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Fantasy Golf Picks: The John Deere Classic

Zach Johnson, golfer

Zach Johnson, golfer

The John Deere Classic golf tournament is set for July 12-15 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help. 

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Here's what our best John Deere Classic 2018 lineup looks like:

Zach Johnson ($11,200)

As course horses go, they don't come any studlier than ZJ at the John Deere. Zach has plowed over the TPC Deere Run track to the tune of a 66.89 scoring average since 2009, posting a win and five other top-3 finishes. The pride of neighboring Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is as close to a sure thing this week as the hobby can muster.      

Brian Gay ($8,600)

A lackluster field leaves us mining for hidden gems like Gay, who's writing a nice final chapter to his career at age 46. He's made his last seven cuts, including playing a rare weekend at the Greenbrier (T39), and he has four top 20s over that span, including a solid T8 at the Quicken Loans National.  

Kelly Kraft ($7,900)

Kraft snagged a spot in next week's British Open at Carnoustie with a solo second at the Greenbrier in what could be a major turning point in an otherwise lackluster season. His Open ticket punched, he could relax his way into another top-10 finish this week.  

Joel Dahmen ($7,600)

Dahmen's been lurking, with eight top 25s in 22 starts this season, including six in his last eight. He had four rounds in the 60s at the Greenbrier in posting a career-best T5. Stash the name for future reference beyond this week.   

Scott Stallings ($7,500)

His last two showings at the Deere — T16 and T5 — provide the rationale for this trip to the bargain bin. Last year, a Friday-Saturday pair of 64s provided the meat to a top-5 sandwich at Deere Run. He dismantled the par 5s on his way to a T13 at the Greenbrier last weekend.    

Scott Brown ($7,100)

On this week's roster of sleepers, Brown is snoring the loudest with zero top-50 finishes in his last six starts. So what's he doing here? Well, check his record at the Deere: five top 25s in six starts, including a T5 in 2014. You'll take that from your sixth man.