Welcome back to Golf News Net's weekly fantasy golf picks. Each week of the PGA Tour season, we'll present our top picks for that week's tournament and make recommendations for DraftKings' one-week fantasy leagues.
The PGA Tour is in China for the final World Golf Championships event of the year, the HSBC Champions.
Bubba Watson is defending champion at Sheshan International, which, last year, had a winning score (11 under par) that was less than half of the year prior. So, uncertain of what to expect in the way of scoring, we have a slew of stars trying to take the crown.
We had Justin Thomas last week in Malaysia, so let's keep it rolling.
On to the picks!
1. Jordan Spieth -- We haven't seen Spieth flying solo since winning the FedEx Cup, so there's some ring rust to shake off here. However, he's the best golfer in the world (even if the Official World Golf Ranking doesn't say it).
2. Rory McIlroy -- Have to like McIlroy on this course, where he's a top-six machine, and for his form after a T-6 finish last week at the Turkish Airlines Open. Final round was a dud in Antalya, but he did have a fairly conservative gameplan.
3. Justin Thomas -- The CIMB Classic winner gets into his first WGC this week. Should be riding high off the win and a T-3 effort at the Frys.com Open. Has the length to torch Sheshan International.
4. Kevin Na -- How can you not like keep riding the Na Train? P2, T-2, T-3 to start the year. Was T-20 in this event last year.
5. Bubba Watson -- The defending champion isn't ranked so highly because there are hotter players in front of him in the short term and a guy who owns the joint (McIlroy). However, Watson is playing some of the best golf of his life. No real reason to dislike him here.
6. Rickie Fowler -- Fowler finished a shot out of the Watson-Tim Clark playoff here last year. Was T-25 in his only start of the new season in Vegas. Length a huge asset and could be lethal with the confidence of a three-win year.
7. Adam Scott -- Scott almost pulled it out in a shootout in Malaysia, which is saying something since putting is a big deal in those kinds of events. He has two top-12 finishes in three Sheshan International starts here.
8. Hideki Matsuyama -- Matsuyama doesn't have a good record in this event, but a solo fifth-place week in Malaysia is a nice boost. Hard to discount a guy who strikes the ball so well.
9. Dustin Johnson -- Johnson didn't defend last year while on his self-imposed leave of absence. It's his only Sheshan start in this event. Ended the 2014-15 campaign with consistent play.
10.Martin Kaymer -- Consider this a sheer flier pick. He's won here in 2011 and is otherwise a top-10 lock here. However, his form isn't great compared to the nine guys ahead of him in our ranking.
My DraftKings team for this week:
1. Justin Thomas -- $9,400
2. Patrick Reed -- $8,900
3. Matthew Fitzpatrick -- $8,200
4. Kiradech Aphibarnrat -- $7,900
5. Byeong-Hun An -- $7,800
6. Andy Sullivan -- $7,600