It’s time again for golf’s best to party it up in the desert at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This week, the Tour is in Scottsdale for the Waste Management Phoenix Open — the biggest party in golf.
But — before you look forward, you’ve got to look back. To be honest, last week wasn’t the best. Tiger Woods was probably the best sleeper pick for the week — and a T-23 isn’t really that great.
That said, even the best fall down. Tom Brady should have seven Super Bowl rings and he’s only got five. S-happens. But you know what they do? They get up and keep slingin’ it.
As my collegue, Matty Ice has pointed out, this thing is going to be an absolute shootout. You can expect scores in the high teens-low 20’s under par.
Because of that, there are going to be a lot names to sift through as you try to round out your fantasy lineups. I’m here to help. Lets take a look at your best bang for your buck picks for the Waste Management Phoenix Open:
Waste Management Phoenix Open
February 1st – 4th
Course(s): TPC Scottsdale
J.B. Holmes — One week after he nearly got himself in a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open, J.B. Holmes isn’t getting much love this week. Whether it’s because of his ridiculously slow, human rain delay-type wait before hitting the David Simms-esque layup or from a fantasy stand point, there hasn’t been much positive going on around the big Kentucky boy. I, however, will be bucking that trend. Holmes, a two-time winner of this event, comes in with some momentum. He shouldn’t be overlooked.
William McGirt — At the 2016 Memorial, William McGirt FINALLY got that long-awaited PGA Tour win. Since then, however, he’s fallen back into his normal routine of solid finishes and no wins. This week, as long as you’re not taking the action in Vegas, McGirt is a great sleeper pick. He’s made the cut in six straight visits to TPC Scottsdale, finishing no better than T-19 and no worse than T-32. McGirt obviously gets it around here pretty well, and should be considered as a back end option in all formats.
Hunter Mahan — I remember Ryder Cup hero Hunter Mahan. I remember Travelers Champion Hunter Mahan. It doesn’t seem so long ago — but it was. Mahan hasn’t won on Tour since 2014 at the Barclays and, while I don’t necessarily think it WILL happen, I think Mahan could get it done. He’s shown flashes of the brilliance that once made him great, but nothing consistent. He’s teeing it up this week at a place he’s won before and I firmly believe that track record and good vibes could make Mahan a great late DFS pick or bench spot this week in the desert.
Phil Mickelson — Death, taxes and Phil Mickelson making this list — the three things you can count on in this world. Mickelson comes to a golf course where he has had almost as much success as anywhere else on Tour. He came a lip-out from a 59 here just a couple years ago and has won this event three times. To say he’s comfortable in the Arizona desert is an understatement. Despite the track record, Mickelson is still a middle-of-the-row value in most DFS formats — and certainly worth a look.
Brendan Steele — Last but not least, the final sleeper this week is Brendan Steele. Already a winner on the 2017-’18 campaign, Steele enters the week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open with five straight cuts made to start the season to go with his successful title defense at the Safeway Classic. He’s also 7-for-7 at TPC Scottsdale with five top-20’s. There’s no reason to doubt he can keep up the success — and possibly even build on it.