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Fantasy Fix: Should you take Tiger, Bubba or Rickie at TPC Scottsdale?

A last-minute switch to predicting a Ryan Palmer victory instead of a Bill Haas win looked pretty good on Friday as Palmer got to 10 under through 10 holes and looked on his way to shooting the PGA Tour's first ever 58. But Palmer cooled off and Haas, of course, won, leaving me happy for my fellow Wake Forest classmate but also kicking myself for not having gone with my heart. "Oooh, Billy, Billy, Billy," as Judge Smails would say. At least, keeping Haas in my lineup paid off dividends and hopefully he helped you, too. Who are we tabbing this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, aka the Tiger Woods makes his latest comeback Challenge? A look at our Yahoo! lineup:

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Starters -- (A-List): Bubba Watson. You'd think I'd learn my lesson in underestimating Haas, but I'm going with Bubba in this spot. Watson should have won here last year and his firepower at the score-friendly TPC Scottsdale makes him the favorite. Tiger is also listed in the A category, but despite his assurance he's hit "thousands of chips," I can't get those chunks from the last time we saw him out of my memory.

(B-List): Rickie Fowler. A runner-up here in 2010, Fowler has missed the cut in his last two trips to Phoenix. But those were before he fully morphed into Rickie 2.0 under Butch Harmon and started contending basically every time he tees it up. We're banking on win No. 2.0 when this orange butterfly spreads his wings in the desert -- or, something like that.

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(B-List): Hideki Matsuyama. It's just a matter of time before last year's Memorial champ wins again. After the Japanese star finished T-4 in his first go-round at TPC Scottsdale last year, this seems like a logical place to do it.

Related: 11 PGA Tour sleepers to watch in 2014-15

(C-List): Brendan Steele. Tough call here over red-hot rookie Justin Thomas, but Steele's TPC Scottsdale track record is just too good. In the last three years he's finished T-5, T-6 and T-6.

Bench/Backups: Bill Haas, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, and Justin Thomas.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Brendan Steele. Belly putters everywhere can look to Brendan for inspiration. He made the switch to a regular putter last summer and he hasn't looked back, including a runner-up at last week's Humana Challenge. (*Looks up Steele's strokes gained/putting to see he only ranks 131st*). Hmm. Well, that is, if you make the switch AND improve everything else about your golf game, you'll be fine. . .

Previously used: Charles Howell III (Sony), Geoff Ogilvy (Hyundai), Ryan Palmer (Humana).

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Fantasy Fix: Phil Mickelson is back, but should you put him back in your lineup?

What was the best part of Jimmy Walker going all "Beast Mode" last week at the Sony Open? We had him in our lineup. Hopefully, you did too. Walker is taking the week off after shooting 44 under and collecting $1.7 million over the past two weeks in Hawaii. Now that's a dream getaway. With Walker out, who will we turn to this week? Here's a look at our weekly Yahoo! lineup:

The Grind: Tiger loses a tooth, Allenby gets kidnapped, and Natalie pitches sports bras

Starters -- (A-List): Bill Haas. After not playing in the Hawaii Swing, Haas hopes to hit the ground running in 2015 in the event where he's had the most consistent success. Haas won his first PGA Tour title here in 2010, lost in a playoff in 2011 and finished T-6 last year.

(B-List): Matt Kuchar. Coming off a T-3 in Hawaii, Kuchar returns to a tournament where he has a final-round scoring average of 65 over his past five attempts. Unfortunately, he's never been close enough to the leaders heading into Sunday to snag a victory, but there's a good chance that ends this week.

Related: 11 PGA Tour sleepers to watch in 2014-15

(B-List): Zach Johnson. ZJ has shot under par in every round he's played in this event. OK, so that's not that impressive, but he has averaged finishing 21 under since the tournament became a four-day (instead of five) event in 2012. The "B" player we're staying away from? Phil Mickelson. We know his off-season fitness regiment is befitting of an event that promotes good health and that he's won here twice, but there are simply too many question marks following a very disappointing 2014 campaign.

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(C-List): Patrick Reed. A year ago, Reed earned the nickname "Mr. 63" for becoming the first PGA Tour player to shoot three consecutive 63s. Incredibly, he needed to hold off a Sunday charge from Ryan Palmer to seal the win, but he did. Now he returns as a defending champ and looking to make it two wins in a row to start 2015.

Bench/Backups: Ryan Palmer, Charles Howell III, Patrick Rodgers, Justin Thomas.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Ryan Palmer. We're going with Palmer over Haas here since he's actually played a competitive round in the past two months. Palmer is coming off a T-17 at the Sony Open and he has finished in the top six in Palm Springs in three of the past four years, including a runner-up last year when he shot a final-round 63. Much more amazing is that he came that close to winning despite a Saturday 70, which is like shooting 77 at another event. A two-under-par round at the Humana? Ugh. Hopefully, he got that out of his system.

Previously used: Charles Howell III (Sony), Geoff Ogilvy (Hyundai).

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Fantasy Fix: Chris Kirk is the man to beat at the Sony Open

Did you get your 2015 fantasy golf season off to a strong start? Good for you, but now it's about to get a lot tougher. The PGA Tour remains in Hawaii this week, however, there will be five times the number of players in the field at the Sony Open. Who are the chosen few we're expecting big things from at Waialae Country Club? Here's who we're going with in our Yahoo! league:

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Starters -- (A-List): Harris English. English is making his 2015 debut in an event where he's finished fourth and T-9 the past two years. We expected more in 2014 after two wins in 2013, but think a big year could still be in store for the Georgia native, who doesn't turn 26 until this summer.

(B-List): Chris Kirk. How about that 62 (11 under) in Monday's final round at Kapalua's Plantation Course? Fresh off that round, Kirk arrives at Waialae, where he's never shot over par in 16 rounds. Kirk has shot 66 or better in five of last seven rounds, finishing solo second and T-5 the past two years. Quite simply, he's our favorite to win this week.

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Related: 11 PGA Tour sleepers to watch in 2014-15

(B-List): Jimmy Walker. The defending champ looked like he'd island hop from Maui on a one-tournament winning streak until letting a three-shot lead slip away. He sounds like a man ready to bounce back from a close call. Keep in mind, he made just two bogeys in four days at Kapalua.

(C-List): Russell Henley. Two years ago, Henley set the tournament scoring record in his rookie season debut. In his first start of 2015, he showed no offseason rust with a T-3.

Bench/Backups: Matt Every, Hideki Matsuyama, Charles Howell III, and Tim Clark.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Charles Howell III. Kirk may be our pick to win this week, but we'd rather stash him for later. Howell, meanwhile, has never won in Hawaii, but he's been in contention as much as anyone. In 13 starts in this event, he has eight top 10s, including runner-ups in 2012 and 2007 and T-3s in 2013 and 2005. Last year he really slumped, finishing only T-8. Sounds like he's due for another top three.

Previously used: Geoff Ogilvy (Hyundai).

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Fantasy Fix: Why Geoff Ogilvy is the happiest man in Hawaii this week

The PGA Tour schedule tells us that the 2014-15 season started back in October, but does that really count if there's no fantasy golf? Our favorite way of wasting time and (hopefully not) a little money is back as the Hyundai Tournament of Champions kicks off a new year of pro golf at the highest level. It's a limited field (34 players) this week in Kapalua, meaning there's a big opportunity for those teeing it up to get 2015 off to a strong start. The same can be said for those playing fantasy golf. Here's who we're going with in our Yahoo! league:

Related: 11 PGA Tour sleepers to watch in 2014-15

Starters -- (A-List): Bubba Watson. Quite simply, Watson is the best player in this field, having already won his first official PGA Tour start of the season at the HSBC Champions -- even if that was two months ago. NBC Sports' Mark Rolfing says he's been really impressed by Watson's preparation at the Plantation Course this week and that he's logged as many as eight practice rounds.

(B-List): Billy Horschel. The last time Horschel played against a field this size he walked away with nearly $12 million. Horschel played in this event last year for the first time and seemed to figure out the Plantation Course on the final two days with rounds of 68 and 66.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Hideki Matsuyama. The man Brandel Chamblee considers the best iron player on tour is making his debut in this tournament after making last year's Memorial his first PGA Tour title. Considering Matsuyama is still 22, there should be plenty more where that came from.

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(C-List): Geoff Ogilvy. The Aussie had quite the resurgence at the end of 2014, winning the Barracuda Championship and making it all the way to the Tour Championship. After falling as low as No. 216 in the Official World Golf Ranking last year, he might be as happy as anyone to return to Kapalua, where he also happens to be a two-time winner.

Bench/Backups: Matt Every, Jimmy Walker, Chris Kirk, Tim Clark.

Photos: A look back at 2014 through the WAGs of the PGA Tour

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Geoff Ogilvy. Zach Johnson may be the defending champion, but Ogilvy has actually won the last two times he's teed it up in this event. After winning back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010, Ogilvy returned, but had to withdraw the day before the tournament started after badly cutting his finger while swimming. We like his chances again -- as long as he avoids the ocean.

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Fantasy Fix: Should you bank on Bubba at the Tour Championship?

Well, we've made it to the end of another season. Hopefully, you're still playing for something this week -- albeit not the potential $12 million payday the pros will be gunning for at the Tour Championship. So who do we think will walk away from Atlanta with a big sack of money? A look at our weekly Yahoo! fantasy lineup:

The Grind: Lindsey Vonn hangs out with Gisele

Starters -- (A-List): Bubba Watson. Could a win here get him back in the conversation for player of the year? We thought that debate was done when Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship, but three wins plus the FedEx Cup would be nothing to sneeze at.

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(B-List): Rory McIlroy. Speaking of Rory, his only other appearance in Atlanta for this event produced a disappointing T-10 and a runner-up to Brandt Snedeker in the FedEx Cup. He's not going down that easy this time. We expect Rory and Bubba to battle it out for the tournament and that $10 million bonus.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Jim Furyk. The man hasn't won in four years, but that win came right here and made him the 2010 FedEx Cup champ. Furyk could match Bill Haas as the only player to make their first win of the season the Tour Championship and match Tiger Woods with two FedEx Cup trophies if he can secure a long overdue victory and get some help.

(C-List): Sergio Garcia. Yes, he made that disastrous triple bogey on the 71st hole at the BMW Championship, but he's still the third-ranked player in the world and he's had a fantastic summer. He's also finished runner-up at East Lake twice.

Bench/Backups: Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Billy Horschel, Jimmy Walker.

Related: Morgan Hoffmann's remarkable route to Atlanta

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Bubba Watson. Somehow, we managed to make it through the year and not use this guy, so it's a no-brainer at this point. Watson doesn't have the best track record at East Lake, but he finished a career-best T-5 there in his last trip (2012). Good luck and we'll see you next season! (In a few weeks)

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Jason Dufner (Bridgestone), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Sergio Garcia (British Open), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Martin Kaymer (BMW), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Hunter Mahan (Canadian), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Rory McIlroy (PGA Championship -- WINNER!), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Webb Simpson (Wyndham), Brandt Snedeker (Deutsche Bank), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- WINNER!), Nick Watney (Barclays), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Can Henrik Stenson shake the FedEx Cup champ jinx?

This week's BMW Championship will be played at Cherry Hills Country Club, a course golf historians are certainly familiar with (Think: 1960 U.S. Open), but today's players? Not so much. The Denver-area track last hosted the PGA Tour for the 1985 PGA Championship. Phil Mickelson won the 1990 U.S. Amateur here, but we're going to assume he doesn't have too many notes left over from that week since that was before Jim "Bones" Mackay was his caddie. In other words, making picks for the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs comes down to form. Who are the hot players that we're backing? A look at our weekly Yahoo! fantasy lineup:

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Starters -- (A-List): Henrik Stenson. The defending FedEx Cup champ is only No. 55 in the standings so he needs a big week if he's going to make it back to Atlanta to defend his title at the Tour Championship. We think his Sunday 65 in Boston is a sign he'll get it done. However, history says he won't. Oddly, only one FedEx Cup champ (Brandt Snedeker in 2012) has made it back to the Tour Championship the following year.

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(B-List): Jason Day. The Aussie followed up his T-2 at the Barclays with a T-7 at the Deutsche Bank. No reason to not expect another strong performance this week.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Rory McIlroy. The World No. 1 is officially in a two-tournament losing streak! We're not worried. Even with a rough Sunday at TPC Boston, McIlroy finished T-5. We look forward to watching him bomb it off the tee in the mile-high altitude.

(C-List): Jimmy Walker. A T-9 at the Deutsche Bank was his 10th top-10 finish of the season, which ties him for second with Rory McIlroy (Matt Kuchar leads with 11). At No. 4 in the FedEx Cup points standings, Walker knows another good week is needed if he's to control his own destiny for winning that $10 million bonus at the Tour Championship.

Bench/Backups: Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia.

Related: Hunter Mahan's incredible run of ball-striking

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Martin Kaymer. Kaymer had been quiet since his romp at the U.S. Open, but he looked back in control of his game in Boston with a T-7. A similar finish this week would position him well for another big payout at the Tour Championship. How do you say "boatload of money" in German anyway?

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Jason Dufner (Bridgestone), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Sergio Garcia (British Open), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Hunter Mahan (Canadian), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Rory McIlroy (PGA Championship -- WINNER!), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Webb Simpson (Wyndham), Brandt Snedeker (Deutsche Bank), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- WINNER!), Nick Watney (Barclays), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Can Brandt Snedeker pull a Hunter Mahan in Boston?

The first week of the FedExCup Playoffs produced plenty of drama, a few surprises and another close call for Jim Furyk. In other words, it was like most weeks on the PGA Tour this year. But of course, it was different since what happened in Paramus doesn't stay in Paramus. The FedEx Cup points earned at the Barlcays will have a huge impact on the final three legs of the playoffs. This week, players move on to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship, and fantasy owners get an extra day to set their rosters with the Friday start. Who do we think will be leaving Beantown in good spirits come Monday night? A look at our weekly Yahoo! fantasy lineup:

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Starters -- (A-List): Adam Scott. If we keep picking him, he has to win eventually, right? Scott won the inaugural Deutsche Bank Championship by four shots in 2003.

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(B-List): Jason Day. Same for this Aussie. Day contended at the PGA Championship and is coming off a T-2 at the Barclays. He was T-2 at TPC Boston in 2010 and T-3 in 2011.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Rory McIlroy. We've got three starts remaining for the World No. 1 and we plan on using him in the season's final three tournaments. It doesn't hurt that he also won this event in 2012.

(C-List): John Senden. We'll keep our Aussie tea party going with a guy who hasn't shot an over-par round at TPC Boston since the first year of the FedEx Cup Playoffs (2007). Senden has top-12 finishes in three of his last four starts in this event.

Bench/Backups: Brandt Snedeker, Hunter Mahan, Jim Furykand Charl Schwartzel.

Related: Hunter Mahan's incredible run of ball-striking

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Brandt Snedeker. The prospective Ryder Cup captain's pick has three top-six finishes in his last four trips to Boston, including a T-3 in 2011. After missing the cut at the Barclays, this is his last chance to impress captain Tom Watson like Hunter Mahan did last week. As Watson says in that MasterCard commercial, c'mon, "Sneeedeker."

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Jason Dufner (Bridgestone), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Sergio Garcia (British Open), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Hunter Mahan (Canadian), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Rory McIlroy (PGA Championship -- WINNER!), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Webb Simpson (Wyndham), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- WINNER!), Nick Watney (Barclays), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Is Adam Scott your best bet at the Barclays?

We are down to the final four events of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, which means some golfer is about to walk away with a $10 million bonus and fantasy golfers still have time to make a little money of their own. The Barclays leads off the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and while Adam Scott won last year, Matt Kuchar feels more like the defending champ. Kuchar won this event in 2010, but that was the last year the tournament was played Ridgewood CC, this week's site. Kuchar is also returning from an odd Slip 'N Slide injury (no, really) leaving even more questions. Who are we pinning our FedEx Cup hopes on? Here's our weekly Yahoo! fantasy lineup:

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Starters -- (A-List): Adam Scott. We probably would have used Kuchar, if not for that bizarre back injury. But hey, it's tough to ever go wrong when using Mr. Scott. The Aussie has finished in the top 15 in six straight events and 11 of 13 overall this season.

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(B-List): Jason Day. Another Aussie who has played well in 2014 when he's teed it up, Day played in the final group at the PGA Championship on Saturday and finished T-5 at Ridgewood in 2010.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Bill Haas. Coming off a T-2 in Greensboro and still motivated -- and close -- to earning a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. But what about Rory McIlroy? We're passing on using him in this spot despite his three-tournament winning streak. Why? Because EVERYONE is picking him. We hope EVERYONE isn't right. . .

(C-List): Sergio Garcia. Had a disappointing PGA Championship, but had back-to-back runner-ups previously at the British Open and the Bridgestone Invitational. He also had a runner-up at Ridgewood in this event in 2008.

Bench/Backups: Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk, and Ryan Palmer.

Related: The top 10 earners in FedEx Cup history

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Nick Watney. Unfortunately, we've used all the players above so we had to dig a little deeper here. Watney won this event in 2012 at Bethpage Black and has re-found his form of late with a T-5, a T-8 and a T-12 in the past month. Another big finish would certainly get the attention of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson. Watney said that there's been a bit of a learning process since becoming a dad in March. And thanks to Kuchar, Watney knows to be careful shopping for a Slip 'N Slide when the time comes.

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Jason Dufner (Bridgestone), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Sergio Garcia (British Open), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Hunter Mahan (Canadian), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Rory McIlroy (PGA Championship -- WINNER!), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Webb Simpson (Wyndham), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- WINNER!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Why this is a huge week for Webb Simpson in Greensboro

Well, we saved Rory McIlroy for the PGA Championship and we told you to take him. You're welcome. OK, so he may have been the most obvious choice in nearly a decade, but a win is a win. This week may not be a major, but it will seem like one to many golfers battling for their livelihoods. The top 125 in the FedEx Cup points list after the Wyndham Championship will qualify for the playoffs and earn tour cards for next season (as will the top 125 on the money list by week's end). Oh yeah, and there are some other big names trying to play their way onto the U.S. Ryder Cup team by impressing captain Tom Watson. Maybe the Wyndham Championship should borrow the "This is major" slogan from the PGA. In any matter, here's our weekly Yahoo! fantasy lineup:

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Starters -- (A-List): Patrick Reed. Already on Watson's squad, Reed returns to the site of his first PGA Tour title last year. After picking up two more wins early in 2014, he slumped until a recent T-4 at Firestone.

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(B-List): Webb Simpson. After Simpson (above) began his season with a win in Las Vegas, he has played inconsistently, so much so that he wasn't able to lock up a Ryder Cup spot. A win in Greensboro, where he won in 2011, would almost certainly get him back on the team.

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(B-List): Bill Haas. Another American having a disappointing season and needing a big week at Sedgefield CC to represent the Red, White and Blue in Scotland next month. He has shot in the 60s in seven of eight rounds here and has two top 10s in his last five trips to Greensboro.

(C-List): Brooks Koepka. Could he be this year's Patrick Reed? Koepka seems ripe for a breakthrough PGA Tour win coming off a T-15 at Valhalla just a couple months after a T-4 at the U.S. Open.

Bench/Backups: Brandt Snedeker, Brendon de Jonge, Hideki Matsuyama, Retief Goosen.

Related: Rickie Fowler is having an even better year than you think

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Webb Simpson. The Raleigh native seems to love playing in his home state and a strong performance would make life a lot easier for Watson, who has seen his potential team hit by a wave of bad news of late. In addition to his win here in 2011, Simpson has finished no worse than T-22 the past four years in this event, firing a 63 in three of those years. 

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Jason Dufner (Bridgestone), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Sergio Garcia (British Open), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Hunter Mahan (Canadian), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Rory McIlroy (PGA Championship -- WINNER!), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- WINNER!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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Fantasy Fix: Why Jason Dufner is excited about being at Firestone even if he doesn't look like it

By Alex Myers

We've arrived at the PGA Tour's annual stop at Firestone CC, meaning we've officially reached crunch time for golf's biggest stars. This week sets off a busy stretch that includes this WGC, the PGA Championship and four FedEx Cup Playoff events -- well, if you qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Tiger Woods, an eight-time winner of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, needs to get his game in gear quick if he's to even play in the tour's postseason. While we'd love to see him do it, we're not banking on it happening in Akron. Here's who we're looking to instead in our weekly Yahoo! fantasy lineup:

The Grind: Tiger and DJ give their significant others golf lessons

Starters -- (A-List): Adam Scott. The World No. 1 has played better than his one-win campaign indicates. In 11 events, Scott has finished outside the top 25 once and has seven top 10s. He also won at Firestone in 2011, although you might remember it as the WGC that caddie Steve Williams won.

(B-List): Jason Dufner. Dufner's disappointing season has gotten worse with two missed cuts and a T-51 since the start of June. But we like him to bounce back at the Bridgestone where he's finished seventh (2012) and T-4 (2013) in his only two starts.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

(B-List): Jim Furyk. Another week, another runner-up for Furyk as this time Tim Clark caught him in Canada with a Sunday back-nine 30. But despite not having a win in nearly four years, the 44-year-old Furyk continues to rack up big paychecks. He's never won in Akron either, but he has nine top 10s in 14 starts.

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(C-List): Jimmy Walker. Still leading the FedEx Cup thanks in large part to three early wins, Walker will make his first start in this WGC event. He quietly has played very well in the season's biggest tournaments, and we think his length will serve him well at this 7,400-yard, par-70 layout.

Bench/Backups: Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia.

Related: Jim Furyk is really, REALLY good at finishing runner-up

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Jason Dufner. It was at Firestone last year when Dufner turned around what also had been a lackluster season to that point. Dufner finished T-4 and then won the PGA Championship at Oak Hills the following week. Smile, Jason, you're back in Akron!

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Sergio Garcia (British Open), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Hunter Mahan (Canadian), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- winner!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).

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