2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips
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2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips

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First, a brief apology about last week. I was at the PGA Merchandise Show in Florida on some GNN business, and I wasn't in front of a computer (not on purpose) from Tuesday morning until Sunday morning. Not optimal. However, we don't have any more weeks like that this year, so let's move forward.

This week, the PGA Tour heads to Phoenix for the best party of the year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The Thunderbirds do an incredible job in the community, and pretty much everyone goes to have a good time, including the players. Hideki Matsuyama is going for a three-peat, so, he leads the way here.


2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open rankings: Top 10 picks

1. Hideki Matsuyama -- He's the two-time defending champion, and he's just a stud here. He was T-12 last week and no one noticed.

2. Jon Rahm -- I'm going to discount Rahm's weekend for two reasons: probably nervous about becoming No. 1 in the world with a win, as well the wind on Sunday. He'll be OK.

3. Jordan Spieth -- Spieth has never been really close to winning here, but he's got two top-10s in three years and clearly likes the place to keep coming back.

4. Justin Thomas -- Last time we saw JT, he was upset he didn't win in Honolulu because he finished T-14 and thought he played well enough to win. I take him at his word.

5. Rickie Fowler -- Fowler missed the cut at Torrey, and I think we have to accept he's developed a bad record there. Pretty much nothing but good in Phoenix, however.

6. Webb Simpson -- Simpson seems to thrive here, and in general at tournaments where a mid-10s under par score can win.

7. Marc Leishman -- Hardly heard from him all week at Torrey, and he finished T-8. Plays well in Phoenix, too.

8. Charles Howell III -- The man is a damn ATM. He just racks up money left and right, like at Torrey.

9. Tony Finau -- Mini-fade on Sunday at Torrey Pines, but he's been playing great golf slightly under the radar because of the top-heavy performances this year.

10. Zach Johnson -- Have to mention ZJ, who has a great record here like Webb Simpson. He's off to a good start this season, too.

My DraftKings primary lineup

  1. Hideki Matsuyama - $11,500
  2. Webb Simpson - $8,900
  3. Zach Johnson - $7,700
  4. Russell Knox - $7,600
  5. Bud Cauley - $7,300
  6. Beau Hossler - $7,000

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