Justin Thomas headlines a deep field at Quail Hollow
The Wells Fargo Championship is set for May 6-9 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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 Wells Fargo Championship lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Justin Thomas ($11,300)
JT's ball-striking at the Valspar was good enough to win, but his putting wasn't. The resulting T13 was an indication of just how close the 2021 PLAYERS champion is to contending again once a few more putts drop. Thomas has risen to No. 2 in the World Ranking, and we're fast approaching another major where he's a former champion — the PGA, which he won on this very course (Quail Hollow) in 2017. When the dust settles, JT could be No. 1 in the World and owner of multiple majors, but first things first: He's a threat this week to win his 15th PGA Tour title.
Will Zalatoris ($9,400)
How long are we going to keep forcing this guy to beg his way into events on sponsor's exemptions? The Masters runner-up has risen to No. 28 in the World Ranking, and he isn't even a full-fledged PGA Tour member yet due to pandemic-altered eligibility requirements. There is one answer to my question, though: Win and he's in. A PGA Tour victory would give Zalatoris immediate membership, and he's been nibbling at that enchilada for a while now, with six top 10s at the big boys' table since the fall, including two at majors.
Stewart Cink ($7,900)
The soon-to-be 48-year-old Cink has enjoyed a three-tournament renaissance — a T19 at the Honda, T12 at The Masters and a dominant wire-to-wire win at the Heritage. You gotta like the trajectory and the momentum. He brings a veteran's savvy to every stop, but right now his ball-striking is so good — he's first on Tour in GIR — that he doesn't have to rely on guile.
Rickie Fowler ($7,800)
Rickie showed signs of life at his last outing — a T17 at the Valero, where he overcame an opening-round 76 with three solid rounds to post only his second top 20 of the season. He's plummeted to No. 116 in the World Ranking, but a return to a place where he's won before (2012) could be just the tonic he needs to build a little momentum.
Camilo Villegas ($6,900)
Villegas has risen from a deep trough that saw personal tragedy and a game that deserted him. But he's begun the long march back, rising almost 2,000 spots in the World Ranking on the strength of some really solid recent form — four top 25s in his last five tournaments. He's fun to root for, which makes him that much more appealing.
J.B. Holmes ($6,600)
Another former Wells Fargo champion who's fallen on some tough times, Holmes still has the kind of big-shouldered game that can succeed at a lengthy layout like Quail Hollow. We won't go into his recent stats; we'll just cling to the low price and hope that his course history and local knowledge can bail us out this week.