Scottsdale, Arizona – It’s time for our 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open picks and there’s no shortage of story lines as the PGA Tour returns to the Arizona desert.

On top of the agenda is whether Brandt Snedeker, last week’s winner in San Diego at the Farmers Insurance Open, can keep rolling.  That roll has seen him finish in the Top 3 in all three events he’s played in 2016.  The Nashville native has moved up 37 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking to #12 since the start of the year, and sits second in the Fantasy Golf Rankings.

Another story line will be trying to figure out which Rickie Fowler will show up in Scottsdale this week. Will it be the player who delivered a statement victory in Abu Dhabi against a strong field?  Or will it be the guy who failed to make the cut last week in San Diego.  Let’s give young Rickie the benefit of the doubt, and write off his poor performance last week to a combination of celebration and jet lag.  We predict he will be better this week.

With a strong field that includes 10 of the Top 25 players in the World, led by the fourth ranked Bubba Watson, and defending champion Brooks Koepka, we’re expecting another exciting event. So without further adieu, here is our 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open Picks.

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San Diego, Ca – The PGA Tour returns to historic Torrey Pines this week for the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open.

Seven-time champion Tiger Woods is not in the field this year, due to his well documented back troubles, but a suddenly in form three time champion is one of the 156 players who will tee it up on Thursday.  Of course, we are speaking of Phil Mickelson who may well be a contender this week, after a strong showing at last week’s Career Builder Challenge.

Other notable players in the field include the second ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, and the tournament’s defending champion, Jason Day, and world #4 Rickie Fowler, fresh of a win in Abu Dhabi last week.

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La Quinta, Ca – The PGA Tour returns to the continental United States this week, and it’s time for our Career Builder Challenge picks for both Draft Kings and Yahoo fantasy formats.

A full field of 156 players will make their way to the California Desert that was recently known as the Humana Challenge and more famously known for decades as the Bob Hope Desert Classic, before the PGA Tour went all corporate.

Defending champion Bill Haas is in the field, a field that suffers somewhat by being scheduled opposite the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.  The European Tour event features four of the top six players in the world, including World number one Jordan Spieth and the #3 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Rory McIlroy.

The La Quinta field does feature one of the hottest players on the planet in 10th ranked Patrick Reed and the defending Open Champion Zach Johnson, currently ranked 11th. Legend Phil Mickelson also makes his 2015-2016 PGA Tour debut on Thursday.

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Honolulu, Hawaii – The PGA Tour continues in Hawaii this week, as 156 players tee it up in the Sony Open in Hawaii, the circuit’s first full field event of 2016. Defending champion Jimmy Walker is looking to make a little bit of tour history, as he tries to become the first player, since Steve Sticker in 2009-2011 (John Deere Classic), to win the same PGA Tour event three years in a row.

With many of the tour’s top players skipping this event after competing at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions last weekend, the tournament does not feature a player in the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking, with #11 Adam Scott being the highest ranked challenger to Walker’s three-peat hopes. Still the field features eight of the Top 30 players in the world including Scott, 12th ranked Zach Johnson, #16 Kevin Kisner, #20 Matt Kuchar, #23 Kevin Na, Walker at #25, the 26th ranked player in the world Marc Leishman and #30 Russell Knox.

All of the players mentioned make compelling choices for various reasons and many would have to be considered in form, based on recent results.

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Kapalua, Hawaii – The 2015-2016 PGA Tour season, fresh off a six-week break, resumes this weekend in Hawaii with the 64th playing of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It’s the 18th time the event has been played in the Aloha state.

In addition to being the first tour event of 2016, it also signals the start of many fantasy golf leagues, who use the calendar year, rather than the PGA Tour’s wrap-around schedule to run their competitions.

With a field that includes the top two players in the Official World Golf Ranking , and six of the top 10, the Tournament of Champions this year promises to be one of the most interesting and entertaining season openers in years.

To help all of you get 2016 off to a quick start, here are our Fantasy Golf Hyundai Tournament of Champions Picks.

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Kapalua, Hawaii – After an extended break of almost a month and a half, the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season resumes this week at the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii, with the playing of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The strong field includes six of the Top 10 players in the World, including the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), Jordan Spieth and world number two, Jason Day. Defending champion Patrick Reed, the current number one player in the Fantasy Golf Rankings, is also in the field.

At the other end of the spectrum, Americans Peter Malnati, ranked 176th in the World and J.J. Henry, at # 223 are also in the select field of a tournament that rewards one week of relative greatness, rather than a consistently excellent season.

Perhaps shockingly, only nine players who competed in the event in 2015 return in 2016, a testament to the difficulty of winning on the PGA Tour in the modern era. Among those not in the field are World #3 Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Tiger Woods.

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New Providence, Bahamas – With a new venue, and a host with an uncertain golfing future, the 17th Hero World Challenge begins Wednesday at the Albany Resort in the Bahamas.

Tiger Woods, the tournament host and a five-time champion of the event, is on the shelf after back surgery and it doesn’t look like he’ll be back any time soon. Defending champion and World Number One, Jordan Spieth, is back after his dominating, tournament record -26 total last year, albeit on a different layout.

The new course adds a little bit of uncertainty to the event, but, undaunted, here is our projected order of finish for the 18-player field. Players are listed with their position on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and their assigned salary on Draft Kings (DK), a leading daily fantasy sports site.

The Favorites

1) Jordan Spieth, USA (OWGR=1, DK=$11,200) – The defending champ is coming off a solid performance at the Emirates Australian Open, where he finished T2. Eight top 10’s in his last nine events speaks to the consistency we’ve come to expect from the reigning PGA Tour player of the year.

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Sea Island, Georgia – Three past champions are among our RSM Classic picks, as the tour returns to the Seaside Course at Sea Island, Georgia.  The event was formerly known as the McGladrey Classic.

2014 champion Robert Streb, 2013 winner Chris Kirk and 2011 victor Ben Crane are among our choices this week, which, for the first time, are divided into four tiers, based on a player’s Draft Kings’ (DK) salary.

Here are our choices:

Tier 1 (DK Salary $9,000 and over)

Matt Kuchar, USA (OWGR = 17, DK Salary = $10,800)  – Kuchar hasn’t had a Top 10 on the PGA Tour since the Tour Championship but did win the Fiji Open on the Australasian Tour recently. Due for a good finish and has a good record at Sea Island with three Top 25’s in the the last four years, including a 7th place finish in 2013.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico – Like many North Americans, Charley Hoffman has planned a return visit to the Mayan Riviera this year, hoping for a repeat of the fun in the sun he had in 2014

But the 42nd ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) won’t be looking for a suntan. Instead he’ll have his sights on birdies and a second straight OHL Classic at Mayakoba title.

Hoffman is one of the players to watch this week when you’re filling out your fantasy golf line-up card. Here are our favorites, contenders and sleepers for this week’s PGA Tour stop at El Camaleon Golf Club.

The Favorites

Charley Hoffman, USA (OWGR = 42) – Hard to overlook the defending champ, who obviously likes the course, and had a couple of top finishes in the FedEx Cup playoffs, including a third at the Deutsche Bank. Two runners-up already in 2015 at the Humana and the Nelson and a win here would get his 2015-2016 campaign off to a roaring start.

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The 2015-2016 PGA Tour season switches into high gear this week as the most of the sport’s elite converge on Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China for the 11th playing of the World Golf Championships HSBC Champions.

After three “warm-up” events that featured predominantly second tier stars, many of golf’s top players make their season debuts this week, creating a field that includes 11 of the Top 15 players in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). The eleven includes the Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, Players’ champion Rickie Fowler and former world number one, Rory McIlroy.

But who are the players you should be targeting as you set your line-up for your fantasy game this weekend. Here’s a look at the favorites, some players you don’t want to sleep on and some guys you might want to avoid when making your selections later today.

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