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Safeway Open 2018: Expert Fantasy Golf Picks

Hunter Mahan: Safeway Open 2018 Fantasy Golf Picks

Hunter Mahan: Safeway Open 2018 Fantasy Golf Picks

The Safeway Open golf tournament is set for Oct. 4-7 at Silverado Resort and Spa North in Napa, Calif. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help. 

Safeway Open 2018 Fantasy Golf Picks

Here's what our best Safeway Open 2018 lineup looks like:

Patrick Cantlay ($11,600)

No rest for the weary in the PGA Tour's wrap-around schedule, so we'll put the relative youngster (he's 26) at the top of our list this week. He's coming off a breakthrough season that saw him finish in the top 20 on Tour in these categories (among others): SG: Off-the-Tee, SG: Approach-the-Green, SG: Tee-to-Green, SG: Total, GIR, scoring average, FedExCup points and money. He's a Silverado rookie, but dude can play anywhere.      

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Brendan Steele ($9,000)

The two-time defending Safeway champion looks like an absolute steal at this value (see what I did there?). This is purely a course-horse play, though; he missed four of his last five cuts of the 2017-18 season. His scoring average at Silverado in his last two Safeways is 67.9, and he arrived at last year's Safeway in the midst of a similar slump before shooting 15-under to win by two.    

Hunter Mahan ($7,500)

Remember me? (Pictured above to refresh your memory.) The six-time PGA Tour winner and two-time Ryder Cupper was once ranked as high as No. 4 in the world before it all fell apart. But he dug it out of the dirt at the finals and regained his Tour card for 2018-19. Gotta like the determination. Also holds some course-horse value with a T13 at the 2017 Safeway and a T3 in 2014.  

Martin Laird ($7,300)

He has yet to miss a cut at the Safeway (4-for-4), including a T17 last year and a T8 the year before that. Had back-to-back top 10s in February, so he's capable of getting hot. Hasn't played since the Northern Trust, so he should be rested. Not much sizzle, but there's some steak there.

Patrick Rodgers ($7,300)

This is something of a home game for the Stanford product. Middling results last season — three top 10s and nine missed cuts — but he can roll the rock (10th in SG: Putting). Like Laird, he should be rested; this is his first outing since the Wyndham in August. Finished T6 here in 2015.   

Anders Albertson ($7,000)

This week's IPO is the scoring leader for 2018 (69.02) who earned inclusion with the big boys for 2018-19 after finishing 8th on the in money. Well-balanced game includes rankings of 5th on the in SG: Putting, 17th in GIR and 1st in Birdie Average.