THE PLAYERS Championship is set for March 11-14 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. 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 PLAYERS Championship lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Dustin Johnson ($11,200)
DJ is not merely the world's best player at the moment; he's also a Pete Dye ringer, which is a recurring theme this week. In his last four PLAYERS, Johnson has shown an increasing comfort level, posting finishes of T28-T12-T17-T5; a win here is only a matter of time. A T54 at the WGC-Workday snapped a streak of 11 straight finishes of T12 or better, but that was merely a blip, and not a sign of any kind of slippage. Among his stats, only his putting is holding him back, but he's shown the ability to overcome a balky putter better than anyone.
Adam Scott ($8,100)
Scott's Sawgrass resume makes him an attractive bargain this week. The 2004 PLAYERS champion is riding a streak of four straight top-12 finishes at the event, and he's posted the best SG: Total at the event over the last five tournaments. His stats this season don't look like much, but he hasn't missed a cut since the COVID reboot, ranking eighth with an active streak of 11 consecutive cuts made. His putting, long an Achilles heel, has risen to above-average.
Jason Day ($8,000)
The World's No. 1-ranked player as recently as February 2017, Day fell to a low of 63rd due to injuries and poor play, but he has begun the long, arduous climb back up the rankings, posting a couple of T7s this season. He also happens to be a PLAYERS ringer, with a win in 2016, a T5 in 2018, and a T8 in 2019. Pete Dye designs, a source of annoyance for some, happen to fit Day's eye, and Sawgrass could hasten a J-Day resurgence.
Tommy Fleetwood ($7,900)
Since Fleetwood's surprising MC at the U.S. Open, he's played some sneaky-good golf, although much of it has been of the worldwide variety and hidden from American audiences. He has seven top-20 finishes in that span, including a T10 at the Arnold Palmer this past weekend that could have been a lot better if not for a final-round 77 in blustery conditions. His greenside skill set — he ranks 17th in SG: Around-the-Green — makes him a value play at Sawgrass.
Sergio Garcia ($7,500)
The 2008 PLAYERS champion is a cut-making machine at TPC Sawgrass — he's made the weekend in his last 16 trips to Ponte Vedra and has five top-8 finishes in addition to his '08 win, including a run of T8-3-T2 from 2013-15. Sergio's striping the ball beautifully, ranking second in SG: Off-the-Tee and 17th in SG: Tee-to-Green. Aside from his win at the Sanderson, his putting has been a train wreck this year, but he's comfortable enough on the Bermuda at Sawgrass to expect a better performance.
Ian Poulter ($7,100)
Poulter's recent form is nothing to write home about — his last top 10 anywhere came at the BMW PGA on the Euro Tour in October — but he's made his last six cuts at TPC Sawgrass, with a T2 in 2017 on his ledger. Pete Dye's small, inaccessible greens make Poults' ranking of 16th in SG: Around the Green particularly useful this week. And the guy can still putt.
(Top photo courtesy of @DJohnsonPGA)