The Valero Texas Open is set for March 31-April 3 at TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course) in San Antonio. 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 Valero Texas Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Jordan Spieth ($10,600)
The defending champ's drought-busting victory at the 2021 Valero snapped an 83-tournament winless streak and seemed to signal the three-time major champion's re-emergence as a weekly threat. It hasn't quite worked out that way, although he does have three runner-up finishes since his Valero win, including a solo 2nd at the AT&T Pebble Beach in February. But this is the perfect get-right tournament for the Texas native heading into Masters week.
Corey Conners ($9,800)
The 2019 Valero champion has emerged as one of the game's best ball strikers. He ranks 7th in SG: Off-the-Tee, 13th in SG: Tee-to-Green and 3rd in GIR. He's a TPC San Antonio ringer — in addition to his win, he has finishes of T26 and T14 in his three appearances. Fatigue could be a factor for Conners, who comes in off a 36-hole Sunday at the WGC-Dell Match Play, but the third-place finish was his best showing in over a year and has bumped him up to 32nd in the World Ranking, matching his career high.
Charley Hoffman ($8,200)
The Hoff is this week's pre-eminent course horse: He's the tournament's all-time money leader, he won the event in 2016 and he has yet to miss a cut in 15 starts in the Alamo City. He finished solo 2nd last year, rallying from an opening-round 75 with 66-65-66 in streaky Hoffman style. It's been a struggle this year — he's missed his last two cuts and has only one top 25 on the season — but Hoffman specializes in coming out of nowhere to contend. His solo 2nd here in 2019 came on the heels of three missed cuts in his previous four starts.
Rickie Fowler ($7,700)
Rickie arrives in San Antonio needing a win to gain entry in next week's Masters. That seems unlikely. He's been on a one-step-forward/two-steps-back trajectory for some time now. But he's been decent at TPC San Antonio, with a pair of T17s in his last two visits, and he's made his last three cuts after missing three in a row. Hope springs eternal for the five-time winner.
Martin Laird ($7,500)
This week's lineup is littered with former winners of this event, including Laird, the 2013 champion who held off Rory McIlroy for a two-shot win and has since added a couple of top 20s at the event. He remains an excellent ball striker — he's 20th in SG: Tee-to-Green — whose putter has been his downfall. But he did put together a streak of 11 one-putts earlier this year, so the ability is in there somewhere.
Jimmy Walker ($6,200)
The struggle is real for the 2016 PGA Champion, who has only one top-10 finish since 2018 and comes in having missed three of his last four cuts. But he won this event in 2015, and we lean toward former champions when looking for cheap field-fillers.