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Valspar Championship Power Rankings

by Corwin Parker
Mar 19, 2019

Hello fellow golf nerds and welcome to a new feature on FantasyPros. Each week, we will publish a list of 10 players expected to have the best chance to win or cash. These rankings are intended to provide you with a barometer of pros generating the most chatter, exhibiting talent, and those who we think have the best shot to hoist on Sunday. Use the players found in these rankings as the starting point for your DFS or fantasy lineups with the expectation that you may need to dig a little deeper to find complementary players each week.

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Valspar Championship Power Rankings

10) Paul Casey
Casey makes this list purely because he is defending at Copperhead this week. He has not had the most consistent form this season with top 20s mixed in with Missed Cuts. If he stays the weekend you can usually count on him to place, but that’s the bugaboo.

9) Gary Woodland
He’s quietly having one of the steadiest campaigns on tour in 2018-2019 with 12 made cuts in 12 tries and seven top 10s worldwide dating back to October. He’s comfortable here with a T8 in 2014, third in GIR hits it far and straight. Dial him in.

8) Webb Simpson
He defended the PLAYERS with a solid T16 where he continued his putting renaissance. Simpson is no stranger to Copperhead, where his tee to green game sets up very nicely. As consistent as they come, he registered a T8 here last year and has another five high finishes.

7) Adam Hadwin
He’s enjoying a nice start to his 2019 campaign after breaking out for his first ever win here in 2017. He defended it with a very respectable T12–proving his win here was no fluke. Employ him as a nice middle-tier investment with likely dividends.

6) Jim Furyk
It was an incredible performance from the veteran in front of friends and family at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday. If it was not for the splash that Rory McIlroy made winning his 15th, we would be sitting here talking about a win for the ages by the 48-year-old former Ryder Cup Captain. Don’t count on him being emotionally drained this week, either. He is a veteran in every sense of the word. He registered a T7 here last year and won in 2010.

5) Jon Rahm
Aside from the Sunday meltdown, Rahm has been simmering all season long with his T12 at the PLAYERS being his sixth finish inside that mark this season. With a stacked field on Sunday, we learned that he is not quite mentally ready to prevail, but the tools are all there. It will be interesting to see how he emerges from what was certainly an emotional disaster at Sawgrass on Sunday.

4) Sergio Garcia
Since his bunker meltdown and subsequent apology, Garcia has started to right the ship on the course. With three top 25s in three starts this season, he will look toward improving on a T4 here last year and multiple other fine showings at Copperhead.

3) Patrick Reed
He came back on the radar with three solid rounds in Ponte Vedra Beach but coughed it all up Sunday with a closing 78. He has a superb record here which includes a playoff loss as well as two other top 10s. Let’s hope Reed can string four rounds together this week on one of his favorite tracks.

2) Jason Day
He showed us that any lingering effects from his neck injury were minimal at the PLAYERS where he continued his fine form this spring with a T8. Day has not teed it up here in quite some time but is currently dialed in and a stat monster who checks all the requisite boxes this week.

1) Dustin Johnson
The number one player in the world stayed hot at TPC Sawgrass and silenced critics with four rounds in the sixties and a tie for fifth at a course that has historically riddled him. Johnson has not played at Copperhead in a decade but his recent form makes him the obvious man to beat this week.

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Corwin Parker is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Corwin, check out his archiveand follow him @Corwin_Parker.

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