It seems like not so long ago, the fantasy golf season began with tournaments in late winter. Now, they begin soon after the New Year. I decided to join two groups, both of which are Yahoo-leagues, so I will be following that the entire season. Both of these groups are fairly large (40-50 players), so the competition should be fun.
Before I get in to my picks for the CareerBuilder Challenge, let me briefly recap what’s been going on.
Right now we’re in Week 3 of the Winter season. In the Hyundai Tournament of Champions during the first week, I reached 219 points after getting first, second, and third-place performances from Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, and Brooks Koepka. In the Week 2 Sony Open, I had a much more difficult time at putting together a final score of only 150. I’m sitting in the top ten of the standings for both of my groups, but experienced fantasy golf players know just how long the season is. The standings don’t mean much right not, but poor performances at this stage of the game can really hurt you later on.
Now, on to my picks for the CareerBuilder Challenge. Players with asterisks (*) by their names are starters.
Group A: Phil Mickelson*, Jason Bohn
Group B: Patrick Reed*, Zach Johnson*, Ryan Palmer, Jason Dufner
Group C: Bill Haas*, Matt Kuchar
I am a bit concerned at this point of the season with starting Patrick Reed again. Since each player only gets 10 starts over the course of the year, and since I already started Reed in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, he’s down to nine starts remaining. However, he’s just too valuable to leave out of my picks for this week, so I decided I needed to include him. Fortunately, Yahoo put him with the bulky “B” group which seems to have a plethora of golfers, so even if I run out of starts for him earlier than expected, I should be able to find other talent to carry me late in the season.