THE PLAYERS Championship is set for March 10-13 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:
Collin Morikawa ($10,700)
Whether you consider it a major or not, THE PLAYERS produces world-class winners, and it does so in a highly egalitarian fashion: No one has ever gone back-to-back at TPC Sawgrass, and players with multiple titles here are rare — even Tiger won this thing only twice. In sorting through the embarrassment of riches at the top of the board, we've landed on Morikawa, who can make a compelling case to be the best player in the world at the moment. The most recent major winner (2021 Open Championship), Morikawa has top-7 finishes in all four of his starts this season (five if you count the Hero World Challenge), and his stat profile portrays a player firing on all cylinders: 1st in SG: Total; 4th in SG: Putting; 4th in SG: Approach the Green; 6th in SG: Tee-to-Green; 2nd in GIR. He finished T41 last year in his first PLAYERS start, but a final-round 66 tells us he figured out the quirky Sawgrass layout.
Daniel Berger ($8,800)
Berger feels to us like a possible breakthrough winner this week. He's nibbled around the edges of contention here — two career top 10s in six appearances — and at majors, and the four-time PGA Tour winner would vault into another tier of player and solidify his recent gains with a win. He's another guy whose stat profile portrays few weaknesses — 6th in SG: Total; 5th in SG: Tee-to-Green; 3rd in SG: Approach the Green. His shortcoming this year has been closing the deal; he ranks 170th in Final Round Scoring Average.
Joaquin Niemann ($8,400)
Niemann has been feast or famine this year, but the feasts have been tasty and sumptuous. The 23-year-old Chilean announced his presence on the world stage with his wire-to-wire win at the Genesis earlier this year, and that performance on a classic Riviera track showcased a guy who can win the big events. His ball striking has been impeccable this year (9th in SG: Tee-to-Green), and it's no wonder that his unusual but highly effective swing is so popular among the experts.
Adam Scott ($8,200)
Scott has settled into the elder statesman/crafty veteran phase of his career, and it fits him like a glove. He's made 30 of his last 32 cuts and has five worldwide top 10s since August. He's something of a course horse this week as well — he won THE PLAYERS in 2004 and has six other top-20 finishes, including a run of T12-T6-T11-T12 from 2016-19.
Webb Simpson ($7,600)
This one's a roll of the dice. Simpson has been largely absent this year with an undisclosed injury; he's played only once since early December (a T61 at the Sony). But when he's right, he's tailor-made for TPC Sawgrass. He cruised to a four-shot win at THE PLAYERS in 2018, a dominant 18-under showing that was sandwiched by a pair of T16s in 2017 and 2019. Just say a little prayer for good health when slotting him in.
Nick Watney ($6,200)
It's been a long, difficult slog for Watney, who once rose as high as 9th in the World Ranking but currently sits at 318. Still, it was nice to see him flash across our TV screens on a Sunday this past weekend for the first time in what seems like ages, although a plus-7 three-hole stretch promptly dropped him from the leaderboard. Still, it was a glimmer of hope for a guy with a T4 at THE PLAYERS (2011) on his resume. Not bad for a low-cost field filler.