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Rocket Mortgage Classic Fantasy Predictions & Expert Golf Picks

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Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau defends his title at Detroit Golf Club

The Rocket Mortgage Classic is set for July 1-4 at Detroit Golf Club. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup as the PGA Tour celebrates Fourth of July weekend in the Motor City.

Here's what our best Rocket Mortgage Classic lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:

Bryson DeChambeau ($11,400)

Last year's Rocket Mortgage was where the new and improved Bryson was officially unveiled, as a jacked-up DeChambeau overpowered the Detroit Golf Club layout with four rounds of 67 or better in posting a three-shot win. His 21st Century version of grip-it-and-rip-it, bomb-and-gouge golf doesn't always work — witness Bryson's back-nine meltdown on Father's Day at the U.S. Open — but the guy's gonna do it his way, and you can't really quibble with the results. He ranks 1st in SG: Off-the-Tee, 5th in SG: Tee-to-Green and 2nd in SG: Total, not to mention 2nd in money and 4th in FedExCup points. He's also made 11 consecutive cuts, the fourth-longest active streak on Tour. Look for DeChambeau to supply most of the fireworks this 4th of July weekend.

Rickie Fowler ($8,700)

We've rolled the dice on Fowler a couple of times this season and come up snake eyes. One of these times, though, our faith is going to pay off and Rickie's going to reclaim his spot among golf's elite. He finally offered some proof-of-life at the PGA Championship (T8) and the Memorial (T11) before reverting to recent form with a missed cut at the Travelers. He finished T12 here last year and made the cut in 2019, so there's some positive history in Motown. His career is bound to resume its previous trajectory. Right?

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Kevin Kisner ($8,500)

Kisner comes in hot, having posted a back-nine 29 on Sunday at the Travelers for a back-door top 5. You have to strike while the iron is hot with Kisner, who recently missed six out of eight cuts after a string of solid finishes. He's a throwback who wields a pea-shooter off the tee (172nd in Driving Distance), but that matters less at Detroit Golf Club, where he finished solo 3rd last year.

Ryan Armour ($7,500)

Another hit-or-miss proposition, Armour has played well of late. He entered the weekend at the Travelers at 6-under before fading, and the week before that, he finished T8 at Congaree after a final-round 64. He's also got a nice record during this event's short history: He opened 64-69 in 2019 before fading on the weekend, and he finished T4 here last year. He's another short-but-accurate player (3rd in Driving Accuracy) who can thrive on a course that doesn't require a howitzer off the tee.

Brice Garnett ($7,000)

There may be a little recency bias at play this week, but we liked what we saw out of Garnett at the Travelers (a T5 with four rounds in the 60s, including an opening 65). His game is built for events like this — he's 7th in Driving Accuracy and 10th in SG: Putting.

Nate Lashley ($6,900)

Lashley was the winner of the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic in 2019, posting a dominant six-shot win on the strength of a pair of 63s. He has only four top 10s since that breakthrough, though, with a ledger that's peppered with MCs and health-related WDs. Not much to point to in his stat profile or recent results, so we'll cling to the bargain-basement price and the 2019 win in making this selection. Plus, it's easy to root for a guy who has fought through personal tragedy (the loss of his parents and girlfriend in a plane crash in college) and adversity (foot and shoulder surgery).