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Fantasy Golf Picks for the Waste Management Phoenix Open

Rickie Fowler at the Waste Management Phoenix Open - Round Three.
Rickie Fowler at the Waste Management Phoenix Open - Round Three. | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Waste Management Open is the most legendary party on the PGA Tour. And while there won't be the six-figure crowds this year that the tournament has become accustomed to, it will still be a strong field of players competing in one of the more popular non-major events golf has to offer.

Let's take a look at three golfers who you should consider when putting together your fantasy team this week.

Jon Rahm:
Jon Rahm comes into this event not only playing well, but also with a great history at this course. And why shouldn't he feel comfortable here, he did attend Arizona State University not too far from TPC Scottsdale. Rahm has finished exactly T-7 in three consecutive events now, including last week's Farmers Insurance Open. In his six events this season Rahm's worst finish has been T-23 and he finished T-2 in the event prior to his triplet of T-7 finishes. When it comes to this event, Rahm has never placed worse than 16th and has three top-10 finishes. It seems he's always knocking on the door here, and now that he's coming into the event playing so well, this could be the year he knocks it down.

Xander Schauffele:
Xander Schauffele finds himself in a similar position to Rahm. He is playing fantastic golf coming into this event, grabbing four top-5 finishes in his six events played this season, which includes a T-2 last week at the Farmers Insurance Open. While he doesn't have as many reps at TPC Scottsdale as other guys do, Schauffele has finished 17,10 and 16 the last three years at this event, respectively. He ranks top-10 on tour in Strokes Gained (SG): Putting (9th), SG: Tee-To-Green (8th) and SG: Total (2nd). This could be a year that he takes the next step.

Rickie Fowler:
Rickie Fowler has always been a crowd favorite here. Famously welcoming the rowdiness and applause of the crowd over the normal silence during his shots on the famous 16th hole. While Fowler hasn't been playing the best golf coming into this event, only cracking the top-30 twice in his last four starts, he presents some potential value at a place we know he is comfortable. In his last 11 appearances here, he has six top-15 finishes, four top-five finishes, and a win in 2019. If he can reclaim some of that past magic, Fowler can be had for a bargain this week from both a fantasy and betting perspective.

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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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