2018 Valspar Championship expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips
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2018 Valspar Championship expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips


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We have your 2018 Valspar Championship rankings and expert picks, as we do each week of the PGA Tour season.

The PGA Tour heads back to Florida after a one-week stop in Mexico for the first World Golf Championships event of the year. The Valspar Championship at Innisbrook near Tampa has its best-ever field, with Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods and more.



Adam Hadwin is defending champion, and he's playing really well of late. There are plenty of challengers to the Canadian repeating, but don't discount the guy who won last year.

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2018 Valspar Championship rankings: Top 10 picks

1. Jordan Spieth -- Spieth has a pair of good finishes in this championship, and he's been kind of lingering in tournaments but not in the spotlight.

2. Rory McIlroy -- McIlroy skipped the WGC-Mexico, which isn't a big deal. He's got a schedule he likes. He wasn't much in the wind at Honda, but he should do well at Innisbrook.

3. Sergio Garcia -- Garcia was feeling it on Sunday at Club de Golf Chapultepec, and he has done well at Innisbrook in the past. Among many flawed lead characters here, he's gotta be a top-billed player.

4. Henrik Stenson -- I would love to rank Stenson higher. I really would. But he has kept the golf light to start 2018. When he has played, however, he's largely been a top-10 fixture.

5. Adam Hadwin -- The defending champion isn't getting a whole lot of respect despite playing tremendous golf for about a month now.

6. Paul Casey -- If we discount the odd stubbed toe at Riviera, Paul Casey has been amazing to start the year.

7. Justin Rose -- Rose was not good in my lineup last week, so there's some admitted bias here, but he has been very good in his otherwise limited 2018 action. He fits the ballstriker model.

8. Tony Finau -- Finau hasn't had but one bad finish this year, and he's had a trio of superior ones. I like him to keep it going this week.

9. Matt Fitzpatrick -- I just love Fitz in this spot. I like him in general, and he's not well recognized for his talent. However, this is a particularly good place to show off.

10. Scott Stallings -- Lots of names could go in this slot, meaning there's depth but not a clear No. 10. Stallings has been strong for about 45 days now, and he ran well here early in his career.

My primary DraftKings lineup

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