but there are some enticing options there, including Stuard, who has top-16 finishes in both of his appearances in Scottsdale. His scoring average of 70.08 (21st) makes him an unsung but sneaky-good play. 

William McGirt ($6,900) (SLEEPER PICK)

McGirt’s lurking in the same section of the discount aisle as Stuard. He’s a perfect six-for-six in cuts made at Scottsdale, including a T24 in 2017 after opening 69-67-66. He’s also fifth on Tour in scoring (69.64), albeit in a limited sample size.