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The Fortinet Championship Fantasy Predictions & Expert Golf Picks

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Jon Rahm

Reigning player of the year Jon Rahm looks to stay hot as the PGA Tour kicks off its 2021-22 season in California

The 2021-22 PGA Tour season kicks off with a star-studded field at the Fortinet Championship, set for Sept. 16-19 at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup.

Here's what our best Fortinet Championship lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:

Jon Rahm ($12,100)

Expect the world No. 1 and reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year to pick up where he left off in 2020-21, a season in which he posted 15 top 10s in 22 events. If not for a COVID-forced withdrawal from the Memorial, a tournament he was poised to win, Rahm would be riding a streak of eight straight worldwide top 10s. A weakness-free game and a stratospheric level of confidence combine to make Rahm a fearsome Ryder Cup opponent, but first things first — time to start chasing that 2022 FedExCup.

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Harold Varner III ($9,100)

Varner finished the 2020-21 season riding a wave of confidence, with top-15 finishes in four of his last six starts and a spot in the second round of the FedExCup playoffs. Varner generates surprising power from his 5-foot-8 frame and has developed a nice tee-to-green game (26th in SG: Approach the Green) and solid short game. He's six-for-six in made cuts at this event since 2015.

Brendan Steele ($7,400)

Steele, a two-time champion at Silverado, is this week's affordable course horse. He struggled through much of 2021, but he did sneak into the first round of the FedExCup playoffs on the strength of three top 5s (at the Sony, Honda and Zurich). For a one-off flyer, you could do a lot worse than a guy who went 18-under/15-under in going back-to-back here in 2015-16.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat ($7,300)

Aphibarnrat arrives in Napa off a T2 at the BMW PGA in Europe, his best finish since 2018, and his No. 21 finish in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals allowed him to reclaim his Tour card for 2021-22. Those two positive developments in pressure-packed settings should jump-start Aphibarnrat's confidence.

Hudson Swafford ($7,200)

Like Varner, Swafford played his way into the season's penultimate tournament and finished T17 at the BMW following a T11 at the Northern Trust. He added those results to a T2 at the Palmetto and T6 at the Corales Puntacana (where he was the defending champion after his 2020 win). Of course, those positive outcomes were surrounded by a slew of MCs, but we'll stick with his recent form — a combined 27-under in two FedExCup playoff events — as our positive indicator.

Kevin Yu ($6,800)

This week's IPO is Yu, a former Arizona State Sun Devil who's coming off a star turn on the Korn Ferry Tour (five top 25s in eight starts, including a runner-up). It's a small sample size, but Yu posted a scoring average of 68.33 in his eight Korn Ferry starts. The kid has a bright future ahead of him, maybe starting this week.