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Shriners Children's Open Fantasy Predictions & Expert Golf Picks

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Brooks Koepka

Still flying high after the Ryder Cup, Brooks Koepka is part of the field for the PGA Tour event in Las Vegas

The Shriners Children's Open is set for Oct. 7-10 at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. 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 Shriners Children's Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:

Brooks Koepka ($11,100)

There are a few things working against Brooks this week: It's not a major, so who cares; he's arguably fallen behind arch-nemesis Bryson DeChambeau in public esteem thanks to a few prickly, possibly misconstrued moments with the press and officials; there's bound to be a Ryder Cup hangover effect (both literal and figurative) in play; and he missed the cut here in 2019. But Koepka is still the most talented player in the field this week, and he was an impressive team-first guy at the Ryder Cup who met Bryson halfway for the good of the squad. It seems probable that the Ryder Cup vibes stirred a newfound love for the game in Koepka, which makes him even more dangerous.

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Harris English ($9,300)

Another player basking in the Ryder Cup afterglow, English returns to action off a career year at No. 11 in the World and on the shortlist of 2022 FedExCup contenders. He's made 11 consecutive cuts (the fifth-longest active streak) and has been especially deadly with the putter (12th in SG: Putting in 2020-21). He can make birdies in bunches (14th in Birdie Average last season) and could heat up early in the desert.

Kevin Na ($9,100)

Na is a two-time Shriners Champion, winning in 2019 and posting his first career win here in 2011 (when the event had Justin Timberlake's name on it). At 38, he's a win or two away from ranking among the game's truly elite players. His entertaining habit of walking in putts could get a workout this week at a venue where he's truly at home.

Martin Laird ($7,100)

Laird clearly loves Las Vegas. He's the defending champion, adding his 2020 victory to a win here in 2009, both of them in playoffs. His 23-under total last year put him in Sudden Death with Austin Cook and Matthew Wolff before he drained a 23-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to walk off with the win. Otherwise, not much to see here; he's missed his last three cuts and fallen to No. 133 in the World Ranking. But a cheap course-horse play can be a valuable commodity.

Rasmus Højgaard ($7,100)

A couple of IPO sponsor exemptions highlight the bottom portion of this week's projections. Højgaard, only 20, is already a three-time winner on the European Tour and has cracked the top 85 in the World Golf Ranking. Look for him to earn his way onto the 2023 European Ryder Cup squad, but first things first: Let's let the guy get his feet wet at a run-of-the-mill PGA Tour stop. He did make the cut at the 2021 PGA Championship, finishing 79th.

Kevin Yu ($6,100)

Another young phenom has our attention this week. Yu was a decorated Arizona State Sun Devil who finished third (behind Matthew Wolff) in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship and earned status on the Korn Ferry Tour — where he enjoyed success out of the gate, with two top-10 finishes in his first four starts, including a runner-up. Yu missed the cut in his first PGA Tour stop, the Fortinet a few weeks ago, but the receptive Summerlin layout offers a nice chance for a rookie to get acclimated.